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Tenuta il Palagio 'Message in a Bottle' & The Police Regatta de Blanc. Yes, Sting makes a wine in Tuscany and the range is named after his various tunes. A wonderful thing about this range is the tantric-based inuendo one is afforded with the tasting notes: the finish lasts longer than Sting on a Saturday night etc etc. Also, he says himself that he sometimes site in the cellar and sings to the wine. This, and all of his wines though, are fantastic. From a terrific estate with a crack wine maker (Paolo Caciorgna), this Sangio-blend is from the already legendary 2016...

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Ata Rangi 'Crimson' 2016 and King Crimson 'In the Court of the Crimson King'. Lots of imitators. No equals. Ata Rangi launched Kiwi Pinot Noir the same as King Crimson did Prog-Rock: by inventing it, dominating it, owning it and being admired by all. Each were steered by an uncompromising visionary (Clive Paton & Robert Fripp respectively) who in turn were each told they were mad at the outset. Each remain. Singular. Confounding. Haunting. Brilliant. You want shapes and colours? Drink Ata Rangi and listen to the King.

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...This first expression has demonstrated that they know their brand, they know their market and they know their booze. Sky’s the limit...

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...temperatures have been soaring past 30 degrees and beyond on a typical Melbourne day, and we are about to have wild boar pasta and red wine.....

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...one industry expert wonderfully observed it as costing "the same as a Maserati"

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