Sobels Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Review

By on April 17, 2015 in Cabernet Sauvignon with 0 Comments
Sobels Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Review

Every now and then, I get given a gift. If I am really lucky the gift is a bottle of wine. Even better, is if the bottle of wine rocks.  The Sobels Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, was a gift on a recent visit from the family. I had the opportunity to enjoy it the other day. more »

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NSW South Wine Region

By on April 15, 2015 in Wine Region with 0 Comments
NSW South Wine Region

Like the Northern Rivers region the South Coast experience similar problems with the climate. Humidity, high summer rains , mildew and rot all impact on the production of wine. The winemakers of the region have discovered that the Chambourcin variety of grape is successful in the area; however Chardonnay Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are also more »

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Granite Belt Wine Region – Queensland

By on April 13, 2015 in Wine Region with 0 Comments
Granite Belt Wine Region – Queensland

There has been an increase in the vineyard population throughout Queensland over the past few years. It is thought that the  first planting of grape vines was in the Toowoomba region during the 1850’s by German settlers. Because of the size of the state the conditions for growing grapes is extremely varied. The Granite Belt more »

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De Bortoli – Windy Peak Pinot Grigio 2013 Review

By on April 11, 2015 in Pinot Grigio with 0 Comments
De Bortoli – Windy Peak Pinot Grigio 2013 Review

I have to admit, the first two or three mouthfuls of this wine I was a little disappointed with. I think I was really expecting something very similar to the Baily and Baily Pinot Grigio, I had the other day.  It was a heavy Pinot Grigio to taste, but once I got into it, it more »

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Jim Barry – The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Review

By on April 9, 2015 in Cabernet Sauvignon with 0 Comments
Jim Barry – The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Review

You know, you are on to a winner, when you go to the check out to pay for the latest bottle of wine, and the guy behind the checkout, starts raving about how good of a bottle of wine it is that you picked. I’ve had a wine from Jim Barry before, so I was more »

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Southern New South Wales Wine Region

By on April 7, 2015 in Wine Region with 0 Comments
Southern New South Wales Wine Region

There are three regions that comprise Southern New South Wales wine region, they are Hilltops, Canberra and Tumbarumba. Yugoslavian immigrants planted the vineyard at Hilltops at the end of the 1800’s, but apart from that, all three regions have only been producing wine for the past couple of decades. Barwang Vineyards In 1975 grape growing more »

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The Wine Recommendation’s That You Really Need

By on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The Wine Recommendation’s That You Really Need

If you’ve spent way to long at the bottle shop, browsing through row after row of wine, reading the staff recommendation and wondering which bottle to take home.  These are the staff recommendation’s that you really need to read…

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Vinaceous Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon

By on April 3, 2015 in Cabernet Sauvignon with 0 Comments
Vinaceous Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia certainly has a well deserved reputation for Red Wine production.  This bottle of Vineaceous Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is a testament to that.  I have now had a couple of wines from Vineaceous (read another review here) , and I would have to say each one is better then the last. This went down more »

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Baily & Baily Monkey’s Cousin Pinot Grigio

By on April 1, 2015 in Pinot Grigio with 0 Comments
Baily & Baily Monkey’s Cousin Pinot Grigio

I am a self confessed lover of Sauvignon Blanc, but since starting the Smashed Grape website, I have really made an effort to push myself into trying wines I normally wouldn’t.  That’s where Pinot Grigio, if Chardonnay is the sophisticated older woman, Pinot Grigio is the fun and bubbly younger girl. On a lazy Saturday more »

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Central Ranges of New South Wales Wines and Wineries

By on March 30, 2015 in Wine Region with 0 Comments
Central Ranges of New South Wales Wines and Wineries

The central ranges of New South Wales lies about 300kms inland in an area west, North West of Sydney. Mudgee is one of the oldest of this viticultural region. Newer areas are Cowra and Orange. German settlers planted the first vines in Mudgee in 1858, however it wasn’t long before more vines were planted and more »

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