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It’s Friday!! ….

fireworks 300_200Each 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, 22nd August 2014 ….

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A very savvy 25 years for Shaw + Smith

Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc

In July, Shaw + Smith celebrated the release of the Shaw + Smith 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, as well the new vintages of their other acclaimed wines. So far, 2014 has been another big year for this winery. Following this year’s win of three trophies including Best Australian Red at the International Wine Challenge for Shaw + Smith 2012 Shiraz, the team are celebrating their 25th Sauvignon Blanc vintage release. Read More

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The latest from Wirra Wirra

Here are two recent releases from Wirra Wirra:


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Woodhenge Shiraz 2012 ($35) – Rich black fruit characters up front with olive, cinnamon spice and caramel chocolate in support.  A very gluggable wine with fine tannins that will softly shape your mouth and finish it on a smile as the length lingers. A bold juicy and full bodied red that shows generosity and complexity but is not just for big red lovers. Good drinking now or after a sojourn in the cellar.

The 12th Man Chardonnay 2013 ($31) – A chardonnay that you can share with friends with or without food. Ripe fruit with a creaminess that slinks across your tongue followed by crisp by a sweep of soft acid that keeps the length in line.  The complete package is well integrated, fleshy but not plump. Don’t serve this one too cold, the subtle oak needs a more relaxing temperature of around 8 degrees.

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Bird in Hand Nest Egg Joy 2007


The top fizz from the Bird in Hand team made from Pinot Noir in the traditional method with 18 months on lees. I love the packaging, the bottle has sensuous lines and the labelling is uber stylish. The wine inside is comparable to popular branded Champagnes around the similar price.

The tight nose and texture of this wine adds to its allure.  Ripe berries and cream meld with lightly toasted brioche and nougat. The bubbles are fine and creamy and the finish is dry and crisp. Joy should not be reserved only celebrations, but it has enough character to enjoy with seafood and lightly flavoured starters for a special dinner.

Bottled Joy!! Who could ask for more.

Date:  31 May 2014   Price:  $75    Value: $$   Drink: Now – 3 years

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Canberra Cellar Door Trails


An easy drive from Sydney, the cellar doors of Canberra offer ample incentive for even the most reluctant wine tourist. From big red lovers to crisp delicate white lovers and everything in between. Add to that some great food and local produce and you have the ingredients for a great day out.

Driving from Sydney or, Read More

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