Saturday, 30 September 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.
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."
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
If this was your daily tipple, you'll live a satisfied life. Crank the delish dial to 12! Super value drinking for 28 bucks!
Thursday, 28 September 2017
The only Graciano on the Granite Belt and it hits the spot. There's a magnetism about it. Great stuff.
One of the great gifts of the Australian wine industry to the world - Sparkling Shiraz. You could put a hole in this with ease.
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
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.
Two big thumbs up. Things have started to heat up but find a steak to sit beside this nifty Petit Verdot.
Monday, 25 September 2017
A curiously named label in Natasha Mooney's La Bise range in honour of Walter Mooney from the mid 1800's. He was pinched for stealing a neighbour's cow in the Flinders Ranges' town of Melrose. It seems crime finds its way through that town with a fraudster among others hitting the oldest town in the area in recent memory too.
The vineyard was purchased a couple of years ago by Brett and Stacey Allan and renamed Sancerre Estate after being inspired by a trip through the French countryside. Wines produced from estate grown fruit fall under the View Wines label. Old vines have been reinvigorated and new plantings have also taken place. Only four wines make up the range at this stage - Semillon, Sauvignon Semillon blend, Merlot Rosé and this Alvarinho.
This one of a few Alvarinho (Albarino) plantings in the Granite Belt region and it seems to have found a happy home.
John will share with you his love of Chardonnay. Great value here for the asking price.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
I have found Cabernet on the Granite Belt to be hit and miss. While some winemakers suggest it is their best performer, others don't seem to quite nail it. Warren Smith plies his trade without fuss and produces reliable wines. Of his 15 tonne production, I feel this Cabernet is the best wine in his range at the moment.
It was only right to drop by Pyramids Road Winery after scaling the Pyramid at nearby Girraween National Park. A great climb which works up a thirst. Verdelho is a consistent performer from this 15 tonne winery.
Friday, 22 September 2017
What's there to do at the airport when your flight is delayed by an hour? That's right, find the bar. But all bars have generic wines overtaken by big companies so I found a book shop with a modest list different from the rest. I needed something to wash down my Cherry Ripe Slice and gave this a crack.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Sunday, 17 September 2017
There's lots of great stories behind the Schild Estate labels. I had the privilege to be walked through many of them in January this year. A passionate family with Barossa Dirt in their veins. This Chardonnay is a tribute to Alma Schild, wife of founder Ben, who raised eight children in primitive conditions.
Saturday, 16 September 2017
You don't see a lot of Riesling in the Yarra, though the small patches I'm aware of are producing some good wines. This is no different. Planted in 1970, it's a most enjoyable wine.
Friday, 15 September 2017
Thursday, 14 September 2017
I saw a different perspective on this wine a couple of years ago when sharing lunch with winemaker Chester Osborn, his supercharged media gun Tash Stoodley and a range of other media folk. Chester pulled out a couple of aged Rieslings to prove that this label can mix it with some of the best in the business. There's room for growth with this wine too.
Call me daft, but Barossa Semillon is something I still find hard to warm to. It lacks that get up and vibe which can be seen in other parts of the country.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017
Saturday, 9 September 2017
The wines I've seen of late from Beechworth's Indigo Vineyard have been impressive with quality across the board. Medium bodied Shiraz getting the thumbs up this time.
Friday, 8 September 2017
Thursday, 7 September 2017
This Shiraz gets a tick. I like what the team at Soul Growers are on about. They are literally bringing small growers together and sharing their fruit with the world.
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
I was in Melbourne last week. I couldn't help but drop in to the City Wine Shop. I love that place. Such great diversity, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is pretty damn smart too. In search of something I haven't seen before and this caught my eye. Cool climate Syrah from the Yarra is firmly on my radar at the moment. All boxes were ticked so the purchase was made. I happily drank this at the bar. What a beauty!
The Family Crest label has taken on a face lift and gee I like it. The crest is still the centre piece with an addition of five dots above it referring to the five generations. A pick and shovel link to the family's mining past. Clever. Good drinking Shiraz too to cap it off.
Monday, 4 September 2017
Coonawarra nights can be bitterly cold. This will warm your insides with ease. Rymill's Maturation Release at five years. Quality Coonawarra Cabernet.
Sunday, 3 September 2017
Saturday, 2 September 2017
Write off Coonawarra whites at your peril. There's some terrific aged Riesling deserving your attention. This is a beauty.