Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Two Hands Angel's Share Shiraz 2017



I haven't seen a Two Hands wine for ages. A mate of mine bangs on about their reliability mind you. Enter marketing gun Pippa Merrett who recently commenced a new role with the company. She has a track record of making stuff happen and some samples suddenly appeared at my door. Thanks Pip!

Heartland One 2015


A big, thick set type with muscular shoulders. And it needs those shoulders to haul the dense and concentrated fruit within.


Raidis Estate The Trip 2014


Raidis' top dog Cabernet Sauvignon but they're all about goats on their label names so it'd be the top goat I guess. Quite simply, it's a great wine too.

Polperro Even Keel Canberra Syrah 2017


What's not to love about the medium-bodied Syrah deliciousness coming out of Canberra? Such a beautiful wine to consider or just share in great company. I'd be chasing the latter.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2016


A blend of Grampians and Heathcote vineyards, say hello to a satisfying Shiraz ensuring a solid go-to. It's pretty handy value too.

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2016



A powerful and concentrated Chardonnay but one I could throw in the glass and recline with without a worry in the world. More and more again please.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Cooks Lot Iconique Barrique Chardonnay 2016

Duncan Cook's flagship Chardonnay and nothing has been held back in his quest for excellence. It's a pleasure to drink, that's for sure.

Sirromet Elezo Amphorae Chardonnay 2014



Chardonnay hitting the target. Well played here winemaker Adam Chapman.

One of a collection of wines from the Elezo range.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Curly Flat Pinot Gris 2018


Pinot Gris that just sizzles. What a beauty. Personality and interest with a soothing embrace to close. Bless.

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2016

This Cabernet Malbec blend has only just hit the shelves and it's one worth slipping into the black book for those seeking maximum Cabernet pleasure for around the 30 dollar mark.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Ricca Terra Arinto 2018

Ever had an Arinto? I haven't either - til now. Vigneron Ashley Ratcliff believes the variety has a big future in Australia and I reckon he has stumbled upon something.

Irvine Eden Valley Merlot 2017


A great Merlot right in the slot of drinking pleasure. From a cooler and longer Eden Valley vintage, there's a charm to this wine.

Schwarz Wine Co Chenin Blanc 2018

Such an easy drinking and approachable wine from a variety many would have seen little of. Go here for an easy kick back partner.

Ricca Terra Bronco Buster 2018

An out there blend of Fiano, Vermentino, Greco and Arinto with tropical and floral aromas spilling from the glass.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rock solid Margaret River Cabernet. You'd be a hard marker not to enjoy a glass or three of this.

Ricca Terra Tinta Barrocca 2018


Popping my Tinta Barroca cherry. A Portuguese variety which has found a new home in the Riverland.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Crowd-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc. You can see why people flock to wines like these.

Kellybrook Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017



Yarra Valley Cabernet starting strong but goes weak at the knees.

Heartland Wines Foreign Correspondent Dolcetto Lagrein 2018


A fun wine with an intriguing label - exposing flavour and truth it reads. Dolcetto and Lagrein seeing no oak. Hello Saturday BBQ!

Soumah Ai Fiori Rosato 2018

Ai Fiori means 'amongst the flowers' in Italian. I just learnt something so I'm ahead already. A Rosato made from Nebbiolo and Cabernet (50/45) with a splash of Savignin for good measure.

Tyrrell's Moon Mountain Chardonnay 2017


Hunter Valley Chardonnay sourced from a range of sites in the district.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Seppelt Salinger Vintage 2013


I'm happy to be wrong but no other fizz would match honey soy chips as good as this. Not that I had honey soy chips on hand but you get the picture.

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2018


Some seriously good DNA in this Drumborg Riesling, it rarely misses a beat. Another cracker awaits you.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ridgemill Estate WYP Chardonnay 2017


If you are a Chardonnay lover and within reach of the Granite Belt, dial-up Ridgemill Estate on your GPS. Winemaker Peter McGlashan can easily lay claim to be the region's Chardonnay boss, and this 2017 release is no different. Delicious and impressive were the first couple of words that came to mind upon tasting.

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016



Shining like a beacon. Super Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley.

