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Vasse Felix 2014 ‘Filius’ Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Merlot
24 February, 2017

One of the pioneers of the Margaret River wine industry, Vasse Felix has had an illustrious history since its establishment in 1967. The company has been owned by the Holmes a Court family since 1987, and Virginia Wilcock has been chief winemaker since 2008...READ MORE

Walnut Block ‘Collectables’ 2016 Sauvignon and Rosé
24 February, 2017

The Sowman family operate the Walnut Block label with wines from their 17 ha Rapaura vineyard that was established in 1996. The vineyard was certified BioGro organic in 2013. There is the more accessible ‘Collectables Series’ and the ‘Reserve’ styled ‘Nutcracker’ tier...READ MORE

Te Awanga Estate 2016 Strawberry Blonde Rosé and Pinot Gris
23 February, 2017

Rod McDonald resurrected the ‘Te Awanga Estate’ brand in 2010 following the acquisition of the 17 ha coastal vineyard. A cellar door is operated on the site, and the brand encompasses wines that are stylistically elegant, showing fruit clarity and focus, and positive aromatics...READ MORE

Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2016
23 February, 2017

The rosé wine category has grown enormously over the past few years. As with any style, there are trends, some driven by consumers, others by producers. It is said there is an increasing preference for paler, dry and less obviously fruity styles as made in southern France...READ MORE

Rocky Point Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
23 February, 2017

With two Bendigo vineyards, Prophet’s Rock has been able to expand and further differentiate the wine under the ‘Prophet’s Rock’ and ‘Rocky Point’ labels, these brands essentially reflecting the two vineyards.READ MORE

Stony Bank Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
22 February, 2017

The ‘Stony Bank’ brand is a secondary label of Forrest Wines in Marlborough, created primarily for export channels. The wines show proper varietal and regional character, and offer good value. Here, I review the 2013 Pinot Noir...READ MORE

Clarendelle 2012 Bordeaux Rouge and Amberwine
22 February, 2017

Clarendelle is the brand created by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, the owner and C.E.O. OF Clarence Dillon Wines, arguably best known for its Bordeaux Estate portfolio of Chateaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. The Clarendelle wines were designed... READ MORE

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