Thursday, 6 December 2018

Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 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...

Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2017


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.


d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014


A fab Laughing Magpie release!


Huntington Estate Special Reserve Merlot 2016


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

Lou Miranda Shiraz Mataro 2015


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.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Sands of Time Shiraz 2016

The Sands of Time label is a nod to the ancient deep sands which have a significant impact on the McLaren Vale region. The flagship Shiraz, the fruit is selected from the best of five vineyard blocks.

Pizzini Nonna Gisella Sangiovese 2017


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.

Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2017

A generous and rounded Marsanne coming at you from the Yarra Valley.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Hidden Creek Tempranillo 2017


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 Rousanne Marsanne Viognier 2017



TarraWarra have two rows of each variety blended precisely to deliver a fabulous drink with texture and savoury appeal.

Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2018

A light and easy drinking Pinot that doesn't burn a hole in the back pocket.

The Natural Wine Co Organic Shiraz 2018

Organic and preservative free Shiraz from the New South Wales Central Ranges.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2017

Many entry-level wines are basic - not here. Sometimes I wonder whether Simon Black does have sub-par fruit. And if he did, where does he put it? It's clear the dregs aren't in the Pennon Hill range.

Ridgemill Estate Pinot G 2018


A more than handy Pinot Gris with a crowd-pleasing appeal. Attractive from the outset with a faint bronze and copper hue to greet the eye.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Gartelmann Lisa Chardonnay 2017

Ripping Chardonnay from Gartelmann. There's so much to adore. Coming off 19-year-old vines sitting 930 above.


Oakridge Skelete Riesling 2018


Off-dry and my taste buds are going off. Cracking Riesling! A refreshing drink with an armoury of versatility ready to unleash.

Kaesler The Bogan Shiraz 2016

It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to have a look at a Kaesler wine and it's great to be back on the horse. Top Barossa Shiraz here for your drinking pleasure.