Thursday, 27 April 2017

Tyrrell's Special Release Verdelho 2016

A Special Release due to particular parcels shining and deserving to stand on their own feet rather than being blended away.

Tyrrell's Old Winery Verdelho 2017

Gee some things come around quickly. It's the end of April and I'm already tasting a 2017! Verdelho from NSW's Hunter Valley.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

La Violetta Wines Ye-Ye Grise 2016


I initially knew very little about this wine. A friend brought this over for lunch on the weekend. I like the label, I love the wine - so delicious!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ten Minutes By Tractor Judd Pinot Noir 2015


Run off and hide in a dark place with this like a dog with a stolen shoe. Oh boy, what an absolute treasure we have here!

Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Pinot Noir 2015


A smooth bell curve of pleasure right here.

Ten Minutes By Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2015


Pinot grabbing you with two hands. And in a way, I just want it to keep squeezing tight. Lovely wine.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Ten Minutes By Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir 2015


Tastes warmer. It's a bit firmer too. The most masculine of the 2015 releases if you will, yet still dainty.

Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2015


Let's not all get caught up with single vineyard wines as the bee's knees. This Estate blend is a beauty and shows excellent winemaking and crafting produces superb results. Gee it's impressive.

Singlefile Frankland River Shiraz 2015

Depth, fruit and savoury appeal - something for everyone really.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2016


A blend of five vineyard sites all handpicked. 35% whole bunches too. Not as beautiful as the 2015 release but still hitting the right notes - only a notch back if you will.

Shottesbrooke Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016


A simple Pinot not particularly setting my senses alight. A fair drink. Without being disrespectful, those with basic tastes would enjoy this most.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016


A step up from the entry level Estate Chardonnay but not necessarily a big one. This comes off a vineyard planted in 1996 and sits 540m above. Google coordinates are even listed on the label - not something all that common but the terroir freaks will get their kicks with that.

Shottesbrooke Estate Chardonnay 2016


An easy drinking Chardonnay without the bells and whistles.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Knappstein Insider Riesling 2016


A Clare Valley Riesling which will raise a few eyebrows. Picked later and spending 48 hours on skins, a bit of boundary pushing here done well.

Oliver's Taranga Grenache 2015

A new look label - I find the duck egg blue quite appealing to the eye.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Redman Wines Cabernet Merlot 2013


Here's one for the lovers of the great old Cabernet Merlot blend - and the Redman's have nailed it. One for the black book.


Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2013


The Terracotta wines get their name from where the fruit is grown - on red clay and basalt soils. This release was matured in bottle for four years prior to release.

Oliver's Taranga Tempranillo 2015

Not exactly dancing on the balls of its feet, but it wouldn't be hard to put a few glasses away with a good feed mind you.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


I taste this sample just as the Coonawarra reds have started to be picked for vintage 2017. Many don't appreciate how cool Coonawarra does get. This cool climate eases the region into vintage each year - often well behind others and certainly well behind those regions a few hours north.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2014



Parker produce some solid wines at this price point. I particularly fancy their Coonawarra Series Chardonnay too. This Coonawarrra Series is often on the wine list at numerous pubs across the country and is a great go-to with your meal.

James Haselgrove Futures Shiraz 2014


A big sucker - lots of meat on the bones. Taking a whiff and French onion soup of all things piques my interest. Give it some air and it blows off and the wine comes good.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Oliver's Taranga HJ Shiraz 2013

Pardon me while I slip into a comfy place on the lounge and retire with this. Talk about comfort wine...

The Old Faithful Cafe Block Shiraz 2013


This vineyard was planted in the 1950's with a popular cafe on one boundary, hence the name.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016


The label has had a facelift, and I like it. A blend of Sexton, Tarraford and Applejack vineyards, all fruit is 100% handpicked.

Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2015

Lots of smiles in this bottle - just how the winemaker lives life really.

Meerea Park XYZ Chardonnay 2016


A wet Hunter Valley vintage saw this Chardonnay sourced from Orange.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Ten Minutes By Tractor McCutcheon Chardonnay 2015


A superb expression of Chardonnay. Not much more to say really. Find this. Bravo!

Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Chardonnay 2015


Of the three single vineyard 2015 releases, this comes across as the sensitive soul. I just wanna give it a cuddle.

Ten Minutes By Tractor Judd Chardonnay 2015


The least aromatic of the four TMBT 2015's but comes across the most focused.


Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Chardonnay 2015


If you feel the urge to dip your toe in the ocean of pleasure that is TMBT Chardonnay and the single vineyard wines stretch the budget that bit too far, you won't miss here.

The Old Faithful Top of the Hill Shiraz 2012


Here's a big boy from 40 year old vines.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Oliver's Taranga Mencia 2016

This my friends is a great intro to the Spanish variety Mencia. If you haven't heard of it nor tasted it, best you get on the pleasure train.

d'Arenberg The Anthropocene Epoch Mencia 2016

And just when you think Chester has enough on his plate with The Cube soon to be opened, he releases his first Mencia - made from organic and biodynamic grapes too. And the name - another classic. Best you Google it.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Yelland & Papps Second Take Shiraz 2016

Michael Papps was pretty happy with the way this came together when we had a chat about his new release Second Take wines. Give it a chance to breathe and you'll see what he means.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Old Faithful Northern Exposure Grenache 2013


A Grenache hard to say no to coming from 80+ year old vines.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Winemakers Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

I had this sitting in the glass for an hour prior to tasting - I became distracted and it seemed to be a masterstroke in disguise. Gee this presented well.


Shaw Vineyard Estate Winemakers Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016


Fresh and tropical, plenty of easy drinking appeal here.

Highland Heritage Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


This is one of two new flagship wines to celebrate 70 years of winemaking in the region.

Highland Heritage Patrono Shiraz 2015


This is one of two flagship wines to celebrate 70 years of winemaking in the region. The other is the Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Yelland & Papps Second Take Grenache 2016

If you need clarification for why I love Grenache so much, track this down. What a cracker!