Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Blackbilly Shiraz 2014

Aged in oak for 30 months, this is a muscular McLaren Vale Shiraz.


Blackbilly Shiraz 2016

Plenty of action in this number. More than approachable, it's an easy go-to for those seeking a full-bodied Shiraz from McLaren Vale.


Clarence Hill Shiraz 2012


An interesting exercise in part to see this 2012 alongside the 2016. The latter showing its youth whereas this has tipped over the parabola.


Clarence Hill Shiraz 2016


Pretty easy drinking for the asking price. Sourced from various vineyards around Adelaide from what I can gather.


Witches Falls Unwooded Chardonnay 2017


A new label and it's a clever step up from the previous. The word 'co-inoculated' which used to adorn the front label has now been relegated to the back - where it belongs. Bright and fresh Chardy for your drinking pleasure - refreshment factor is high.

Ocean View Estates Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2017


Nestled away in the hills near Dayboro, some 45km north of Brisbane and perched 450m above, you will discover Ocean View Estates. The business has grown considerably in recent years with visitors now regularly swinging by via helicopter and even horseback tours. On-site accommodation plus a multi-award winning restaurant has ensured diners gravitate to the venue, now even more so with a newly constructed function area used for various gatherings and weddings which take place on many weekends.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dirt Candy The Inheritance Liqueur Muscat NV

Handcrafted and barrel aged, something special sits inside this beautifully packaged bottle. It's the little touches that catch the eye with these Dirt Candy releases. This Liqueur Muscat is hand bottled, hand corked, wax capped by hand, hand stamped and labelled, you guessed it, by hand.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2015


Recently awarded a Gold medal at the World Saperavi Competition on the variety's home soil in Georgia. Layered with interest, it is easy to see what the fuss is about.

Ballandean Estate Saperavi 2016


The 2015 vintage was just awarded a gold medal at the World Saperavi Championships in the variety's homeland of Georgia. This comes as a pre-release sample, just to get a gauge where things are at. And I must say, things are looking pretty damn good...

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Angove Nine Vines Grenache Shiraz Rosé 2017

The Nine Vines Grenache Shiraz Rosé first hit the shelves 15 years ago. In that period it has amassed 15 trophies amongst and a host of medals. This 2017 release delivers again with a sure to please style. Ripping value for $16!

Ballandean Estate SSB 2017


Dowse the summer heat with a glass or two of this. Instant cure!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Ocean View Estates Viognier 2017


Nestled away in the hills near Dayboro, some 45km north of Brisbane and perched 450m above, you will discover Ocean View Estates. The business has grown considerably in recent years with visitors now regularly swinging by via helicopter and even horseback tours. On-site accommodation plus a multi-award winning restaurant has ensured diners gravitate to the venue, now even more so with a newly constructed function area used for various gatherings and weddings which take place on many weekends.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Australia's Vintage 2018 Preview

Shiraz - Barossa Valley
Vintage is well underway in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Give it a few weeks and Vintage 2018 will be abuzz across the continent.

For a quick snapshot from around the country, here's a summary from some of Australia's leading winemakers detailing how Vintage 2018 is looking in their respective region.



Schwarz Wine Co Barossa Shiraz 2016

Another Schwarz wine, another performance worth praising. A Shiraz blended from various Barossa vineyards.