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Part of Yalumba's Samuel's Collection, the fruit is sourced from Eden Valley vines perched 535 metres above. It's an enjoyable wine that sits right in the 'reliable' zone and is sure to please.
The tentacles of the Hill-Smith family reach far and wide in the wine game but this Shiraz is a tribute to Wyndham Hill-Smith who fended off the MCC when playing cricket for an Australian XI in Perth way back in 1932. Wyndy was batting at 6 with some other guy by the name of Bradman, who was coming through the ranks I hear, batting at 3.
A really enjoyable Cabernet from the Yarra Valley's Long Gully Estate. Loaded with varietal interest, cool nights in front of the fire pit or the footy, you choose.
Big, rich and dense, this is a cupful of muscular Shiraz. It's that ripped dude at the gym fuelled by protein shakes and boiled eggs - and I love it!
I traveled to Waipara in February 2020 and fell in love with the place. Less than an hour from Christchurch airport, we found a cozy place to stay at Georges Road winery. The Wine Pod is brilliant. Go there with your loved one.
What struck me about Waipara is the finesse of the wines. Pinot rages on in this district (like most in New Zealand), but Waipara Pinot is different. It really speaks to me. There is some depth yet it possesses a salivating medium-bodied appeal. The fruit isn't overly dense yet has some carry. There is some vitality about the wine too, not to mention the soils that hum along in the background. This Pinot Noir from Scout is a ripper.
A quick look at Andrew Thomas' new Two of a Kind release - his traditional blend of Hunter Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz.