Monday, 17 December 2018
David Cumming runs a marketing and communications business called Define Wine. He seems to have an endless supply of NSW wineries gunning for his services, and now, an ever-growing range of interstate producers seems to flock under his wing. He must be doing something right...
I recently received a tasting pack from him as a celebration of the gold medal and trophy winners from the 2018 Mudgee Wine Show. This Chardonnay from Robert Stein took the gong for the variety - and it's easy to see why.
Sunday, 16 December 2018
This is the type of wine you want to slosh in your glass and give your insides a reward after a crappy day at work. So moreish and delicious, you won't feel guilty for not sharing.
Here's a fuller style of Chardonnay from the Hunter Valley. Lots of pleasure awaits within.
Thursday, 6 December 2018
I made the comment in a recent review of a Gundog Estate wine that Matt Burton doesn't make bad wine. It's almost as though he's produced this just to prove what we already know. This is a cracker! Fist pumping, big smiles, large pours and all that jazz...
If you are yet to dip your toe into the delicious waters of Saperavi, this would be a smart place to start. A variety gaining some good traction in Australia, this is a beauty.
Big framed Merlot. Very much an 'old' style, that is, straight up and down with not too much variance. A bit like the old line and length Glenn McGrath used to bowl - reliable stuff.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Shiraz Mataro is a rare blend but one I'd like to see more of. I even made one back in 2014, affectionately known as Shitaro, but that's another story. Here's a wine you could settle in with very easily.
If you have a mixed crowd around a table and seek a wine sure to please, head in this direction. It's such an easy drinking Sangiovese to suit a range of foods too.
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Tempranillo has really found a neat groove in the rocky outcrops of the Granite Belt. It's a variety that seems to continue to thrive and improve and is made consistently well throughout the region. This is a top example.
TarraWarra have two rows of each variety blended precisely to deliver a fabulous drink with texture and savoury appeal.