Saturday, 19 August 2017

Tellurian Rosé 2017

Gee this is easy to throw back. Dry and savoury with buckets of yum factor.

Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2016


I haven't had a look at a wine from Beechworth for a while. It's good to be back. This is a blend of fruit from the Indigo Vineyard at Beechworth and the McNamara Vineyard at Whorouly in the Alpine Valley.

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.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Delinquente Wine Co Roxanne Razor NDM 2017


"A great Nero year," Con-Greg Grigoriou tells me proudly. I get a sense that he has a soft spot for this wine and the variety itself.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Delinquente Wine Co Screaming Betty Vermentino 2017


There's so much to like about these wines from Delinquente's Con-Greg Grigoriou. Riverland born and raised, it's great to see how he has reinvigorated the region with some trendy wines far from the usual mass production wine seen in the area. All of his fruit is certified organic and has been so for about eight years he tells me.


Delinquente Wine Co Weeping Juan Pet Nat 2017


There's a theory about Pet Nat that suggests it doesn't last in retail land beyond Christmas. I'll be keenly testing that theory in the months to come, but it seems a fair summary of how quickly this style is snapped up in the warmer months.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hayes Family Wines Mataro Shiraz 2015

Quite a satisfying and soothing piece here. Something to chill out with on a chilly evening - slippers on, chocolate at the ready to wedge into the side of your mouth with Sade's Smooth Operator or those golden tonsils of Barry White whispering in the background. You choose.

Domaine Chandon Chardonnay 2015


I chose this off a wine list when dining out recently. I was intrigued more than anything - I haven't looked at a Chandon table wine for yonks. Known more for their sparkling, the last time I had a good taste through the range was at the cellar door perhaps ten years ago. The venue didn't miss my hip pocket either - $15.50 for a glass! My curiosity got the better of me too - don't you just wish sometimes you can unbuy some things?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate Shiraz 2014


Good stuff coming out of Shaw Vineyards of late. This is a solid Shiraz right in the groove. Pardon the bottle shot - it's a year older. I couldn't find one up to date nor less the Vienna gold medal. I'm not sure what value that holds in world wine currency but if it's gold it's worth something, right? This 2014 Shiraz has backed up the 2015 Vienna bling with a repeat in 2016 plus gold at the International Cool Climate Wine Show. Nothing local though I notice but that may change.


Angove Organic Shiraz Cabernet 2016

Organic Shiraz Cabernet from the Riverland. A good drop and decent value for the asking price.


Delinquente Wine Co Tuff Nutt Bianco Pet Nat 2017


Bianco d'Alessano is not a familiar variety on these shores. In fact, Delinquente have the only planting of it in Australia. The Riverland is a melting pot for all things different. Made as a Pet Nat, this packs some seriously delicious drinking.

Delinquente Wine Co Pretty Boy Nero d'Avola Rosato 2017


Hello sunshine! This screams for BBQs and lazy lunches in the sun. A delicious and super slurpable Rosato.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Glenguin Estate Aristea Shiraz 2009


A wine to be held in two hands. The flagship of the Glenguin Estate range, this is only produced in superior years. Over the last decade it has been released in 2007, 2009 and 2014. This 2009 is a beauty.

Gundog Estate Shiraz 2016


Strap yourself in - we have a live one here. After a quick whiff I reckon I could keep my snout in the trough til bottle's end, easy.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

La Violetta YÉ-YÉ Blanc 2017

An out there blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Viognier (86/10/4) sure to pulverise a few, but it's finger licking good. Coupled with the attractive aromas and textural appeal, it's one of those wines which you'll be madly in love with or not.

Lindeman's Gentleman's Collection Tawny NV


Made for the discerning modern gentleman. Well, that's what the press release tells me. This the fourth wine in the Gentleman's Collection range, each with a drop of fortified for a rounded finish. There's more than a drop in this bottle though mind you.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Polperro Talland Hill Pinot Noir 2015


This is all hugs and kisses and seductive caresses - damn Pinot can be extraordinary. Here's one for that list. Of the three Single Vineyard 2015 Polperro releases, this is well out in front as my favourite.

Gundog Estate Riesling 2017


I dig this. Great Riesling and great drinking! A terrific debut release.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Balgownie Estate Black Label Chardonnay 2015


Good drinking Yarra Chardonnay. Not overly complicated but something that just ticks the box.

