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Wine of the Week • 8 March 2021

Zusslin Grand Cru Pfingstberg Riesling 2011 Tracing its origins back to 1691, Zusslin is now in its 13th generation. Located in Orschwihr between Colmar and Mulhouse, their Grand Cru Pfingstberg Riesling 2011 is a tightrope balancing tour de force between cooked apples in compote with star anise, lychee, honey, minerally fruit …

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Wine of the Week • 4 March 2021

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1996 Planted to 52% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 39 hectares are divided into 45 plots which have clay, large and small gravels, and sandy soil. Comprising 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, Cheval Blanc ’96 is in its tertiary plane. The fruit …

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Star of Muscadet

Vincent Caille is the 5th generation proprietor/viticulturist/winemaker of Domaine Le Fay d’Homme Domaine Fay d’Homme is mentioned in the highest regard and in the very same breath as 5th generation proprietor/viticulturist/winemaker Vincent Caille. This star of Muscadet has progressed from sustainable to organic to biodynamic winegrowing. As a result, wild tulips which had disappeared have now reappeared …

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Wine of the Week • 10 February 2021

Vincent Caille, a top producer of Muscadet Domaine le Fay d’Homme Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2019* Vincent Caille is a highly respected name in viticulture and winemaking. His entry-level Domaine Fay d’ Homme Muscadet sur lie is biodynamic from average 40-year old vines, and fermented with wild, natural …

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Wine of the Week • 1 February 2021

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2017 When St Henri Shiraz was first released commercially with the 1957 vintage, it was priced identically with Grange Hermitage (as it was called then, 1952 being the inaugural commercial vintage). Whereas Grange loves new oak (American), St Henri prefers the fruit to be completely unplugged. …

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Wines of the Week • 27 January 2021

Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling 2020 & Penfolds Reserve Bin 19A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019 Highly regarded for their reds, not enough credit is due Penfolds for their stunning whites. You will certainly sit up when either of these two riveting wines are in front of …

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Wine of the Week • 19 January 2021

Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2002 The 2002 vintage is sandwiched between an exceptional 2001 (which many Bordelais – myself too – prefer over 2000), and the rather austere heat-ravaged 2003. Although not a great vintage, 2002 can be good to very good. Being overlooked, 2002 represents exceptional value, as is the case …

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Wine of the Week • 12 January 2021

Chateau Haut-Brion 1998 The 49.8 hectares are planted to 46% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Haut-Brion also makes a small amount of white wine (550 to 650 cases annually against 8,500 to 10,200 cases of the red), and the 2.9 ha of vineyard are …

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Wine of the Week • 21 December 2020

Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2011 Garnet, ruby, and a tinge of tawny on the rim. Blackcurrant, eucalypt and mint. Complete with a whiff of sandalwood. Evolved, elegant fruit delivered by soft tannins with a gentle grip on the finish. Freshness, finesse and harmony. Medium-bodied.  The winner of …

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Wine of the Week • 17 December 2020

Yattarna 2018 Time truly flies. This is the 24th vintage of what is otherwise known as the “White Grange”. For the simple reason it is the most highly priced, and prized, white wine of Penfolds. Yattarna was launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage. I am embarrassed to say I don’t …

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