Friday, 15 December 2017

Irrewarra Pinot Noir 2015


Irrewarra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'long spear throw'.
This label comes from the hands of Nick Farr and I was thrilled when he got in touch asking if I'd like a sample. A superb Pinot to get your hands on, one of those sip all night types.

Singlefile Wines Single Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2016

This release doesn't have the get up and go which I had hoped for. The 2015 was an energetic type - perhaps a dose of Ritalin would have calmed it a bit. But it had some personality through. This 2016 starting out with creme brûlée and buttered popcorn aromas and I was keen.


Shottesbrooke Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017


A grassy type of Savvy if that's your thing. Lots of aromas of green things floating around here.


Redman Wines Cabernet Merlot 2014

Always a top performer and great value again. The fruit comes from the family's 40 year old vines and spent 18 months in French oak before being bottled in February 2016.


Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2015

"Treasure, that is what you are..." The opening line from Bruno Mars' song Treasure is more than appropriate here. Coming from vines originally planted in 1969 with some cuttings taken and planted in the early 80's, 20% whole bunch dials up the sexy factor.

Cooks Lot Allotment 168 Chardonnay 2016

A Chardonnay that doesn't skimp on depth nor pleasure. Happiness to you via NSW's Orange wine region.

Even Keel Rosé 2017


A friend for your antipasti you'd happily have at your table. A blend of Pinot Noir and Sangiovese from Canberra and Heathcote vineyards. Minimal sulfur adds, wild fermentation and three months in old oak on full solids ticking the boxes.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Cooks Lot Allotment 666 Pinot Gris 2017

Such a delicious drink. There's plenty on offer here with the pleasure factor cranked high. Awarded the Trophy for Best Pinot Gris at the Orange Wine Show - deserved praise indeed.


d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2017

Try something a little different with your lazy holiday lunches. A variety not often seen standing on its own in Australia, this is a delicious example.


Dal Zotto Rosato 2017

I bought a glass of this off the list at a bar as we watched the sunset over the Noosa River. Bless.


Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Not a bad little package for those seeking a cheap fizz for under $15.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Goodman Wines Pinot Noir 2015



I've been privileged to have a look at a number of wines by Kate Goodman of late - both her own label and her deeds for others. This Yarra Pinot is singing, more bass than pretty vocals mind you. Tap your foot to this beat.

Riposte The Scimitar Riesling 2017

Chilling at the surf club with a glass of this in hand and it's doing the job just fine.


Steels Gate Wines Pinot Noir 2016


Pinot that's a pleasure to drink and doesn't rip a hole in your pocket.

Lowe Wines Jodie Wilbertree Sparkling Rosé 2017


A cheeky and cheerful first Sparkling Rosé release from Mudgee's Lowe Wines.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Shiraz 2016


Bunchy is the word and I dig it. Handpicked, 25% whole bunch, unfined, unfiltered. A blend of three vineyards from Moppa, Stonewell and Eden Valley. 2850 produced.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Even Keel Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2016


Consistency is a hallmark of these Even Keel wines.
Chardonnay hitting the mark this time.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Goodman Wines Vermentino 2016

Quite an interesting take on Vermentino. It's certainly not in the clean and crisp realm - but pleasure factor is high for those on the hunt for something with complexity and interest.

Golden Grove Estate Nero d'Avola 2016


Nero done proud. A super exciting drink that's an expression those in Sicily would be striving to achieve.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Yelland & Papps Devote Sparkling Vermentino 2016


I've never been one to follow instructions which may or may not have led to some frustration piecing together furniture. This time in I was on my best behaviour and followed the label instructions to the letter - 'Best enjoyed with freshly shucked oysters over summer.' What a treat. What a winner!

Cooks Lot Allotment 689 Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Hello sunshine! Sauvignon Blanc hitting the target, and as usual, Cook's Lot hit the mark offering great value.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Angove Alternatus Vermentino 2017


Apples and citrus fruit sit at the wheel of this approachable and refreshing Vermentino from McLaren Vale.


