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.
Monday, 17 July 2017
Saturday, 15 July 2017
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.
Friday, 14 July 2017
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
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.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
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!
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
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
The Drumborg name is synonymous with quality. This pretty and lacy style of Pinot gets a big thumbs up.
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
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.
Friday, 7 July 2017
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.
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Monday, 3 July 2017
Sunday, 2 July 2017
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
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.
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.