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.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2017

Canberra Riesling doing the job just fine. Lots of street smarts to this release.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Oliver's Taranga Corrina's Shiraz Cabernet 2016

This is the best I've seen of this blend. A delicious wine with serious gravitating pull. Lazy Friday nights on the lounge and a glass of this to cure your work week blues.

Chateau Yaldara Foundations Pinot Gris 2017

A tidy Pinot Gris from the Adelaide Hills. Satisfaction is high, a wine sure to please.

Schild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Chief Viticulturalist Michael Schild's sexy hairy pins adorn the label of this Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2016

Best bang for buck Chardonnay from Coonawarra - yes sir!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Flametree Cabernet Merlot 2015

Damn this is a good drink. No bells and whistles, quality fruit and great winemaking the winners here.

Rymill Coonawarra The Yearling Rosé 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.

Dirt Candy The Gamechanger Rosé 2017

A 50/50 Hunter Valley Rosé made with Shiraz and Tempranillo.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Redman Wines The Last Row Shiraz 2015

Coonawarra Shiraz sticking it to the region's big boss man Cabernet. What a super wine this is. Beautifully balanced.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Chateau Yaldara Reserve GSM 2015

Be patient here. Give it some time and you'll be rewarded.

Singlefile Great Southern Riesling 2017

Some great Riesling comes from the Great Southern region. Singlefile are certainly a quality producer. One of their three current Riesling releases, this is a quality drink once more.