Friday, 29 June 2018

Whistler Stacks On GSM 2016

Juicy GSM from the Barossa. A friend of mine bought some of this and threw it into my glass. We shared it over pizza on a cool night - perfect.

Driftwood The Collection Shiraz Cabernet 2016

Here's a guy that just needs to relax a little. Tense and firm, it will be interesting to see where it goes with a little time.

Shottesbrooke Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


A simple entry-level Cabernet. Not much getting the juices flowing here.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Lane Vineyard Block 2 Pinot Gris 2017


As per the back labels, "Our Block 2 vineyard is the heartbeat of this wine. Vibrant flavours reflect crisp morning mists and ancient limestone soils warmed by dappled sunlight."

d'Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2017


There's a refreshing citrusy tang which keeps the interest levels high. Sourced from the Adelaide Hills, seven months on lees has added some complexity too.


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Tuck's Ridge Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

The best of the samples from Tuck's Ridge I've seen lately. Pinot ticking the boxes in the right places.

Shottesbrooke Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2017


An easy drinking Pinot etched with spice. A wine closer to a light bodied Shiraz than a typical Pinot Noir.


Smidge Wines The Gruve Gruner Veltliner 2015


I met Matt Wenk a couple of months ago when I was wandering around McLaren Vale. He shares the same winery facilities as Andy Coppard of Lino Ramble. A spontaneous tasting, Matt was kind enough to show me three of his wines. I had notes written for all plus those of Coppard's but a computer glitch ensured I lost the lot. Bugger. And that was that. It's funny what you remember though - this Gruner stood out from the three Matt showed me.

The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Shiraz 2015


Always medium bodied. Always delicious. Mighty fine Adelaide Hills Shiraz.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Curly Flat The Curly Pinot Noir 2015


Killer Pinot to make you weak at the knees. It's a bit hardcore too - 100% whole bunches no less. Boom!


Samuel's Gorge Graciano 2016


Stretch you interest levels a little further and be prepared to be rewarded. A smooth and seductive wine from a variety not that often seen standing on its own two feet in Australia.


Monday, 25 June 2018

Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay 2017

A powerful yet elegant wine. So much depth. So much pleasure. Brilliant!

Singlefile Wines The Philip Austin Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

An indulgent Cabernet from Frankland River. The Philip Adrian is Singlefile’s flagship red wine. Only made in exceptional vintages. A superb wine.


d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2017


A ripping bargain. Damn this is a fab drink for the money.


Curly Flat William's Crossing Pinot Noir 2016


A Pinot with its feet firmly planted on the ground. So much to like for those that enjoy a confident style.


Saturday, 23 June 2018

Parker Coonawarra Estate 95 Block 2015


Winter calls for wines like these. A Cabernet dominant blend which needs more time in the bottle but will reward handsomely in years to come.


Friday, 22 June 2018

d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2015


d'Arenberg is great for a story. The history of The Custodian another example. During the vine pull scheme of the 80s, d'Arry Osborn refused to remove his old Grenache vineyards. Today, d'Arenberg is the keeper of one-third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine Grenache earning the title of 'Custodian'.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Patina Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Owner and winemaker Gerald Naef makes a big statement, "I don't think there is another region in the world that necessarily produces better Chardonnay than Orange, there are just stylistic differences."
Bold as that may be, he has back up those words will a stellar release. Dive in worthy.


Powell & Son Eden Valley Riesling 2017

Here's a Riesling in a superb spot. Great drinking full stop. Friends brought this over to share at a barbecue and we saw the bottom of the bottle in no time.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor Judd Pinot Noir 2016


Pristine. An exquisite Pinot. Can I leave the review at that?

Samuel's Gorge Grenache 2016


Is it wrong to drink a sample bottle dry? Well,  I did. A rare occurrence but my actions are justified here. I could drink a gallon of this - responsibly of course!

Friday, 15 June 2018

Patina Chardonnay 2015

Here's one out of the box which caught me on the hop. What a beauty we have here!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016


The privilege of looking at some amazing wines from amazing producers and sites is never lost on me. In this tasting pack from Ten Minutes by Tractor came this little surprise - the first release of the new Wallis Tasmania label. It slips straight in with the classy Single Vineyard wines this producer is renowned for.

