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The Spanish noble grape is unquestionably Tempranillo. This variety comes in many different clones,  regions and therefore produces a huge array of styles. Traditionally in left in barrel for long periods before bottling, modern Tempranillo’s are now aged for sensible times, Rioja’s minimal barrel aging is 1 year plus a year in bottle. Bottle age...
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After a recent spell of so-so vintages, Bordeaux’s annual 2015 En Primeur campaign is looking to give wine merchants the world over a lift. With many wines from 2012, 13 and 14 still not sold from the en Primeur campaigns, a decline from Asian markets and a mistrust in the en Primeur system, the Chateaux...
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Whilst traditionally the average Australian wine consumer is very much a single variety type of drinker, over recent years the popularity of blends has been increasing. Here we look at four ‘classic’ South Australian Red Blends that are perfect for the cellar. These wines continue to improve both in winemaking and fruit quality as well...
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Riesling is a classic variety for adding to your cellar, high acidity and ample flavour precursors (those chemicals that taste so good, like Lime blossom and citrus) make it a worthwhile investment for your cellar. Add to the fact that you can buy some top wines at prices that would get laughed at if they...
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The rapid trends that sweep the highly active and versatile Australian wine scene can be hard to keep up with. We can talk natural wines, whole bunch and Pet Nat sparkling’s with the very best, but one such trend that’s now really found its feet is that of earlier picking. In particular Chardonnay, that once...
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It’s that time of year again when the Australian sun starts to raise temperatures, we’ve already seen a 42 degree c day in November and 2015 promises to be another hot summer. So you’ve been collecting your wines over the winter months, have a few cases tucked away in the garage, loft or home office...
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November sees some of the worlds most iconic and cellarable wines released, yes its Châteauneuf du Papes time! The 2014 Vintage has just been released in bond so here’s a quick rundown of the vintage and choices from four of the most prestigious properties. 2014 in Châteauneuf du Papes started out as a warm one,...
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October is international Champagne month. Here are our top 10 Champagne facts so you can bluff your way to Champagne stardom. Regional Champagne can only be called Champagne when grown and produced within a specific region in Frances North East, centred around the city of Riems. Pushing the boundaries The Champagne region is on the...
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Recently I was invited to be part of the Sydney Italian Food and Wine Festivals expert panel on Barolo Vs Barbaresco.  The two powerhouses and without doubt the best Nebbiolo producing areas in the world. The premise was simple, which area would triumph with our panel and the 50 attendees? The key couple of points...
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With our newly expanded wine cellar just opening we thought we would revisit the most important factors to consider when storing your wine. Here are our Top 5 Wine Storage Tips to consider when cellaring your fine wine collection. 1. The Right Temperature Keeping your wines cool is critical, especially in our warm Australian climate....
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