Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
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...
Monday, 13 August 2018
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Saturday, 11 August 2018
Friday, 10 August 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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Monday, 30 July 2018
Sunday, 29 July 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.
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
A stylish example of what Roussanne can be when treated with creativity yet allowing it to demonstrate personality.
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
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.
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.
"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
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.
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
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%).
Sunday, 22 July 2018
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.
Friday, 20 July 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.
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.