Fleurieu, South Australia

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The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache 2019

Crisp, cool, tart, stemmy and fresh.
Raspberries, cranberries, mineral funk, peppery and spicy garrigue and cold rocks (if that makes any sense…), as opposed to the hot terracotta tiles I often get in many other Grenaches.
This has a very cool-climate feel to it, rather delicate and refreshing. Like a Bojo from Oz. Lovely!
— 3 days ago

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Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 1996

Only pale to mid crimson in colour with a tawny edge at 26 years of age. Black and blue fruits with game and a coffee bean note. The medium bodied yet rich palate is savoury and earthy with blackberry and just so so silky with resolved tannins and low acid. Not sure that I agree totally with Bob Campbell MW’s description - “like getting into an old Jag on a hot day”, but I love the imagery and can see where he’s coming from. Jancis said “pure hedonism “ and gave it 19/20. The latest iteration of H of G (2017) is selling for around $950 a bottle in Brisbane. No doubt brilliant but too expensive for me. I remember paying $12.50 for the 1982 vintage on release. There is a certain H of G character that is recognisable over many vintages over the years. Must be one of the most unique Shiraz vineyards in the world with vines up to a 150 years old. A privilege to drink this wine and close to perfection with 98 points. — 5 days ago

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Jan A

Jan A

Definitely one of my bucket list wines! Thank you for the review!
Bob McDonald

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My pleasure Jan. A worthy wine to have in anyone’s bucket list I would say. Cheers. 🍷

Wirra Wirra

Church Block McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

Waitrose. Delightful red and very much drinkable again. — 11 days ago


The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008

Dark Ruby in colour - almost black and impenetrable. Notes of creosote, stewed black and red fruits and a note of crushed ant which is not meant to be disparaging. Grainy Tannins resolving with a pruney note on the medium to full bodied palate. I haven’t always enjoyed the Dead Arm but this was a beauty. The first of 3. — 20 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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A great wine, still holding a few on '02 & '03.
Bob McDonald

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Thanks Severn. That 2002 should be a cracker.

S.C. Pannell

Langhorne Creek Montepulciano 2016

See previous Delectable notes in 2017 and 2019. Quite a rich Ruby red. Aromatics of black and blue fruits, a cranberry note with a tarry charcoal note on nose and palate. HH said coal dust and I totally agree. Steve Pannell is recognised as Australia’s premium maker of alternative varieties and this wine proves that. We made his Nebbiolo the champion wine of the Toowoomba Wine Show a couple of years ago. Have the last one in say 2 years time. — a month ago

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South Australia Shiraz 2020

Cedar, pie spice, cigar tobacco, black pepper, faint hint of green bell pepper, jammy black fruit on the nose. Cranberry, plum, chewy red cherry, juicy mouthfeel with short finish but a bit of smoke and hint of black pepper lingering. Good one for food; should be perfect with pasta marinara or pizza. — 19 days ago

Astro Bunny

Pét-Nat Zibibbo Blend

Raspberry, warm sourdough bread, white marble, white peach — 13 days ago

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Keyneton Euphonium Barossa Shiraz Blend 2005

Browning in the rim.
Warm chestnuts, sticky-date-pudding, kirsch, hoisin, cinnamon and orangepeel.
Still lovely, but on the downslope.
— 6 days ago

Jan, Ira and 7 others liked this


Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

Love this. Wish every night was carnival of love night. — 20 days ago

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Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Have you grabbed your $60 wine subscription sampler from Wine Selectors yet?

This pack includes 12 mini bottles of Aussie wine. Head to the blog to read all about it: travellingcorkscrew.com.au/blog/wine-subscription-sampler/

This Leconfield 2020 Cab Sauv came in the sample pack I was sent and it went down a treat! Definitely a nice taster.

In the glass it’s a juicy plum red colour. On the nose it’s rather earthy/forest like alongside having notes of blackberries, and vanilla oak. On the palate it’s fruity and fresh with plentiful black cherries and berry flavours. Nice full flavour without being overpowering. Balanced and delish!

All opinions are my own. Drink what you enjoy!
— 10 days ago

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