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Is this the next most exciting cool climate variety after Pinot Noir? The team at Debortoli think so!

February 27, 2020

Like Pinot Noir? Like Beaujolais? Want to try a cracking example of Gamay (the grape variety used to produce Beaujolais) from winemaking genius Steve Webber, Chief winemaker at De Bortoli wines. Steve fell in love with Beaujolais whilst doing vintage in France and thought this light - medium bodied, fruit-driven variety, much akin to Pinot in style should do well in Australia.
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Halliday's favourite Riesling since his teens!

February 18, 2020

We love ourselves some quality Riesling here at Covert HQ and today's wine has been our pick over the last couple of months.

Hailing from almost 40 year old vines in Western Australia's Margaret River region, the 2018 Ashbrook Estate Riesling is an absolute stunner. It's cho...
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Cat in a space suit?

February 12, 2020

It is often said that more people have travelled to space than there are Masters of Wine (MW), and while that may be very true, there are many more MW's than there are cosmic cats. In a uniquely Gallic surge of innovation, 1963 witnessed France entering the feline space race via a cat named Félicette. Now immortalised on a wine that pays homage to those that think outside the box, Felicette is for all those who dream to be a little different. 
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Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc 2019

February 06, 2020

We'll be the first to admit, we are not the biggest fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc as a general rule. Often finding it lacking any real complexity, intensity, depth or regional character. We often head to Orange, the Adelaide Hills or the Sancerre region in France for our Sauv Blanc hit, looking for wines full of freshly cut citrus, vibrant acidity and most importantly, a distinct mineral, flinty, wet stone character top quality Sauvignon Blanc regions/vineyar...
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Sons of Eden Marschall Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018

February 25, 2019

When the big man (James Halliday, Australia's foremost authority on all things vino) talks, we and the rest of the Australian wine community generally tend to listen. So when Mr Halliday started waxing lyrical about a $30 Barossa Shiraz, awarding it 96 points, describing it as "An unashamed full-bodied shiraz that has perfect balance, a rare beast indeed. Blackberry, satsuma plum and polished ch...
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