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Wine Of The Week

St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2012 $38 Value: excellent

This is the number two in St Hallett’s clearly delineated hierarchy of shiraz, starting with Old Block at the top. It’s a superb shiraz in its own right: deeply coloured with rich toasty and mocha aromas, and masses of sweet black fruit flavours on the palate. There’s abundant smooth tannin and a long finish. Delicious now and for many years to come. Best 2006 to 2032. 14.5 per cent alcohol. 93/100 - Huon’s Wine 360

Food: aged hard cheeses such as Reggiano; red meats such as braised venison.

Stockists: Georges Fine Wine, Sydney; Wine Republic on Brunswick Street, Melbourne; Dan Murphy’s 

Ranked #15 of 83 2012 Shiraz tasted from Barossa Valley

Price Benchmark: $48.63
Avg 93pt 2012 Shiraz tasted from Australia

Winery Rating: 95.8
Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

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Filed under wine of the week St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012 Reggiano braised venison Georges Fine Wine Sydney Wine Republic on Brunswick Street Melbourne Dan Murphy’s

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Brew

Moo Brew Pilsner, Tasmania $7 / 330ml Value: good

This refreshingly light but intensely flavoured beer has an easy-quaffing style that is refreshing and more-ish. It has a light amber colour, an attractive bouquet of malt and subtle hop notes; the palate light to medium weight and refreshing, with plenty of hoppy bitterness and a very clean finish. 5 per cent alcohol. 94/100

Stockists: The Oak Barrel, Sydney; Purvis Cellars Richmond & Surrey Hills, Melbourne 

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Indulge Yourself

Mayer Granite Pinot Noir, Upper Yarra Valley 2013 $55 Value: excellent

A gorgeous pinot of great perfume, delicacy and drive. The colour is full red-purple and it has delightful cherry and spice aromas, with nicely handled oak making a contribution. There’s density and gravitas in the mouth, terrific depth of flavour, richness and fleshy texture. Now to nine years. 13.5 per cent alcohol. 95/100 - Huon’s Wine 360

Food: pan-roasted duck breast

Stockists: City Wine Shop, Melbourne; Australian Wine Centre, Sydney

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$20-$35

Gundog Estate Poacher’s Semillon, Hunter Valley 2014 $30 Value: good

The colour is pale and the pristine aromas remind of lemon/citrus with some freshly-fermented peppermint notes. It’s light, ethereal, very delicate in the mouth with crisp, tight structure and good persistence. A fine young semillon with a bright future. Now to eight years. 11 per cent alcohol. 93/100 - Huon’s Wine 360

Food: crab with avocado

Cellar door (02) 4998 6873, or web gundogestate.com.au

Filed under cellar talk Gundog Estate Poacher’s Semillon Hunter Valley 2014 crab with avocado wine reviews

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Under $20

Richard Hamilton Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 2014 $19.95 Value: good

A fresh, vibrant, zingy young sauvignon blanc which smells of tropical fruits including passionfruit, as well as pepperminty estery notes. It’s bright and refreshing in the mouth, with a clean invigorating finish. Now to four years. 12.5 per cent alcohol. 89/100 - Huon’s Wine 360

Food: fish and chips

Stockists: Grape & Grain, Moorabbin; Chambers Cellars, Neutral Bay

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