Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2017


The 2017 Hunter Valley vintage was a beauty. Some say it's better than the highly regarded 2014. Dive in here and see for yourself - superb Shiraz.


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Hollick Bond Road Chardonnay 2015



Coonawarra has one of the longest ripening seasons for Chardonnay in the world I'm reliably informed. This is a neat find - Coonawarra ain't just all Cabernet...


Blok Coonawarra Riesling 2016

The wines from Blok offer extreme value. Here we go again - a super Riesling.


Whistle Post Rosé 2017

Whistle Post is the new kid on the block in Coonawarra. They've made a grand entry too with their new cellar door gaining plenty of attention.


Monday, 13 August 2018

Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2016

Such an elegant expression of Merlot. From vines planted in 1989 and 1976 sitting 220-245m above.


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Out of Step Willowlake Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

These Out of Step wines are the shiz. Perhaps the best way to describe them in two words is 'eminent drinkability'. Smashing Pinot Noir from the famed Yarra Valley Willowlake vineyard.

Kellybrook Estate Reserve Shiraz 2017


Quite a charming wine in many ways without putting on too much of a show or bravado. Top drinking.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2017


Use 'entry level' loosely for wines like this. The 10X range always punches above its weight.

Gundog Estate Off-Dry Semillon 2018


Off-dry Semillon - something not all that common, but I like different and this smashes the brief. A well-crafted wine to sit beside a spicy dish. Friday night take away come at me.

Oates Ends Tempranillo 2016


Smack bang in the delish zone. Tempranillo from Margaret River - and a beauty at that.


Witches Falls Pinot Noir 2017


I keep getting told that the soils on the Granite Belt are well suited for Pinot Noir. There's not an awful amount of the variety planted in the region but I'm still yet to see an example to wow me.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Hickinbotham The Elder Hill Grenache 2016

Brilliant Grenache from Clarendon perched 225m above. Such a delicious wine with a savoury drive the highlight.

Kellybrook Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017



Solid Chardonnay ticking the boxes. 100% barrel fermented in new, second and third use oak, it's pretty fine value for the asking price too.

Monday, 6 August 2018

De Bortoli Rosé Rosé 2018

The Rosé market has taken a change for the better. There's still a perception that 'pink means sweet' but here's yet another example of a bone-dry expression. Such an easy drinking wine, sunny winter days and springtime come calling.

Hemera Estate H Shiraz 2017



There's a minty character here I often see in Coonawarra Shiraz. Regardless, this is a tidy Barossa Valley Shiraz and top value.


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Huntington Estate Tim Stevens Shiraz 2009



Sitting pretty at nine years young. It was great to line up this 2009 release alongside its 2015 and 2016 siblings. The flagship wine for Huntington Estate named after the winemaker himself, this 2009 is only available to wine club members.


Out of Step Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Nebbiolo 2016


Damn! I was sent a sample pack of Out of Step wines, and pardon the pun, but they are yet to put a foot out of place. What a cracking Nebbiolo this is.


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2009


I had the opportunity to have a look at this at the Meerea Park new release dinner in Brisbane recently. General Manager Garth Eather said quite humbly, "Semillon is something we do well." He's damn right too. Very well I'd say. This is brilliant!


Giant Steps Rosé 2018

Woah! We have a live one here. Bust to the front of the queue and stop at nothing 'til it's in your hands. A ripping Rosé at a sizzling price.


Irvine Spring Hill Primitivo Rosé 2018



It's winter time here in south-east Queensland yet the outside temperature sits around 22 degrees with blue skies a prominent feature. A glass of this in hand in the gorgeous sunshine would be picture perfect.


Kellybrook Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer 2017


Gewurztraminer from the Yarra Valley is as rare as hen's teeth. Planted in 1976, this is a delightful cool climate expression.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Montalto Tuerong Block Chardonnay 2016

The newest Single Vineyard wine to the Montalto range from a lower-lying vineyard. This just oozes funk and charisma all at the same time. Dip your oar into this ocean of beauty.


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Huntington Estate Tim Stevens Shiraz 2015

It was great to line up this 2015 release beside the 2009 and 2016. The flagship wine for Huntington Estate named after the winemaker himself. Three years young with a bright future.

