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Grape Expectations 10 June Max Crus (Simon Hughes)

At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)

Reviews for

Gartelmann Diedrich Hunter Valley/Clare Shiraz 2014, $45. A friend once remarked that you wouldn’t want to die with money in the bank, so not sure I’d want Died Rich on my tombstone, and I‘d want to drink this before the bludgers at my wake did. 9.1/10.

Gartelmann Jonathan (Mudgee) Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $35. Grandkids get spoiled these days don’t they? This is named after patriarch Jorg’s off spring. Hope he appreciates it at his 21st. 8.8/10.

Tar & Roses Sangiovese 2016, $24. Tar and Roses sounds like a hard court victory and Margaret would surely be into tarring and feathering so why not Tar and Roses? 8.6/10.

Tar & Roses Tempranillo 2016, $24. Anyone for tennis? No? Anyone for tempranillo? That’s better. 8.7/10.

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2015, $22. What makes this $1 dearer than their sauv’ blanc? The oak presumably. Unlike Margaret, this is young, modern and very approachable. 8.8/10.

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Holland Creek Riesling 2016, $20. This is a baby bear riesling, not too tart, not too dry, not too fruity. Mmmm, sleep on it. 8.7/10.

The Straits Times, 10 June, Anjali Raguraman

The Margaret River wine region in Western Australia is typically known for its cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, chardonnay and blends of sauvignon blanc and semillon.

But one renegade winemaker from the region, Mr Nic Peterkin of L.A.S Vino, is flipping the script and forging his own path, with the likes of Albino PNO (a pinot noir- chardonnay blend) and The Pirate Blend NV (made with three Portuguese grape varieties). Full story

M2Women, 6 June, Isaac Taylor

The Art of Great Taste – The Rare 2012 Yalumba “The Caley” Cabernet and Shiraz

The article is little more than the media release from Yalumba, read here, the review is (we assume original)

It is savoury with hints of pepper, blackcurrants and has smokiness on the nose and luxurious smoothness on the palate, with hints of tobacco, leather, mocha, blackcurrant and berries.

The Islander (King Island), 8 June, John Rozentals

Stimulating the senses in Barossa

I’m lost in a very, very special place … the historic cellars of Seppeltsfield, right in the heart of the Barossa Valley.

Around me are casks of port from every vintage since 1878, when Benno Seppelt, eldest son of Silesian-born Seppeltsfield founder Joseph, laid down a barrel of his best to commemorate the opening of the family’s new cellar… Full article

South China Post, 8 June, Sarah Wong

Four years after his controversial exit from Torbreck, the winery he founded in 1994, the irrepressible Powell is back, with son Callum in tow, making cool-climate wines that blend power with elegance…Full story

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