from the archives: Malbec Tasting 2017

Not too long ago I got the chance to attend the Malbec tasting of mostly Argentina versus a lonely Australian example. The variety of styles of one grape is incredible. This is also a great reinforcement of how well Malbec does at higher altitudes, and with more sunlight than native France allows. Malbec is very …

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from the archives: Group Tasting 2015 – Cabernets

This one is from the archives during my diploma days. We had an absolute ball tasting through a selection of wines. The idea was to cement the DNA of a grape variety on to your taste buds and memory. We would dissect each wine in detail and argue over the minutia like alcohol levels; typicity; …

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Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2014

A: beautiful deep and bright ruby N: medium + intensity nose offering depth of flavours, dark forest fruits, cherry, sarsaparilla, earthy, blue flowers, blueberries and warm raspberry top notes with just a hint of meatiness. P: medium+ intensity with spicy savoury tartness from high acid and dusty tannin mouthfeel. Bright blue spectrum fruits with dried …

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There’s no richness without decay…

2003 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon   A: Tending to tawny on the rim, yet still deep ruby. There's still life here. N: Memories of blackcurrant, cassis, roast tomatoes, savoury herbs and a hint of decay. Like an old growths forest, in September before the frost arrives. P: There's that Cabernet richness held together with (still) …

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Just in time for summer, the pink and the light red…

In southern hemisphere, summer is fast approaching. In Sydney, it's peeking it's head every few days before winter claims it's rightful place yet again. While today might be a tad chilly, all of 11 degrees, next week is looking sunny and positively pink drinking weather! Recently, I've had the pleasure to try some rose and …

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2006 Capercaillie The Ghillie, Hunter Valley NSW

14% alc Grapes: Shiraz/Syrah Fruit sourced from the exceptional Graham Woodward’s Valley View Vineyard planted in 1972. The wine was bought at the cellar door, which is a must to visit at least once. A combination gallery and cellar door there is a little for everyone. The wines are works of art in the bottle. …

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