EP 791 Australian Wines That Are Under $20 And Scored Well

Gary Vaynerchuk tries 3 Aussy wines and talks about his thoughts on the Australian wine industry.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Innocent Bystander Pinot NoirAustralian Pinot Noir
2006 Bleasdale Cabernet Sauvignon Mulberry TreeAustralian Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Penley Estate Shiraz HylandAustralian Shiraz/Syrah

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luca bercelli

90/100

lines of the day – ‘I’m being a jerk for no reason, I don’t know why…(the Jets lost 10-7)’ and ‘I feel like I’m going to break out in a bunch of zits’

Good show with a stonking anti-oak rant

Tags: Australian, cabernet, Pinot Noir, red, review, shiraz, Video, wine, wines

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  • Braden G

    Awesome! Has your Penley rep cancelled their next appointment with you?

    I am actually going to try to find a bottle just to see for myself.

  • Zach

    Ha! I think you’d be shocked how many people like wood in their mouth :)

    QOTD: I think I’m a little late for this one.

  • Zach

    Ha! I think you’d be shocked how many people like wood in their mouth :)

    QOTD: I think I’m a little late for this one.

  • Zach

    Ha! I think you’d be shocked how many people like wood in their mouth :)

    QOTD: I think I’m a little late for this one.

  • Zach

    Ha! I think you’d be shocked how many people like wood in their mouth :)

    QOTD: I think I’m a little late for this one.

  • http://www.ryancmiller.com ryancmiller

    Gary,

    Loved this show, especially the way you described the last bottle. BUT, I have to disagree with you when you hate on Marquis Phillips. I know, I know, not the most complex bottle in the world, but I have enjoyed several bottles that they’ve produced. I WILL, however check out the Innocent Bystander. Best wishes for 2010! Cheers

    @ryancmiller

  • http://www.ryancmiller.com ryancmiller

    Gary,

    Loved this show, especially the way you described the last bottle. BUT, I have to disagree with you when you hate on Marquis Phillips. I know, I know, not the most complex bottle in the world, but I have enjoyed several bottles that they’ve produced. I WILL, however check out the Innocent Bystander. Best wishes for 2010! Cheers

    @ryancmiller

  • http://www.ryancmiller.com ryancmiller

    Gary,

    Loved this show, especially the way you described the last bottle. BUT, I have to disagree with you when you hate on Marquis Phillips. I know, I know, not the most complex bottle in the world, but I have enjoyed several bottles that they’ve produced. I WILL, however check out the Innocent Bystander. Best wishes for 2010! Cheers

    @ryancmiller

  • http://www.ryancmiller.com Ryan Miller

    Gary,

    Loved this show, especially the way you described the last bottle. BUT, I have to disagree with you when you hate on Marquis Phillips. I know, I know, not the most complex bottle in the world, but I have enjoyed several bottles that they’ve produced. I WILL, however check out the Innocent Bystander. Best wishes for 2010! Cheers

    @ryancmiller

  • rich wu

    There are wines out there that many people hate (over oaked California Cabs, big sweet barossa/mclaren vale shirazs) but the fact that they are still being made in mass quantities surely means many people like them alot. Otherwise, those wines would stop getting made if nobody bought them. Gary also mentioned previously that NZ sauv blancs have become a parody of themselves, but the consumption of those wines is probably as high as ever. There is surely a big disconnect between what many wine critics like and what is bought by consumers.

  • rich wu

    There are wines out there that many people hate (over oaked California Cabs, big sweet barossa/mclaren vale shirazs) but the fact that they are still being made in mass quantities surely means many people like them alot. Otherwise, those wines would stop getting made if nobody bought them. Gary also mentioned previously that NZ sauv blancs have become a parody of themselves, but the consumption of those wines is probably as high as ever. There is surely a big disconnect between what many wine critics like and what is bought by consumers.

  • rich wu

    There are wines out there that many people hate (over oaked California Cabs, big sweet barossa/mclaren vale shirazs) but the fact that they are still being made in mass quantities surely means many people like them alot. Otherwise, those wines would stop getting made if nobody bought them. Gary also mentioned previously that NZ sauv blancs have become a parody of themselves, but the consumption of those wines is probably as high as ever. There is surely a big disconnect between what many wine critics like and what is bought by consumers.

  • rich wu

    There are wines out there that many people hate (over oaked California Cabs, big sweet barossa/mclaren vale shirazs) but the fact that they are still being made in mass quantities surely means many people like them alot. Otherwise, those wines would stop getting made if nobody bought them. Gary also mentioned previously that NZ sauv blancs have become a parody of themselves, but the consumption of those wines is probably as high as ever. There is surely a big disconnect between what many wine critics like and what is bought by consumers.

  • Anonymous

    Gary, Happy New Year. Lets go JETS! I believe that any wine that tastes fake can be made anywhere not just Australia, I recently drank a Pinot from France and it was one of the worst wines I have ever tried, see ( wine-lx.com. )I am a big fan of a well made Shiraz, and have thought that Marquis-Philips, Mollydooker and Ben Glaetzer have made some fabulous wines, the 2005 Marquis-Philips #9 is truly a awesome wine and The Boxer is a consistent wine that delivers each year. If a wine is over oaked don’t bash the entire country just that one wine you just tried.

