Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Samson Tall Grenache 2017

Of the two Grenache vintages currently on tasting at the Samson Tall cellar door, this was my preferred choice. A dancy number, its light and bright personality is uplifting.


Samson Tall Grenache 2016

I popped into Samson Tall a couple of weeks ago for a quick fire tasting and I liked what I saw. A label to watch.


Merite Q Merlot 2016

I'm yet to meet anyone more passionate about Merlot than Colleen at Merite. That excitement is centred around the French Merlot clone Q45 she and her husband Mike have introduced into Australia. Have a glass or two and you'll see that this isn't your typical Merlot. I don't drink a lot of Merlot at all to be honest, but gee, I gave this a nudge. It's easily the best Merlot I've had for a long time.

Brash Higgins Grenache Mataro 2018


Berry and spice and all things nice. A super Grenache Mataro blend.

Riesling Freak No. 3 Riesling 2019


What's not to love about Riesling with wines like this out there for $27. A belter!


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Patrick Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Coonawarra Cabernet from Patrick ticking the boxes.

Huntington Estate Semillon Chardonnay 2019


In a word - yum. Lazy night in kinda wine. And the way things are shaping up for the next little while, you can wash away your worries with a glass or two of this. A wonderfully refreshing wine.

First Creek Reserve Semillon 2013


Beguiling freshness leaps out from the glass of this seven year old Semillon.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Alkimi The Good Earth Syrah 2016


I often get asked what I enjoy drinking and Yarra Valley Shiraz/Syrah is near the top of the list. It's medium bodied profile is so easy to gravitate to. This wine from Alkimi has always struck a chord with me. I've often bought it from winemaker Stu Dudine and I've been known to take it camping. It's such a great slurp on a cool night by the fire.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Fiano 2019


Quite a spicy Fiano from McLaren Vale's Hastwell and Lightfoot.

Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Fiano 2019

Wes Pearson is a considered winemaker. Spend some time with him and his precise palate and analytical approach to wines is captivating. He produces a small range of wines with this polarising Fiano part of the line up.

Friday, 27 March 2020

d’Arenberg d’Arrys Original Shiraz Grenache 2017


Great drinking here from d'Arenberg. A wine that comfortably sits in bargain territory.

Bondar Junto GSM 2019


Grenache Shiraz Mataro is such a lip smacking blend when done well and this release from Bondar falls in to that category very easily.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Wooing Tree Blondie 2019

Blondie is what you get when you want to make a white wine when you only have red fruit to play with. A terrific wine that's perfect for long lunches and warm days.


Wooing Tree Chardonnay 2017

A bit of old school Chardonnay here to wet your whistle.


Wooing Tree Pinot Gris 2016

A tidy Central Otago Pinot Gris.


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Can I ask a favour that you support small business?

We are living in some pretty extraordinary times and circumstances at the moment and the struggle is real for a lot of people.

Having been on the ground in McLaren Vale and in the Barossa Valley these last two weeks as well as the Hunter Valley a few weeks prior, there is much uncertainty about what the future holds.

I've spoken with numerous growers and winemakers and it's very clear the concern is far reaching - more than many people suspect.

Like the small family run winery which just received a $30 000 invoice for bottling. This same business has lost numerous wine orders in the last week due to the closure of restaurants and key accounts. This same business has invoices to pay for fruit delivered by growers which arrived in recent weeks and has already been processed. These growers rely on these payments to get by. Wineries like this need income to pay the growers. But we don't see the growers. They are faceless, but without them, there is no product.