24 April 2014

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 3 days ago.
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The name gives you a pretty good indication of what might be inside the bottle, especially for those who have followed the Hunter Valley for some time. This comes from the increasingly excellent, increasingly interesting Harkham Wines folio; Richie Harkham recently spoke to me about kosher wines and spirituality, which he, to paraphrase, guides his [...]

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 5 days ago.
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Winemaker Nav Singh relates that the Clare Valley fruit for this wine comes from the Old Leasingham vineyard for their traditional cabernet malbec blend, a two hectare block, and the vines are up to 90-years-old. ‘I was always impressed by aromatics, and when young malbec is really perfumed with so much vibrancy about them which [...]

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 5 days ago.
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A new release, I am led to believe, from the reinvigorating Evans & Tate mob. Onwards Malbec!

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Bleasdale have been producing malbec wines since 1961 and this is sourced from two estate blocks and one grower block. Old school winemaking and style.

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 6 days ago.
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There's a certain stoicism about Art Series Chardonnay - an immovability in style even with modest tweaks over the years. The sensible, amply-crotched, tailored pant versus the skinny jeans of current chardonnay in Australia. Unashamed, unabashed, stately. And still has its fans. At a recent wine club meeting celebrating chardonnay, not one but two Art [...]

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 8 days ago.
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Something charming about developing commercial wine business in Eastern Europe really tickles my fancy. Like the accidental, one would assume, absence of vintages from the labels of these Paparuda wines. That the front label proudly spruiks Romania, but the back label suggests Wine Of Macedonia - Serbia and Bulgaria might have something to say about [...]

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 8 days ago.
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Paparuda is a brand produced by winery Cramele Recas, which is located in the spooooky region of Transylvania/ banat. The winemaker is an Aussie and a Spaniard, who work out of a fancy winery, sourcing fruit from the expansive estate vineyards. Feteasca regala is a hybrid variety created in around 1930, a cross of grasa and [...]

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 8 days ago.
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This release is 45% marsanne, 44% viognier and 11% roussanne. A favourite for many budget drinkers, and I suspect for most, unaware of what actually is in the blend. Kinda cool; should be more Australian wine like that. The wine is also fermented and aged in French oak. When did the bottle become so hefty [...]

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 9 days ago.
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Ten years on lees and produced from what Bird In Hand consider their most exceptional fruit. Some 250-odd bottles were produced. Ambitious project for a mature, distinctive sparkling wine style here. To be considered also is a price point that makes quite a statement in Australia sparkling wine production...

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By Mike Bennie of The Wine Front 9 days ago.
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So it spends 18 months on lees and then gets some further maturing time in bottle. Methode Champenoise and all that, and curiously, and excitingly, 100% pinot noir. Shame on whoever wrote the web content for saying ‘shows distinctive " Champagne" flavours' - cultural cringe at its worst. An $ 85 a bottle of wine surely doesn't [...]

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