Saturday, 21 October 2017

TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2017


Get outside in the sunshine and embrace your lazy weekend with a glass of this in hand. I say this as rain taps on the roof. Sunshine isn't far away no less.
So approachable. So tasty.


d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2013


Grenache worth sinking your teeth into. Dense, pools of serenity engulf the mouth.
The back label says, "At a time when Grenache was considered unfashionable, Chester acquired many old bush vine, overgrown and abandoned vineyards." Grenache seems trendy again - one just took out the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy for the first time - great to see. I love the variety.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Gartelmann Wines Petit Verdot 2014

Mudgee Petit Verdot getting a helping hand from 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley). Tasty stuff.

Angove Long Row Shiraz 2016


If you only had a tenner to part with for a bottle of red, I'd happily recommend this Shiraz. Tip top for the money.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Punt Road Pinot Gris 2017


A good drink but it just seems to lack the get up and go expected from this producer who is currently delivering fantastic wines at more than reasonable prices.


Oxford Landing Merlot 2017


Merlot straight from the paddock to bottle. 2017 already.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Golden Grove Durif 2016


Golden Grove's Durif has beaten Rutherglen stalwarts a few times now pipping them at their own wine show. Here's another cracker from some not so typical Durif country.

Margan Wines Shiraz 2016


Medium bodied Shiraz with soul. I just wanna slurp it all. Delicious drinking and then some.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Lowe Organic Cabernet Franc 2015


Cabernet Franc is as rare as hens teeth in Mudgee. Only 1.2 hectares sit in the ground.

Heslop Wines Zinfandel 2014


My first look at Heslop Wines from Mudgee and I like what I see. Take a whiff and it's easy to get hooked. Well presented too - I do like the wax seal. A sexy touch.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Mitchell Wines McNicol Riesling 2009


Heading into the aged phase, this is a peach. A delicious aged Riesling for those who enjoy dipping their oar into this ocean of pleasure.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Schild Estate GSM 2015


If you only had 15 bucks to throw on the counter for a bottle of red, run to this hand over fist. It's a wine I've found in recent years to be one of the best value blends going around.

Oliver's Taranga Grenache 2016

I love this duck egg label. Cool as. Great wine here too - I'm a big fan. Thumbs up all the way.

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2015


Ever reliable, here's a wine too often punching above its weight. Great value, it can often be found for around the $15 mark.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Nine bucks they say. It doesn't hold back either. A great little drop for those seeking a penny pincher.

Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon 2017


I like the cut of this Semillon. It's the flagship of the three Semillons in the Gundog range. Better fruit parcels and more thoughtful winemaking sealing the deal.

Gundog Estate Hunter's Semillon 2017


Come at me summer days. Splashing this in your glass will keep the heat at bay.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Huntington Estate Grenache 2015


The current release is the 2016 but I was sent the 2015. I'm not sure what's going on there but I'm happy to have a look much the same. Grenache from Mudgee. As common as Yarra Valley Durif I suppose.

Schild Estate Merlot 2015


Good drinking Barossa Merlot for your pleasure.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Hayes Family Wines Winemaker's Selection Grenache 2017


Hot off the press comes this 2017 release. Owner Brett Hayes' wife only drinks Pinot. Grenache is cheekily known as Barossa Pinot and winemaker Andrew Seppelt has smashed the brief to get the boss's wife drinking the stuff. If you don't rip into a few glasses of this, something just ain't right.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Yarra Yering Chardonnay 2016

If only I could get a paddle board and immerse myself in the delicious ocean of this Chardonnay. This makes me feel all sorts of things fancy and classy. Brilliant Chardonnay.


Lowe Wines PF Organic Shiraz 2017



The PF500 sees the rebirth of the Lowe preservative free organic Shiraz. 500 because the vineyard is 500m above, 500 is the name of the horn clay preparation used in biodynamic winemaking, and a proportion of the wine has been bottled in 500mL bottles.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2017

The two O'Leary Walker Rieslings present plenty to look forward to each year. It's almost a his and hers type of thing. Slate and minerality with the Polish Hill River, florals and prettiness with the Watervale. For 2017, I'm leaning towards the Watervale. What a bargain this is for Riesling fans!

O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2017


Organically grown, this Polish Hill River Riesling comes from a vineyard some 9km down the road from the Watervale site. Two quite different sites producing great wines nonetheless.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Penley Estate Spring Release Cabernet Franc 2017



A few months ago I wrote an article for Grapegrower Winemaker magazine (Coonawarra: Breaking New Ground) highlighting what's new in the region. This release comes after that was published. Wines like these are now putting Coonawarra on the map to a new breed of consumer showing that the region is well beyond a one trick pony.

I'm privileged to see a lot of wine each year. So far in 2017 I've reviewed 463. Some get your attention more than others that's for sure - this pretty number has rocketed to the top of the 'wow factor' list.

Yarra Yering Dry White Wine No. 1 2016


Yarra Yering have plantings of vines most others in the region don't. One is Malbec the other Semillon, and they make them work. This is a Semillon Chardonnay blend (78/22) from 25 year old dry grown vines. Winemaker Sarah Crowe spent much time in the Hunter Valley so it's safe to say the Semillon is in safe hands here.

