Saturday, 18 November 2017

Eldridge Estate Fumé Blanc 2017

From one of the prettiest and oldest vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula region, this comes from a 3 hectare site. David Lloyd doesn't make a bad wine. It's not in his DNA. Here's a delicious take on Sauvignon Blanc.

d'Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Partial fermentation in old French oak for three weeks has imparted some texture and complexity to this tropical fruit driven wine.

Schwarz Wine Co Chenin Blanc 2017

Tight, vibrant and fresh. There's few Chenin Blanc produced in the Barossa and not many more in Australia with the main players coming from the west.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Gartelmann Dietrich Shiraz 2015

One of the best Shiraz releases from Orange I've seen in recent memory. The best wine I've seen from Gartelmann too. The brand's icon Shiraz named after owner Jorg Gartelmann's grandfather.

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 2016

Handpicked, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak - 40% of which was new.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Rowlee Wines Chardonnay 2016

My first look at Rowlee Wines from Orange. David Cummings from Define Wine does an excellent job bringing wines from Orange and Mudgee (plus various other regions) to writers' attention. It's always good to see what the little guys have to offer too and there are always gems uncovered.

Established in 2000, the eight hectare vineyard sits at 950m above. Winemaking commenced in 2013. The wines are made by former sommelier Nicole Samodol with PJ Chateris overseeing things as a mentor winemaker.

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Grenache 2017

Lots to ponder here - hand picked, 91% whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation, unfined, unfiltered...
I just want to get knee deep in this. Hardcore Barossa Pinot (a local reference to Barossa Grenache).

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Penley Estate Wild Ferment Shiraz 2016

Penley Estate have been cranking the interest factor high of late. Tick that box here once more. A super slurpable Shiraz from the hands of Kate Goodman. There are so many exciting wines coming out of Coonawarra at the moment, add this to that growing list.

Robert Stein Mudgee Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Mudgee's Robert Stein Wines planted their vines in 1976. These Chardonnay vines come from those original platings. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, 50% new French oak was used with a small portion of malolactic fermentation.

Meerea Park Indie Marsanne Roussanne 2016

A 70/30 blend which underwent barrel fermentation for ten months, 25% of which was new oak. 230 dozen made. Great drinking.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Behind the Brand - Tellurian Wines

General Manager - Daniel Hopkins
Ian Hopkins went for a relaxing drive and came home having bought a vineyard. And that was that. When Ian rang to inform his son of the news, the first question Daniel spat out was, "How long have you been thinking about this for?" His father's response caught him by surprise, "Three hours!" The rest is history.

From humble days of buying land with the provision to plant a vineyard in 2002, Heathcote's Tellurian Wines has boomed. Bricks have gradually been put in the wall (so to speak) and the onsite winery was only completed in 2012. Prior to then, the wines were contract made.

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2015

I don't see many Grant Burge wines. A glass of this was plonked in front of me at a pub as we sat around having a steak. After then being handed the wine list, on paper this appeared the best wine on offer.