Wine Reviews: Clare Valley Rieslings

Last weekend I had a bit of an urge for Riesling and opted for two very different expressions of the grape. I’ve waxed lyrical in the past about my love for Riesling and its inherent versatility (see my Spotlight Riesling post) and I think the two wines reviewed below perfectly demonstrate it. I took two wines – they were both 100% Riesling, they both came from the same country (Australia) and the same region (South Australia), zone (Mount Lofty Ranges)…

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Review of Lyme Bay Pinot Noir 2016 and much more…

Having spent many a summer holiday in my youth down in Lyme Regis and only fleetingly being aware of Lyme Bay Winery predominantly as producers of fruit wines and ciders, imagine my surprise and delight at the recent Wines of Great Britain Trade and Press Tasting to discover this winery offers so much more... A range of sparkling wines: from the finely nuanced Pinot Noir dominant Classic Cuveé 2013 - which was fresh and citrussy with lovely honeyed brioche…

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A 101 ON THE WINES OF ITALY (PART 2: Southern Italy and the Islands)

Firstly apologies on the radio silence on the blog front, things got a tad busy, but I’ve finally found a window of opportunity to get something done! In my last post I talked about the wines of Northern and Central Italy – home to many of the most well-known Italian wines and wine regions…think Chianti, Barolo, Amarone, Soave….the list goes on.  Having said that, for me (and I stress this is very much a personal thing), I am more excited…

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A 101 ON THE WINES OF ITALY (PART 1: North and Central Italy)

When I began putting together thoughts for this latest post it was initially going to be a one-blog piece, however I soon realised that I had bitten off more than I could chew and in order to do it justice (and not bore you all with a 10,000 word essay!) I needed to break it out into a number of parts so I’ve decided to look at it regionally, splitting the country into two: the North and Central Italy,…

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek 2011

Rummaging around my wine collection I came across this bottle I had forgotten I had.  Given it was from 2011 and bearing in mind Southern Hemisphere wines have vintage dates 6 months older than those from the Northern Hemisphere I thought we’d better open it.  That’s not to say NZ Pinot can't be kept for a few years…it most certainly can...but given it was edging 7 years now what better excuse to crack it open?! Saint Clair is a…

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