New and Noteworthy

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Pinot Parade

Jeffrey Grosset’s 2012 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir (tasting) heads the list of stellar performers among the 83 new release pinot noirs uploaded this month. It is a truly sublime pinot and worth the $80 asking price. The latest lot of pinot reviews are mostly from Australia

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Twelftree Branches Out

Michael Twelftree isn’t someone who lets the grass grow under his feet. The co-founder, co-owner and public face of Barossa Valley winery Two Hands now has his own brand, simply called Twelftree Wines. It’s a sideline: he is still committed to Two Hands, but the Twelftree

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A Cook’s Lot

Like the florist named Vine, the butcher named Lamb and the baker named… you guessed it… Duncan Cook’s lot in life was to work as a cook. Or a chef, as his biographical notes put it. A love of food and wine often run together,

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Shirazzmatazz

Shiraz is the foundation grape of our image-leaders Penfolds (tastings), Henschke (tastings), Torbreck (tastings), and, it could be argued, the entire Australian wine industry. More than one-quarter of all of our wine is shiraz. All told, I’ve uploaded 198 reviews of shiraz and shiraz-based blends this month. Two of the

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Torbreck Latest Releases

I admit to having something of a love-hate relationship with Torbreck wines. They are expensive, and often taste overripe, over-oaked, over-developed, clumsy and lacking charm. But they’re like the little girl in the children’s rhyme who “When she was good she was very very good, and

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Riesling With Razzle

Frankland Estate is one of Australia’s greatest riesling producers, the 2013 releases adding more lustre to an already lofty reputation. They’re among the exciting new releases in my latest upload of 60 riesling reviews. The flagship Isolation Ridge (tasting), from the Smith-Cullam family’s own vineyard,

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New Release Penfolds

This year Penfolds commemorates its 170th anniversary, and there’s little doubt the company now regards itself as equal to any in the world. The number of breathtakingly priced wines it has issued in recent years are testament to that. There was an almost complete roll-call of

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Chardonnay Charisma

Chardonnay is one of my favourite white wines, and regular readers know that I’m a big enthusiast for Australian chardonnays – which have improved at a Mitchell Johnson-like pace in recent years. My latest tasting which I did in January has a stack of lovely

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Nebbiolo Fascination

Nebbiolo is a fascinating grape. It’s probably the best example of a wine that is made to drink with a meal, not judged in blind tastings. It often disappoints if judged according to the usual wine-show parameters of quality. The colour is often weak and

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Great Whites

I can’t believe the idiocy of Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and his government, shooting sharks that come within a kilometre of the shoreline. Sensible surfers, swimmers and other water-sports people agree that when they enter the water, they know they are taking a risk,