Friday, 22 June 2018
d'Arenberg is great for a story. The history of The Custodian another example. During the vine pull scheme of the 80s, d'Arry Osborn refused to remove his old Grenache vineyards. Today, d'Arenberg is the keeper of one-third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine Grenache earning the title of 'Custodian'.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Bold as that may be, he has back up those words will a stellar release. Dive in worthy.
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Friday, 15 June 2018
Thursday, 14 June 2018
The privilege of looking at some amazing wines from amazing producers and sites is never lost on me. In this tasting pack from Ten Minutes by Tractor came this little surprise - the first release of the new Wallis Tasmania label. It slips straight in with the classy Single Vineyard wines this producer is renowned for.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
A darker and intense Pinot. A masculine style if you will - can we say that these days? At the same time, it's a closed book that doesn't want to show itself too freely. Give it time and embrace the pleasure.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Reliability 101. A solid release year after year. Top value, too, and often around $15 in retail land - great buying.
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Always a great expression of Pinot. This 2016 edition is a blend of four sites - Coolart Road, McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd (56/23/16/5).
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Eminent drinkability. There's something about these Samuel's Gorge wines which just enable them to glide through the mouth. There's personality, there's charisma, but its almost as though they float on a cloud of pleasure.
Friday, 8 June 2018
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Beautiful Nebbiolo. A wine which smells and tastes oh so good. A big thumbs up for this second release from TarraWarra.
The trickle of new 2018 wines is starting to form a stream. A tidy spot of pink delish here from the Barossan hands of Andrew Seppelt.
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Sunday, 3 June 2018
Chapel Hill's most popular wine at their cellar door. It's a beautiful cellar door too I might add. There's a great feel to the place. And there's sparkling water on tap. Fact.
Chapel Hill did not blend wines until 2014 their marketing gun Bodhi Edwards tells me. And it was with Bodhi where this wine started its journey. He kept pestering for the classic Aussie blend to be put together - and finally it was. A good drink all up.
Saturday, 2 June 2018
Wow. What gorgeous aromas! Pretty factor and tripping over one another as they cascade from the glass.
Super McLaren Vale Shiraz off the Warboys Vineyard. Broad, thick-set, street tough style. Yet, there's a charm to this wine when you take the time to get to know it. And perhaps you should.
Friday, 1 June 2018
One of those wines that teases before grasping your senses and pulling you in. A fantastic Roussanne.
A wine which seems to have kept itself hidden at the bottom of the samples pile. Good drinking mind you, when you get your hands on it.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
A blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot (70/20/10), 20% new oak contributes to a bright and vibrant wine.
Yarra Valley Barbera grafted onto 23-year-old Pinot Noir rootstock. Welcome to the second lip smacking release.
Grenache from an egg, a ceramic one at that. I've seen Peter Fraser's egg collection in the winery - quite a sight. This is a great expression of the variety.
An excellent Medhyk release. A litany of dark fruits parade walking tall. The type of wine you want to snuggle up to when there's a chill in the air.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Friday, 25 May 2018
Think Blewitt Springs Grenache and expect pretty, bright red fruit. Oh, this rattles the cage on that theory.