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Top 25 wines of the year 2015

The top Australian wines are expensive. That’s the conclusion to draw from my top 25 new-release Australian wines of the year, as drawn from my tasting database. There are some exceptions, however: Yeringberg red at $70 ex-winery is great value when you compare it to most of the other high-scoring wines.

Western Australia cabernet sauvignon

Margaret River is kicking a lot of goals with cabernet. I’ve just uploaded about 118 new-release cabernets and Margaret River has excelled. The top Xanadu pair, the Reserve and Stevens Road, were excellent last year with their 2011 vintages but the 2012s are just as exciting.

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Skin-contact whites

Natural wine, amphora wine, orange wine,unsulfured wine. There are lots of alternative methods being trialled by winemakers, most of them far from new. On the contrary, they hark back to the ancients. I’ve tasted many so-called ‘orange’ wines, which are whites that have been fermented

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Indulge Yourself

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River 2011 $99 The customary impressive power and concentration are there but the oak is subtly played and alcohol is moderate. The aromas summon honey, spices and grapefruit, with a subtle peppermint note. Great focused intensity and length: a

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Chardonnay

Purple Hen is a name to seek out, if my latest tastings are any guide. This is a small, new producer on Phillip Island, not far from the Mornington Peninsula. Their chardonnay (tasting) was one of my top wines in this tasting, and their viognier