Driftwood Artifacts Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Rock solid Margaret River Cabernet though eyebrows were raised when 15% was noticed on the label. That said, the alcohol seems to be fairly well managed throughout - a small win I suppose.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Goodman Wines Chardonnay 2016



Smart Chardonnay. My posture and interest levels adjusted for the better when seeing the fruit comes from the highly rated and consistently high quality producing Willowlake Vineyard.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2016


The fifth release of this solid Shiraz from the red Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra. Often available in chain stores for under $20 makes this a good buy.

La La Land Vermentino 2017

Simple Vermentino from Victoria (no region supplied).

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate The Little White Box GSM 2016




A great story this... Created by winemaker Ray Costanzo for his father Sam, founder of Golden Grove Estate. "Dad loves Grenache and finally got his way and grafted two rows of Merlot over. Finally we got a good crop and decided to make a wine behind his back. We told him that the Grenache had been a failure and that we blended it away but secretly we blended up this GSM. The Little White Box is dad's grafting box which he made when he was 17 and he used it to graft vines all over the state when he was young. He still uses it today."


Iron Cloud Rock of Solitude Purple Patch GSM 2016


A new label to me coming off a single vineyard in the Ferguson Valley.
As per the label, "The 'rock of solitude' is a single rock in the vineyard, facing west overlooking Geographe Bay."
This is a more than approachable GSM.


Angove Alternatus Rosé 2017


A dry, Spanish inspired Rosé made up of  Grenache (36%) Tempranillo (26%) Vermentino (18%) Graciano (10%) and Carignan (10%).


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2015


Only the third time this blend has been made, others include 2004 and 2009. Winemaker Graeme Shaw says he tried a number of blends before he came to what he feels is a wine, "to be optimum balance of the richness and depth of the Cabernet with the elegance and spiciness of the Shiraz."
He's hit the nail on the head.

d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2016


A good Chardy sitting on the old school side of the ledger.


Monday, 27 November 2017

La La Land Pinot Gris 2017

A fair Pinot Gris. Some texture but it seems broad and a little top heavy.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Angove Alternatus Fiano 2017

I've been quite a fan of this Alternatus range. This Fiano ticks the boxes. Classy stuff.

Blackbilly Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Good drinking Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills and surrounds.

Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2016



The fruit for this wine comes off a 40 year old vineyard in Pokolbin.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Schwarz Wine Co GSM 2016


Every wine tells a story, no different here. As per the label:
"I have trodden the soil along countless rows of vines in search of fruit that captures the essence of the Barossa. An ode to my well worn, slightly battered boots which have served me well."
GSM in the slot!


Eldridge Estate PTG 2017

Such a versatile red. So delicious - dare I use the word smashable.

A 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. It's a slight shift from the usual 50/50 but the quality and satisfaction delivered certainly haven't wavered.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Mataro 2017


Mataro with street wise attitude. I love it!
Handpicked, wild yeast fermented, 20% whole bunches, unfined and unfiltered.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Irrewarra Chardonnay 2016


Irrewarra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'long spear throw'.
This label comes from the hands of Nick Farr and I was thrilled when he got in touch asking if I'd like a sample. This is a peach.

Meerea Park Indie Shiraz Pinot 2015


Good drinkin' without the need for thinkin'. A 70/30 blend co-fermented.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

d'Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2016



Adelaide Hills Chardonnay from McLaren Vale's d'Arenberg. Fermented and aged in French oak for seven months.

Robert Stein Shiraz 2014

Made from a range of blocks and aged for 14 months in new and old oak.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate Vermentino 2017

Ray Costanzo is turning Vermentino into a mean beast. This is a ripping rendition of the Italian varietal. Take a bow for going next level and producing a rock star. It's by far the best Vermentino I have had the privilege to taste.

Oliver's Taranga HJ Shiraz 2014


Dense. Luscious. Generous. Food for the soul.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Eldridge Estate Fumé Blanc 2017

From one of the prettiest and oldest vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula region, this comes from a 3 hectare site. David Lloyd doesn't make a bad wine. It's not in his DNA. Here's a delicious take on Sauvignon Blanc.


d'Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Partial fermentation in old French oak for three weeks has imparted some texture and complexity to this tropical fruit driven wine.


Schwarz Wine Co Chenin Blanc 2017


Tight, vibrant and fresh. There's few Chenin Blanc produced in the Barossa and not many more in Australia with the main players coming from the west.