Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Hardys Siegersdorf Riesling 2017


Sometimes simplicity is the best form of satisfaction. Throw yourself at Exhibit A for an easy drinking and refreshing Riesling.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Yalumba Vine Vale Grenache 2016

Oh this is a joy. A delicate and pretty Grenache - savour every drop.

Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016



A solid McLaren Vale Shiraz. A full bodied wine sure to satisfy those who like their Shiraz big.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Ballandean Estate Shiraz Viognier 2016


A wine which carries a type of mystique. Soft and delicate, it's applause worthy.

Petersons Jamie's Quatro 2015

Four unusual bedfellows in a blend that just seems to work. Generous and more than delicious.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Behind the Brand - Schild Estate


90 Year old bush vine Grenache vineyard
With a twinkle in her eye as she shares her family’s story, you can’t help but embrace the passion Judy Watson has for those that came before her and what she and her siblings have accomplished since.

Judy, Schild Estate’s Family Proprietor and Brand Ambassador, has the room in the palm of her hand. “Schild Estate celebrated 150 years in 2016,” she says with an infectious grin. 1866 was the year her great great grandparents arrived. The more she talks, the more the transformation of the brand since those embryonic days seems to be nothing but impressive.

Higher Plane Margaret River Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017


Chardonnay from the southern end of Margaret River. Top drinking - leap in.


Friday, 23 February 2018

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz 2013

What a beauty! Shiraz to catch you by surprise - it certainly caught me on the hop. A treasure.

Huntington Estate Shiraz 2013


Lots of bang for buck factor in this little package. Mudgee Shiraz with 16 months bottle age prior to release.

Hancock & Hancock McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2015


Here's a good get. Pretty tasty drinking sure to satisfy. A lazy night in front of the TV and a glass or two of this will do just fine.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Flametree Margaret River Pinot Noir Rosé 2017


Margaret River Pinot Noir are four words not normally seen beside one another. This is a fab rendition of a dry, savoury Rosé.


Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz 2014


Shiraz is a new addition to the Spice Trader range. A solid partner for a steak and veg meal.

Witches Falls Saignée 2017


A crowd-pleasing Rosé made from a blend of Sangiovese, Black Muscat and Syrah.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Hayes Family Wines Greenock Shiraz 2016


One of those wines you could sniff away at and be content - there's plenty to amuse...

Gartelmann Wines Wilhelm Hunter Valley Shiraz 2015



Hunter Valley Shiraz is a beautiful thing. Deliciously medium bodied, it curls up and rests easy for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iron Cloud Rock of Solitude Cabernet Malbec 2015


These Iron Cloud wines just turned up at the door one day. No note, not deets - pretty handy wines regardless and I'm pleased I've had the fortune of having a look at something new to me.

Iron Cloud Rock of Solitude Cabernet Malbec 2016


What the difference a year makes. After checking out the 2015, this is almost another wine entirely.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Ballandean Estate Opera Block Shiraz 2015


A smashing cool climate, medium bodied Shiraz. What a peach! Take a bow the Ballandean Estate team.
The Opera Block sits beside the winery and behind the stage where the annual Opera In The Vineyard is held. I'm happy to be corrected but I'm pretty sure the Opera Block is also part of the Adopt a Vine scheme.

Allegiance Wine Fully Love Hilltops Chardonnay 2017


Chardonnay from the Hilltops.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Flametree Frankland River Pinot Grigio 2017


Good drinking Pinot Grigio from Frankland River which many will find appealing.


Josef Chromy Rosé 2017


Fruity Pinot Noir Rosé from Tassie. A simple drink but one which is set to please with the refreshment factor high.


Witches Falls Merlot 2016


Granite Belt Merlot with whiffs of cherry ripe.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ballandean Estate Messing About Nebbiolo 2016


Nebbiolo turned on its head and made to drink sooner rather than later. I see what Dylan Rhymer is out to achieve - a wine in a good place.

Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rosé 2017

The last of the Y Series samples to taste, and again, the quality does not disappoint.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Larry Cherubino Pedestal Pinot Gris 2017


This Pedestal range from Larry Cherubino is top stuff. Really enjoyable drinking without burning a hole in your back pocket.


