Thursday, 6 December 2018

Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 2018


I made the comment in a recent review of a Gundog Estate wine that Matt Burton doesn't make bad wine. It's almost as though he's produced this just to prove what we already know. This is a cracker! Fist pumping, big smiles, large pours and all that jazz...

Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2017


If you are yet to dip your toe into the delicious waters of Saperavi, this would be a smart place to start. A variety gaining some good traction in Australia, this is a beauty.


d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014


A fab Laughing Magpie release!


Huntington Estate Special Reserve Merlot 2016


Big framed Merlot. Very much an 'old' style, that is, straight up and down with not too much variance. A bit like the old line and length Glenn McGrath used to bowl - reliable stuff.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Lou Miranda Shiraz Mataro 2015


Shiraz Mataro is a rare blend but one I'd like to see more of. I even made one back in 2014, affectionately known as Shitaro, but that's another story. Here's a wine you could settle in with very easily.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Sands of Time Shiraz 2016

The Sands of Time label is a nod to the ancient deep sands which have a significant impact on the McLaren Vale region. The flagship Shiraz, the fruit is selected from the best of five vineyard blocks.

Pizzini Nonna Gisella Sangiovese 2017


If you have a mixed crowd around a table and seek a wine sure to please, head in this direction. It's such an easy drinking Sangiovese to suit a range of foods too.

Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2017

A generous and rounded Marsanne coming at you from the Yarra Valley.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Hidden Creek Tempranillo 2017


Tempranillo has really found a neat groove in the rocky outcrops of the Granite Belt. It's a variety that seems to continue to thrive and improve and is made consistently well throughout the region. This is a top example.

TarraWarra Rousanne Marsanne Viognier 2017



TarraWarra have two rows of each variety blended precisely to deliver a fabulous drink with texture and savoury appeal.

Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2018

A light and easy drinking Pinot that doesn't burn a hole in the back pocket.

The Natural Wine Co Organic Shiraz 2018

Organic and preservative free Shiraz from the New South Wales Central Ranges.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2017

Many entry-level wines are basic - not here. Sometimes I wonder whether Simon Black does have sub-par fruit. And if he did, where does he put it? It's clear the dregs aren't in the Pennon Hill range.

Ridgemill Estate Pinot G 2018


A more than handy Pinot Gris with a crowd-pleasing appeal. Attractive from the outset with a faint bronze and copper hue to greet the eye.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Gartelmann Lisa Chardonnay 2017

Ripping Chardonnay from Gartelmann. There's so much to adore. Coming off 19-year-old vines sitting 930 above.


Oakridge Skelete Riesling 2018


Off-dry and my taste buds are going off. Cracking Riesling! A refreshing drink with an armoury of versatility ready to unleash.

Kaesler The Bogan Shiraz 2016

It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to have a look at a Kaesler wine and it's great to be back on the horse. Top Barossa Shiraz here for your drinking pleasure.


Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A finger licking good Cabernet off a 30-year-old Yarra site. Damn Yarra Cabernet goes better than a little bit of alright.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Unsung Hero Barbera 2017


Unsung Hero is a side project for winemaker Andy Williams, and what an entry he has made with this debut wine! Such a beautifully presented Barbera, this will bowl over many who choose to stand in its way.

Credaro Kinship Margaret River Chardonnay 2017


These Credaro wines are a new label for me, and I like what I see. A great Chardy here ticking the boxes.


Pizzini Lana Prosecco NV

A bottle of fun oozing chillax factor.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Tyrrell's Belford Chardonnay 2016


A ripping Chardonnay from the sandy soils of the Belford vineyard planted in 1991.

Cooks Lot Allotment 8989 Cabernet Merlot 2017

Pizza wine coming at ya. I'll have the meat lovers, please.

Pizzini Lana Nebbiolo Barbera 2017


The back label suggests having this with Italian or Asian food. I reckon grab a burger in one hand and a glass of this in the other.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Pizzini Pinot Grigio 2018


Here we go. Pinot Grigio in the groove. A classic sure to please.

d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2018



Tasting this reminds me of an amazing Riesling tasting experience with Chester Osborn many years ago. Always out there for a challenge, he was out to prove McLaren Vale could produce Riesling and those wines could age. This release is not shy either and has the potential to reward the patient.

Hastwell & Lightfoot Fiano 2018

An easy drinking Fiano from McLaren Vale and the first release of this variety from Hastwell and Lightfoot.

The Natural Wine Co Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Organic Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Central Ranges.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Grenache 2018

Winemakers take note: Please don't put wines like this in front of me...
Such a delicious wine! The sort of stuff that could be fed to me via a drip and I'd have no qualms. Super Grenache!

Oakridge Henk Chardonnay 2017


Oakridge can Chardonnay! Oh my, this is a beauty. Sourced from a north facing Lusatia Park site, wrap your arms around this.


Lou Miranda Leone Chardonnay 2018


Barossa Chardonnay is not all that common. This comes from a small Rowland Flat site planted in 2005.


Friday, 23 November 2018

Alkimi The Good Earth Grenache 2017

A lip smacking Grenache with a kiss of savoury goodness partnering juicy fruit. Yummo!

Credaro Five Tales Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Named Five Tales after the five vineyards Credaro tend to in the Margaret River region. Good Cabernet for the money.

Pizzini Lana Il Nostro Gallo Sangiovese 2017

A great wine made for casual hangouts and long tables of food to share.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Oakridge Meunier Rosé 2016


The Oakridge gang have really brought Pinot Meunier to the fore. They've even gone all hipster and removed "Pinot" in their branding too. Clever. Smart fizz this. Such a softly spoken individual.

Airlie Bank Gris 2018


Something a little different. Something a little superb. It's a wine which may not be for everyone but it pushes the boundaries and gets the taste buds singing. Pinot Gris on skins - ripping for 20 bucks!

Tim Smith Shiraz 2016



A reliable type, just like those old Triumph motorbikes you see Tim Smith riding around the Barossa.


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Montalto Estate Chardonnay 2017

Another vintage,  another beauty for the Estate Chardonnay from Montalto. A glass of radiant sunshine!

Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I was expecting a little more pizzazz admittedly, but what you get is a solid Cabernet nonetheless.

Lou Miranda Old Vine Grenache 2018



Barossa Grenache more in the old school realm, that is, ripe fruit with that boiled lolly thing going on.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Leeuwin Estate Siblings Shiraz 2016

Reliable Shiraz from Margaret River with a dollop of Malbec (3%) and a drop of Viognier (1%).


Singlefile Great Southern Botrytis 2018

This wine takes my mind away to candied citrus tart with an almond praline. Oh the life... A delicious dessert wine nonetheless.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


I was once referred to as a sexy beast, but that's another story entirely. Here's a solid McLaren Vale Cabernet.

Heartland Directors' Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

 

They make 'em big in Langhorne Creek. Black and brooding in the glass, there's plenty of comfort in the glass.

Ricca Terra The Marathon Man 2017


A blend of Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Merlot from the Riverland. A good barbecue wine.

Friday, 16 November 2018

TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2018


I tasted five Rosés and this was head and shoulders above the pack. Damn it was impressive. Great fruit and a well-balanced wine oozing charisma and refreshment - what more so you want?

Ridgemill Estate Smigley's Rosé 2018


The more I look at this the more I think of a red berry danish. There's some textural goodness but it's the pastry aromas which pique my interest.