Hayes Family Wines Rosé 2017


Summer time needs bottles of this chilled hard in your ice bucket, esky or poured generously as you laze poolside.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Angoves Wild Olive Shiraz 2016


The vines for the Wild Olive Shiraz are boarded on one side by olive trees running along a creek bank. Certified organic grape growing and winemaking practices, minimal inputs and no artificial herbicides or pesticides contribute to the overall quality of Angove vineyards. 250 hectares across McLaren Vale and Riverland form part of this strong ethos.

Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Cabernet in the slot.

A mighty fine wine delivering buckets of pleasure and satisfaction.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Mount Avoca Estate Range Shiraz 2015


Perfect for a lazy night, pizza or just sitting back to hear the rain tap on the roof. The pleasure factor here is high.

Lowe Wines Headstone Rosé 2017


A fruit salad of sorts here. It's a good slurp too. Dry Rosé for your drinking pleasure.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Angullong Fossil Hill Rosato 2017


Named Rosato to give a respectful nod to its Italian heritage, this was made using Sangiovese fruit planted almost 20 years ago.

De Bortoli DB Selection Shiraz 2016


The market is flooded with plenty of wines around the $10 mark. Here's a good drink for those in search of a value pick.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Penley Estate Steyning Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


A well presented wine at this point in time, stick it away for a few years to see it at its prime.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Soul Growers Equilibrium GSM 2016


Feeling part of a wine and its story makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Be it a time, place, cellar door tasting, once you get hooked, you're in. For me, I did a barrel tasting with winemaker Stuart Bourne back in January. We sampled copious amounts of 2016 Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, peeling back the layers before throwing them all together again to create a mock blend to see where this is going. Bourne is a passionate winemaker, loves a chat and makes a killer pizza. He talks himself up as a wicketkeeper too.

Schild Estate Ben Schild Shiraz 2014


Barossa Shiraz in a neat groove. A great drop.


Mount Avoca Estate Range Sauvignon Blanc 2016


Sauvignon Blanc from Victoria's Pyrenees region. Certified organic too.


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Golden Grove Estate The Skins Vermentino 2017


I don't know who Ray Costanzo is anymore. He's gone from being a conservative introvert to a guy unleashing his creative juices and flexing his grand master funk muscle. This hipster version of the man formerly known as is creating some kick arse booze - get on board.

Thomas Wines Dam Block Shiraz 2015

A new release from Andrew Thomas, I had the opportunity to taste this at Thommo's members dinner a couple of months ago. Lined up with others in the range, this grew on me with time in the glass giving a big cuddle on the inside.

De Bortoli Winemaker Selection Chardonnay 2016


Winemaker Julie Mortlock has worked with De Bortoli for 25+ years at the company's Riverina base. A new range, she says these DB Winemaker Selection wines are, "Go-to wine perfect for unwinding at the end of the day."

De Bortoli Winemaker Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Winemaker Julie Mortlock has worked with De Bortoli for 25+ years at the company's Riverina base. A new range, she says these DB Winemaker Selection wines are, "Go-to wines perfect for unwinding at the end of the day."

Friday, 29 September 2017

Hayes Family Wines Ebenezer Shiraz 2015

If I were charged with awarding a prize to the best newcomer for 2017, Hayes Family Wines would be right up there to take the gong. The quality across the range has been mightily impressive and is capped off in style by this Shiraz - their flagship.


Warramate Chardonnay 2016


If this was your daily tipple, you'll live a satisfied life. Crank the delish dial to 12! Super value drinking for 28 bucks!

Montalto Pennon Hill Shiraz 2016

A pepper bomb coming at ya in stealth mode. This Shiraz is quite expressive and may catch a few on the hop. Soft and generous no less, there's lots of pleasure here.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Usher Tinkler La Volpe Prosecco 2017

If you're in the Hunter Valley, Usher Tinkler's Cellar and Salumi is a must do. There's a point of difference everywhere you look be it the furniture, relaxed atmosphere, engaging staff or simply the trendy booze on offer along with a wicked array of salumi and cheese.

Savina Lane Lamiro Lady of Spain Graciano 2013


The only Graciano on the Granite Belt and it hits the spot. There's a magnetism about it. Great stuff.


Schild Estate Sparkling Shiraz 2016


One of the great gifts of the Australian wine industry to the world - Sparkling Shiraz. You could put a hole in this with ease.

Whiskey Gully Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


Two Cabernets tasted on a recent Granite Belt excursion and two wins. This Reserve Cabernet is big and buxom with a long future ahead of it.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Margan Chardonnay 2017


In a line up of four Chardonnays, this got my attention for different reasons. Of the four, this was the only one from a warm region. Interestingly, this weighed in at 12.5% abv compared to the 13.5% of the others. I would have expected this to be riper.

Pyramids Road Petit Verdot 2016


Two big thumbs up. Things have started to heat up but find a steak to sit beside this nifty Petit Verdot.