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Skirting the south-west Australian coast for over 200 kilometres (125 miles) and pushing northwards back into the hinterland almost 100 kilometres (60 miles), this is a very large region even by Australian standards. It ranges from the coastal, maritime subregions of Albany and Denmark to the unequivocally inland and continental subregions of Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River; from fat country to lean, with large areas untouched by vineyards. In these circumstances it is indeed surprising that there is such a degree of coherence in the wine styles being produced as to make generalizations possible. The potential of the region is vast; its sole physical limitation being that of water availability, the issue of salinity, and the distance from the manufacturing and marketing resources of the eastern states. The subregions are Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup, all of which are now registered under Australia's Geographical Indications legislation. As one moves Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Alkoomi

    Alkoomi is renowned as a consistent producer of elegant, flavoursome wines of the highest standar...

  • Ferngrove Vineyards Ltd

    This 5 star winery is situated in Frankland River, some 360 kms south of Perth in Western Austral...

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  • Ferngrove Off-Dry Riesling Frankland River 2015

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    Aromatic aromas of petrol and tea leaf with delicate peach and green apple up front. Carries a definite touch of sweetness in the mouth with loads of puckering acidity and lemon flavors, more petrol notes, white grape and a tropical finish with more lemon pith and some melon notes. Read More

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  • I'm really enjoying the tasting notes, too.  I think Red has a style that would be useful for a magazine that doesn't have a long-time wine-drinking readership.  If there was an introductory version of WS or WE, she'd be great.So gamay is the grape of Beaujolais (except for the tiny bit of white, which uses Chardonnay and/or Aligote), but there'... Read More

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  • Greetings, Im a wine drinker from El Paso, Texas. Industry is government with a moderate salary and lifestyle. I first started drinking wine about 13 years ago when I came across some very cheap but drinkable wines from Yellowtail, Lindemans, etc., wineries.  I like cabs primarily and merlot and syrah to a lesser extend. I also enjoy tempranillo... Read More

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  • D, '10 is way more epic in Barolo than Barbaresco, and '09 in Barbaresco missed some of the problems of Barolo in that vintage, IMO. Okay, finally got my post up re: SMV. I deliberately did not mention the Falcon Crest connection, although I am willing to wager that I am the only Snoother who has been in Abby Dalton's Rolls Royce.  (Not a prop, ... Read More

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  • Thanks for continuing to follow up Red, and tell us more about yourself, you seem like a cool person. We see so many folk drive by here and take off for good, so that's part of why we appreciate it that much more. So yeah the next thing you might try cutting out is "grocery store wine", which is code for the industrial stuff DV mentions. You nee... Read More

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  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being so kind to me and so patient. I`ll try not to praddle on too much in my posts so as not to become a bore. I`m going to have a great time looking into the wines and wineries you mentioned EMARK and DV , you have really got my feelers up about this industrial wine you speak of. I hav... Read More

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  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

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  • Keenan has harvested Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

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  • Keenan has harvested Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

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  • If anyone wants a counterpoint to CA (or Portuguese) Trousseau, as well as an interesting, refreshing white that isn't the same as chardonnay from there (which itself is different to that from nearby Burgundy), grab what you can from this offer of Ian Cauble's, if any's currently left. Good stuff. Apologies for the messy formatting. That emailer... Read More

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