Sunday, 19 November 2017
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Partial fermentation in old French oak for three weeks has imparted some texture and complexity to this tropical fruit driven wine.
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
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.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
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.
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 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.
A 70/30 blend which underwent barrel fermentation for ten months, 25% of which was new oak. 230 dozen made. Great drinking.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Sunday, 12 November 2017
|General Manager - Daniel Hopkins|
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.
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
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.
A summer time pleaser. Be my guest to indulge - delicious Semillon sourced off 77 year-old dry grown vines.
Friday, 10 November 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."
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.
Thursday, 9 November 2017
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Terrific buying for Cabernet fans here. I've spotted this in retail land regularly priced at $18 - a super deal.
Tuesday, 7 November 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."
Monday, 6 November 2017
Saturday, 4 November 2017
Chief Viticulturalist Michael Schild's sexy hairy pins adorn the label of this Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Friday, 3 November 2017
Of three Rosés tasted blind recently, this finished on top. The cheapest of the three, this possessed just a bit more fun and interest which hooked me in.