Sunday, 30 September 2018
Smart wines at Savina Lane. A gorgeous cellar door too with a stunning vista to welcome you. The cellar door is only open a few months of the year as most of the wines sold go to their membership. There's a suggestion from owners Brad and Cheryl Hutchings that the cellar door may not need to be open in the future such is the demand for their wines. Watch this space.
There's those cellar door experiences which take you to higher places where you get caught up in the moment enjoying the scenery or the casual conversations and laughter with the host. Or, you get those which are forgettable leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. Go to Moonrise Estate if you want to experience the latter. What a disappointment.
I was in the hood and popped into Pyramids Road. It's always great catching up with Warren Smith. A down to earth gentleman, no show, no fuss, just a genuine bloke making solid wines.
Saturday, 29 September 2018
Thursday, 27 September 2018
There's no secret code to LDR - it just stands for Lovedale Road, the site where the fruit comes from and under the watchful eye of Joss de Iuliis - winemaker Mike de Iuliis' father.
When Cooks Lot wines come across the bench, I can't help but think value. Well crafted they are at a great price. An energetic Savvy for your trouble, if you don't mind.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
One of eleven Semillons in the Tyrrell's range. It's hard to shake the prestige this winery has for the variety.
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Thursday, 20 September 2018
A sessional type Sauv Blanc. Why swim in the tsunami of New Zealand Sauv when there's tasty wines like this in our backyard?
A 2015 release for around $20 - not often you see a wine at that price point held back that long, but here we are. There's plenty on offer too.
There's an award at the Hunter Valley Wine Show for the winemaker of the best Verdelho - it's a tiara. Make of that what you will. This comes from what is said to be a top Verdelho site.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
If I owned a winery I'd name a wine after me. Why the hell not? That's what Soumah boss Brett Butcher has done here, and good on him. A blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Nebbiolo - I like his style.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
I had a number of Shiraz samples lined up on the bench. Some were double the price of this wine. Some were a little more fancy you could say. But this is what I kept coming back to. It's a wine you just want to drink. No frills. No bells and whistles. Just solid, damn good drinking Shiraz. Zero in on it I say.
Monday, 17 September 2018
Ray Costanzo has mastered Vermentino by playing around with texture and skin contact. He's applying some of those techniques here, producing a Rosé which cranks the slurp factor high. Bang the bargain drum too - a beauty for $18!
I don't see a lot of Adelaide Hills Shiraz let alone Bird in Hand wines, so it's good to be back in the frame. Shiraz sourced from a range of sites in the region.
Sunday, 16 September 2018
Friday, 14 September 2018
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Pretty in pink, this cheeky Rosé is made from Shiraz fruit. Of the six Organic new releases received, this would be my top pick.
Fraser doesn't make bad wine - this is a beauty.
An easy drinking and relatively inexpensive fizz. There's a good chance you could nab it for under $15 too. Organic, vegan-friendly and made with minimal preservatives which is sure to lure a few punters its way.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
I had never heard of Lindsay Wine Estate until this sample arrived. Such new labels are always welcome at my door, and in my glass more particularly. A dense and concentrated type, age will be its friend - and it proved that.