Saturday, 21 October 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.
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
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
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.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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
Sunday, 15 October 2017
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.
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
Nine bucks they say. It doesn't hold back either. A great little drop for those seeking a penny pincher.
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.
Friday, 13 October 2017
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.
Thursday, 12 October 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
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
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!
Friday, 6 October 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 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.
Summer time needs bottles of this chilled hard in your ice bucket, esky or poured generously as you laze poolside.
Thursday, 5 October 2017
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.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Named Rosato to give a respectful nod to its Italian heritage, this was made using Sangiovese fruit planted almost 20 years ago.
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
Sunday, 1 October 2017
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.