Friday, 18 August 2017

Bailey Wine Co Grampians Shiraz 2016


Pretty aromas. Romantic in many respects. I just want in after taking one whiff. Tim Bailey has hit the nail on the head here. Clever winemaking plus super attractive booze.


Oliver's Taranga Vermentino 2017


I like these new Oliver's Taranga labels. They show some personality with a reference to the vintage. 2017 is referred to as 'The year that we didn't start vintage until March!"


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Gundog Estate Hilltops No.1 Shiraz 2016


A joyous wine in many respects. It smells good and tastes even better. Lots of pleasure found here from the Hilltops.

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Things have changed up in the office and behind the scenes at Rymill but it is business as usual in the winery. Classic Coonawarra Cabernet here.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tellurian Riesling 2017


Here' something you don't see every day... Heathcote Riesling. The Hopkins family aren't afraid to try new things, and despite there being very little Riesling in the region, the theory was that dry and hot conditions through the day and cool nights like the Clare, maybe this might work. And it does.


Gundog Estate Rosé 2017


I don't go to Canberra much. Not many people do from what I gather. I'm pretty sure in the local dialect that Gundog means 'doesn't do much wrong'. See for yourself. Super slurpable Rosé.

Oliver's Taranga Chica Mencia Rosé 2017


Here's the Chica Mencia version three and each vintage thus far has certainly had its own personality. A delicious drink.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Golden Grove Estate Rosé 2017

Seinfeld's George Costanza was once a hand model. I reckon Golden Grove's winemaker Ray Costanzo could be a hand model too when he's not mountain biking around the Granite Belt bush tracks. His wines are always soft and supple - much like his hands. Barely a rough edge to be seen (hands and wine!). Here's a super Rosé for bargain hunters with a softly softly approach.

Glandore Estate Regional Series Rosé 2017

Quite an attractive Rosé to take the sting out of a warm afternoon.

Margan Aged Release Semillon 2012

I do like Semillon but I did find this hard to gravitate to. Deliberately held back and released at five years of age.

Gartelmann Wines Stephanie Pinot Gris 2017


The Magpie is back! Hooray! It seems the Gartelmann label has gone back to it's roots - thank goodness. I do like the Magpie. That attempted trendy label used for a little while looked cheap. Pinot Gris from Orange here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Pooley Wines Cooinda Vale Chardonay 2016


Chardonnay to take you to your happy place. The fruit from this vineyard was previously destined for Penfold's Yattarna - not anymore. This is the first vintage the Pooley's have kept their own fruit, an excellent decision in many respects.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

De Bortoli Deen Vat Series 8 Shiraz 2014


Part of the Winter Warmers pack sent out by De Bortoli. Interesting to note this 2014 was sent out when the 2015 is the current vintage out there in retail land. Good quaffing red this no less.


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Golden Grove Estate Shiraz 2007

Winemaker Ray Costanzo sent me this back vintage sample 'to see how Granite Belt Shiraz holds up with some age'. It drinks like a charm.

Glandore Estate Elliott Reserve Semillon 2017

My first look at Glandore Estate. I was curious to find out that this is the 'Reserve' Semillon yet there is no label below it. If the best fruit is put aside for the reserve I'm interested to know where the other fruit went. Perhaps there was no 'other' fruit - 2017 said to be a pretty smart vintage in the Hunter.