Central Ranges, New South Wales

Pepper Tree

Venus Block Orange Chardonnay 2014

See previous notes. They still apply. All the hallmarks of modern Australian Chardonnay. Nutty leesy aromas with rock melon notes - from the cool climate district near the city of Orange. A light to medium weight palate. Proving that the Orange/Tumbaramba district is a great area for cool climate Chardonnay with Penfolds sourcing fruit from here for their top Chardonnays like Yattarna. Also Phillip Shaw (former winemaker for Rosemount when they were famous) has set up a winery here under his own name. — 8 days ago

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Bunnamagoo Estate

Mount Lawson Semillon Sauvignon blanc 2019

Sweet goodness in the Tiny House. Yummy with Tony’s Thai curries! — 22 days ago

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Tyrrell's Wines

Single Vineyard HVD Hunter Sémillon 2014

Lemon tart and a bit of granite. Very tight even on day two, needs to wiggle its legs a bit! — 15 days ago

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Ryan Colthorp

Ryan Colthorp

Needed another gold medal...
Jason Keefer

Jason Keefer

@Ryan Colthorp i was thinking the same thing!


Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2018

So peppery! Lovely light expression of syrah with viognier adding voluptuous notes. Floral Cote Rotie-esque perfumes. So transparent and elegant. By night two this is showing purple and pink flowers, candied violets, iron, fresh black raspberry. Perfectly judged hint of sweetness on the finish. — 18 hours ago

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Shiraz Viognier 2010

Mid Ruby in colour. An enticing perfume - very spicy, red florals with a little white pepper. That small percentage of Viognier contributing to the wonderful aromas. The spice/white pepper notes with diminished savoury plum mingle on the medium weight palate. From a wet year in the ACT apparently but this is still brilliant and very different to a Barossa or McLaren Vale blockbuster. This is the best Shiraz Viognier in Australia most local critics would agree. — 23 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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G’day Travis. Plenty of future here. A leading Oz critic has a window of 2012 to 2030. An excellent wine.
Travis W

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Fantastic. Thanks Bob. It's my local winery along with Collector Wines. Have you tried any wines from Collector Wines?
Bob McDonald

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I’ve had the odd wine from Collector but don’t know much about them.

Lake's Folly

Hunter Valley Cabernets 2011

Another boys nite. Challenge against wolf blass black label 2006. Black label was better bit wotn for me was ravenwood cap sap 2001 — 2 days ago

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Cargo Road Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Rich ripe blackberry and a light pepper. Very juicy! Love it. — 8 hours ago


Canberra District Riesling 2011

Aromas of Lime and Talcum powder - no kerosene even at 10 years of age. Canberra district Rieslings like this and Helm are often like that in my experience. A soapy lanolin texture on the palate Finishes dry with low acid. Good but not great. — 17 days ago

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Felton Road

Block 3 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

David T

If you do anything in your life, find a 6-7 yr old Felton Road Pinot or their Chardonnay at 3-4 yrs old. Decant it hours. The Chardonnay served at near room temperature. You will thank me. The fruit, complexity and acidity get my highest recommendation. It extraordinary Burgundy & style at a fraction of the price. Crossroads of new & old world.

Still room for growth here.
— 8 days ago

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Shay A

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On the hunt!
Bob McDonald

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@Shay A Block 5 Pinot also worth hunting down.

Prophets Rock

Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Classic Central Otago dark brooding character, but with more elegance than Gibbston Valley or Valli. The nose is all blue and black fruit, with a vein of cedar spice, Med-full bodied, complex, with a silky mouthfeel. Serious weight, but not heavy. A cross between the dark weight of Otago and a good Gevrey. Strong buy. — a day ago