Western Australia

    Moss Wood Cabernet sauvignon 1999

    The last two bottles I tried were from a warm cellar, in contrast this bottle has been in my wine fridge since purchase. The cork was crusted with tartrate crystals and mostly I thought the shape was better, though in end my opinion was unchanged. The opening few minutes is the most convincing. The nose in particular is deep and ...

    7 readers - By Wino sapien

    Weekly Interview: Blair Poynton

    Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Blair Poynton, the director and winemaker at Jed Wines. Blair Poynton Blair hails from Perth in Western Australia – located just a few hours’ drive along the coast from Margaret River. So, Blair explained to me, youngsters in Perth got exposed to wine “whether they like it or not.

    5 readers - By Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Six stunning wines – all delicious and all under a tenner!

      Matthew Jukes - - 5 readers - Six stunning wines for Tom Kerridge’s dishes in Weekend Magazine today. 2013 Martinfort, Carignan Sélection Vieilles Vignes, Pays d’Herault, France (£7.40, Tanners tel. 01743 234455 & www.tanners-wines.co.uk). Tom’s Duck and lemongrass kebabs need a juicy red rather than a rich white to match their charms and this old vine Carignan is just the ticket.

      6 superb wines including 4 ‘lighter’ versions

      Matthew Jukes - - 5 readers - I have included no less than four ‘light’ wines in this week’s collection for the dieters out there. This column coincides with the Hairy Bikers’ lighter recipes in Weekend Magazine. 2013 Dr. L Riesling, Loosen Bros, Mosel, Germany (£8.99, Majestic). I love German Riesling and it is always lower in alcohol and high in class and grapey flavour. Dr. L is 8.

      A QUARTET OF POSH CHARDONNAYS

      drinkster - - 2 readers - Kooyong Faultline Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2012 $60; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; 92 points There's not much of your actual fruit to sniff here: no peach or melon aromas or much of what you'd normally expect to find rising from a glass of your actual Australian Chardonnay. Hang on: Maybe there is some melon: the crinkly skin of the canteloupe, the rock melon which is w ...

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      Moss Wood Cabernet sauvignon 1999

      … The last two bottles I tried were from a warm cellar, in contrast this bottle has been in my wine fridge since purchase. The cork was crusted with tartrate crystals and mostly I thought the shape was better, though in end my opinion was unchanged. The opening few minutes is the most convincing. The nose in particular is deep and satisfying…

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      A QUARTET OF POSH CHARDONNAYS

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      Six stunning wines – all delicious and all under a tenner!

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      Giant Steps Sexton Chardonnay 2012

      … I think this is stylistically closer to the Arthurs Creek than the Tarraford. There's more stone than creamy augmentation and something green springs from the glass. . . The mouth is greater than the nose. . . The sensory impact on the tongue more telling and demanding than the scent which seems to belong something else. It's bitter and pith like…

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      Vasse Felix Cabernet sauvignon 2001

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      Weekly Interview: Blair Poynton

      … the fold. What is your general winemaking philosophy? Everyone says it and I agree – be true to your fruit. Don’t try to make a wine that doesn’t want to be made. Resist the (very human) temptation to interfere when something appears not to be going right. Nine times out of ten, the wine will work itself out on its own and you will end up with a more…

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      … I've sniffed and cooked with fresh and dried Bay leaves before, but never sequentially or with intent. The larger green leaves have a softness and roundness to the their scent, they seem more complete, though milder and warmer. More nutmeg and cinnamon and less point. The dried leaves are sharper and more focused - with menthol, eucalyptus, cloves…

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      Blind Corner Governo 2014

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