Tag Archives: Merlot

Lonely Grape TV #135 Ruffilli Estate 2009 Cabernet Merlot

I am fast becoming a big fan of this family based label. For somebody who is not the biggest Cabernet fan this is another beauty. Check out the rest of my thoughts.

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McLaren Vale Wines – Dowie Doole

Dowie Doole has moved it’s tasting facility to it’s headquarters on California Road. They were previously at the Salopian Inn with Gemtree wines until recent times. The new facility is well set up at the end of a small vineyard … Continue reading

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Mclaren Vale Wines (really from Adelaide Hills)- Griffin Wines

Griffin Wines are in the hills above McLaren Vale and are classified as Adelaide Hills GI.  I have decided to review them as they are so close to McLaren Vale.  The Griffin’s (Trevor & Val) arrived in Kuitpo in the … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wines – Marienberg and Fern Hill Estate

The Marienberg Cellar Door has just re-opened after refurbishment of the adjacent restaurant.  They have also moved the cellar door location onto the McLaren Vale Main Street.  This looked like a smart move as previously the outlet was around the … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wines – Leconfield (home of Richard Hamilton Wines)

This cellar door is one of the new classy style – with lots of new wood, stainless steel and glass.  The driveway shows off well manicured vineyards with lots of red roses (the roses also act as a early waring … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wines – Middlebrook Estate

Middlebrook is a McLaren Vale restaurant and function center that specialises on Weddings (where the Rotunda comes into it’s own).  I have been visiting the cellar door on an infrequent basis since 1986 and the inside of the function center … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wines – Gemtree

    Gemtree shares it’s cellar door with Dowie Doole – at the Salopian Inn – check out my review of Dowie Doole. The cellar door offers wine flights with cheese & lavosh breads and 6 wines.  The wines are … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wines – Dowie Doole

Dowie Doole has their cellar door combined with Gemtree Wines in one of McLaren Vale‘s historic landmarks – the Salopian Inn.  The Salopian Inn has been famous for it’s high quality food using regional Fleurieu produce.  Under new management this … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wines – Maxwell Wines Part 2 Red Wines

Check out Part 1 of this review which talks about the white wines, mead (honey wine) and the fortified. The Maxwell Cellar door facility is also available for functions (including weddings) and from 1st October they will be offering the … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale Wine – Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards

Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards is one of the original vineyards of the McLaren Vale region.  First plantings were in 1859 with the Kay Brothers purchasing the property in 1890.  The current winemaker, Colin Kay, is third generation family winemaker.  The … Continue reading

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