Allegiance Wines Unity Margaret River Chardonnay 2017


A back label which is inspiring - a tribute to Erik de Haart who survived the Bali bombings in 2002. There's a link for www.donatelife.gov.au there too. Nice touch. Easy to see why it's called the Unity range.

Allegiance Wines Fully Love Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River.


Oakridge Over the Shoulder Pinot Grigio 2016


Pretty in the glass with a pale pink salmon kiss, here's a tight and focused Pinot Grigio from the Yarra Valley.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Witches Falls Syrah 2016


Smashable is how I have described this wine in the past. It seems the Witches Falls customers may think the same thing - the sold-out sign has already been posted for this vintage. I can see why.

Robert Oatley Great Southern Riesling 2017

Riesling from three different sites in Porongorup, Franklin River and Mt Barker.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Winemakers Selection Riesling 2017

An easy drinking entry level Riesling from the Canberra district.

Hayes Family Wines Reserve Shiraz 2016


The flagship for Hayes Family Wines to be released in September 2018. Premium Barossa Shiraz to be held in two hands.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mitchell Wines Watervale Riesling 2017


Smashing Riesling. Perhaps I just leave the review at that. Terrific drinking hands down.


Goodman Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


A pleasure to drink. Gorgeous Cabernet from the Yarra Valley - a variety from the region which very much sits in the shadows of Chardonnay and Pinot.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Derwent Estate Boat Label Chardonnay 2016


I was so close to Derwent Estate a few months ago when wandering the sights of Hobart. I now wish I just popped down the road from the neighbouring vineyard, but time wasn't my friend that day. This is a beautiful Chardonnay - thank you very much.

Leconfield Cabernet Merlot 2016


There's plenty of ever-reliable Coonawarra reds pitched around the $20-25 mark. Here's one that comfortable resides in that mould year after year.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2016

Always a reliable performer, this is a great intro for those seeking to immerse themselves in the delight that is Tassie Pinot.

Pikes ‘Los Companeros’ Shiraz Tempranillo 2015

I'm sure Los Companeros means, "Get me a freakin pizza and quick!" Easy drinking red for lazy meal.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Gartelmann Sarah Elizabeth Chardonnay 2016


Chardonnay from Orange ticking the boxes. A neat package with delicate fruit oozing easy drinking.

Clovely Estate Blanc de Blanc 2010

A traditional method Blanc de Blanc from Queensland's South Burnett - three hours north-west of Brisbane. With a climate not too dissimilar to the Hunter Valley, cool nights and fertile soils in prime dairy cattle land have enabled good fruit to be grown.

Shottesbrooke Estate GSM 2015


I've been a fan of this wine in the past, but the 2015 seems to have dropped its form line. A fair drink, it comes across quite polished, but not in a fine and class way - more of a prettied up kinda way.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Philip Shaw No. 19 Sauvignon Blanc 2017

If you want great Aussie Sauv Blanc, be sure to head to Orange, NSW. There's so much goodness in those hills.


Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2017


Another high five for the team at Yalumba. Yet another winner from the Y Series range.


Jacob's Creek Le Petit Rosé 2017


A pretty easy wine to kick back with. Quite a popular Rosé for the price point too I'm lead to believe.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2016


Classic Hunter Shiraz. Give it a decant and sail away...

Oliver's Taranga DJ Cabernet 2014


A big Cabernet from McLaren Vale. Off old vines, it's dense (very dense) but I'm in two minds about it.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Max & Me Eden Valley Estate Shiraz 2015


This is a face plant into a punnet of blueberries - and I don't want to get up. What a brilliant Shiraz!

Yelland & Papps BB Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Barossa Valley Cabernet off 26 year old vines grown using organic principles. Good gear with a spring in its step.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Golden Grove Estate Mourvedre 2016


Dang! Is it rude to call on the cooler weather already? Sumptuous reds like this call for a hearty meal or a comfy chair in front of a fire. Big love for this.

Worlds Apart Wines Oakbank 2017


One for the skin contact wine freaks out there. A left-field wine for sure which will either have you squirming or in love.