Sunday, 21 July 2019

Jilyara Heath Road Chardonnay 2018

A solid Margaret River Chardonnay with a nutty and tangy lemon backbone.


Guneemooroo Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Fine boned is the best way to describe this Cabernet. The fruit was harvested off vines planted in 1983, this wine was previously awarded the Top Gold Medal at the 2017 Mudgee Wine Show.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

LBM Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Bang the bargain drum, hard! This is an absolute beauty for the money. I love it when wines like this come across the bench. Never seen before, this is a side project by Lisa Bray, who also makes wine at Robert Stein Winery. It's a fabulous example of Mudgee Cabernet.


Robert Stein Cabernet Sauvignon 2017



I received six wines celebrating the quality and versatility of Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon recently from the ever diligent and parochial NSW wine marketer David Cumming from Define Wine. Robert Stein Winery is renowned for their Riesling.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Shiraz 2017

I love the last line on the back label - wines made for eating. Yes! There's plenty to sink your teeth into here too.

Te Whare Ra SV5182 Pinot Gris 2018

Two wines from Te Whare Ra of late and they've delivered two beauties. No pressure on the third sample sitting over there... This Pinot Gris is clever, whispering softly as you shuffle closer unable to resist temptation.


Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Gris 2018


Soft fruit and crunchy acid are the highlights for me with this Pinot Gris release.


Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2018


Super soft Pinot. Bright red fruits light the way with this release from Ten Minutes By Tractor.


Golden Grove Estate Tranquillo Rosso 2017


A tasty new medium-bodied release from Golden Grove Estate. The rolling hills on the label create a perfect canvas for the easy-going vibe it exudes.

d'Arenberg The Hunjee Heartstring Montepulciano 2018




This wine, along with the new release Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola, represent d'Arenberg's ongoing program of alternate grape variety plantings in the McLaren Vale wine region. “These varieties are suited to warmer climate conditions, ripening significantly later than some of the other traditional grape varieties,” said d’Arenberg Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn. “With the changing climate, we are working with varieties that may one day replace the traditional ones planted in the region like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are more resistant to drought and heat stress. Montepulciano and Mencia in particular are my two favourite contenders to replace Shiraz in the future.”

Jilyara Heath Road Malbec 2018

Here's a firm and stern wine. Gutsy Malbec from Margaret River.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Soul Growers Slow Grown Shiraz 2017

A blend from a variety of Barossa Shiraz parcels, and gee, the Soul Growers crew have access to some incredible parcels which all tell a unique story.

Blackbilly McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017


Easy drinking McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Jilyara The Williams' Block Chardonnay 2018

Jilyara are relatively new on the scene. This Williams' Block is the flagship range and comes from their best parcels of Margaret River fruit. There is a Cabernet Sauvignon in this range too.

Atze's Corner The Bachelor Shiraz 2017


Barossa Shiraz to embrace with two hands. A fab drop.

Juniper Estaste Small Batch Tempranillo 2017



Bright, fresh and inviting are the words which pop into my head when pouring this wine and taking a whiff.

Blackbilly Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017

A good GSM from McLaren Vale ticking the boxes.