Thursday, 30 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate The Little White Box GSM 2016




A great story this... Created by winemaker Ray Costanzo for his father Sam, founder of Golden Grove Estate. "Dad loves Grenache and finally got his way and grafted two rows of Merlot over. Finally we got a good crop and decided to make a wine behind his back. We told him that the Grenache had been a failure and that we blended it away but secretly we blended up this GSM. The Little White Box is dad's grafting box which he made when he was 17 and he used it to graft vines all over the state when he was young. He still uses it today."


Iron Cloud Rock of Solitude Purple Patch GSM 2016


A new label to me coming off a single vineyard in the Ferguson Valley.
As per the label, "The 'rock of solitude' is a single rock in the vineyard, facing west overlooking Geographe Bay."
This is a more than approachable GSM.


Angove Alternatus Rosé 2017


A dry, Spanish inspired Rosé made up of  Grenache (36%) Tempranillo (26%) Vermentino (18%) Graciano (10%) and Carignan (10%).


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2015


Only the third time this blend has been made, others include 2004 and 2009. Winemaker Graeme Shaw says he tried a number of blends before he came to what he feels is a wine, "to be optimum balance of the richness and depth of the Cabernet with the elegance and spiciness of the Shiraz."
He's hit the nail on the head.

d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2016


A good Chardy sitting on the old school side of the ledger.


Monday, 27 November 2017

La La Land Pinot Gris 2017

A fair Pinot Gris. Some texture but it seems broad and a little top heavy.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Angove Alternatus Fiano 2017

I've been quite a fan of this Alternatus range. This Fiano ticks the boxes. Classy stuff.

Blackbilly Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Good drinking Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills and surrounds.

Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2016



The fruit for this wine comes off a 40 year old vineyard in Pokolbin.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Schwarz Wine Co GSM 2016


Every wine tells a story, no different here. As per the label:
"I have trodden the soil along countless rows of vines in search of fruit that captures the essence of the Barossa. An ode to my well worn, slightly battered boots which have served me well."
GSM in the slot!


Eldridge Estate PTG 2017

Such a versatile red. So delicious - dare I use the word smashable.

A 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. It's a slight shift from the usual 50/50 but the quality and satisfaction delivered certainly haven't wavered.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Mataro 2017


Mataro with street wise attitude. I love it!
Handpicked, wild yeast fermented, 20% whole bunches, unfined and unfiltered.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Irrewarra Chardonnay 2016


Irrewarra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'long spear throw'.
This label comes from the hands of Nick Farr and I was thrilled when he got in touch asking if I'd like a sample. This is a peach.

Meerea Park Indie Shiraz Pinot 2015


Good drinkin' without the need for thinkin'. A 70/30 blend co-fermented.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

d'Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2016



Adelaide Hills Chardonnay from McLaren Vale's d'Arenberg. Fermented and aged in French oak for seven months.

Robert Stein Shiraz 2014

Made from a range of blocks and aged for 14 months in new and old oak.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate Vermentino 2017

Ray Costanzo is turning Vermentino into a mean beast. This is a ripping rendition of the Italian varietal. Take a bow for going next level and producing a rock star. It's by far the best Vermentino I have had the privilege to taste.

Oliver's Taranga HJ Shiraz 2014


Dense. Luscious. Generous. Food for the soul.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Eldridge Estate Fumé Blanc 2017

From one of the prettiest and oldest vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula region, this comes from a 3 hectare site. David Lloyd doesn't make a bad wine. It's not in his DNA. Here's a delicious take on Sauvignon Blanc.


d'Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Partial fermentation in old French oak for three weeks has imparted some texture and complexity to this tropical fruit driven wine.


Schwarz Wine Co Chenin Blanc 2017


Tight, vibrant and fresh. There's few Chenin Blanc produced in the Barossa and not many more in Australia with the main players coming from the west.


Friday, 17 November 2017

Gartelmann Dietrich Shiraz 2015


One of the best Shiraz releases from Orange I've seen in recent memory. The best wine I've seen from Gartelmann too. The brand's icon Shiraz named after owner Jorg Gartelmann's grandfather.

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 2016



Handpicked, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak - 40% of which was new.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Rowlee Wines Chardonnay 2016


My first look at Rowlee Wines from Orange. David Cummings from Define Wine does an excellent job bringing wines from Orange and Mudgee (plus various other regions) to writers' attention. It's always good to see what the little guys have to offer too and there are always gems uncovered.

