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qaz

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Yarra Yering’s new 2019 merlot: The ‘cheaper’ wine that costs $105
I’m particularly impressed by the viognier and shiraz released under the top Carrodus label from 2019.
But I keep coming back to Crowe’s 2019 merlot – It’s a fantastic example of the grape, a testament to the quality of the vineyard, a benchmark for the variety in Australia.


AG96:
  • Blain Gagnard Batard Montrachet 2018
  • Delas Fereres ‘Les Bessards’ Hermitage 2018
AG95:
  • Brokenwood ILR Semillon 2011
  • Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2011
  • Tolpuddle Chardonnay 2019
  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018
  • Bests Bin O Shiraz 2017
TG96:
  • 2018 Tony Bish Zen Chardonnay
  • 2010 Craggy Range 'Le Sol'
(2019 Te Mata Coleraine - TG94)

  • 2008 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Riesling
  • Penfolds Bin 389 1998
Barolo 2000-2020 vintage chart by Giuseppe Vajra via Winefront:
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Walter Speller's classification of Chianti Classico

Blue Poles Vineyard - April 2021 Newsletter - Mark Gifford
If you are to cellar some wines, I feel you should set yourself some ground rules:
  1. Only buy what you can afford. Do not max out a credit card on a couple of wines that seem vitally important – forget about it – wait 2-4-6 months and it is likely just as awesome wines will be on offer.
  2. Get yourself a wine cellar. Be that a wine fridge if you do not have access to a cellar/ storage. Just makes sense to take care of a product that goes to custard in the heat (and also the cold!)
  3. Buy multiples – 3 if you are not sure (but excited), 6 if you are confident or the price is stretching you, and 12 for the full experience. Trust me, when you buy a dozen of a wine the first time you think “I’m bonkers” – but you are not, you are a dead set genius.
  4. Remember to drink them. This is the biggest failing of nearly everyone who owns a cellar – you just avoid enjoying the product you actually bought to consume.

How Well Do Wines Age an Update - David Farmer (Glug)
I am regularly asked to comment about aging wines and cellaring and the following update was in response to a customer looking to cellar wines to open at stages with his daughters.
In pre-premox days I would happily have suggested that a top-quality white burgundy could be kept for up to 20 years. Nowadays I feel I may be risking it to suggest ten. And I would argue that the qualitative difference between a five- and 10-year-old white burgundy is less than the Riesling equivalent would be; Chardonnays seem to gain less complexity with time in bottle (wild generalisation alert). Although I much enjoyed the 2017 vintage of the most unusual Tuscan Chardonnay Querciabella Batàr the other day.
The classic exception to this is Chablis, the far northern outpost of Burgundy, whose wines, all made from Chardonnay, have traditionally relied less on oak than on acidity and really can evolve enormously and beneficially in bottle. I have enjoyed 40-year-old examples.
 
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JH98:
  • 2019 Mount Mary Yarra Valley Quintet
JH97:
  • 2019 Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay
  • 2019 Mount Mary Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
EL98:
  • 2019 Standish Lamella Shiraz
  • 2016 Standish Lamella Shiraz
EL97:
  • 2019 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier
  • 2019 Standish The Standish Shiraz
  • 2019 Standish Schubert’s Theorem Shiraz
AG95:
  • Jacques Selosse ‘Initial’ Blanc de Blancs NV
  • Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2004
  • Alice and Olivier de Moor Chablis Coteau de Rosette 2018
 

qaz

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  • Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2018 - HH95
  • Auntsfield Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2018 - HH95
  • Radburnd Merlot Cabernet 2018 - HH96
  • 2007 Bollinger R.D. [Aÿ, France]
  • 2019 Otherness Urth Riesling [Clare Valley]
  • 2018 Box Grove Off-Piste Roussanne [Nagambie Lakes]
  • 2019 Millstream Chardonnay [Gippsland]
  • 2020 Delinquente Hell Arinto [Riverland]
  • 2019 Oakridge 864 Henk Aqueduct Pinot Noir [Yarra Valley]
  • 2019 Ostal Levant Un Coeur Simple [Cahors, France]
  • 2019 Seppelt Arrawatta Hill Shiraz [Great Western]
  • Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old Single Malt [Campbelltown, Scotland]
  • Koko Black X Modus Operandi Hazelnut and Chocolate Belgian Stout [Sydney]
 

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