Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Cassegrain Wines Spring Rosé 2021


Gee, this is one out of the box! A superb Rosé from a producer you may not have on your radar. Afternoon chills just got that little bit better with this in the glass.

Lou Miranda LME Series Shiraz 2018


Give this time to shine and you'll be rewarded in spades. A new Shiraz release from Lou Miranda.

Blue Pyrenees Vintage Brut 2019


Vintage Brut made in the traditional method. This is a great drink for fizz lovers without burning a hole in your back pocket. With an RRP of $33, it's currently on the website for $28 while members pay only $21. The members are the winners here.

Grandis Wines Unearthed Garganega 2021


Garganega is the key to Soave. If you've had the chance to come across Shannon Burgess-Moore, the muscle behind Grandis Wines, you would know he is a suave kinda guy. This wine and Shan are peas in a pod really.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Pirate Cru Wines IMP's Mataro 2016


When seeking some inner pleasure, this is a great wine to turn to. So often Cabernet and Shiraz get that privilege yet this Mataro fills the brief admirably.

Pirate Cru Wines IMP's Shiraz 2015


Woah! This is what some refer to as a 'big Barossa Shiraz'. There is some muscle about this blockbuster.

Pirate Cru Wines Slurpy Puppy GSM 2017


I'm reliably informed the Slurpy Puppy GSM is by far the top-selling wine in the Pirate Cru range. It's easy to see why given it oozes crowd-pleasing appeal.

Pirate Cru Wines IMP's Delight Grenache 2017


The top Grenache from Pirate Cru Wines. This wine is a barrel select that sees 3 years in French oak, 40% of which was new.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Pirate Cru Wines Slurpy Puppy Grenache 2018


Fancy finding a $25 wine that comes from 100 year old+ vines. An entry-level wine for Pirate Cru Wines, the crowd-pleasing appeal here is sky-high. It even picked under a full blood red harvest moon.

Pirate Cru Wines William Hunt Grenache 2018


An interesting contrast to taste this 2018 beside its 2016 sibling.

Pirate Cru Wines William Hunt Grenache 2016


Sourced from Centenarian vines from the Vine Vale sub-region, I could sip on this all night. This is a very good Grenache that oozes moreishness.

Pirate Cru Wines Ban Shé Grenache 2012

I spent some time with Jennifer Graham and Dirk Pettigrew from Pirate Cru Wines earlier this week. Their passion for the Barossa and their brand is infectious. There is a terrific story behind this wine. Jen and Dirk are very well researched and the links to their wines is impressive. This Ban Shé refers to the Victorian period with "romantic" being the keyword. Romantic in terms of dreaming and what's on the horizon Dirk tells me. A period of enlightenment you could say. This Grenache provides enlightenment. Ten years old without a splinter of oak. Gee, it looks good. Very good.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Tomfoolery Wines Young Blood Grenache 2020


Australian singer Deni Hynes has an album called the Delicious Collection. This should be on the front cover. Yummo! 

Clarence Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


This McLaren Vale Cabernet will age well. Give a few more years to see it at its best. 

Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


This is Australia Day Cabernet. It would eat all the lamb. Entry-level Cabernet done well.

Clandestine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


The fruit sweetness is what grabbed me from the outset here. It's not overly sweet, don't get me wrong, but there is enough to take note. 

Clandestine Vineyards Malbec 2020


Malbec is a variety that is a cracking drink when done well. A generous and brooding type, this release comes from the Margaret River region.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

FU Manchu Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


Super smooth. Super enjoyable. A great McLaren Vale Cabernet to curl up to. These Dr Plonk wines continue to impress.

Turkey Flat Grenache 2020


Grenache that gets in deep. It’s considered and focused. Superb stuff. Yes please!

Hofer Family Wines Aglianico 2020

I've got to give it to Marcus Hofer. He sent this wine through for a review last year and wasn't over the moon with my thoughts. Credit and respect to him for backing his product and saying indirectly, "It's better than that. Can you have another look?" Sure thing mate, I'd be happy to.