Sunday, 24 May 2020

Red Heads Rusty Roof Barbera 2019


Two wines from Red Heads Wine turned up the week. A pleasing surprise from a label new to me. Here's a fabulous Barbera worth wrapping your lips around. 

Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2018


These Higher Plane wines are quality. Here's a very tidy Chardonnay sure to impress.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Langmeil High Road Chardonnay 2018


A wonderful expression of Chardonnay from the Eden Valley.

Devil's Corner Pinot Noir 2018


A readily available Pinot Noir which always hits the crowd pleasing button firmly.

Indigo Vineyard Secret Village Pinot Noir 2017


A sophisticated Pinot here strolling along to a neat beat well dressed - suit, handkerchief in the top pocket, shiny shoes to match. Quite an autumnal wine really, dripping in class.

Garbin Estate Shiraz 2017


A pre-release Shiraz from the Swan Valley's Garbin Estate.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Langmeil Three Gardens Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2018


For those who like a little bit more body in their whites, give this a go. Better still, I did a double take when I saw the price. A super buy for 20 bucks!

Hayes Family Wines Rouge 2019

A vibrant blend of Shiraz and Mataro, grown on the estate's certified organic vineyards, this blend was fermented in a 675L ceramic egg.

Higher Plane Fumé Blanc 2019


100% barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc that saw old French oak for 6 months.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Garbin Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

This Reserve Chardonnay is the first wine both father and son, Peter and Adam Garbin, have worked together. It's an interesting wine in many respects.

Arfion Full Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019


This is Dave Mackintosh's first Pinot release from the Full Moon vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. Based on what is in the glass, let's hope we see many more vintages from here too - this is a cracker!

Indigo Vineyard Black Ink 2018


With a name like Black Ink I'm already picturing a blockbuster. I was pleasantly surprised this was not the case.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Arfion Willowlake Pinot Noir 2019


This is one of those Pinots to enjoy when you are surrounded by those who laugh out loud and love life. A great drink and then some.

Indigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019


A wonderfully savoury driven Pinot Noir which will lap up these cool nights.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Arfion Smokestack Lightning PG 2019


From one of the coolest dudes in the Yarra Valley comes one of the coolest wine labels going around. Smokestack Lightning - boom! 

Jim Brand Jim's Vineyard Shiraz 2016


A great Coonawarra Shiraz with plenty of depth and generosity to sink your teeth into.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Torbreck The Laird 2015


It's not every day you get a hand delivered sample and ability to discuss such a revered label at the kitchen bench as I did yesterday. Lovers of big wines are in for a treat here - a superb Laird release.

Arfion Nebbiolo 2018


Dave Mackintosh is an uber cool dude. To say I was pumped when samples of his wines arrived would be an understatement. I first met "Dave Bro" back in 2013. What immediately stood out to me was his absolute humility and calm disposition. At the time he produced only a few barrels and was happy with his lot and not wanting production to get too big. Fast forward to the present and his popularity surged and then some - good things come to good people I say. 
This Nebbiolo is a beauty! So pretty. So captivating. 

Garbin Estate Sparkling Classic White NV



An easy drinking fizz ready for aperitivo hour.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Oakridge 864 Henk Vineyard Aqueduct Block Pinot Noir 2018


Henk is the man. "Tough as trout," is how winemaker David Bicknell once described him to me. I love the wines coming off this site too. I said the same in my review for the Local Vineyard Series Pinot. This is a beauty. A wonderfully constructed piece.