Balgownie Estate Railway Block Bendigo Shiraz 2015

Hold in two hands and embrace. What a beauty this is! The first release of the Railway Block and what a debut!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor Wallis Pinot Noir 2016


A darker and intense Pinot. A masculine style if you will - can we say that these days? At the same time, it's a closed book that doesn't want to show itself too freely. Give it time and embrace the pleasure.

Balgownie Estate Centre Block Bendigo Shiraz 2015

Dense and generous. A glorious Shiraz - oceans of pleasure for days.

Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2016

It's been a while since I've had a look at a Heathcote Shiraz. It's good to be back in the saddle now too. This Rufus Stone celebrates the 20th release.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir 2016


A beautiful drinking Pinot. I find the density of this site alluring.

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2016


Reliability 101. A solid release year after year. Top value, too, and often around $15 in retail land - great buying.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Ten Minutes By Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2016


A gorgeous Pinot. So elegant with some depth for good measure. Balance and poise for the win.

Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2016


Always a great expression of Pinot. This 2016 edition is a blend of four sites - Coolart Road, McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd (56/23/16/5).


Balgownie Estate Rock Block Bendigo Shiraz 2015

One of three single block releases from Balgownie Estate. All three are generous - certainly nothing held back in that department that's for sure.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Samuel's Gorge Mourvedre 2016


Eminent drinkability. There's something about these Samuel's Gorge wines which just enable them to glide through the mouth. There's personality, there's charisma, but its almost as though they float on a cloud of pleasure.


Robert Oatley Signature Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A tidy Cabernet picked off a restaurant list. Clearly not a freshly open bottle, it came across settled with easy drinking appeal - it worked in its favour.


Tuck's Ridge Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2016


Chardonnay blended from fruit grown on the home block and the Turramurra vineyard in Tuerong.


Tuck's Ridge Turramurra Chardonnay 2016


A good enough Chardy but nothing to grab me and make me jump up in attention.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Soul Growers Single Vineyard Gobell Shiraz 2016



The first release of the Gobell Shiraz by Soul Growers, and what a damn fine entrance it has made. Sublime. A stunning wine.


Max & Me Boongarrie Estate Shiraz 2016

A more muscular and tense wine than the brilliant 2015 release.


Thursday, 7 June 2018

Huntington Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2016

A ripping little wine this but the specs have me confused. The sample bottle had it as a Cabernet Shiraz blend but the website states this as a Shiraz Cabernet. Yet the website says it's a 60/40 Cabernet dominant blend. Confused yet?

XO Wine Co Shiraz Grenache 2017

A great little wine to tuck into on burger night. Make sure there are chips - I love chips!



Wednesday, 6 June 2018

TarraWarra Estate Nebbiolo 2015


Beautiful Nebbiolo. A wine which smells and tastes oh so good. A big thumbs up for this second release from TarraWarra.

Hayes Family Wines Regional Series Rosé 2018


The trickle of new 2018 wines is starting to form a stream. A tidy spot of pink delish here from the Barossan hands of Andrew Seppelt.


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Driftwood Margaret River Artifacts Chardonnay 2017

A Chardonnay for sunny days. No malo, no worries. Bright, energetic, vibrant.

Bunnamagoo Wines Kids Earth Fund Autumn Semillon 2016



A trophy winner at the Mudgee Show in 2017. Generous and luxurious - I enjoyed this wine immensely.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015


Chapel Hill's most popular wine at their cellar door. It's a beautiful cellar door too I might add. There's a great feel to the place. And there's sparkling water on tap. Fact.


Chapel Hill Cabernet Shiraz 2016


Chapel Hill did not blend wines until 2014 their marketing gun Bodhi Edwards tells me. And it was with Bodhi where this wine started its journey. He kept pestering for the classic Aussie blend to be put together - and finally it was. A good drink all up.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Bird on a Wire Nebbiolo 2015


Wow. What gorgeous aromas! Pretty factor and tripping over one another as they cascade from the glass.

Angove Warboys Vineyard Shiraz 2016


Super McLaren Vale Shiraz off the Warboys Vineyard. Broad, thick-set, street tough style. Yet, there's a charm to this wine when you take the time to get to know it. And perhaps you should.