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Nov
28

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst Red Wine 2012

Swartland’s old-vine material seems to permit two approaches to red wine. The first is single variety wines made mostly from Syrah, focused on expressing the unique amalgam of that grape’s

Nov
10

Greenstone Shiraz Heathcote 2008

I have a mission to taste more Aussie wines from the smaller artisanal producers working in the lesser known regions, which are now greatly underappreciated and often represent a good

Oct
8

Two Sparkling Reds from Australia

Sparkling and red wine are not common associations for most. Beyond Lambrusco, these two genres rarely come together. Australia, however, has had a long passion for Sparkling Shiraz – one

Oct
7

Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz 2004

Australian wine has dropped off the map in North America. In B.C., top bottles from Barossa used to heavily populate the shelves of high end wine sections. It was even

Oct
12

E&E Black Pepper Sparkling Shiraz 2004

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most challenging meals to pair effectively with wine given the myriad flavours and textures on offer at a traditional banquet. Sweet and tart cranberry

Aug
13

Philip Shaw No. 89 Shiraz Viognier 2004

Shiraz Viogniers are all the rage in Australia right now – but not too many of them are grown and produced in Orange, New South Wales like this wine. Distributed

Jun
24

Petaluma Shiraz 2006

I have generally enjoyed the wines from Petaluma, being particularly impressed by their Coonawara red blend. This shiraz is certainly not your typical Aussie fruit bomb. The nose on this

Mar
11

Greenock Creek Alice’s Block Shiraz 2000

One of the other amazing elements of California’s wine scene is the ability to buy vintage bottles of wine with superb provenance at reasonable prices. I picked this particular bottle

Dec
6

Ben Glaetzer Godolphin Shiraz/Cabernet 2005

Catch up time. I drank this quite some time ago – in fact, before I did the Premium Aussie tasting. Sometimes getting all the notes down can get a little

Nov
24

Penny’s Hill Footprint PHV Rows 9-14 Shiraz 2004

Here we are back in McLaren Vale so soon. Penny’s Hill is a little producer that has pushed a niche for itself in the Vancouver market – a well deserved