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Bellarmine Pemberton Riesling, 2006

Bellarmine Pemberton Riesling, 2006

From Huon Hooke in this week’s ‘Good Living’ in the Sydney Morning Herald… If only more cool-climate Aussie winemakers would approach riesling this way and not be scared of a litle sweetness. Following the Germanic approach, this delectable (and unbelievably cheap) riesling has an appetisingly floral nose with slate mineral aspects and a tremendous combination […]

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2004 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Barossa Quartage 14%

2004 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Barossa Quartage 14%

In James Halliday’s 2007 edition of the Australian Wine Companion he writes “Thorn-Clarke is one of the Barossa’s largest wine grape growers,with 270 ha across 4 vineyard sites. Most of the grape production is sold, but the best is retained for the Thorn-Clarke label.”In the same edition Halliday rates this wine at 94, quite amazing […]

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2003 Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5%

2003 Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5%

We tried this back in March and noted the pepper spice, blackcurrent, and smoky, dusty characters on the nose. The palate was prominent blackcurrent, sweet berry fruit, earth and sweet oak in great balance. There was concentration, power, supple tannins and a long finish.I’ve just tried another bottle and am even more impressed. Noticeable now […]

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A Superb Cabernet

Last night we drew the cork from a 2002 Saltram Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia. What a masterful example of Barossa wine. Rich, luscious, some big tannins and a hint of vanillin oak. It was a joy to drink. It complemented the roast lamb superbly although it was almost too “big” and overpowering […]

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