The Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2009

I love cats and I find the sound of the phobia names interesting, therefore I wanted to try wine, The Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2009, named after a cat and a phobia of an empty glass ;) Let’s check what the story behind the name is! “Growing up, fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, had a large ginger cat with blood shot eyes named Non Alcoholic Booze. In typical Australian fashion this was shortened to Booze after he was caught cleaning […]

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Teusner Joshua GMS 2013

“For anyone who has ever met my business partner Mick Page and I, it would come as no surprise to learn that the idea for Teusner Wines was conceived at the pub over a few beers. That first wine, like Mick’s first son, was called Joshua. Since the first vintage (2002) was released, the recipe hasn’t changed a whole lot. Typically a blend Grenache (68%) and a chunk of Mataro (23%) from 100 year old vines at […]

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Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV

I’m not a big fan of sparkling reds but I enjoyed them in Australia. D’Arenberg’s Peppermint Paddock was one of the best I tried. It was interesting to try a wine made from not very popular hybrid grape variety – Chambourcin. What this wine has in common with peppermint? “Surrounded by peppermint gums, the block that was replanted in 1989 to Chambourcin, which is a hybrid variety, has proven itself as a successful variety for red wine […]

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The Money Spider Roussanne 2013

I don’t like spiders (although I’ve learned my lesson in Australia!) but I adore Roussanne grapes and wines made from this grape variety, therefore the Money Spider sounded as an interesting ‘blend’ for me. Let’s check out what links the wine with the spiders: “d’Arenberg planted Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne in the mid 1990’s, and the first crop of Roussanne from the 2000 vintage was covered in a sea of tiny “Money Spiders” (Erigoninae). Popular belief is […]

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The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2010

I fell in love with aroma of this wine the same second I put my nose over the glass! It is a typical South Australian blend, the famous GSM, from 2010 vintage which was quite hot at the beginning of the season with mild to cool nights later on and just little rain. How does d’Arenberg explain the name of this wine? “These old, dry grown bush vines grow in shallow soils on hard rock, requiring hand […]

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The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006

I am still amazed by this wine, it’s balance and complexity. I’ve tasted many wines in Australia, but this one I keep in my mind as an exceptional masterpiece. Where the name comes from? “Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That […]

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The Dry Dam Riesling 2007

I remember being excited while visiting d’Arenberg’s cellar door last March; at the same time I was a bit stressed while wondering whether I will make it with all the wines from their portfolio or not. I hadn’t tasted all the wines, but I tried enough of them to appreciate the diversity of the brand; The Dry Dam Riesling 2007 was the first of them on my tasting list. What’s the story behind the name of this […]

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d’Arenberg – the art of being different

A visit to the McLaren Vale almost obligates to visit one of the most famous wine producers in the region – d’Arenberg. Just a few seconds in the cellar door and you see how much this place differs from the others. A huge amount of medals and awards, very well-trained and professional staff, a massive portfolio of wines and pleasantly commercial ambience in the cellar door make a visit very attractive and memorable.   The d’Arenberg story with […]

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Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is how Serafino Wines describes their Black Label series of wines (Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is one of Black Label wines): “Serafino black label wines are selected from our premium estate vineyard’s in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale has a diverse mix of soil types and vineyard orientation that enhance the complexity of Serafino Wines. Distinctive varietal and regional characters are captured in all the premium black label wines and we hope you will enjoy these wines […]

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Serafino GSM 2012

I will start with winemaker’s notes about Serafino GSM 2012 as it may help you understand better the style of this wine: “The fruit was destemmed into small open fermenters and allowed to spend between 1 and 2 weeks on skins in order to optimize colour and tannin extraction. Post primary fermentation, the ferments were gently pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in a combination of French and American oak. At completion of the secondary ferment, […]

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Serafino Reserve Grenache 2012

Serafino Reserve Grenache 2012 is a part of Black Label series of wines – let’s see how Serafino Wines describes the wines from the series: “Serafino black label wines are selected from our premium estate vineyard’s in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale has a diverse mix of soil types and vineyard orientation that enhance the complexity of Serafino Wines. Distinctive varietal and regional characters are captured in all the premium black label wines and we hope you will […]

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Chancellor & CO Classic Dry White 2014

It was another hot day (35-40 degrees) in Australia, I was tired and bored and M. was still at work, while I decided to go shopping. ‘Go’ as ‘walk’, because there was no bus connection from our house in Port Willunga to the closest wine shop (about 30 mins by foot). I was planning a risotto dish for dinner, therefore I was about to buy a cheap white wine (15$) to use it for cooking but a […]

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FLATMATES from McLaren Vale- come and check out their neighbourhood

After I’d visited McLaren Vale I realized how little I used to know about this beautiful region. I knew more or less where it is, I could describe soils and climate and I was able to say what types of wines are being produced there; but that was all. No details, no closer view, a not-real imagination. Now I know that books cannot give me the general picture of the region but to really get to know […]

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