Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2021


Brightness, freshness, happiness all in one. What a fabulously refreshing wine.

Soumah Single Vineyard Syrah 2020


I always find Soumah wines very approachable and so easy to kick back with. Well made with that eye-catching duck egg label to appease the eye, this Syrah is another beauty worth considering.

Pertaringa Understudy Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

The Understudy. A cleverly named entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon for Pertaringa.

Lemon Villa Riesling 2018


As with the 2019, this is not a joyous and fresh style but a more serious, considered type of Riesling. For a 2018, it seems a little further developed than I would have expected. 

Lemon Villa Riesling 2019


Lemon Villa is from some of Australia's coolest and highest vineyards - so the back label tells me. These wines are made by Duncan Cook of Cook's Lot fame.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2021


Gruner Veltliner is a variety rarely seen on this tasting bench. Mind you, there is not a lot of it around in Australia but Hahndorf Hill in the Adelaide Hills has made this variety their hero. And damn, aren't they shaking the cage by producing some fascinating examples. This White Mischief is said to be their New World style of Gruner where the emphasis is on expressing the primary fruits. Strap yourself in!

Pizzini Arneis 2021


Some weight distinguishes this Arneis from the Riesling and Pinot Grigio in the Pizzini range. The diversity of these wines is something. Not only is there seemingly a wine for every occasion and taste, but the width and breadth of texture and interest are also explored.

Henschke Johann's Garden 2019


Furrowed brow, game face on. This is a pleaser that wants to impress.  A blend of Grenache, Mataro and a dollop of Shiraz for good measure.

Huntington Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2021


There's no denying the refreshment this Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend delivers. Clean, cool and crisp, this is ready to play a support role for your next weekend outing in the sun.

Langmeil Rough Diamond Grenache 2020


An easy-going Barossa Grenache to wet your whistle.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Pizzini Riesling 2021


Cool climates deliver green apple goodness that can be seen in Riesling from such districts and this Pizzini release exemplifies that once again. What a fabulous drink. Oh, and have I mentioned how much I love these new labels? Well played team Pizzini for delivering a fresh new look.

Langmeil Wattle Brae Eden Valley Riesling 2021


A lime-a-thon if that is at all possible. Incredibly refreshing, scrap the post-mowing beer this summer and reach for a Riesling like this.

Pizzini Pinot Grigio 2021


That soft touch is the feature of this Pinot Grigio from Pizzini. So fine and delicate, you feel like a silk sheet rides through your mouth.

Indigo Vineyards Beechworth Chardonnay 2019


A Chardonnay displaying some generosity. A soothing type that knocks on the old school door. 

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2017


Only two Craggy Range wines have graced these pages over the years. I spied this on the shelf when in search of beer at an independent retailer on the Gold Coast. For $44 I just had to have a looksy. And I'm pleased I did. What a superb Pinot Noir from New Zealand's Martinborough region!

Indigo Vineyards Shiraz 2018


Hello Mr Reliable. Shiraz from Victoria's Beechworth region.

Small Acres Heritage Blend Apple Cider


It's been a while between cider reviews so this sample was Small Acres in Orange, NSW, was very much welcome. This is a good get for those that enjoy real cider.

Devil's Staircase Pinot Gris 2019


Rockburn's entry-level label is Devil's Staircase. Here we have a Pinot Gris from Central Otago.

Friday, 24 September 2021