Wednesday, 17 October 2018
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!
A big, thick set type with muscular shoulders. And it needs those shoulders to haul the dense and concentrated fruit within.
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.
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
A blend of Grampians and Heathcote vineyards, say hello to a satisfying Shiraz ensuring a solid go-to. It's pretty handy value too.
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
Chardonnay hitting the target. Well played here winemaker Adam Chapman.
One of a collection of wines from the Elezo range.
Friday, 12 October 2018
Pinot Gris that just sizzles. What a beauty. Personality and interest with a soothing embrace to close. Bless.
Thursday, 11 October 2018
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.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Monday, 8 October 2018
A fun wine with an intriguing label - exposing flavour and truth it reads. Dolcetto and Lagrein seeing no oak. Hello Saturday BBQ!
Sunday, 7 October 2018
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.
Some seriously good DNA in this Drumborg Riesling, it rarely misses a beat. Another cracker awaits you.
Friday, 5 October 2018
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.
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
Off a vineyard planted in the late 1990s, this Barbera 2017 will be officially released at the Orange Wine Festival.
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Barrel fermented Chardonnay which slowly unfurls. Swirl the glass a few more times for it to reveal its true self.
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Age shall not weary the mighty Harry's Monster. After a few days of tasting, this was still bristling. Embrace the beauty.
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 sits on the former Preston Peak site. The original vines were planted in 1996.
Sunday, 30 September 2018
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.
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.
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.