Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Yarra Edge Edward 2017


A blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot (70/20/10), 20% new oak contributes to a bright and vibrant wine.


TarraWarra Estate Barbera 2016



Yarra Valley Barbera grafted onto 23-year-old Pinot Noir rootstock. Welcome to the second lip smacking release.


Driftwood Margaret River The Collection Chardonnay 2017


A fruit forward Chardonnay highlighted by tropical fruit.

Yangarra Estate Ovitelli Grenache 2016


Grenache from an egg, a ceramic one at that. I've seen Peter Fraser's egg collection in the winery - quite a sight. This is a great expression of the variety.


Angove The Medhyk Shiraz 2015


An excellent Medhyk release. A litany of dark fruits parade walking tall. The type of wine you want to snuggle up to when there's a chill in the air.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

XO Wine Co Adelaide Hills Barbera 2017

Whip cracking acidity makes this a scintillating Barbera. Delicious!


Geoff Merrill Jacko's Shiraz 2012


Good drinking Shiraz in the old school mould. Six years of aging already done for you.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016


A beautiful Chardonnay. Just gorgeous. Lovely fruit with a soft touch.

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2013


A gorgeous aged Semillon which has enjoyed time cooling its heels. Layers of interest await ready to be peeled back.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Yangarra Estate High Sands Grenache 2015


Think Blewitt Springs Grenache and expect pretty,  bright red fruit. Oh, this rattles the cage on that theory.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Shiraz 2016


A beautiful Shiraz. Lots of pleasure to be found within. Well played Phil Lehmann.


XO Wine Co Grenache 2015

A wine which had me scratching my head admittedly, particularly as I've been fortunate enough to look at a diverse range of Grenache wines from McLaren Vale of late.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Usher Tinkler Reserve Chardonnay 2017

You can't help but feel chic when you have bottles like this in hand. It's a big weighty number. A weapon of sorts. Clever labeling and a wax seal for the win. The gear inside is pretty damn fab too.


Yarra Edge Single Vineyard Premium Chardonnay 2017


Sophisticated Chardy. A confident type, chest out shoulders back but composed all at the same time.  Classy stuff.


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Shiraz Aged Release 2009


Aging gracefully, this is sitting pretty. Layers of deliciousness await.


Yarra Edge Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017


I love receiving emails from wineries I've never heard of. Viticulturalist Lucas Hoorn (formally Hoodles Creek and Levantine Hill) at Yarra Edge was kind enough to get in touch and send me his latest releases - and I like what I see. This Chardonnay ticks the boxes - a little beauty.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Known Pleasures McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017


As per the back label: This wine is a tribute to important music in our lives. A powerful and brooding, biodynamically grown Shiraz from our Gateway vineyard in McLaren Vale.


Yarra Edge Single Vineyard Ally 2017


Here's a beauty! The old Bordeaux blend playing a charm.  Just give me more.


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Ministry of Clouds Kintsugi 2015


Here's a wine which calls for your love with open arms. A glorious wine which you can't help but keep going back to. Go here - please do.

Singlefile Wines The Vivienne Chardonnay 2015


Wow factor Chardonnay. Only released in exceptional years, this is a complex and generous work of art.


Parker Coonawarra Estate Interloper Cabernet Malbec 2016


I've written a couple of articles lately on the changing face of Coonawarra. Here's yet another example of how winemaking styles in the region have changed.


Friday, 18 May 2018

Yangarra Estate Ironheart Shiraz 2015


Stunning! The flagship Shiraz, no stone has been left unturned to ensure this wine delivers sublimity. And what a gorgeous wine it is - one wine to savour and embrace.

Bird on a Wire Pinot Noir 2016

Not much goes amiss with Bird on a Wire. I love Caroline Mooney's meticulous approach to her wines. Here's a fine-boned Pinot worth your while.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Robert Stein The Kinnear 2014

If you have a perception Mudgee isn't a great wine region, perhaps introducing yourself to the wines from Robert Stein may change all that. This is a winery really excelling at the moment. Hot off the press is the new flagship for Robert Stein, named after the ship which brought Johann Stein to Australia in 1838.


Yarra Edge Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017


I love receiving emails from wineries I've never heard of. Viticulturalist Lucas Hoorn (formally Hoodles Creek and Levantine Hill) at Yarra Edge was kind enough to get in touch and send me his latest releases - and I like what I see. This Pinot is all grace and glamour.

Indigo Vineyard Beechworth Pinot Noir 2017


Prettier and finer than the F Block release, this is a beautiful Pinot Noir from Beechworth.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2015


All class. Coonawarra Cabernet at its best. There's lots of primary fruit on show here mind you. Still a pup, this is a wine made for later, not now. Despite its youth, it's easy to see where this is heading.


Monday, 14 May 2018

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie 2013


A really tidy Laughing Magpie release. So much happiness to be had in this bottle - and 5 years of aging has already been done for you.

Usher Tinkler Nose to Tail Rosé 2018

I just want to drink lots of this. What a super refreshment this is! Be consumed by chilled vibes while embracing sunshine and the company of those who make you laugh.


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Indigo Vineyard Beechworth F Block Pinot Noir 2017


From a single block planted in 1999 at the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Unfined and unfiltered.


Soumah d'Soumah Pinot Noir 2017

Good drinking Pinot on the denser side of the Pinot fruit spectrum.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Shiraz 2014


A captivating wine oozing personality and class. The brilliant Hunter Valley 2014 vintage produces another glamour.

Usher Tinkler Nose to Tail Shiraz Pinot 2018

Such a delicious wine screaming for large pours and lots of laughs with friends. Fresh and fruit driven, I can see why this wine is incredibly popular at the cellar door.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Toolangi Chardonnay 2016


I always look forward to this Toolangi Chardonnay. It's not because it will blow my socks off nor does it come from superior history, it's just a darn good drink. Despite vintage conditions,  it's always made well and always stands tall. Bravo.


Flametree Margaret River Shiraz 2016


An enjoyable Margaret River Shiraz.

The Natural Wine Co Organic Shiraz 2017


Organic, preservative free and fruit driven Shiraz for your drinking pleasure.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Always a reliable value pick and here we go again. McLaren Vale Cabernet singing beautifully under 20 bucks.


The Natural Wine Co. Organic Rosé 2017

The Natural Wine Co. is a collective of wine community professionals who initially banded together to fill a niche for an organic, preservative free, fruit driven Shiraz. Since 2014, the range has now increased to include a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Shiraz.

Witches Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Bright in the glass. It's bright and juicy in the mouth too with buckets of fruit rolling out the welcome mat.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Grenache 2016

I pity da fool who doesn't like this Grenache. What a belter! Such a delicious and moreish wine with a killer label. A standing ovation for the whole package Wes Pearson.

Usher Tinkler Nose to Tail Semillon Chardonnay 2018


Hot off the press,  this is a tasty little number full of zesty goodness and refreshment factor.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Usher Tinkler La Volpe Prosecco 2018

Here's cheers to the first 2018 wine to come across the bench.  A light but delish Prosecco - Usher Tinkler's second release of this variety.


Bird on a Wire Syrah 2014

A classic wine to partner a slow roasted piece of beef, a block of dark chocolate wedged in the side of the mouth or simply enjoyed by the fire.