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This Gewürztraminer 2018 from Lillydale Estate, their first in over a decade, is fan-bloody-tastic. . Aromas of peach, lychee, pears and apple cinnamon spice and a fresh n’ deep palate of pears, honeydew melon and clove stewed apples. . Apparently these guys also have a new chardonnay on the way soon. Definitely be looking out for that one too I reckon. #lillydaleestate #yarravalley #Gewürztraminer #wine #tastingnote #whitewine #yvwine #winenote #benstastingnotes

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Too hungry and eager to taste take-home lasagne from @joe_slinger in Healesville so no ‘before’ 📷 just two ‘after’ clean plates. . Perfect comfort food and a nourishing dinner for this cold night. . Warming 2013 Cab Sav from @elmswoodestate a perfect wine match too. . #wine #lasagne #joeslinger #healesville #elmswoodestate #yarravalley #cabernetsauvignon #comfortfood #delicious

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Smashing Viognier from @paringaestate this is. Textural, bright and crisp with abundant stonefruits. Peach n’ pears on the nose, apricots n’ custard on the palate. Hope it’s not finished before dinner. . #paringaestate #viognier #morningtonpeninsula #mpwine #Wine #winetasting #AustralianWine #visitvictoria #winetime #winery #winestagram #benstastingnotes

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Unreleased 2106 Shiraz from @tarrahillwines and 2018 homemade shepherds pie. Perfect pairing for Fathers Day. #yarravalley #shiraz #tarrahillwines #vineyard #winestagram #wineyarravalley #wine #fathersday

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Fathers’ Day has been absolutely delicious so far. Thanks @paulinka_ania ❤️ #delicious #fathersday #breakfast #pancakes

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This 2014 single vineyard Marsanne from @handpickedwines is luscious. Aromas of caramelised pears, apricot danish and grilled peaches, with a palate of all that and a splash of honeyed nuts. Mouthfeel to the max. #marsanne #winenote #handpickedwines #yarravalley #yarravalleywine #wineyarravalley #honeyednuts #winetasting #winestagram #benstastingnotes

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Hump Day? No worries. Get some 2014 ‘Katherine’s Paddock’ Chardonnay from @levantinehill into ‘ya. . Nose of brioche, peach and a hint of buttered popcorn (like from a couple seats away at Gold Class) and a delicate palate of stone fruit, Granny Smith apple and zingy lemon zest. . Bottle 2486 of 2988. . #levantinehill #yarravalleywine #chardonnay #wine #winetime #yarravalley #winewednesday #winenote #benstastingnotes

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Need to make some room. 🍷 In. My. Belly. Exciting wine from an exciting producer. Cheers Eli, @colleenaj @radiobridgeman and Team @levantinehill and congratulations on your international, national and local successes. May they keep on keeping on. #levantinehill #yarravalley #yarravalleywine #wineyarravalley #yvwine #winerack #winningwine

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NEW resource for Vegan winelovers just launched @vinoforvegans 🍷. Follow ‘em for easy peezy list of vegan friendly wines and other good stuff. #veganwine #australianwine #vegan #wine #winelovers #natural #wineforall #sixacreswines

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Aromatic, delicious and generous—and that’s just the food. Congratulations @dylanmc_sevest @tonylayton01 @spthogersen @bell5296 and the entire team @seville_estate on a new Must Taste experience in the Yarra Valley. We had a fantastic time last night, stimulated and 100% satisfied (read ‘full’) by the whole menu and on point wines. Highly recommend. PS Check out the ‘Yum’ story on @yarravalleycellardoors for full picture of deliciousness experienced. #sevilleestate #yarravalley #yarravalleywine #yarravalleyfood #dinner #foodstagram #winestagram #new

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Thanks John for a thorough tasting of the range @crittendenwines today. Just now drinking the Grigio and looking forward to popping open the other takeaways soon. #crittendenestate #morningtonpeninsula #wine #winetasting #pinotgrigio #pinotgris #pinotnoir #chardonnay #savagnin #shiraz #mpwine

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Hump day? Naa, Top Day! Fantastic tasting today @tarrahillwines with winemaker and owner, Jonathan Hamer. We went through everything including how to make Le Batard (add some cool climate Shiraz to your cool climate Pinot Noir). Out of the box Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and ‘represent’ Valley floor Cabernet. Then there’s the top scoring Shiraz. No cellar door but join there mailing list for a personal invitation to a once-a-year open day. #yarravalleywine #tarrahillwines #yarravalley #wine #winetasting #chardonnay #pinotnoir #shiraz #cabernetsauvignon #yvwine

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Lunch @dominiqueportet today, complete with a winery tour courtesy @gerhardmorey made Hump Day a hoot. Classic French dishes with top Yarra Valley wine, and then a guided peek behind the winemakering curtain. Thanks team, DP! #dominiqueportet #winery #cellardoor #yarravalley #yvwine #yarravalleywine #lunch #frenchstyle #frenchfood #frenchwine #inspired

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Go get ‘em Tony! So happy for me mate n’ Yarra Valley local and widely experienced wine/restaurant/hospitality professional @tonylayton01 who is busily preparing behind the scenes for the opening of a new eatery @seville_estate 🍷 Historic winery going through a renaissance and Tony in charge of the nosh offering and much more (just wait for the wine list!) Watch that space. #sevilleestate #winery #restaurant #finedining #yarravalley #cellardoor #new #yvwine

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Chef’s table for lunch? Don’t mind if I do. Lovely way to enjoy my mate, Tim’s company and get fuel for the road. What a treat @themabel__ today. Thanks mate. #themabel #lunch #delicious #mates #asian #chinesefood #masterbroth

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Checking out @sab.brewery tonight. Crisp, clean and flavoursome both, Pale and Golden Ale. Impressive set-up and good value meals too. Thanks Mum and Dad for living around the corner 👍 #standrewsbeachbrewery #craftbeer #independentbeer #beerstagram #morningtonpeninsula #fingal #visitvictoria #paleale #goldenale

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Loving the new wines on tasting @yarravalleycellardoor including Italian varietals from @robdolanwine a 2015 Syrah from @livzakwine and a couple of booming Shiraz from @seville_estate 👌🍷 Put together with the other Yarra Valley gems from @santolinwines @squitchylane & @warramundawine and it = shamalangabingbang. Which means outstanding. #yarravalley #wine #yarravalleywine #robdolanwines #santolinwines #sevilleestate #squitchylane #warramundaestate #livzakwine

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In wine-town Healesville this weekend? Why not hop aboard @yarra_valley_rickshaws for a #healesvilletasting tour? Meet Paula at 2pm, 242 Maroondah Hwy (at Alchemy laneway) on Sunday 4th March and after tasting 10 of the best Yarra Valley wines @yarravalleycellardoor then sipping on some homegrown gin, vodka and moonshine @alchemydistillers take a ride to taste more YV gems @payten_and_jones @fourpillarsgin @wattsriverbrewing and @graceburnwineroom 👌 Beer, wine and spirits, Yarra Valley style. PS Get some delish food by @joe_slinger too 👍 #yarravalleyrickshaws #healesville #yarravalley #wine #beer #spirits #yarravalleybeer #yarravalleywine #yarravalleyspirits

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