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The current release of the Gran Reserva, and it showed the top quality both of the 1994 vintage, and Tondonia. As José-Luis advised, this …

Charlie Melton’s accidentally mis-translated Château-Neuf-du-Papes blend. Equal Grenache and Syrah, with 4% Mourvèdre. Mid ruby-garnet. Ripe, refined plum and ripe raspberry. Meat development to …

Clearly infanticide, but this was Grenache in a different league. Deep purple. Brooding, deep nose with a distinctive dusty and schist minerality layered over …

Pretty good, and classically-styled Chateauneuf from a producer I’d not come across before. An exam wine. What was particularly noteworthy was that the alcohol …

In a fortuitous meeting at the Yalumba Cellar Door, Jane Ferrari set up a 6am vineyard tour & tasting, including Pewsey Vale Rieslings, that …

Found in 28-50, and… well… what the hell! Always a gamble, but this 41 year old bottle, though fully mature, had not hollowed out, …

A duplicate entry here – the other one is in my previous book – but the difference is a little more tannin maturity. Still …

This wine is well-rated, but disappointed on opening the first of 12 of these, so opened another a few days later. Better, but still …

Very interesting to try a pure McLaren Vale Grenache – particularly as it was denser, and more tannicly structured than the Barossa – just …