La Violetta Patio Pét Nat 2017

For those playing at home, Pét Nat is a wine bottled before fermentation has finished. There are no sugar adds and the wine is cloudy and funky and completely out of control from the winemaker who may like to 'pretty things up' for the consumer. Topped with a crown seal, this is an enjoyable fizz. A style that will tickle the fancy of some, not all.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015


The more I get the chance to look at the wines from Shaw Vineyard Estate, the more I continue to become impressed by the quality across their vast range and price points.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Polperro Landaviddy Lane Pinot Noir 2015


Sitting at 160m above, this Single Vineyard was planted in 1992 on a south westerly facing slope. The wine is handled exactly the same as the Mill Hill.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Schwarz Wine Co Rosé 2017

I had every intention of dropping into Artisans of Barossa to check out these Schwarz wines plus a few other small operators all under the one roof when in the region back in January. But as things do in such regions, an excellent lunch went well over time - and I'm pleased it did in many ways. I blame Glastonbury and Wigan.

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2015


I shared this bottle with Montalto's Simon Black. He's a Chardonnay freak so a bottle was destined to be on the table at some stage. We ate at Il Centro - an ever popular Italian restaurant in Brisbane. The place was humming despite being the middle of the week. An excellent wine list too - credit to Shawn Gomes there. Montalto, where Black is the winemaker, were previously distributed by Craggy Range so it was a walk down memory lane for Black to see what the old firm were up to.

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2015


I lined this up with a few Pinots from the Mornington Peninsula - just to see how things are looking from different perspectives. Rest assured the Pinot game in 2015 is played strong and with skill. A fantastic example right here...

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Polperro Mill Hill Chardonnay 2015


Clever Chardonnay from a clever producer. This Single Vineyard Mill Hill oozes sophistication. Splendour in the glass.

Polperro Mill Hill Pinot Noir 2015


I like its curves and feels though this delicious Pinot is my least preferred of the three Single Vineyard releases - oh to be picky.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Mitchell Wines Sevenhill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


I'm not sure what I like better here - the fruit purity or the fact it's a 2009 looking so youthful.

Divine. Seriously. One whiff and you know you're on a winner. Barely a hair out of place, the welcome mat to pleasure country is rolled out.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Margan Wines Breaking Ground Albarino 2017

A wine you could get dangerous with soaking up the springtime sunshine.


De Bortoli Deen Vat Series No. 5 Botrytis Semillon 2013


A delicious post dinner sweetie to sip slowly beside a cheesecake or citrus tart. Terrific value too.

Derwent Estate Lime Kiln Point Pinot Noir 2016


I recently dined at a restaurant which was in between wine lists. It was all a bit of a mess really - the waitress didn't know what was still available nor what the new wines were. She came back with this and a Great Southern Pinot Noir. Having recently been to the Apple Isle we decided to go with this - I wish we went with the Great Southern in hindsight...


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Kilikanoon's entry level Cabernet ticking the boxes. Handy value too for around $20.

Hayes Family Wines Mataro 2015

Mataro from the Barossa sub-region of Ebenezer. Low on the oak influence, enjoyment factor is high. Great drinking. Top value.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Toolangi Yarra Valley Shiraz 2015


Cool climate Shiraz is gaining more and more friends. Its medium bodied presence coupled with aromatic fruit and supple mouthfeel makes a pretty compelling case.

This example from Toolangi adds further weight to that argument. And it's a wine that again proves that you don't need to spend big to drink well.

Behind the Brand - Flametree Wines

Things could be worse than starting out a new winery and winning a Jimmy Watson with your first attempt. A pretty handy start in 2007 not only catapulted Flametree Wines into prominence but also set a high benchmark for the wines to follow.


General Manager/Winemaker Cliff Royle and Winery Manager Julian Scott
Photo:Winery Lane
Since that glorious result with the 2007 Cabernet Merlot, Flametree backed it up and were finalists for the same award twelve months later.  General Manager and Chief Winemaker Cliff Royle says, “The aim at Flametree Wines is to make a range of wines that play to the strengths of the region and consistently deliver a great drinking experience at any price point. Margaret River wines should exhibit the hallmark characters of structure, perfume and elegance that has made this region famous.”


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ridgemill Estate Joshua's Pup Shiraz Grenache 2016


Not a wine you'd expect from the Granite Belt - certainly one out of the box. Owner Martin Cooper's love for Chateauneuf-du-Pape became a mission for winemaker Peter McGlashan - something he's nailed on his first attempt.