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Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio 2011

Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio 2011

Made by Argentinian powerhouse, Zuccardi, this is a crisp cheapie barbeque wine that is probably responsible for introducing northern hemisphere westerners to Torrontes, which is wrapped up in a neat little marketable package that includes the flavour of the moment, Pinot Grigio. For that we can be thankful, I suppose. […]

October 2, 2013 ×

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Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2012

Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2012

This wine is made in the hilly region surrounding Jesi, a series of fortified villages (Castelli) near Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. The grape variety’s name translates as “little green one”, referring to the green tinge of both the grapes and the wine produced, and is also known […]

September 25, 2013 ×

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Planeta Grecanico 2011

Planeta Grecanico 2011

This is the same grape variety as Garganega, a variety we see in Soave, and a few other synonyms as well. This particular one is made in Sicily however, and known by its local name. For many years it was believed that the two grapes were different, as the flavours […]

July 23, 2013 ×

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Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

2012 was a cool, wet and cloudy vintage, so it’s interesting to see what this does to the flavour profiles. The flavour spectrum has edged away from the tropical passionfruit in these circumstances, and more towards cut grass and citrus. There’s still the tell-tale gooseberry, but it’s a little raw. […]

July 10, 2013 ×

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Planeta La Segreta 2012

Planeta La Segreta 2012

Chardonnay pretending to be Sauvignon Blanc, my husband said. He’s no dummy. There’s Chardonnay in it (a little), and it’s very aromatic. The main variety however is Grecanico, which is also known as Garganega, the main variety in Soave. However it’s got an entirely different flavour spectrum when produced in […]

June 29, 2013 ×

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Lupe-Cholet, Chateau de Viviers, Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru 2010

Lupe-Cholet, Chateau de Viviers, Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru 2010

Am I ever going to try a 2010 white Burgundy that I don’t like? This is from Vaillons, a commune that I always look for. It’s Premier Cru, but so close to Les Clos Grand Cru in both geology and geography that it’s not funny. And with this particular one, […]

June 9, 2013 ×

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Le Clos and “En Primeur”

Le Clos and “En Primeur”

“Bordeaux.” It’s one of those words, isn’t it. I say it, and am immediately taken from the place I’m standing to somewhere ethereal and swathed in red velvet. Even my mouth puckers beautifully when I pronounce it, turning me into the Australian equivilent of Béatrice Dalle (remember, we’re still in […]

June 4, 2013 ×

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Zohar Fiano 2011 by Susana Balbo

Zohar Fiano 2011 by Susana Balbo

Argentina’s first certified oenologist is making me happy. This really is a lovely little wine, and it’s a damn shame I’ve only seen it on the shelf at Rootsock. If only I could convince Asado or Gaucho to pop it on their winelists… It’s incredibly good value. Firstly, it’s a […]

May 17, 2013 ×

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Beaune 1er Cru les Marconnets – Maison Remoissenet 2009

Beaune 1er Cru les Marconnets – Maison Remoissenet 2009

Expect to see more good reports on this Beaune house over coming years. It changed hands in 2005, and since, a key character from Louis Jadot (Bernard Repolt) has joined the team. 2009 was a pretty good year in the region. Fruit all round is fairly concentrated and deeply coloured, […]

May 12, 2013 ×