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Big Rivers is a catch-all name for the large geographic zone that spans several wine regions within New South Wales and parts of Victoria, Australia. It’s named for the Murray, Darling, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers. This is bulk wine central of Australia’s wine industry, and produces nearly three quarters of all of the wine in New South Wales. 
 
It is divided into four subregions:
 
Riverina is the largest of them and produces most of the wine of Big Rivers, with perfect conditions for ample yields. The Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers run through it, providing much-needed irrigation to this hot, dry climate. The subregion Griffith, home of the famous sweet wine, Noble One, is located within it. 
 
Murray Darling is the second largest of the subregions and is just behind it in bulk wine production. As one would be right to assume, the Murray and Darling rivers provide the region’s irrigation for its wines, that are produced from Chardonnay Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Richard:I did work in the aerospace industry (as a contractor) but I'm now retired.  For what it's worth, I had not heard of Mauritson wines out here, but that Mirassou 2011 'Sunset Red' Pinot Noir blend at our wine tasting party comes from the same location (Healdsburg, CA). My wife has developed her own spreadsheet to track our wines in the ba... Read More

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  • Darrin Vogler is about to take the "Snarky in a nice way" title from ... mostly).  I think the big rivers in Burgundy are the Saone and the Yonne, while the Loire forms one boundary of the region.  (The Loire--it's everywhere!) Lots of vines and wineries on the Rhone, but my last TGV from Geneva left the side of the Rhone before crossing into ... Read More

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  • De Bortoli Willowglen Old Tawny Port NV

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    Took half a sip, instantly spit it back out. The whole bottle went down the drain. Read More

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Nope, just a normal 375 sample bottle DV. As for the notes... Got to taste a bunch of Cabs yesterday on a visit to see Mike Smith and had a couple for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Mike was topping his '12 Myriads so I tasted though the whole lot and he also did a sample blend of his 7 Dr Crane Reserve barrels of which he also gave me a small... Read More

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  • De Bortoli Db Cabernet Merlot 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by rvy aurora


  • De Bortoli Sémillon Noble One Botrytis 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by MarioRobles


  • The Accomplice Shiraz 2010

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    The Accomplice comes from De Bortoli winemakers in Australia. It's a good example of a typical Australian shiraz: spicy and a splash of freshness. And it's also a nicely priced wine (about 5,-). I tasted the 2010 and 2012 vintage. The 2012 is not as convincing as the 2010, which was one of my favorites for a long time. Nice to drink on an eveni... Read More

    Wine review by piecesdevin


  • The Accomplice Shiraz Australia New South Wales 2009

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    The Accomplice comes from De Bortoli winemakers in Australia. It's a good example of a typical Australian shiraz: spicy and a splash of freshness. And it's also a nicely priced wine (about 5,-).I tasted the 2010 and 2012 vintage. The 2012 is not as convincing as the 2010, which was one of my favorites for a long time.Nice to drink on an evening... Read More

    Wine review by piecesdevin


  • Lots of options here. Some of the exceed your pricing range but WTF, "go big or go home" right? You do have a cot set aside for me though. Don't you? ;)RRV2008 Holdredge "11"2011 Holdredge "Rolling Thunder"2011 Holdredge "Shaken Not Stirred"2006 Rhys Alesia Green Valley2008 Williams-Selyem Allen 2009 Sandler Keefer Ranch2009 Gracianna Bacigalupi... Read More

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  • De Bortoli Willowglen Old Tawny Port NV

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    The richness of pine nuts, tastes the way big fresh tomatoes picked fresh off the vine smell.A hint of gummy eucalyptus one expects from an Australian wine. Caramel and burnt sugar.It's really, really rich. I'm very much enjoying it right now. Read More

    Wine review by zygmuntsmw


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