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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Pacha Mama Riesling 2015

Somewhat daft name IMO, supposedly inspired by a trip to Chile and named after an Incan goddess. Perhaps showing my age, but it sounds more like it was named after a young strumpet who conceived at an Ibizan nightclub.

Made by winemaking legend Don Lewis.

Refined lime and pith, certainly expresses itself sufficiently, if somewhat mute. 

Refreshes the gills (parts other beers cannot reach), grapefruit and lemon, citrus acidity. Minerally, tangy. Lacks a little substance. Crowd pleasing, if you like. 


Reasonable length. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 19th March, a Leaf day
Source: Retail
Price: $19.50
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wineunplugged.com.au

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Windowrie The Mill Shiraz 2015

Won top gong at the NSW Wine Awards.

Cloven spice, herbal, fresh and fragrant. Smells at once both serious, yet also playful and inviting. 

Mid-weight, more of the herb and spice laid out across the palate. The spice if anything, builds further. Some drying tanning provides extra carriage to this. 


Great value. Pretty serious given the pricepoint. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 27th November, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.windowrie.com.au/

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La Bise Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2014

New-ish label from Tash Mooney (ex-Fox Gordon and BVE) flying solo and gaining some traction and following. Deservedly.

Tobacco, Blueberry, Vanilla, cherry compote. Good Tempranillo thus far. 

Elegant, medium bodied manifestation of a Wine. Hints of oak. But really about a good sense of flavour, red fruit with a little sour tang to it. 


Great price for a good Tempranillo. 89 

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://labisewines.com.au

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

K1 Brut NV

Distinct blush on pour, not labelled a Rosè and yet you'd be hard to call it anything but. 

Underlying wild strawberry with bready, brioche hints sitting above. 

Strawberry, red berry fruits across the palate - a touch more sweetness present. Clean, a fine minerality - carrying the fruit presence, a good presence. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: http://www.winesbygeoffhardy.com.au/

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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

An impressive site, and sight, the Tiers Vineyard. Planted back in Brian Croser's beloved Picadilly Valley back in 1979. If you're ever in the Hills, do ensure you take time to visit the cellar door and soak in the view back toward the drive you came down.

Peach, figgy, cashew, cream and spice

Lots going on with a palate presence that builds and builds. Meyer lemon, creamy presence, spicy oak. It has nuttiness, a texture, presence, a lingering significance that seems to just give. 

Acidity is balanced, yet it still needs time to settle. That said, It's an impressive wine. 93

Tasted on: Thursday 24th November
Source: Sample
Price: $79
Alcohol: 13.6%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Mount Avoca Lagrein 2015

Back in August 2016, Mount Avoca received organic accreditation across its entire winemaking progress. This applies to eight wines - that can be officially marked as organic - including this Limited Release Lagrein.

Baked raspberry, cherry, plum. Italianate herbal tinges. 

Fresh, supple, on entry - surges in the mouth, assertive and grainy tannin leads to some back palate bitterness. 


Acid freshens, resumes proceedings, leading long threads of fruits, spice and herb with it. Superb. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 23rd November
Source: Sample
Price: $46
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://mountavoca.com/

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Rob Hall Harriet's Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Harriet being (winemaker) Rob Hall's Mother, who has taken to caring for, and nurturing,  this vineyard planted on the property back in 1996.

Savoury elements hint at selective whole bunch inclusion (5%), with plenty of fruit including cherry and rosehip making up the balance of aromas.

Barest hint of undissolved CO2 lends a little vibrancy and energy to proceedings. Minerality, flinty pebble, spice. A little texture across the back palate, excellent mouthfeel. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 7th March, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.robhallwine.com.au

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