New and Noteworthy

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Cabernet sauvignon and its blends

There’s a lot of excitement around cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends at present, with Margaret River having experienced a stunning run of successful vintages, and some of the best 2010s from other places being released. I’ve uploaded more than 100 cabernet reviews this month, and

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Riesling

Riesling… with summer coming up, it’s the wine I’m going to be drinking lots of in the coming months. It’s refreshing, light, low in alcohol, and adaptable with food. Really, riesling should be the wine for everyman and woman: it’s good young, it’s good mature

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Pinot noir

Pinot noir is arguably the most exciting red wine variety in Australia at present, and when you add New Zealand in, it’s double the fun. I’ve added 69 new pinot noir reviews this month, and the trends are firstly the strengths of the 2012 and

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Pinot gris and pinot grigio

Pinot gris and pinot grigio (let’s call them PG for short – and not Pig, like some detractors do) are johnny-come-latelies in Australia and New Zealand, and while there were few examples to get excited about in the early days, I’m finding more and more

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of my favourite wines to taste and to drink. This month I’ve uploaded more than 100 new-release chardonnays, and the big news is just how exciting the 2012s are – throughout the country, especially in southern Victoria, but also Geelong, Mount Barker,

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New tasting notes

Shiraz is the wine on everyone’s lips. About 28% of all Australian wine is shiraz, more than one in four bottles – an almost incredible statistic. This month I’ve uploaded more than 170 shiraz tasting notes, largely new releases from 2012, 11 and 10 vintages,

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New tasting notes

This month sees a major tasting of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet blends and merlots, with a welter of great Aussie cabernets to choose from. Blinders from Plantagenet (tasting), Flametree SRS (tasting), Evans & Tate Redbrook (tasting), Castelli (tasting), Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz (tasting – great value discovery), Laurance Icon (tasting), Xanadu Reserve (tasting) and

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New tasting notes

The latest monthly upload of tasting notes is a whopping 680, with a smorgasbord of great wines reviewed. A 30-year vertical of St Hallett Old Block, a nine-year run of Jim Barry The Armagh – both of them great Australian shirazes – lead the charge.

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New tasting notes

Tasting notes for the new releases from Torbreck (tastings) and Penfolds (tastings) are in the latest batch of 430 uploads. These include many impressive wines, such as the amazing 2008 vintage of Torbreck’s big gun, The Laird Shiraz (tasting), recommended retail price of $900. And

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New tasting notes

Another big swag of wine reviews has just been posted – 600 in total – including the complete works of Henschke Hill of Grace. The Henschke family celebrated 50 vintages this year with a retrospective tasting of every wine released thus far, from the 1958