Monday, 17 December 2018

Robert Stein Reserve Chardonnay 2017


David Cumming runs a marketing and communications business called Define Wine. He seems to have an endless supply of NSW wineries gunning for his services, and now, an ever-growing range of interstate producers seems to flock under his wing. He must be doing something right...
I recently received a tasting pack from him as a celebration of the gold medal and trophy winners from the 2018 Mudgee Wine Show. This Chardonnay from Robert Stein took the gong for the variety - and it's easy to see why.


Polperro Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2017

A ripping Pinot Gris. Lucious, damn you just want to dig in. Coming from a vineyard 270m where no herbicides or pesticides are used. The fruit was handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in barrel on full lees.

Golden Grove Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018


An easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc made with some effort in the form of barrel fermentation.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2015

Wine review 700 for 2018! Why not make it something special and Australia's best Chardonnay is the perfect candidate. Absolutely sublime, no stone has been left unturned to deliver a wine of poise and supreme elegance.


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Oakridge Meunier 2018


This is the type of wine you want to slosh in your glass and give your insides a reward after a crappy day at work. So moreish and delicious, you won't feel guilty for not sharing.

Pizzini Forza di Ferro Sangiovese 2015

The top Sangiovese in the Pizzini range and it holds that position with aplomb.

Pizzini Pietra Rosa Sangiovese 2016

A taste of this and the old Montell Jordan song from the 90s, "This is how we do it," rings in my ears. The second of three Sangiovese's in the Pizzini range, this stands tall and proudly demonstrates what a great drink this variety can produce.

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 2017

It's time to get back on the horse after a 10-day hiatus indulging in sunshine and sand. Reality beckons and I have a few wines to review...
Here's a fuller style of Chardonnay from the Hunter Valley. Lots of pleasure awaits within.


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 2018


I made the comment in a recent review of a Gundog Estate wine that Matt Burton doesn't make bad wine. It's almost as though he's produced this just to prove what we already know. This is a cracker! Fist pumping, big smiles, large pours and all that jazz...

Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2017


If you are yet to dip your toe into the delicious waters of Saperavi, this would be a smart place to start. A variety gaining some good traction in Australia, this is a beauty.


d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014


A fab Laughing Magpie release!


Huntington Estate Special Reserve Merlot 2016


Big framed Merlot. Very much an 'old' style, that is, straight up and down with not too much variance. A bit like the old line and length Glenn McGrath used to bowl - reliable stuff.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Lou Miranda Shiraz Mataro 2015


Shiraz Mataro is a rare blend but one I'd like to see more of. I even made one back in 2014, affectionately known as Shitaro, but that's another story. Here's a wine you could settle in with very easily.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Sands of Time Shiraz 2016

The Sands of Time label is a nod to the ancient deep sands which have a significant impact on the McLaren Vale region. The flagship Shiraz, the fruit is selected from the best of five vineyard blocks.

Pizzini Nonna Gisella Sangiovese 2017


If you have a mixed crowd around a table and seek a wine sure to please, head in this direction. It's such an easy drinking Sangiovese to suit a range of foods too.

Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2017

A generous and rounded Marsanne coming at you from the Yarra Valley.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Hidden Creek Tempranillo 2017


Tempranillo has really found a neat groove in the rocky outcrops of the Granite Belt. It's a variety that seems to continue to thrive and improve and is made consistently well throughout the region. This is a top example.

TarraWarra Rousanne Marsanne Viognier 2017



TarraWarra have two rows of each variety blended precisely to deliver a fabulous drink with texture and savoury appeal.

Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2018

A light and easy drinking Pinot that doesn't burn a hole in the back pocket.

The Natural Wine Co Organic Shiraz 2018

Organic and preservative free Shiraz from the New South Wales Central Ranges.