Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Patrick Of Coonawarra Block 5 Aged Riesling 2014


If aged Riesling is your thing, surely Patrick is already on your radar. Time and time again they produce the goods and this 2014 aged release is no different. Hitting the shelves with eight years bottle age, there is still a long future ahead of this excellent wine.

Briar Ridge HRB Shiraz Pinot Noir 2021

Dancy red berries skip around with sheer delight. A joyous medium-bodied red wine well worth splashing in your glass. This is a tribute to the famed Hunter Valley Burgundy wines of days gone by - hence the name HRB.

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Semillon 2021


There is nothing like a vibrant and fresh Semillon to brighten your afternoon mood. Sip this in the sun or with a bucket of prawns. For me, I'd do both.

De Iuliis Aged Release Semillon 2016


Although the shelves in retail land are packed with current vintage wines, isn't it a beautiful thing that some wineries hold back stock for an aged release? Only 150 dozen were tucked away of this Semillon and what a treat it is for those who enjoy Semillon with some time on its side.

Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


Beechworth is bitterly cold right now but this Chardy will bring some warmth to your soul. What a beauty! Personality deluxe, it radiates complexity and pleasure in equal doses.

TarraWarra Estate K Block Merlot 2018


One of those wines you can sit on for a while. This is a pleasant and enjoyable Yarra Valley Merlot that will please those looking for a soothing drink.

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 2019


Do Yalumba wines ever miss the mark? Whatever the price point, variety or occasion, the quality just seeps through the label's veins time and again. This Barossa Shiraz is no different and certainly doesn't buck the winning formula. A rock solid expression of delight coming at you.

Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Mudgee Cabernet. It's big, it's boisterous and it's damn comforting. Need a cuddle on the inside? Here's your weapon. In a line up of similarly priced Cabernets, this finished on top and shows you don't need to drop a bomb to snare a great drop. 

Juniper Three Fields Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


Like its Chardonnay stablemate, this is a very smart wine. A generous, rounded and dense Cabernet awaits.

Ring Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

One whiff and this is very Cabernet. Roasted peppers, blackcurrants and some dried herbs all race for your attention.

Monday, 27 June 2022

Juniper Three Fields Chardonnay 2020


A Margaret River Chardonnay with plenty of layers to peel back. Well priced for the interest it offers, Chardy fans ought to stick this on their radar.

Barringwood Chardonnay 2019


A Chardonnay with some meat on the bones, this is a clever expression of the variety from the north of Tasmania.

Rogers and Rufus Rosé 2021


One of those Rosés you often see on wine lists, and if you do, grab a glass to kick back with or a bottle to splash into the glasses of those around you. Almost foolproof, this won't let you down and this 2021 is no different.

Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2021


Oh the freshness. It's something that leaps out here from the get-go. A barrel fermented Chardonnay from Mudgee's Huntington Estate.

Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne 2020


Layered and textured, there is plenty to admire and adore. Part of the Samuel's Collection, this range represents great drinking. This Roussanne is Yalumba's entry-level and it's a fab alternative to Chardonnay.

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2020


Well hello there! Fresh and aromatic, we have Mr Sociable on our hands.

Barringwood Riesling 2021


Very tidy, this is Barringwood's first Riesling release off their Evandale site in northern Tasmania. Sit on the beach and soak up the sea spray with this in your glass - it works a treat. I speak from experience...

Hobbs Tin Lids Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

There is a lot to embrace here. Find that comfy spot in front of the fire or put a glass beside a juicy steak. A wonderfully generous and layered blend.

Huntington Estate Semillon 2021


Screaming for calamari, pour me a large glass thanks.

Yalumba Eden Valley Chardonnay 2020


Part of Yalumba's Samuel's Collection, the fruit is sourced from Eden Valley vines perched 535 metres above. It's an enjoyable wine that sits right in the 'reliable' zone and is sure to please.