Monday, 23 July 2018
Devilishly delish. So much personality and charisma to sink your teeth into. The highlight for me is easily the savoury deliciousness courtesy of the whole bunches (25%).
Sunday, 22 July 2018
Not a great year for Hunter red wines but it's those tough years are when the great winemakers stand up. Wrap your arms around this superb rendition of Hunter Valley Shiraz.
Friday, 20 July 2018
What you want to drink with Asian inspired dishes. The back labels says, "This exciting wine pushes the boundaries of conventional Semillon production with the use of indigenous yeast, fermentation on skins, and an off-dry finish." Well, the KPIs have been nailed.
Exciting things are happening at Hayes Family Wines at the moment. The newly built cellar door is nearing its opening day and the wines are continuing to make the right noises.
Thursday, 19 July 2018
I was talking to a wine rep (not related to Tyrrell's) about wine varieties making waves. Talk shifted to blends and he made the point, "No one drinks white blends anymore. Why waste your time with stuff like Chardonnay Semillon blends?" Funny how things unfold - this came across my table not too long after that conversation. He will be reading this and perhaps this is a good place for him and others to restart their relationship with Chardonnay Semillon blends.
Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris - what's not to like? Such a beautiful drink and a great region for the variety. A delicious wine for your drinking pleasure.
I don't like Sauvignon Blanc as a general rule. Put it in the right hands and make an effort = great results. Wild fermentation in old oak is a great start.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Classy Chardonnay. I'm sure I've said recently that the wines coming from Singlefile are brimming with enthusiasm with the quality high - here we go again.
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Monday, 16 July 2018
I was invited along to the Huntington Estate wine lunch on the weekend. Impressive food matched with well-crafted wines. This 2018 Semillon is hot off the press. A great wine to slurp on during warmer months, this is what I consider 'pool wine'.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
A tribute to Angela Crema, mother of Mary Puglisi, the wife of Ballandean Estate founder Angelo Puglisi. Cool nights and cheese boards will warm the soul with a nip or two.
Thursday, 12 July 2018
A great Shiraz - I just want more. The generous fruit and super smooth feels ensuring this is a luxurious ride to happiness.
Tempranillo from Western Australia isn't something I see much of. Here's a good match for a range of casual meals.
Monday, 9 July 2018
The name comes from the small bush vines used to grow the Grenache fruit. These vines are small for their age and grow on shallow soils and hard rock with their tiny shoots giving them a bonsai appearance.
Sunday, 8 July 2018
A cracking Grenache from the McLaren Vale subregion of Blewitt Springs. So fine, layers of interest keep you enthused. Vibrant and elegant, a beautifully structured piece of art from Peter Fraser.
A reliable red blend that can be found in retail land for under $20. It ticks the boxes for barbecues and causal meals.
An intriguing blend which just works. How this blend ever came to be would be an interesting tale Chester Osborn will undoubtedly love to share, but the bold experimentation is worthy of credit.
Saturday, 7 July 2018
Some wines are meant for drinking, not thinking. Slot this into that category. I reckon I could drink a gallon of this stuff. It's not sweet. It's not overly dry, but damn, gee it has delish factor written all over it.
I was thrown a bottle of this by good mate Tony Peters. He's a passionate Taswegian and we swap wines often. He loves trying new things but his go-to is always Tassie wine - he loves a Pinot. It's worth reading his views on what he comes across too - check his site here.
Alas, I enjoyed this bottle on a weekend away recently - an excellent example of Tassie Pinot. We watched a movie by the fire and the bottle was empty in no time.
Thursday, 5 July 2018
In some respects, this project could rightly be called the Selfless Grapes Project. So many people have given their time and resources to ensure it gets off the ground, all for the benefit of others. In the end, it's a brilliant story of a vast community coming together for those less fortunate - namely the Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide. Get the full rundown here.
Every cent raised will be donated to the centre - 2000 bottles have already been sold (333 cases) with a total of $44 000 already in the bag, and no doubt, this number will continue to rise. Quite an incredible feat really.
Bright as a button, it looks like Ribena and is damn smashable. Such a juicy and vibrant release for immediate enjoyment.
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Divine by word, divine by nature. Kid gloves were used here to bring the best of small yields to the fore. As ever, Michael Papps' wines deliver a tapestry of intrigue. This is a wine oozing class for the Barossa pleasure seekers.
Monday, 2 July 2018
A reliable GSM and back where it should be - I wasn't overly a fan of the 2015. A nip and tuck and we are back in business. Seeking a good value blend, look no further.
Sunday, 1 July 2018
This was a bit of an angry man upon opening. Stern and firm in appearance - you know the one. After nearly an hour in the glass, the jacket comes off and the tie slightly loosened but the tension certainly still there.