  • Anonymous

    Gary, Happy New Year. Lets go JETS! I believe that any wine that tastes fake can be made anywhere not just Australia, I recently drank a Pinot from France and it was one of the worst wines I have ever tried, see ( wine-lx.com. )I am a big fan of a well made Shiraz, and have thought that Marquis-Philips, Mollydooker and Ben Glaetzer have made some fabulous wines, the 2005 Marquis-Philips #9 is truly a awesome wine and The Boxer is a consistent wine that delivers each year. If a wine is over oaked don’t bash the entire country just that one wine you just tried.

  • Anonymous

    Gary, Happy New Year. Lets go JETS! I believe that any wine that tastes fake can be made anywhere not just Australia, I recently drank a Pinot from France and it was one of the worst wines I have ever tried, see ( wine-lx.com. )I am a big fan of a well made Shiraz, and have thought that Marquis-Philips, Mollydooker and Ben Glaetzer have made some fabulous wines, the 2005 Marquis-Philips #9 is truly a awesome wine and The Boxer is a consistent wine that delivers each year. If a wine is over oaked don’t bash the entire country just that one wine you just tried.

  • http://winelx.com Brian

    Gary, Happy New Year. Lets go JETS! I believe that any wine that tastes fake can be made anywhere not just Australia, I recently drank a Pinot from France and it was one of the worst wines I have ever tried, see ( wine-lx.com. )I am a big fan of a well made Shiraz, and have thought that Marquis-Philips, Mollydooker and Ben Glaetzer have made some fabulous wines, the 2005 Marquis-Philips #9 is truly a awesome wine and The Boxer is a consistent wine that delivers each year. If a wine is over oaked don’t bash the entire country just that one wine you just tried.

  • JayZee

    Interesting show, but you still showed your true colors on the Penley Estate. Let’s face it, GV, you can’t help it.

    QOTD: Santa brought me a nice decanter, a great macro lens for my digital 35mm camers, and just a great day in genersl. Peace.

  • JayZee

    Interesting show, but you still showed your true colors on the Penley Estate. Let’s face it, GV, you can’t help it.

    QOTD: Santa brought me a nice decanter, a great macro lens for my digital 35mm camers, and just a great day in genersl. Peace.

  • JayZee

    Interesting show, but you still showed your true colors on the Penley Estate. Let’s face it, GV, you can’t help it.

    QOTD: Santa brought me a nice decanter, a great macro lens for my digital 35mm camers, and just a great day in genersl. Peace.

  • JayZee

    Interesting show, but you still showed your true colors on the Penley Estate. Let’s face it, GV, you can’t help it.

    QOTD: Santa brought me a nice decanter, a great macro lens for my digital 35mm camers, and just a great day in genersl. Peace.

  • Mimere

    Thank you for your honesty, Gary. You are very real when it comes to your opinion, you don’t try to hide anything. I, for one of several tens of thousands, appreciate that from you.

    I don’t quite understand it, but Santa (our children) brought us a wine cooler, a wine encyclopedia, and a wine preserver pump. Maybe our children think we’re winos???? Anyway, a wonderful Christmas holiday, enjoyed with the best wines we could bring!

    May you be richly blessed with wonderful wine discoveries (the nectar of The God) in 2010.

  • Mimere

    Thank you for your honesty, Gary. You are very real when it comes to your opinion, you don’t try to hide anything. I, for one of several tens of thousands, appreciate that from you.

    I don’t quite understand it, but Santa (our children) brought us a wine cooler, a wine encyclopedia, and a wine preserver pump. Maybe our children think we’re winos???? Anyway, a wonderful Christmas holiday, enjoyed with the best wines we could bring!

    May you be richly blessed with wonderful wine discoveries (the nectar of The God) in 2010.

  • Mimere

    Thank you for your honesty, Gary. You are very real when it comes to your opinion, you don’t try to hide anything. I, for one of several tens of thousands, appreciate that from you.

    I don’t quite understand it, but Santa (our children) brought us a wine cooler, a wine encyclopedia, and a wine preserver pump. Maybe our children think we’re winos???? Anyway, a wonderful Christmas holiday, enjoyed with the best wines we could bring!

    May you be richly blessed with wonderful wine discoveries (the nectar of The God) in 2010.

  • Mimere

    Thank you for your honesty, Gary. You are very real when it comes to your opinion, you don’t try to hide anything. I, for one of several tens of thousands, appreciate that from you.

    I don’t quite understand it, but Santa (our children) brought us a wine cooler, a wine encyclopedia, and a wine preserver pump. Maybe our children think we’re winos???? Anyway, a wonderful Christmas holiday, enjoyed with the best wines we could bring!

    May you be richly blessed with wonderful wine discoveries (the nectar of The God) in 2010.

  • RobRx

    Mollydooker value wines like The Boxer have a place. Drink them alone, without food, and they can be nice.

