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Five Rosés for this Summer



With the heat of summer approaching there is nothing quite like the versatility of a pink wine. As refreshing as a white with a long line of lively acid with more body and deeper berried flavours.

There has been a recent movement towards the Provencal style of rosé.  A style which is a pale salmon in colour, with little residual sugar or sweetness and a silkiness that comes from some time on lees. The best of these wines are made with fruit specifically chosen for that wineand have a savoury edge of cream, spice and maybe some gentle dried herbs such as lavender to the ripe berry fruit.
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It’s Friday!! ….

orchidsEach week we will post three wine suggestions just when you are thinking about what you want to do this weekend, or planning your week next week. 

Let’s face it – it is always good to have a recommendation ready for your next trip to the bottle shop.  And each week I will include the treat of the week! However, this week’s Weekly Wine-d Down simply cannot be missed for that summer feel!

So ….

Click here for your suggestions for Friday, 21st November 2014 ….

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Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

katnookfbcsAn enjoyable introduction to the Coonawarra from the Katnook team renowned for their consistently good reds from the region. Founder’s Block is the introductory tier and is a good source of excellent value wines that are approachable, food friendly & more importantly gluggable.  There has been a real effort to keep this wine ‘real’ with around 20% of it finding its way into barrels to give the wine structure from which to hang the soft ripe fruit.

Ripe blackcurrant, chocolate and warm cinnamon wrap around prominent tannins on the palate which add body and dimension.  The fuller body is bolstered by fleshy, juicy fruit making. On the finish there is some sweet mint.  As good to drink with Bangers & Mash or a Sunday roast.

Date: August 2014   Price: $16 – 22   Value: $$$    Drink: 2  -  3 years

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Bleasdale The Iron Duke Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


According to the Potts Family, ‘there’s a story in every glass’, and apparently, the ‘Iron Duke’ in this case is an Read More

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d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones Tempranillo, Grenache, Tinta cao, Souzao 2010



d’Arenberg has recently given many of their wines a fresh, slick new look and The Sticks and Stones 2010 is now sporting distinctive new togs.

An allsorts bag blending Spain (Tempranillo and Garnacha/Grenache) and Portugal Read More

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