Key Wine Reviews


Weekly reviews of around a dozen wines and all for Free!


Elegant South Australian Shiraz

South Australian Shiraz

Shiraz, straight and blended, all from South Australia. Warning: some say these wines are not good for you. They can go… Glaetzer ‘Amon-Ra’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015: Such a naughty nose. It’s all that one loves to indulge in, but shouldn’t because some health freak says it’s not good for ...
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Chardonnay more chardonnay and a couple of others

Chandon ‘Brut’ 2013: Nice biscuit nose, very good acid balance but fruit falls away at the end ( being picky) 94 points OK price at $41 Allegiance Wines ‘Fortuity’ Orange Region Prosecco 2016: Clean nose fresh and vibrant on the palate good dry edge, all it should be 92 points ...
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The Phil Lehmann sextet plays the Trocadero

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Trocadero Holistic nightclub, the hottest, hippest most swinging jazz club in Adelaide, and all parts of the universe. It’s New Year’s Eve, but guys, it’s New Year’s Eve every night, so let’s celebrate the New Year 2017, maybe 1963 and 1956, and ...
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Three shiraz, two cabernet sauvignon wine reviews

Five wines: Three shiraz, two cabernet sauvignon wines, four regions and three vintages.  Mitolo ‘The Nessus’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016: It’s young, and the nose is wonderfully fresh, vibrant fruits. I’m sure it will get more complex and probably go through a dumb stage as well, but for now it’s ...
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International Chardonnay Day fizzer, great Chardonnay wines

I think some of these wines were sent for review to coincide with International Chardonnay Day on 25 May. What a fizzer that was. Is any date in the year given to a variety or style of wine worth time and effort? I’m not convinced varieties, like saints, need a ...
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Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

A mixed bunch I try to arrange tastings in groups, and when transferring the notes to publication also run a theme. But there are always wines that miss out or didn’t fit at the time, so now and then I offer a mixed bunch. Here’s one of them. Hatt et ...
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The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

McLaren Vale shines yet again One white and heaps of red wines, its not my pick just what turns up for review. The industry harmonises itself with consumer requirements. White/rose/sparkling in spring summer and reds/fortified in winter. Personally I’ve not really followed seasonal trends in drinking I'm just as happy ...
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Family producers show their wares

Keep it in the family Two families: one based in the Adelaide Hills the other in the Mornington Peninsula. Both make good wine, and importantly care deeply for the land under their care. Need more be said? Paradigm Hill Mornington Peninsula Riesling 2016: Light on the nose but clean. A ...
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Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Why merlot and riesling? I had a lot of untasted merlot and riesling on the bench. In the main merlot is not a grape I care for when it’s solo and please don’t write saying what about Château Petrus? Its so many years since I drank even tasted Petrus I ...
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The nitty-gritty end of wine retailing

Nitty-gritty wine retailing There are plenty of wines retailing at less than $20 it’s the nitty-gritty end of retailing and the most important. Enter any Dan’s or First Choice store, and the selection is huge. Add Aldi and stores such as The Bottle-O and Cellarbrations, and there is no suburb ...
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