Grampians, Western Victoria

Between Five Bells

Drumborg Pinot Noir 2018

A new producer for me. Delectable this is from the Henty District in southern Victoria - not Geelong. The 98 points from Decanter Magazine for around $25 got my attention from an online retailer. This showed bright fresh red fruits with a fine perfumed nose and forest floor. On the palate M plus intensity and good length finishing with savoury Tannins. A good wine but cannot see how the esteemed Decanter gave it 98 points. Good QPR. No points for the label on this occasion. I think Suckling was more on the money giving it 90 points. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier

Lieu Dit Malakoff Pyrenees Shiraz 2013

Another excellent Shiraz from Australia. Amazing nose. Typical pepper on the nose. Jennifer said it smells better than it tastes. I agree but it still tastes pretty darn good!! #terlatowines — 4 months ago

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Rattlesnake Western Zone White Blend

Really different taste but very smooth after second mouthful — 6 months ago

The Story Wines

R. Lane Vintners Henty Pinot Noir 2017

Everything in its right place. Slightly overt stem use to balance fruit volume and ripeness. Finish lacks a little drive and persistence for more but it’s a pretty good drink (especially slightly chilled on a balmy Port Douglas night). 🍷👍🏼 — 2 months ago

Grampians Estate

Streeton Reserve Shiraz 2012

All previous notes of this amazing wine still apply. Savoury earthy mineral meaty berry, black pepper and Bacon all packed in there. I managed to get a dozen out of the 60 dozen made. Cote Rotie on steroids still applies. Will have to exercise some willpower to have each of the remaining 6 bottles at 2 year intervals. Halliday says drink by 2042!! — 4 months ago

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Centonove in Kew, Melbourne
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Must call in next time I’m in Melbourne. Added to Roscioli that’s two where you have been the Somm.
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Indeed, even though here my role is slightly less focused on the wine only, I've got to do a bit of everything, but I definitely have had an impact on the wine list😜
It would be great to meet with you anyway, I truly hope u make it when u come down👍


Bin No 1 Great Western Shiraz 2017

Shiraz is my favourite type of wine. I have enjoyed my fair share... This wine is definitely up there! Enjoying it at home with a dear friend. — 7 months ago

M. Chapoutier

Shays Flat Vineyard Tournon Shiraz 2011

This was the right wine at the right time. I’d previously given up on it and hadn’t had it for some years. But today it shined brightly. Delicate in a iron glove fashion. — 3 months ago

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@TheSkip Great to see you continuing to support the Australian Wine Industry Skip. You must be overdue for a trip Down Under!


@Shay A hahaaha I did think that! I enjoyed it and you might too. It’s not the typical Australian Shiraz. Totally syrah.


@Bob McDonald you know it!! Searching for a work excuse


Moonambel Shiraz 1998

Another 1998! This one was more dense, strong on the nose leaping out of the glass. Very surprising, vast palate. — 5 months ago

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Great Western Pinot Meunier 2012

Smokey, beautiful, very special wine. — 6 months ago