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Best of Bandol

Posted by David on 20th Jul 2017

It might seem strange that in the midst of winter my mind turns to Provence, a region synonymous with rosé. But within Provence lies the magnificent appellation of Bandol, whose signature wines are deep, rich and intense reds made predominantly from Mourvèdre. Despite my penchant for lean, esoteric or ‘sommelier’ wines (as a tasting companion of mine cheekily describes them) there are times when what I really want is a smooth, plump and generous red. And that’s Bandol rouge, a per
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Crisp Winter Whites

Posted by David on 6th Jul 2017

Winter goes hand in glove with the alpine-like freshness of an aromatic white from the region of Savoie (pronounced Sav-wah and sometimes anglicised to Savoy).  The region of Savoie is in eastern France in the Alpine area bordering on Switzerland. A fairytale land of snow covered peaks, mountain streams, green hills, wildflowers and lakes, it’s also the home of ski resorts like Val d’Isère, Courchevel and Méribel. Many of the region’s wines bear a white cross on a red background whi
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Agly Duckling

Posted by David on 15th Jun 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of tasting the latest release from Ron Laughton’s joint venture in the south west of France, Agly Brothers Côtes du Roussillon 2014. This is the third vintage I’ve tasted and it just seems to get better each time. It’s a style of wine I really enjoy and one that I think more winemakers will emulate. It combines a new world generosity of sun-filled fruit, with old world savouriness and a tight, lean structure. Previously Ron has hosted the tastings, however
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Heavenly Hunter - The Scoop On Semillon

Posted by David on 1st Jun 2017

I don’t drink enough Hunter Semillon. I had the revelation a few weeks ago after opening a bottle of Tyrrell's Vat 1 2005, one of six I had lovingly cellared since release. At 12 years old it had a sublime balance of youthful vigour and aged complexity. I polished off the rest with friends soon after and I’m regretting that I didn't have more of this magical wine in my cellar.  The majority of the world’s Semillon is found in southwest France, most notably in Bordeaux. Here it’s
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Winemaker of the Year 2017 - Sarah Crowe

Posted by David on 18th May 2017

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a lunch with winemaker Sarah Crowe. Like most in the room, I was excited to get an insight into the first woman to win the prestigious James Halliday Winemaker of the Year for 2017. Sarah grew up in ‘The Gong’ and did her first stint in the wine industry in the Hunter when she joined Brokenwood in 2001. While she was there, Sarah commenced a degree in viticulture, also managing to squeeze in vintages in Oregon and the Rhône with Paul Jaboul
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