Wines of the week at the Mount Lawley Golf Club


Even if you view golf with my jaundiced eye, asserting as Mark Twain is alleged to have said, “a good walk ruined”, the clubs and surrounding grounds can certainly be classed as attractive and restful. Mt Lawley is to my eye one of the ...

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Wines of the Week – 5


2014 Miles from Nowhere Rose Sourced from vineyards around Cowaramup (my early boyhood home) this is a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, with a little Petit Verdot for good measure. Soft salmon in colour, it shows pronounced cherry ...

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Ugly Duckling


Ugly Duckling is a small winery on West Swan Road, opening up to the public around 2011, with a tasting area at the back of a little California bungalow style cottage. Since then a covered al fresco area has been set up, as well as other ...

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Wines of the Week – 4


Ironwood 2013 Riesling From Gene and Mary Harma’s lovely little winery on the Porongurup Road, comes this excellent expression of Great Southern Riesling. Pale straw in colour, this wine has an aromatic nose, floral and underpinned by lifted ...

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Plume Estate Vineyard Café


Plume Estate is the newest of the wineries in the Bickley/Carmel Valley region of the Perth Hills. They opened to the public on Easter Saturday and I went along to taste the wines and have a look over the place. And I was their first ...

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Clarences is one of a growing number of small bars and trendy restaurants on the Highgate/ Mount Lawley strip along Beaufort Street. It has been around for a while now and has become a very popular spot if the crowd last Monday night was anything to ...

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Wines of the Week – 3


As I think I have written before, we have been drinking wines from Carmel Valley winery Myattsfield quite a bit lately and three of those are reviewed here. Josh and Rachel Davenport really are turning out some top quality wines, and they are well ...

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Riverbank Estate


Riverbank Estate restaurant has a lovely outlook over vines rolling down to the Swan River and across to Woodbridge House on the far side. The veranda, shielded by heavy cafe blinds is the prime place to sit - in winter gas heaters add a touch of ...

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The Garden


Once upon a time I spent a lot of time on Saturdays at the Leederville Hotel - prior to and after watching the mighty West Perth toy with the opposition at Leederville Oval. When Subiaco and the pseudo-Eagles came to infest the hallowed ground, the ...

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Moss Wood Retrospective Magnum Tasting


Moss Wood, my pick as the winery producing the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia has been bottling a limited magnum edition of the flagship wine since 1991. And I have been buying one of each vintage and storing them and admiring them but until ...

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