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"Wines made for eating", nice tagline from the Hastwell and Lightfoot crew - a brand name I feel I've known for an age. 

Initially deep and dark, before the onset of lighter and brighter fruit sitting at its core. It's boysenberry, perhaps a suggestion of raspberry in the frame too. 

I'd paired this with some kebabs that we'd liberally introduced to some oregano, so that herbal - and Mediterranean - association ran long. 

The tannin feels a little gruff, almost ferrous; the wine itself carrying an air, a lightness as it springs across the palate. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 15th March, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au

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Beautifully fragrant from Canberra District's Shaw Estate here. It's all manner of things, ranging from crisp green apple and kaffir lime, to a little bath salt and delicate soft tropical fruit.

I'd personally be looking to harness those aromatics and marry to some spice, think Thai green mango salad or such, pack some heat, add some scallops even - for an Aussie take on a classic.

At 5g residual it's not sweet, but there's a little unfermented in there and that adds to the texture and body. Doubly adding to its case as a screamer for some chilli, in my humble.

Tasted on: Wednesday 13th March
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawwines.com.au

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Grassy, citrus, over a milky sage like aroma. Certainly speaking of its lead component. Assertive acidity combined with the tropical nuances provide the wines initial energy.

The passionfruit essence giving way to an amalgam of spice and flint-like notes. Good blending here, fine wine. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd March
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Alkoomi's White Label range offers some of the best value wines amongst their respective varieties. This Sauvignon Blanc no exception, offering what the variety does from the cool Frankland River region in Western Australia's South-East corner.

Exuding the grassy, herbaceous notes for which the variety is oft associated. The pungency is not lost on the palate, subtle tropical nuances aid that further, on the back of a pleasing acidic length. 88

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd March, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Plays a strong aromatic hand; by way of creamy apple, fresh podded pea and a citrus meets vanilla aspect.

The aromatics are where its strengths lie, there's a textural fullness to the wine, but seemingly at the expense of further flavour and presence. 

Pulling up a little short, it sits proudly in a position as something of a summer quaffer. Pair with a creamy seafood pasta to kick an evening off! 88


Tasted on: Friday 15th February, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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From 6th generation winemaker Trent Burge, honouring the region and the variety for which it's renowned. 

Deep set, plum, evocative, richly expressive. Hints of nut, coconut even - not so much swathed or swaddled in oak, but that's there too with its come hither coffee and vanilla ways. Framed, perhaps is how one sees it. 

Thick, rich, upfront fruit presence, before fine - yet firm - tannins sweep across the palate. Has a presence, length, and certainly possess the presence and structure to suggest it will age well. Length is flowing, the gentle ebb of spice across the palate. 94 

Tasted on: Sunday 10th February,  a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $80
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.barossaboywines.com.au

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Killerby is owned by Ferngrove winery, and whereas the owner produces great wines down in Great Southern, Killerby is a Margaret River focussed producer with a cellar door in Wilyabrup on the prime Caves Road.

Stonefruit, wafer oak, fig, somewhat delicate aromas - no bad thing in Chardonnay!

Spiced, creamy French oak, elements of Vanilla. Fine-bone acidity with a suggestion of textural width through lees stirring. Complexity here, contrast to the aromatic delicacy: stonefruit, lime, perhaps some ginger spice indicative of some barrel ferment character. 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 14th October 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.killerby.com.au

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Quince and bruised apple aromatics, melon, a hint of baked tart - rather slightly browning pastry.

Delicate zip, fine minerality - unlike many Prosecco it has a gentle tickle of petillence rather than the aggressive and voluminous bubbles.

Second taste, a line of citrus acidity, possessive of a good tickle across the palate. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 3rd November 
Source: Sample
Price: $21.50
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Crown Seal
Website: https://www.pizzini.com.au

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Bright and vibrant intro, all blue fruit and leaf at its heart. There's a drying, dusty element sitting, lurking in the background.

Smoothly medium bodied. The palate is a little off, the silken body somewhat offsetting it. Lacking a little in flavour - particularly compared to the intro. Reasonable, given the ask 87 

Tasted on: Friday 12th October 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawvineyards.com.au

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Rich, chocolatey, a malty edge framing the wine. Oak on display, handled somewhat sensitively.

Unwilling to release the wine that it has nurtured through its formative years. A powerhouse, having a compelling presence: oak, spice - pepper in the main. 

Its tannin structure is forceful, the sudden onset reminding this is a wine of substance - and not for now. Possessing the structure to last, there's a slight flash of warmth, minor, from a generous vintage. The finish though, seemingly perpetual. 93

Tasted on: Saturday 8th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $75
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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