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Review: 2010 Greg Norman Shiraz

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.gregnormanestateswine.com/ The “Great White Shark”, Greg Norman – pro golfer turned wine lover back in the 1970s has been having wines produced under his name for quite awhile now. This particular Shiraz is from the Limestone Coast of Australia and would pair quite well with grilled meats. Technical Data: Appellation Limestone […]

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Review: 2012 Kilikanoon Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.kilikanoon.com.au/ Even though Australia is primarily known for its outstanding Shiraz, it’s also home to some very good white wines as well – like this 2012 Riesling from Kilikanoon. It’s dry, finishes very well and for sure plays along very well with various kinds of food. Technical Data:  Residual Sugar: 1.8g/L […]

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2009 Molly Dooker Carnival of Love – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.mollydookerwines.com I love the name of this wine as – to me – it reflects the fun and somewhat non-conformist attitude of Sparky and Sarah. It’s a  $90 Shiraz that’s ready to go Chuck Norris on your palate and karate-chop to shreds any kind of heavily sauced / bbq meats […]

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2009 Molly Dooker Velvet Glove – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.mollydookerwines.com.au To me, wine is always about place, time and who you’re with. It’s as emotional as love can be – and like love, should get better with time. For Molly Dooker’s winemakers, Sparky and Sarah, love and passion are what drives them to produce the best possible bottle they […]

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2009 Jacobs Creek Sparkling Moscato – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.jacobscreek.us Few wines scream summertime refreshment like bubbly and even fewer wash back picnic-friendly foods like fried chicken, hot dogs and potato salad than pink-ones. All the way from Australia, this 2009 Jacob’s Creek has the right combination of bubbles, dryness and flavor profile to make most any summertime picnic […]

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Review: 2009 Mollydooker Enchanted Path

By Duane Pemberton Winery Website: http://www.mollydookerwines.com Mollydooker is known for making wines as big as the personalities are of the folks who run the winery and for garnering a lot of good score from traditional wine media such as Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. This Enchanted Path wine is a Shiraz/Cab blend that combines big, […]

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2009 Molly Dooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

For owners and winemakers, Sparky and Sarah, winemaking is about having fun, keeping it real and producing wines that people will flock to in droves. Of course it helps to have cool labels, but inside the bottle lies pure nirvana for fans of the new-world style of winemaking. It’s definitely NOT for everyone, however, it […]

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2008 d’Arenberg Noble Wrinkled – Review

There is a good form of rot that takes place in vineyards whenever the producer wants to make a sweeter-style wine and that is what’s commonly referred to as “noble rot” – hence the name of this wine, “Noble Wrinkled”.  Noble rot makes the sugars more concentrated and the grapes come in looking more like […]

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2009 Frisk Prickly Riesling-Muscat

By Duane Pemberton Leave it to the Aussies to take a popular varietal and find a way to ignite it into a fun, tasty package that’s sure to have mass appeal. The 2009 “Frisk” wine is a Riesling with a splash of Muscat Gordo tossed into the mix. The Alpine Valleys – where the grapes […]

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2006 d’Arenberg Sticks and Stones

Australian winery, d’Arenberg, has been producing wines in the McLaren Vale region for a long time and uses vines that are well over 100 years old. For many Aussies, they are a go-to brand that have and should continue to offer quality wines for generations. One of its higher-end wines is the Sticks and Stones […]

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2008 Plantagenet Riesling

Plantegenet Wines is located in the “Great Southern” region of Australia – where an English migrant named Tony Smith bought some land and planted grapes. He started off with Cab Sauv and Shiraz – later planting Riesling. While I know many folks don’t think about Australia for great Riesling, I can tell you that after […]

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A pair of 2007 Reds from John Duval

There is perhaps no more well-known Australian winemaker, in America, than John Duval. The pedigree and fame he acquired back in the glory-days of Penfold’s Estate have been well-deserved and have continued to this day to follow John around. His approach to making world-class wines has clearly spoke for itself over the years – get out […]

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Brokenwood Semillon 3-way Review

As many Americans are discovering riesling as a wonderful white grape  - Austrailan wine producers are really ratcheting up their production of an often over-looked grape – Semillon. This grape is typically a very food-friendly wine with good acidty that leaves your mouth feeling very clean afterwards – it’s generally not a variety that folks […]

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Kangarilla Road from down-under – Review

Kangarila Road winery, located in the McLaren Value appellation of Australia, has been producing wines since it acquired its land back in 1997. Owner, Kevin O’Brien prides himself in producing everyday wines that have a distinct reflection of the down-under attitude, flare and style.  Priced to be relatively affordable, these wines fall into the $14-25 […]

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2006 Oxford Landing Viognier

From the land of Austrailia comes this Viognier which proves to be rather light on the pocketbook at just under the $8 price and with it brings some interesting twists on the American Viogniers we’re more acustomed to. There is absolutely no question that Austrailia really built its wine reputation with the wonderful Shiraz grape, […]

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2006 2up Shiraz

Winery Link I figured it was about time to head across the Pacific and pull in a couple of wines from Austrailia – you know- the land “down under”? Home of the “Crocodile Hunter”, Foster’s “It’s Austrailian for Beer”, Austrailian Rules Football and other famous things? Yeah, those folks – they really do make a […]

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