Mystery is half the fun: Travaglini Cinzia

A: ruby but showing age with amber notes N: medium intensity with savoury herbs, tar and plums and cherries with earthy forest notes P: medium bodied with fine high tannins, flavours of sour cherry and herbs, savoury, tar notes, quite high acid making the wine tart. Rustic goodness. C: good quality wine of possibly 2013 vintage. An …

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Rockcliffe third reef Pinot Noir 2017

A: vibrant ruby N: medium intensity of red cherry, tar, wet earth floor aromatics with some herbal notes with sage and elements of cola P: medium intensity with high acid, medium tannins with a bitter back end of scorched pork skin, sour red cherry, tangy acidity, pencil shavings and cola notes. Spicy but short finish. …

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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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…this is not champagne: Massoni Lectus

A: golden and petulant N: incredible richness even from a flute, medium+ intensity of caramelised peaches and figs, toffee and Chantilly cream with warm spices, think French vanilla and cinnamon. Freshly baked tarte tatin anyone? P: full bodied and again that richness fills the mouth with frothy. Its like drinking a cascade of frothy caramelised …

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