Monthly Archives: September 2014

Chain of Ponds Diva Sparkling NV, Adelaide Hills

Who says cheap sparkling has to be hard to swallow? It’s not too early to be thinking about Spring Carnival, and this could be one of the affordable alternatives for your party. Chain of Ponds releases a vintage sparkling for $60 … Continue reading

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TarraWarra, Yarra Valley (No Cistercian monks = no beer room)

TarraWarra Estate was established in 1983 by the Besen family on the land originally owned by the founder of The Age , David Syme. Nearby, the Cistercian monks established their order, but if the monks at TarraWarra Abbey had drawn on … Continue reading

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Kalleske Clarry’s GSM 2012, Barossa Valley, SA

AUD$20 direct from winery. (Current vintage 2014) Intense black ruby-purple colour, a fresh sweet bouquet of black plums, blackberries, mulberry jam, hints of black olives and espresso roast. A full-bodied wine as expected from the warm ripe vintage conditions of 2012. … Continue reading

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Mas de Libian Vin de Petanque 2011, Coteaux de l’Ardèche, Rhone Valley

This is a ‘natural’ Vin de Pays hailing from an organic clay-limestone (with flat stones) vineyard in the Ardèche department of South-Central France. The Thibon family have owned the estate since 1670 and have developed it into a biodynamic operation since 2005. … Continue reading

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Domaine de l’Oratoire St Martin Cuvee Prestige 2010, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone

A great way to kick off International Grenache Day celebrations. From the fantastic 2010 Rhone Valley vintage, made with fruit off vines planted in 1905 (109 years old!), this is a 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mourvedre that sent 18 months … Continue reading

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