Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Mouth-filling fruit the talking point. It sways and moves with ease filling every crevice and cavity. Super McLaren Vale Shiraz.
From an interesting year. A cold winter led to the highest average maximum temperature on record, earliest flowering and harvest dates on record. A dry and warm vintage with good yields. Things turned out well in the end.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Here's a big guy. The serious business called upon, that's for sure. Bouncer material. A burly, strong type with broad shoulders. Bloody tasty too.
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Saturday, 21 April 2018
I dropped into Geddes Wines on a recent trip to McLaren Vale. Go there. Smart wines, and if you get the chance to meet and chat to Tim Geddes, your McLaren Vale experience will be all the better for it. Knowledgeable, passionate, clever wines without the BS or pretentiousness.
Friday, 20 April 2018
Although quite traditional in style, the colours of the Parker Terra Rossa range labels capture the eye well. Good drinking Merlot this too to lure your taste buds.
Merlot played with the straight bat. Nothing to have me cut loose on the dance floor - mind you, that would take a bit anyway.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Named after Geoff Merrill's great grandfather Joseph Cilento who immigrated to Australia in the late 1800's. This sees 27 months in American oak. Gee it's a drinking well at the moment.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Damn this is a fab release of the great Grenache, Shiraz Mourvedre blend. So much interest and so much pleasure are rolled up into a beautiful package.
A tasty number from Rymill. Already with three years under its belt, there's a youthful exuberance about it to ensure it will kick on for a long time yet.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
A good wine but it doesn't get the juices flowing with too much excitement. A solid rendition of what a good Shiraz should look like without any bells and whistles.
Monday, 16 April 2018
If you're going to drink Sauvignon Blanc, make it an Aussie from Adelaide Hills or Orange - the two best producing regions for the variety in my opinion. This release from The Lane is a beauty. Fresh, crisp, tropical fruit reigns supreme.
Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. No mention of winemaker nor where it was made. The press release is littered with rave reviews - I don't see it. Quite an average wine overall.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Here's how to Roussanne folks. No one does the variety better - in my opinion anyway. Such a captivating and evocative wine.
A new vintage and a new look for this release. McLaren Vale Chardonnay from a 30 year old vineyard on the outskirts of town. Sandy soils with a clay base, only free run juice is taken for this label.
Friday, 13 April 2018
From the team at Angullong, “The Orange region has climatic similarities to Piedmont in Italy where the variety is widespread. We are really pleased with the quality we are seeing now that the vines are gaining some age.” A Barbera smashing the high hats and bringing the variety to life.
It comes in a 500mL bottle for 'mid-week enjoyment or for that second bottle you just have to have'. A more than appropriate comment on the back label. A great little package too - a perfect match for a burger, and that's exactly what I did.
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Prophecy is the name given to the best fruit parcels which fall to this label. A generous and flavoursome Merlot. So much to like here - well made Jon Heslop.
A Rosé made for long lunches under big shady trees with a barbecue or pizza oven not too far away. Cheers to great weekend drinking!
I tasted this at the Cellar Door last week. Bodhi Edwards, the resident marketing gun, was kind enough to give me his time and chat about what's new at Chapel Hill. Actually, I think he was more than happy - I'm pretty sure I got him out of a meeting. This is a great drinking blend. As Bodhi describes it, "It's like a big hug from an old friend." Spot on there.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
I sip on this and hum along to the Incubus song 'Are you in?'. And if you're not on the Yelland & Papps train yet, perhaps you just need to be. Of the 2017 Second Take red releases, the Grenache was stunning, the Mataro incredibly expressive, but this Shiraz has scooped the pool. An absolute belter!
I was privileged to have walked the Yangarra vineyard with Peter Fraser last week. To be able to put the site and vines into context is a great thing. This Grenache, off bush vines planted in 1946, is a cracker!
A beautiful Shiraz from renowned Cabernet country. So often everything else in Coonawarra gets overlooked but here's yet another example of what the region can do so well.
Sunday, 8 April 2018
One of two new release Chardonnays from Huntington Estate, this continues to be a reliable and certainly affordable wine sure to please.
It's always good to see wines from smaller producers, particularly those in Western Australia. Here's a vibrant and tropical Sauvignon Blanc from the Ferguson Valley.
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Big love here. Possible the best Grenache I saw on my recent McLaren Vale trip. From the famed Rayner Vineyard which Andre and Selina purchased in 2013 to kick start their dream.
Gee I liked this. A belter for $23 and then I'm told it's sold out. Bummer. I'm not surprised really - it's an absolute beauty! There's still some floating around in retail land. Snap it up I say!
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Perfectly pitched, damn this is a super expressive Mataro. I doubt you'll find any Mataro as perfumed and energetic as this. Straight to the top of the dais for this sexy number.
Across the country, there are almost a dozen plantings including the Barossa and Hunter Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mudgee and Heathcote.
Monday, 2 April 2018
Quite possibly the best Dead Arm release I've seen in recent years. d'Arenberg's flagship leading from the front in style. What a beauty!
Something new from Robert Stein - a Nouveau style Shiraz. Made with 30% whole bunches, there's some appealing savoury characteristics here.