Monday, 23 July 2018

Punt Road Gamay 2017

Gamay is bringing sexy back. More and more wineries are dropping it in the dirt, and deservedly so. There's so much pleasure to draw out of its simplicity and soft touch. Lazy Sundays and sunsets with a glass or two of this for the win.

Yangarra Estate Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz 2016


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%).

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Chardonnay 2017


Quite a taut example of Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tyrrell's Wines Vat 9 Shiraz 2016



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.

Gundog Estate Rare Game Shiraz 2017


Hunter Valley Shiraz - medium bodied pleasure awaits. Step right up to another respectable example.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 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.


Hayes Family Wines Cabernet Shiraz 2016


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.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Reserve Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

From a Canberra district vintage said to be the best since the 70s, this is a great example of cool climate Cabernet. The list of trophies and medals awarded to this wine already is quite impressive.

Windowrie Family Reserve Shiraz 2016

I do like these Windowrie wines. Find a steak and you have a perfect partner in this wine.


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Tyrrell's Wines Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon 2017


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.

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Gris 2017


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.

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2017


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

Punt Road Shiraz 2017

A damn good slurp of cool climate Shiraz. A spicy sucker too.


Singlefile Wines Family Reserve Chardonnay 2017


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.


The Lane Vineyard Block 1A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017


The Lane's entry-level Chardonnay.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Singlefile Wines Great Southern Chardonnay 2017

A good example of Chardonnay which oozes easy drinking. I could have a glass or two no sweat. Well made, varietal characters tick away effortlessly.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Gundog Estate Hunter's Semillon 2018


So fresh. Hurry up summer already!

Windowrie Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Great Cabernet outta Cowra - who wouldda thought? This is rock n roll time - so much enthusiasm and energy well worth embracing.

Huntington Estate Semillon 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

Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah 2017

Cool climate Syrah on point. Damn, Steve Flamsteed has nailed this style. Run to this!


Ballandean Estate Angela's Reserve Liqueur Muscat NV


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.

Driftwood Artifacts Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A Cabernet that doesn't get the juices flowing. Sure it does the job, but the depth for this one is something that seems to be lacking.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2016



A great Shiraz - I just want more. The generous fruit and super smooth feels ensuring this is a luxurious ride to happiness.

Singlefile Wines Run Free Tempranillo 2017


Tempranillo from Western Australia isn't something I see much of. Here's a good match for a range of casual meals.


Singlefile Wines Single Vineyard Pemberton Pinot Noir 2017

An earthy and spicy Pinot from Western Australia's Pemberton region. A cool climate region, this medium bodied wine demonstrates varietal characters which linger long.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Yelland & Papps Devote Greenock Shiraz 2016


Slurp factor is high. Smokey, dense, alluring - I just want in. A great Barossa Valley Shiraz.

d'Arenberg The Bonsai Vine GSM 2016


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

Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache 2016


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.

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2016


A reliable red blend that can be found in retail land for under $20. It ticks the boxes for barbecues and causal meals.

d'Arenberg The Sticks and Stones 2014


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

Samuels Gorge Comet Trail Sparkling Shiraz 2015


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.


Dr Edge Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016


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.

Singlefile Wines Run Free Pinot Noir 2017

An easy drinking Pinot, straight down the line showing good varietal characters.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Vinomofo The Homeless Grapes Project Shiraz 2017



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.

Soumah Upper Ngumby Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

This is the first release of the Upper Ngumby Vineyard Chardonnay and what an entry! Finesse, power and poise - yes please!

Parker Coonawarra Early Release Shiraz 2018


Bright as a button, it looks like Ribena and is damn smashable. Such a juicy and vibrant release for immediate enjoyment.

Soumah Hexham Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Quality Chardonnay. This the eighth release of the Hexham Vineyard. Handpicked and pressed to French oak (22% new) for wild fermentation. Eight months on lees before bottling.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Lane Vineyard The Beginning Chardonnay 2017


Brilliant. I just wanted more. A Chardonnay with class seeping through its veins.


Yelland & Papps Divine Shiraz 2014


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

Shottesbrooke Estate Series GSM 2016


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.

Singlefile Wines Run Free Shiraz 2016

I'd be happy with my nose stuck in the glass. Such a pretty wine to inhale. Baked berries, dried red flowers, plums and meaty spices make up a choir of interest to engage.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2014


Dark, sapping, spicy fruit the name of the game here.

Gartelmann Wines Rylstone Petit Verdot 2015



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.