Saturday, 24 February 2018

Behind the Brand - Schild Estate


90 Year old bush vine Grenache vineyard
With a twinkle in her eye as she shares her family’s story, you can’t help but embrace the passion Judy Watson has for those that came before her and what she and her siblings have accomplished since.

Judy, Schild Estate’s Family Proprietor and Brand Ambassador, has the room in the palm of her hand. “Schild Estate celebrated 150 years in 2016,” she says with an infectious grin. 1866 was the year her great great grandparents arrived. The more she talks, the more the transformation of the brand since those embryonic days seems to be nothing but impressive.

Higher Plane Margaret River Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017


Chardonnay from the southern end of Margaret River. Top drinking - leap in.


Friday, 23 February 2018

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz 2013

What a beauty! Shiraz to catch you by surprise - it certainly caught me on the hop. A treasure.

Huntington Estate Shiraz 2013


Lots of bang for buck factor in this little package. Mudgee Shiraz with 16 months bottle age prior to release.

Hancock & Hancock McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2015


Here's a good get. Pretty tasty drinking sure to satisfy. A lazy night in front of the TV and a glass or two of this will do just fine.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Flametree Margaret River Pinot Noir Rosé 2017


Margaret River Pinot Noir are four words not normally seen beside one another. This is a fab rendition of a dry, savoury Rosé.


Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz 2014


Shiraz is a new addition to the Spice Trader range. A solid partner for a steak and veg meal.

Witches Falls Saignée 2017


A crowd-pleasing Rosé made from a blend of Sangiovese, Black Muscat and Syrah.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Hayes Family Wines Greenock Shiraz 2016


One of those wines you could sniff away at and be content - there's plenty to amuse...


Gartelmann Wines Wilhelm Hunter Valley Shiraz 2015



Hunter Valley Shiraz is a beautiful thing. Deliciously medium bodied, it curls up and rests easy for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iron Cloud Rock of Solitude Cabernet Malbec 2015


These Iron Cloud wines just turned up at the door one day. No note, not deets - pretty handy wines regardless and I'm pleased I've had the fortune of having a look at something new to me.

Iron Cloud Rock of Solitude Cabernet Malbec 2016


What the difference a year makes. After checking out the 2015, this is almost another wine entirely.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Ballandean Estate Opera Block Shiraz 2015


A smashing cool climate, medium bodied Shiraz. What a peach! Take a bow the Ballandean Estate team.
The Opera Block sits beside the winery and behind the stage where the annual Opera In The Vineyard is held. I'm happy to be corrected but I'm pretty sure the Opera Block is also part of the Adopt a Vine scheme.

Allegiance Wine Fully Love Hilltops Chardonnay 2017


Chardonnay from the Hilltops.

Saturday, 17 February 2018