Thursday, 20 July 2017

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Kilikanoon's entry level Cabernet ticking the boxes. Handy value too for around $20.

Hayes Family Wines Mataro 2015

Mataro from the Barossa sub-region of Ebenezer. Low on the oak influence, enjoyment factor is high. Great drinking. Top value.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Toolangi Yarra Valley Shiraz 2015

Cool climate Shiraz is gaining more and more friends. Its medium bodied presence coupled with aromatic fruit and supple mouthfeel makes a pretty compelling case.

This example from Toolangi adds further weight to that argument. And it's a wine that again proves that you don't need to spend big to drink well.

Behind the Brand - Flametree Wines

Things could be worse than starting out a new winery and winning a Jimmy Watson with your first attempt. A pretty handy start in 2007 not only catapulted Flametree Wines into prominence but also set a high benchmark for the wines to follow.

General Manager/Winemaker Cliff Royle and Winery Manager Julian Scott
Photo:Winery Lane
Since that glorious result with the 2007 Cabernet Merlot, Flametree backed it up and were finalists for the same award twelve months later.  General Manager and Chief Winemaker Cliff Royle says, “The aim at Flametree Wines is to make a range of wines that play to the strengths of the region and consistently deliver a great drinking experience at any price point. Margaret River wines should exhibit the hallmark characters of structure, perfume and elegance that has made this region famous.”

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ridgemill Estate Joshua's Pup Shiraz Grenache 2016

Not a wine you'd expect from the Granite Belt - certainly one out of the box. Owner Martin Cooper's love for Chateauneuf-du-Pape became a mission for winemaker Peter McGlashan - something he's nailed on his first attempt.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Angove Organic Merlot 2016

Sometimes you taste Merlots and it's as though the winemakers just aren't trying. And then you get energetic and juicy examples like this. Well done to the Angove team.

De Bortoli La Bossa Merlot 2016

An easy drinking red to ease you through the mid-week blues without blowing a hole in the back pocket.

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Seamless Cabernet. Depth with a harmonious drive - what's not to like about wines like this?

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

Quality Chardonnay and you get change from $25. The 2017 Chardonnay is released at the same time as this Barrel Fermented 2016. Spend the extra two bucks I say.

Huntington Estate Chardonnay 2017

Huntington Estate seems to churn out consistent wines at reasonable prices year after year. This 2017 is an enjoyable Chardonnay - straight from vineyard to bottle.

Pig In The House Chardonnay 2016

An easy drinking Organic Chardonnay.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Polperro Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2016

One of those white wines which gives you a sense of prestige as you sip away ever so smugly. Classy stuff.

Pig In The House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. And while the label states, "No animals were harmed in making this wine," it's anyone's guess where the fruit came from - little info on the label. Sigh.  But it is vegan friendly.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Montalto Single Vineyard Tuerong Block Pinot Noir 2015

You can see Simon Black cranking the volume on the beat box as he unleashes his inner self through this wine. Expressive and creative - it's a cracker.

Montalto Single Vineyard Merricks Block Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot heaven. Sublime from top to toe.