Established in 2000, the eight hectare vineyard sits at 950m above. Winemaking commenced in 2013. The wines are made by former sommelier Nicole Samodol with PJ Chateris overseeing things as a mentor winemaker.

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Grenache 2017


Lots to ponder here - hand picked, 91% whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation, unfined, unfiltered...
I just want to get knee deep in this. Hardcore Barossa Pinot (a local reference to Barossa Grenache).

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Penley Estate Wild Ferment Shiraz 2016


Penley Estate have been cranking the interest factor high of late. Tick that box here once more. A super slurpable Shiraz from the hands of Kate Goodman. There are so many exciting wines coming out of Coonawarra at the moment, add this to that growing list.

Robert Stein Mudgee Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Mudgee's Robert Stein Wines planted their vines in 1976. These Chardonnay vines come from those original platings. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, 50% new French oak was used with a small portion of malolactic fermentation.


Meerea Park Indie Marsanne Roussanne 2016


A 70/30 blend which underwent barrel fermentation for ten months, 25% of which was new oak. 230 dozen made. Great drinking.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Behind the Brand - Tellurian Wines

General Manager - Daniel Hopkins
Ian Hopkins went for a relaxing drive and came home having bought a vineyard. And that was that. When Ian rang to inform his son of the news, the first question Daniel spat out was, "How long have you been thinking about this for?" His father's response caught him by surprise, "Three hours!" The rest is history.

From humble days of buying land with the provision to plant a vineyard in 2002, Heathcote's Tellurian Wines has boomed. Bricks have gradually been put in the wall (so to speak) and the onsite winery was only completed in 2012. Prior to then, the wines were contract made.


Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2015


I don't see many Grant Burge wines. A glass of this was plonked in front of me at a pub as we sat around having a steak. After then being handed the wine list, on paper this appeared the best wine on offer.


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc to make the sun shine a little bit brighter and your seafood taste a little more indulgent. Good stuff here.

Redman Wines Coonawarra Cabernet 2015


The Redman gang have found their mojo of late. Some super impressive wines are being released. One to stick in the black book, this will take you to happy places.

Gartelmann Benjamin Semillon 2017


A summer time pleaser. Be my guest to indulge - delicious Semillon sourced off 77 year-old dry grown vines.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Airlie Bank Gris 2017


As per the back label: "Pulling apart Gris and putting it back together one piece at a time. Lairizing. Fermented on skins and bunches for two weeks. Pressed to old hogsheads. No finings... As always, we appreciate your time and indulgence."

Dirt Candy The Natural Riesling 2017


Scrumptious Organic Riesling from Orange. A dicey choice of wording on the label though - 'The Natural' could be misread by the uninformed as a natural wine but it's far from that. There's no funky skin contact creation here, just lots of slurp factor for those with a thirst to quench.

Chateau Yaldara Foundations Petit Verdot 2016


A broad shouldered red to warm the insides on a chilly night.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Oliver's Taranga Tempranillo 2016

Wines like this tend to have the ability to evaporate quickly from the glass. Grab a plate of food and tear in - lip smacking Tempranillo!

Logan Weemala Tempranillo 2015

Weemala is an Aboriginal word for 'good view' and the vineyard the fruit comes from for this wine also boasts this name. Good entry level Tempranillo.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet 2014


Spice Trader by name. Spice Trader by nature. A good midweek quaffer.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Terrific buying for Cabernet fans here. I've spotted this in retail land regularly priced at $18 - a super deal.

TarraWarra Estate Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2016


A fraction leaner than the 2015 edition, rest assured there's still plenty of elegance to embrace.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Seville Estate Chardonnay 2016

One of the consistently high performers in the Chardonnay game. This 2016 plays it hard too. Great drinking for Chardy freaks.

Airlie Bank Franc 2017


Tim Shand has nailed this style. There's no Cabernet Franc like it. Moreish and ridiculously juicy, it's the business. As per the back label, "Bottled whilst bursting with fruit and juvenile charm."

Chateau Yaldara Cabernet Franc 2016


Those fans of big heavy wines will get knee deep here - I have no doubt.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Parker Coonawarra Estate Rosé 2017

Here's an easy thirst quencher. The first release of this Pinot Rosé from Parker Coonawarra Estate.