Pyramids Road Wines Mourvedre 2017


A pretty smart wine, one which winemaker Warren Smith takes a lot of pride in. Only three barrels made, the 'sold-out' sign goes up pretty quickly each vintage.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Polperro Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017

Crazy good! A blend of two vineyards, it's a generous wine yet it's quite tempered at the same time - clearly proud of the skin it's in. Top stuff.

Balancing Rock Reserve Sagrantino 2015

The flagship wine for Balancing Rock. It's building a steady case of excellence too with significant awards received at the Queensland Wine Awards 2018 and gold medals at the Australian Alternative Varieties Show 2017 and Australian Small Winemakers Show 2017.

Balancing Rock The Rock Shiraz 2015

A tidy example of medium bodied Shiraz and one which made its way home with me after a cellar door tasting last week. Balancing Rock sits on the former Preston Peak site at the southern end of the Granite Belt. The original vines were planted in 1996.

Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera 2017


Off a vineyard planted in the late 1990s, this Barbera 2017 will be officially released at the Orange Wine Festival.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Savina Lane Petit Manseng 2017


Savina Lane's first Petit Manseng release made off six-year-old estate grown vines.

Pyramids Road Wines Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017


Barrel fermented Chardonnay which slowly unfurls. Swirl the glass a few more times for it to reveal its true self.


Ridgemill Estate Lincoln Shiraz 2016

Right in the slot of medium bodied deliciousness. I tasted this at the cellar door a bought a few for the road. Later that night we sat around the table with friends telling all sorts of stories and another bottle found its way in front of us and disappeared in no time. The following night saw the same thing happen - the sign of a great wine. A fabulous drink oozing slurp factor.


Polperro Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2017

Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris coming from a vineyard 270m where no herbicides or pesticides are used. The fruit was handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in barrel on full lees.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Giant Steps Harry's Monster 2017


Age shall not weary the mighty Harry's Monster. After a few days of tasting, this was still bristling. Embrace the beauty.

Ridgemill Estate Viognier 2017


I dropped in last week to see winemaker Peter McGlashan. An all-round good bloke who bleeds for the region. Many of his ideas and initiatives have assisted to put a greater spotlight on the Granite Belt. Quite a humble gent too, he prefers his wines to do the talking.

Balancing Rock Chelle Viognier 2017

A tasty Viognier ticking the boxes from a new Granite Belt label that has only been on the scene for two years. Balancing Rock sits on the former Preston Peak site. The original vines were planted in 1996.

Balancing Rock Campfire White 2017

A white blend made for no other reason but to kick back and enjoy by the campfire.
Balancing Rock sits on the former Preston Peak site. The original vines were planted in 1996.


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Savina Lane Fiano Classico 2017


Smart wines at Savina Lane. A gorgeous cellar door too with a stunning vista to welcome you. The cellar door is only open a few months of the year as most of the wines sold go to their membership. There's a suggestion from owners Brad and Cheryl Hutchings that the cellar door may not need to be open in the future such is the demand for their wines. Watch this space.


Moonrise Estate Blue Moon Shiraz 2014


There's those cellar door experiences which take you to higher places where you get caught up in the moment enjoying the scenery or the casual conversations and laughter with the host. Or, you get those which are forgettable leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. Go to Moonrise Estate if you want to experience the latter. What a disappointment.

Ridgemill Estate Riesling 2017

There is only one Riesling vineyard on the Granite Belt with two producers benefiting. This example from Ridgemill Estate continues to deliver the goods.

Pyramids Road Wines Verdelho 2018


I was in the hood and popped into Pyramids Road. It's always great catching up with Warren Smith. A down to earth gentleman, no show, no fuss, just a genuine bloke making solid wines.


Leeuwin Estate Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2014


A thoroughly enjoyable vintage fizz from Leeuwin Estate.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Cooks Lot Allotment 666 Pinot Gris 2018

Pretty. Attractive aromas here to hook you in. Introduce yourself to Cooks Lot - you won't be disappointed.

Raidis Estate The Kid Riesling 2018


Super rizza. I'm sure my innards gave me a high five after this slipped through to the keeper.