Monthly Archives: December 2007

Musing on Muscat

Innocent Bystander Victoria Moscato 2007 This wine is so pretty – it has the essence of Muscat’s perfume in a light-bodied format. It would be perfect with a light dessert of fresh berries in the summer. Produced in Healesville 5.5% … Continue reading

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Bubbling Red

d’Arenberg Mclaren Vale The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red Chambourcin Loads of overt fruit mark this a fun quaffer. Grown, produced and bottled in McLaren Vale 14.5% $$17.99 at K&L d’Arenberg Charles Melton Sparkling Red This is amazingly delicious with complexity, … Continue reading

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Aussie Bubbles

Taltarni Victoria & Tasmania Brut Tache Rose 52% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Meunier. A bit of red wine is added at disgorging. P&B in Moonambel in Victoria 13% $13.99 at K&L Taltarni Taltarni Tasmania Clover Hill Brut … Continue reading

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Kiwi Sparkling

No.1 Family Estate Marlborough Cuvee No.1 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine nv Crisp and concentrated, like biting into a green apple. As with Blanc de Blancs from Champagne, this is 100% Chardonnay, aged two years en tirage. Owner & winemaker … Continue reading

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No Slouches Here

Elyse Napa Valley Syrah 2004 Else consistently goes for ripe flavors and richness in their red wines. They never fail to delight my clients and students. Cellared and bottled in Oakville 14.6% $33 at the Wine Emporium Elyse Seven Hills … Continue reading

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Last of the Summer Rose

Robert Stemmler Carneros Vin Gris Pinot Noir Rose 2006 As the winter comes on strong we might be inclined to skip the pink wine. Yet this wine can stand in well where you would normally think of serving a crisp … Continue reading

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Cabernet Aussie-Style

Yalumba Coonawarra The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 The 2002 smelled of cigar box, tobacco, light green pepper and a hint of pickle. In the mouth there was ample acidity which carriesd the juicy red flavors for a long time. Sourced … Continue reading

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Merlot in Transit

Mollydooker South Australia Merlot 2006 Sourced from Padthaway and McLaren Vale 15.5% $18.99 at Bottle Barn Mollydooker

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Screamin’ Semillon

Pepper Tree Hunter Valley Semillon 2005 This baby is screaming with acidity – very green and right on target. Put it to bed for the long haul and enjoy it when it matures. 100% Semillon fermented in stainless. Winemaker Chris … Continue reading

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Sweet side of Semillon

Margan Hunter Valley Botrytis Semillon 2005 This wines has tropical fruit and the volatility that accompanies many botrytis wines. The palate is very thick and the acidity seems shy though the stats say otherwise at 10 g/L. RS 12.7%, alcohol … Continue reading

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