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Seabrook The Merchant Shiraz 2016

The Seabrook name is synonymous with wine in Australia. From expert wine judges to negociants, exporters and in the last few generations as winemakers with Hamish Seabrook being the 5th generation involved in the wine industry. His range of Seabrook wines have expanded from originally being a Victorian Shiraz to now cover wines from his own family vineyards in the Barossa and fruit from contract g...

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz 2015

One of the bonuses of all this COVID madness is that its given me time to clean up around the place. Last week I moved a box to find a sample wine from Huntington Estate that had somehow escaped and become hidden away under a pile of stuffed toys. The timing was perfect for our regular Wednesday tastings, and cracked the top off the Huntington Estate 2015 Special Reserve Shiraz, more commonly refe...

What makes a wine “Premium”

what makes a premium wine "premium"

What the heck are Tannins?

Ever wondered just what the heck tannins are anyway>

Bannockburn Chardonnay

Stuck at home and thinking about the possibility of starting a cellar when this COVID is over?

Take Away Foods and drink matching

Wondering what to match with your take away food whilst all this madness is happeniig?

All the way with Rosé!

the beast that is Rosé juggernaut shows no sign of stopping its momentum in the Asutralian wine market. And nor should it really. We are seeing more and more of the style drafted in the dry savoury end of the spectrum, our lifestyle, climate and foods we enjoy just work so well with the style of wine. The days of it just being a summer quaffer is gone as this savoury style drinks well year ’...

Angullong Wines

About 350kms west of Sydney, and 35kms south of Orange, nestled in the foothills of Mount Canobolas sits the vineyards for Angullong Wines. It’s one of the largest vineyards in the area with a total of 220 hectares or 550 acres under vine. The property has been in the Crossing family since 1950 and has been run as a successful sheep and cattle station prior to diversifying into grape growing...

Coopers Vintage 2019

I’m a huge fan of the Coopers Vintage beers. and if money wasn’t an issue then it would probably be my everyday beer. I’ve watched the beer evolve over the years from having its fancy gold foil cap wrapper and copper plate writing on its label, to becoming a slowly less fancy labelled beer, now with a plain circular and generic-ish label. I love watching how the beers evolve in t...

James Squire THE WRECK PRESERVATION ALE 2019

So its taken me a little while to get around to reviewing this drop from the Lion owned James Squire. I never managed to get my hands on the original 2018 release up here in FNQ but happened to find the 2019 in one of the mega liquor stores locally, where I should mention you are are able to purchase it online still. There is a great back story to The Wreck, which I don’t have space to go in...

Campo Viejo

Its not often that I see samples of imports, but a few weeks ago we sat down to what is probably the best known name in Rioja wine. Campo Viejo, Spain’s Winery of the Year, (now fully imported by Pernod Ricard) has won its the sixth Winery of the Year award, cementing their place as the “go to” Rioja wine, the region best known for its Tempranillo. But its been at the cutting edg...

Chateau Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda is one of those names that have been synonymous with wine in Australia, especially the Barossa. Constructed in the late 1880’s by some of the first winemaker’s in the Barossa, its vineyards are home to some of the oldest plantings in the Barossa, dating back to the 1840’s, and its Chateau is Australia’s largest and oldest wine Chateau. Built 40 metres into a Tanunda hillside to pro...

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