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Ben Haines Marsanne Warramunda Volta Brackets 2016 750ml

Rated 92 - A vivid white with cooked apple and pear aromas and flavors. Some waxy texture, as it should be. Drink or hold.
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Ben Haines Pinot Noir 2019 750ml

Rated 91 - In a similar vein to the previous vintage, Ben Haines’s Pinot is bright, aromatic and red fruited, underpinned with notes of baking...
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Giant Steps Chardonnay 2019 750ml

Rated 95 - The latest vintage of this noteworthy producer’s Chardonnay is singing. A harmonious, multifaceted nose offers notes of bright citrus,...
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Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 750ml

Rated 91 - In typical Mac Forbes style, this is a restrained, textural and classy drop. It starts a little reductively, highlighting salty,...
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Punt Road Chardonnay Napoleone Vineyard 2018 750ml

Rated 93 - A lively white with sliced green-apple, lemon and stone aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Layered and flavorful. Drink now or...
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Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2010 750ml

Rated 94 - Brilliant ruby. Intense red and dark berry, licorice, cigar box and candied rose scents are lifted by a vibrant mineral overtone. Sappy...

Australia Port Phillip Victoria Yarra Valley

Whilst most of Australia consists of arid deserts and dense bushland, the oceanic coasts to the south of the country have a terrain and climate ideal for vine cultivation and wine production. It took several decades of failed attempts at the end of the 18th century in order to produce vines of a decent enough quality for making wine, but since those first false starts, the Australian wine industry has continued to grow and grow. Today, wine production makes up for a considerable part of the Australian economy, with exports in recent years reaching unprecedented levels and even overtaking France for the first time ever. Whilst the greatest successes in regards to quality have been the result of the Syrah grape varietal (known locally as Shiraz), Australia utilizes several Old World grapes, and has had fantastic results from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and more. As the Australian passion for locally produced wine continues to develop, wineries have begun experimenting with a wider range of grape varietals, meaning that nowadays it isn't uncommon to find high quality Australian wines made from Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Viognier, amongst many others.

The Australian region of Victoria is the country's most historically significant wine region, with vine cultivation and wine production going on there since the mid 19th century. In those times, Victoria produced over half of all Australia's wines. However, today, despite having a huge number of wineries, Victoria has begun to focus on quality over quantity – many of the six hundred wineries based in this region produce wines made from lesser known grape varietals, often producing fascinating wines full of character, but made from vines with far lower yields and a considerably smaller audience. Today, most of the viticulture in Victoria takes place near the cool, coastal region around Melbourne. However, recent years have seen irrigation projects help wine makers grow vines in the more arid parts of the region, with a wide range of grapes now being grown.

This is yet another dynamic region, with new vineyards appearing every year. At only an hour's drive from Melbourne it is the second coolest region in the state, and quite rainy. The area is known for its rolling hills and vineyards featuring a variety of grapes including Australian Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.