Wine Week 237: The final episode.

After 5 years of talking about wine on our show the time has come to wrap things up.

With roughly 700 wines reviewed over the journey we thought we would take the chance, in this our final ever show, to look back a few of the ones that knocked our socks off.

Thanks to everyone who’s been part of the fun and mayhem of WineWeek!

Danny & Brad

The final wines are:

  • Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
  • Savaterre Chardonnay
  • Wynn’s Davis Cabernet
  • Penfolds Grange
  • Stanton & Killeen Vintage Port
  • All Saints Museum Muscat
  • Riesling, almost any Riesling
  • Kalleske Greenock Shiraz

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Wine Week 224: Time for a wine.

We’ve had a little break, but it’s time to get back to business! Brad spent a bit of time up around Beechworth in Victoria’s north east, and came back with a Chardonnay from Savaterre that is worth the wait.

Danny looks at a Brand’s Laira Cabernet that’s classic Coonawarra and Brad rounds things out with a funky bottle named The Squid’s Fist from rogue producers Some Young Punks.

This week’s recommendations are:

  • Savaterre Chardonnay 2009 ($68-$75)
  • Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($17-20)
  • Some Young Punks The Squid’s Fist 2010 ($21-25)
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Wine Week 203: What to wish for these holidays.

What more could you wish for this Christmas than great friends, family and wine? Our families know that making us happy is as simple as finding a great Riesling for a gift, and the Knappstein Hand Picked Riesling certainly hits the spot.

When Christmas dinner comes round Danny suggests you could match that baked ham with the Bay of Fires Pinot Noir. Yum! And when your wine gets called one of the top 10 in the world you might feel all your Christmases have come at once, just like the happy boys and girls from Schild Estate.

This week’s recommendations are:

  • Knappstein Hand Picked Riesling 2010 ($16-$20)
  • Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2009 ($28-$30)
  • Schild Estate Shiraz 2008 ($18-20)
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Wine Week 178: I see red, I see red, I see red!

Yesterday Australia found themselves with a new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. While some have been focused on the fact this is Australia’s first female PM, we’re looking at it a different way.

Yes, our new leader has flaming red hair!

So what better way to toast the new PM than with a few bottles of red?! We first raise a class to the “Power Fox” (as Crikey have dubbed her) with glass of sparkling red. The Fox Creek Vixen is a lovely way to celebrate an early morning coup as it goes beautifully with bacon and eggs. While some make fun of red-heads by calling them “rangas”, we prefer to check out the Ata Rangi Crimson. It has been known as the second stringer for a long time, but it seems good enough for the job at hand. Lastly we pay homage to the outgoing Kevin Rudd with the Brave Faces from Two Hands. A soft, supple wine that pays its respects to history and the people who tended the country’s vines before those in charge today.

This week’s recommendations are:

  • Fox Creek Vixen NV ($20-$23)
  • Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2008 ($30-$33)
  • Two Hands Brave Faces GSM 2008 ($24-$26)
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Wine Week 153: The Best Dozen of 2009.

It’s that time of year again! Santa’s packing his ute with presents for the good kiddies, and all us adults are wondering if there will be something special under the tree for us from the jolly man.

And it’s also the time of year when we announce the 12 wines that impressed us the most over the last year…. and then give them away to a couple of lucky friends of the show!

If you’re an email subscriber you get one entry into the draw to win one of two complete sets of our Best Dozen automatically. If you’re a Twitter follower you’ll get another entry into the competition. And if you’re a fan on Facebook then you’ve got another chance to win! Retweeting on twitter, or posting on your facebook wall with a link to the competition will get you another entry too! There are heaps of ways to give yourself the best possible shot at taking home one of the Best Dozen of 09 packs!

The Best Dozen of 2009 are:

  • All Saints Moscato 2009 ($15-19)
  • Pewsey Vale Riesling 2009 ($13-18)
  • Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigely Rosé ($16-$19)
  • Deen De Bortoli Vat 8 Shiraz 2008 ($8-12)
  • Yalumba The Scribbler 2008 ($16-$18)
  • Stefano Lubiana Primavera Pinot Noir 2008 ($28-$30)
  • Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir 2008 ($18-$20)
  • Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2007 ($30-35)
  • d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original 2006 ($16-20)
  • Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz 2006 ($80 en-primeur)
  • Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet 2005 ($40-45)
  • Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2006 ($32-35)
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Wine Week 128: That Shaw is a good Chardonnay!