Oates Ends Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Quite a grassy and herby Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend. Despite being barrel fermented with ten months in one-year-old oak, the barrel component could almost be overlooked.


Monday, 30 July 2018

Huntington Estate Tim Stevens Shiraz 2016

The flagship wine for Huntington Estate named after the winemaker himself. It's a smart wine now but will evolve beautifully in the years to come.

Oates Ends Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A work of art. There's a feeling of cool and charisma to this smashing Cabernet. Fresh and gorgeously medium bodied, the delish factor is sky high.

Hemera Estate Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017

Adelaide Hills Chardonnay from Barossa producer Hemera Estate.


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Out of Step Margin Walker 2016

Words I thought I would never utter - I think I have found my favourite Sauv Blanc!

Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2018


I was privileged to attend the Meerea Park new release dinner in Brisbane a couple of nights ago. This Semillon was served pre-dinner and hit the spot. A new release hot off the press.


Curly Flat Lacuna Chardonnay 2017


Such a beautiful Chardonnay. Winemaker Matt Harrop says the Lacuna Chardonnay hasn't been bottled since 2013. It's, "a humble nod to Chablis," he adds.


Friday, 27 July 2018

Hemera Estate Single Vineyard GSM 2017

Happiness awaits. Be sure to pour generously. Barossa GSM with the delish factor cranking.

Yelland & Papps Devote Roussanne 2017


A stylish example of what Roussanne can be when treated with creativity yet allowing it to demonstrate personality.


Hemera Estate Old Vine Grenache 2017


A new label to me hailing from Lyndoch in the southern Barossa. Good drinking Grenache to sooth your long workday blues.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Montalto The Eleven Chardonnay 2016



I don't dance, but I do when Montalto wines come through the door. Or perhaps it looks like I'm dancing albeit my knees giving way. Always measured and considered with bucket loads of interest, this release of The Eleven is no different.

Tyrrell's Wines Vat 47 Chardonnay 2015


The Hunter Valley doesn't just do Semillon well. Murray Tyrrell planted these Chardonnay vines in the 1960s, and in many ways, changed the face of Chardonnay from the region single-handedly. Oh, this is superb.

Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon 2018


"Detail,  precision and purity are the key themes driving this wine for us," says winemaker Matt Burton. A wine that delivers in style, behold a super Semillon release.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Irvine Icon Eden Valley Zinfandel 2016


Here's a variety I don't see much. It's great to see Irvine ripping in and giving it a crack - and differently too I might add. Through the hands of winemaker Rebekah Richardson, Irvine is aiming to capture a delicate expression of what is traditionally a bold and punchy wine.

Witches Falls Garnacha 2017


A step back on previous vintages, this release seems to have crawled into its shell. I've come to expect this wine to be vibrant and enthusiastic but this 2017 feels sluggish and lethargic.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Punt Road Gamay 2017

Gamay is bringing sexy back. More and more wineries are dropping it in the dirt, and deservedly so. There's so much pleasure to draw out of its simplicity and soft touch. Lazy Sundays and sunsets with a glass or two of this for the win.

Yangarra Estate Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz 2016


Devilishly delish. So much personality and charisma to sink your teeth into. The highlight for me is easily the savoury deliciousness courtesy of the whole bunches (25%).

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Chardonnay 2017


Quite a taut example of Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tyrrell's Wines Vat 9 Shiraz 2016



Not a great year for Hunter red wines but it's those tough years are when the great winemakers stand up. Wrap your arms around this superb rendition of Hunter Valley Shiraz.

Gundog Estate Rare Game Shiraz 2017


Hunter Valley Shiraz - medium bodied pleasure awaits. Step right up to another respectable example.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 2018


What you want to drink with Asian inspired dishes. The back labels says, "This exciting wine pushes the boundaries of conventional Semillon production with the use of indigenous yeast, fermentation on skins, and an off-dry finish." Well, the KPIs have been nailed.


Hayes Family Wines Cabernet Shiraz 2016


Exciting things are happening at Hayes Family Wines at the moment. The newly built cellar door is nearing its opening day and the wines are continuing to make the right noises.