Friday, 10 July 2020

Pyramids Road Petit Verdot 2019


Winemaker Warren Smith loves Petit Verdot. He's always pretty chuffed with the fruit he is able to source from his grower to the north-west of Stanthorpe.

Maverick Twin Barrel Select GSM 2018


A big, thick set GSM. 

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Brand and Sons Glenroy Shiraz 2016



A tense and hard nosed wine on opening, it needed time to relax. It was completely different on day three of tasting - the beauty of looking at wines over a few days as opposed to only 30 seconds in a wine show.

Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016



Ribbons of mint flourish through this Coonawarra Cabernet. 

Singlefile The Vivienne Chardonnay 2017

An outstanding Chardonnay. Named after co-founder Vivienne Snowden, this is a Chablis style that oozes class. Just brilliant.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Golden Grove Estate Nero d'Avola 2019

So juicy. So supple. So delicious. The best Golden Grove Estate Nero d'Avola release for a few years, a sip turned into a glass which turned into a few, and well, you know... This is a fabulous wine.

Dirt Candy The White Knight Pet Nat 2020


Pet Nat is the cool play thing at present. Check this 100% Chardonnay effort from Dirt Candy. It's super refreshing.

Vino Intrepido Wolf on Sheep's Clothing Pinot Grigio 2019

Damn this is a delicious Pinot Grigio! It smashes the target for maximum enjoyment and then some.

Wild and Wilder The Unforgettable GSM 2019


Everything you want in a good GSM - fruit, earth, spice and price. 

Monday, 6 July 2020

Happy 9th Birthday to Qwine Reviews!

Whole Bunch Fermentation at Yelland & Papps

Today marks the 9th birthday of Qwine Reviews!

Time flies when you're having fun and what a delicious ride it has been - some 4200 wine reviews to date and counting... 

In the last twelve months, I've travelled to the Yarra Valley, Granite Belt, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Waipara and Central Otago districts of New Zealand, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

And although I am privileged to check out some amazing wines, it's the people behind the label which always impress me with their passion, their story and their talent.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Pop Balgownie Estate on your list of wineries to check out. With a foot rarely put wrong, winemaker Tony Winspear is making some smart wines from their Bendigo vineyards. This Cabernet is another winner in the range. 

Zema Estate Family Selection Shiraz 2015


Buy now and indulge in later. A wine for the long haul.

Dirt Candy The Wild One Shiraz Cabernet 2019



My 400th review for 2020 so let's make it a good one. And this Hunter Valley blend certainly is. This Dirt Candy 70/30 Shiraz Cabernet comes off vines nearing 40 years of age. 

Friday, 3 July 2020

Zema Estate Shiraz 2016


Some wines offer value time after time yet continue to sneak under the radar. I find Zema Estate wines don't get the credit they deserve at times. This Shiraz is a beauty, as was the Cluny 2016. A wine which will reward patience but it is good to go now as well.

Berton Vineyard Metal Label Vermentino 2020



A tropical fruit scented Vermentino from the Riverina that comes across more like a Sauv Blanc.

Wild and Wilder The Pugilist Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


Langhorne Creek Cabernet in a good place. 

Lévrier Cabernet Franc 2017

An intriguing Barossa Valley Cabernet Franc with plenty going on.

Thursday, 2 July 2020