  • RobRx

    Mollydooker value wines like The Boxer have a place. Drink them alone, without food, and they can be nice.

  • RobRx

    Mollydooker value wines like The Boxer have a place. Drink them alone, without food, and they can be nice.

  • RobRx

    Mollydooker value wines like The Boxer have a place. Drink them alone, without food, and they can be nice.

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com/ Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    Interesting show. First thing to mention as well is that all those wines you tried are second labels. The Innocent Bystander wines are made by Giant Steps and their single vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays are good demonstrations of local terrior in Australia.

    Something that bugged me a bit is that you keep referring to ‘Victoria’ as a wine region. Victoria is a state that is home to 22 different wine regions and probably offers the most diversity of different styles of any wine producing states in Australia. Please don’t just say ‘Victoria’, but start looking at regions – you would never just talk about ‘Portugal’ and Victoria is a lot bigger than Portugal.

    QOTD: Been and gone, but plenty of nice little surprises including a copy of Campbell Mathinson’s book ‘The Wine Hunter’

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com/ Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    Interesting show. First thing to mention as well is that all those wines you tried are second labels. The Innocent Bystander wines are made by Giant Steps and their single vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays are good demonstrations of local terrior in Australia.

    Something that bugged me a bit is that you keep referring to ‘Victoria’ as a wine region. Victoria is a state that is home to 22 different wine regions and probably offers the most diversity of different styles of any wine producing states in Australia. Please don’t just say ‘Victoria’, but start looking at regions – you would never just talk about ‘Portugal’ and Victoria is a lot bigger than Portugal.

    QOTD: Been and gone, but plenty of nice little surprises including a copy of Campbell Mathinson’s book ‘The Wine Hunter’

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com/ Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    Interesting show. First thing to mention as well is that all those wines you tried are second labels. The Innocent Bystander wines are made by Giant Steps and their single vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays are good demonstrations of local terrior in Australia.

    Something that bugged me a bit is that you keep referring to ‘Victoria’ as a wine region. Victoria is a state that is home to 22 different wine regions and probably offers the most diversity of different styles of any wine producing states in Australia. Please don’t just say ‘Victoria’, but start looking at regions – you would never just talk about ‘Portugal’ and Victoria is a lot bigger than Portugal.

    QOTD: Been and gone, but plenty of nice little surprises including a copy of Campbell Mathinson’s book ‘The Wine Hunter’

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    Interesting show. First thing to mention as well is that all those wines you tried are second labels. The Innocent Bystander wines are made by Giant Steps and their single vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays are good demonstrations of local terrior in Australia.

    Something that bugged me a bit is that you keep referring to ‘Victoria’ as a wine region. Victoria is a state that is home to 22 different wine regions and probably offers the most diversity of different styles of any wine producing states in Australia. Please don’t just say ‘Victoria’, but start looking at regions – you would never just talk about ‘Portugal’ and Victoria is a lot bigger than Portugal.

    QOTD: Been and gone, but plenty of nice little surprises including a copy of Campbell Mathinson’s book ‘The Wine Hunter’

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • patrick hill

    too bad mott s devils had to come thru chicago . happy new years

  • patrick hill

    too bad mott s devils had to come thru chicago . happy new years

  • patrick hill

    too bad mott s devils had to come thru chicago . happy new years

  • patrick hill

    too bad mott s devils had to come thru chicago . happy new years

  • A.S

    QOTD:
    I have no idea! I hope he brings some wine, because I don't have much wine in the house at the moment. Something fun, maybe an Australian or New Zealand wine!
    Other than that, good health for my friends, family and all of you out there in the vaynernation!

    I find it tricky to buy wines from Australia. Sometimes the value is great and sometimes I get really disappointed. Maybe it's just me, but I feel that Australian wines are more unstable than wines from other countries. I don't know, probably just coincidence?

  • Nik_B

    Loved your reaction to the oak haha – I've got a 2004 Mollydooker wine that has been sitting in my wine rack for longer than any other wine.. just can't bring myself to open it as I had it once and the 16.5% alcohol was like a punch in the face.

    QOTD: wine!

  • CBone

    I feel the same way about Aussie wines. I really have never liked a single one, and I keep at it, keep trying. They all share a common taste – Mogen David with Isopropyl rubbing alcohol dumped in. I've also tried variously priced options – $50 or 5$, they have all tasted like amateurish one liners. But, one of my new years resolutions was to be less prejudiced against Australian wine, and less pro-French wines! So far, it hasn't worked. I had a Saint Joseph (you reviewed it in late January 2010 on episode…806 or so) that blew me away.

    QOTD: I forgot what you asked.

  • Frank Steele

    MAN! I hate Pinots.

  • Anonymous

    Really been down on most Australian wines lately..they are not as good as they were 5-6 yrs ago.. http://www.winelx.com

  • luca bercelli

    90/100

    lines of the day – ‘I’m being a jerk for no reason, I don’t know why…(the Jets lost 10-7)’ and ‘I feel like I’m going to break out in a bunch of zits’

    Good show with a stonking anti-oak rant

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