Saturday, 19 August 2017
Friday, 18 August 2017
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.
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
A joyous wine in many respects. It smells good and tastes even better. Lots of pleasure found here from the Hilltops.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Monday, 7 August 2017
Saturday, 5 August 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Hello sunshine! This screams for BBQs and lazy lunches in the sun. A delicious and super slurpable Rosato.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
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.
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
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
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.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
Saturday, 29 July 2017
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
Thursday, 27 July 2017
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.
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
Clever Chardonnay from a clever producer. This Single Vineyard Mill Hill oozes sophistication. Splendour in the glass.
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
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
A delicious post dinner sweetie to sip slowly beside a cheesecake or citrus tart. Terrific value too.
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
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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.
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.
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.”
|General Manager/Winemaker Cliff Royle and Winery Manager Julian Scott|
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
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.