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.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Angove Organic Merlot 2016

Sometimes you taste Merlots and it's as though the winemakers just aren't trying. And then you get energetic and juicy examples like this. Well done to the Angove team.


De Bortoli La Bossa Merlot 2016

An easy drinking red to ease you through the mid-week blues without blowing a hole in the back pocket.

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Seamless Cabernet. Depth with a harmonious drive - what's not to like about wines like this?

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016


Quality Chardonnay and you get change from $25. The 2017 Chardonnay is released at the same time as this Barrel Fermented 2016. Spend the extra two bucks I say.


Huntington Estate Chardonnay 2017

Huntington Estate seems to churn out consistent wines at reasonable prices year after year. This 2017 is an enjoyable Chardonnay - straight from vineyard to bottle.


Pig In The House Chardonnay 2016

An easy drinking Organic Chardonnay.


Friday, 14 July 2017

Polperro Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2016

One of those white wines which gives you a sense of prestige as you sip away ever so smugly. Classy stuff.

Pig In The House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. And while the label states, "No animals were harmed in making this wine," it's anyone's guess where the fruit came from - little info on the label. Sigh.  But it is vegan friendly.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Montalto Single Vineyard Tuerong Block Pinot Noir 2015


You can see Simon Black cranking the volume on the beat box as he unleashes his inner self through this wine. Expressive and creative - it's a cracker.

Montalto Single Vineyard Merricks Block Pinot Noir 2015


Pinot heaven. Sublime from top to toe.

Glenguin Estate Schoolhouse Block Shiraz 2014


Need I mention 2014 was a ripping year in the Hunter Valley? This is a cracking wine to match.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Montalto Single Vineyard Main Ridge Block Pinot Noir 2015


Talk to Simon Black, Montalto's passionate and meticulous winemaker, and he soon spit out the words 'carbonic maceration'. He loves playing around with it and the results achieved speak for themselves. This Pinot is a ripper. Bam!

Montalto Single Vineyard Red Hill Block Pinot Noir 2015


My eyes light up every time samples from Montalto arrive, the quality is always high. 2015 was a great year too.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Classic Australian Cabernet is something to behold. Leeuwin Estate seem to have the stranglehold on the magic recipe over the last several vintages.

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2016


Always a reliable entry level wine, this sample seemed to get lost in the deluge. It was quite fortuitous though as it was lined up in the end with another seven Pinots from the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley in an interesting bracket. As you'd expect with wines from TMBT, it held up very well.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir 2016


The Drumborg name is synonymous with quality. This pretty and lacy style of Pinot gets a big thumbs up.

Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2015

I was a guest at a corporate dinner recently and this Chardonnay was on pour. A fair drink without flair.

Mitchell Wines Sevenhill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001


Decant this for an hour plus and then sit back and indulge in the pleasure of great cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Balgownie Estate Black Label Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015


An easy drinking Yarra Valley Pinot and a good option for the asking price. I can see a lot of people choosing this as a solid go-to without having to drop a bomb to drink well.


Angove Organic Rosé 2017


A Rosé with a cheeky smirk. Spring time lovin' in a neat package.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Pooley Wines Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir 2015


A beautifully crafted Pinot Noir from Tasmania's Coal River.

Hayes Family Wines Grenache 2016


And thank you very much... What a delicious Grenache! I could be absolutely selfish and drink the whole lot myself. And I may just do that - self-control can be a tough thing when wines like this come through the door which are so delicious and approachable.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Seppelt Drumborg Chardonnay 2016


Another classic Drumborg release. One of my favourite wines without question. The fruit absolutely sings here.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

Balgownie Estate White Label Chardonnay 2015


Straddling the fence of some old school power here, those seeking a leaner style Chardonnay may shy away.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Traminer Riesling 2016


This came in a box of samples labelled as 'Winter Warmers'. Good concept though Traminer Riesling isn't something I'd consider as a winter warmer. Perhaps it's for the curry or spicy Asian dish you'd have to warm the insides and this to wash away some of that sting? Speculation aside, this is a good drink and a very good deal for the asking price.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Soumah Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016


I like the wines coming out of Soumah at the moment. The duck egg label is certainly eye catching too. Things seem to be progressing nicely for this relatively new label from the Yarra Valley.

Angove Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Certified organic Sauvignon Blanc coming off vines 40 year old vines from t he Riverland. 2017 is the eleventh anniversary of Angove Family Winemakers making wine under organic certification.