Not that long ago Chardonnay was all the rage. But winemakers started churning out wines that tasted more like oak than they did fruit. As a consequence, the wine public turned its nose up at the one time powerhouse white grape and looked elsewhere for a refreshing tipple. But things have changed! There’s now a “new style” of chardonnay, and loads of wineries are trying to mimic the style. But this week we look at the original, the chardonnay that started the revival – the Shaw and Smith M3. As well we also check out two more South Australian offerings. Both are shiraz, while one is from a well established producer in McLaren Vale, while the other is from a young winery. Both are rippers!

This week’s recommendations are:

  • Maglieri Shiraz ($13-20)
  • Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay ($30-40)
  • Yelland & Papps Greenock Shiraz 2007 ($27-30)
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Wine Week 103: The Best Dozen of ’08.

In this, our final episode of 2008, we look back at our favourite dozen wines from the past year, and you could win one of two complete sets of the Best Dozen of ’08!

As always our criteria was to pick our favourite bottles based both on the quality of the wine and value for money. It would have been simple to pick the 12 most expensive wines but we think that there are some absolutely brilliant bargains out there. If a wine is a brilliant drop and is awesome value for money it ranks pretty high with us.

For your chance to win, all you need to do is subscribe to our weekly emails. You can get extra entries into the draw by sending the competition details out to as many friends as you like – for everyone who you refer you’ll get an extra chance to win one of the two Best Dozen of ’08 packs.

Following us on twitter also gains you an entry to win this fabulous prize valued at over $370.

The Best Dozen of ’08 are (in no particular order):

  • Clover Hill vintage 2003 ($32-38)
  • Leo Buring Clare Valley riesling 2008 ($15-18)
  • Wolf Blass White Label riesling 2002 ($38-40)
  • Charles Melton Rose of Virginia 2008 ($16-22)
  • De Bortoli Windy Peak pinot noir 2007 ($9-15)
  • Mike Press cabernet sauvignon 2006 ($10-14)
  • Charles Sturt University chardonnay 2007 ($13-15)
  • Hardys Oomoo McLaren Vale shiraz 2006 ($12-15)
  • Penfolds St. Henri shiraz 2004 ($70-90)
  • Yalumba The Menzies 2004 ($40-45)
  • Pirathon by Kalleske shiraz 2006 ($20-24)
  • St. Hallett Blackwell shiraz 2006 ($30-35)

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Wine Week 78: Something for a night on the town.

This week we look at a wine specifically released for “on premise outlets” which is wine speak for available only at restaurants and the like. We also look at two great offerings from Coonawarra perfect for a big celebration. The first is a classic cabernet from the region that is now under stelvin closure. The second is a Bordeaux blend that has all the big names gushing about just how brilliant it is.

In this episode we recommend:

  • Wynns Coonawarra Estate cabernet sauvignon 2006 ($23-32)
  • Shadowood Barossa semillon 2007 ($24)
  • Petaluma Coonawarra 2005 ($39-45)
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Wine Week 52: Christmas drinks.

Christmas is a time of cheer, and cheers! This week we look at three wines perfect to help you celebrate the holidays. The first is a moscato that’s a perfect starter if your Christmas day is going to be warm rather than snowy. The next is a big shiraz that would go perfect with those having a big roast on Christmas day. And our final wine is a Hunter Valley semillon that wont break the bank if you need to buy more than one or two bottles to make sure the extended family stay happy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from WineWeek!

In this episode we recommend:

  • Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley moscato 2007 ($16-18)
  • Majella shiraz 2005 ($28-34)
  • Tyrrells Lost Block semillon 2005 ($12-17)
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Wine Week 27: Three bargain wines worth celebrating!

As the end of the financial year is upon us, we thought it timely to present a couple of wines that wont break the budget, but will help you celebrate in style. First is a sparkling white with quality well above it’s price. Next we look at a great red blend from the Yarra Valley of a style growing in popularity. Finally we check out an inexpensive shiraz that’s both a good bet for cellaring and drinkable right now – what a combo!

In this episode we recommend:

  • Stephen John Blanc de Blanc NV ($14-15)
  • Yarra Burn Shiraz Viognier 2003 ($15-17)
  • Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2005 ($16-20)
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