Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2015



Power and concentration are words that glow on the back label.

Sirromet Terry Morris Chardonnay 2015

I review all wines which come through the door but this was hard going. Heavy oak and weighed down, it's a wine that barely moved out of first gear.

Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Grenache 2012

International Grenache Day came and went in its glory. I love the variety but clearly not all are. I received a tweet which described the variety, "...start with raspberry cordial as it would prepare your palate for what was to follow." Clearly not a Grenache fan. You just gotta know how to find the good stuff and here, front and centre, is a cracking wine. The furthermost thing from raspberry cordial and boiled lollies, the savoury characters which sit atop the shoulders of beautiful fruit are adorable.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Ricca Terra Colour of Calmness Rosé 2018

Super attractive packaging. The colours used certainly grab the eye. Good drinking Rosé too.

de iuliis Semillon 2018


Here's a good refreshment to wet your insides with during the warmer months as you laze poolside.

Rymill Coonawarra The Yearling Rosé 2018


Rymill's third release Rosé from a blend of Merlot and Shiraz.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Raidis Estate Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris 2018

Cheeky by name, cheeky by appearance too. I love the blush appearance of this Pinot Gris. The berries are squeezed that touch bit more to get that gorgeous rose gold colour. A super drink all up.


Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2017

Riesling not keen on putting on its party suit and socialising. Quite reserved and seemingly withholding itself.


Leeuwin Estate Art Series Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Clever Sauv Blanc. A little bit of effort goes a long way and that's proven with dividends paid here.


Rymill Coonawarra The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc 2018


A cheeky slurp. Super fresh, clean and crisp. Good going for the money.


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Raidis Estate The Kelpie Sauvignon Blanc 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?

Heartland Shiraz 2015


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.

Tyrrell's Fordwich Verdelho 2017


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.

Blackbilly GSM 2016

McLaren Vale Grenache making an enticing start. A few swirls of the glass and pretty aromas greet you.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Soumah The Butcher 2016


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.

Sirromet Terry Morris Shiraz Viognier 2016

Give this a decant and you'll see it at its best. Some air under its wings delivers pretty aromas.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

de Iuliis Shiraz 2017


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.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2015

I'd love to say I loved this release, but it's not at the lofty heights expected. I was hoping to leap to attention, but not so.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Golden Grove Estate Rosé Brosé 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!

Bird in Hand Shiraz 2016


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

Angove Organic Rosé 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.


Yangarra Estate Blanc 2018

I remember tasting components of this wine in barrel with Peter Fraser a few months ago. It's great to now see all elements coming together as they dance across the mouth.
Fraser doesn't make bad wine - this is a beauty.

Singlefile Wines Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Clever summertime drinking here folks. Good value too.

Angove Organic Cuvee Brut NV


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

Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Hickinbotham wines ooze class. Single vineyard, the fruit is pristine and handled with kid gloves. Brace for power but with a soft caress all at the same time.


Lindsay Wine Estate Shiraz 2014


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.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Huntington Estate Pinot Noir Dry Rosé 2018


Strawberries and cream all the way. Whiffs of raspberries entice early with time in the glass introducing orange peel for interest.


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Angove Organic Chardonnay 2018



A good drink seemingly wanting to be a little more complex than its shoes will allow.


Omrah Crossing Chardonnay 2017


Here's a tidy find. A Chardonnay with lots of slurp factor pushed along by fresh fruit.

Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Shiraz 2017

Bloody good Shiraz moving along with swagger. Great Southern goodness for your drinking pleasure.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Huntington Estate Shiraz 2014

Clever Shiraz. There's so much to sink your teeth into. Great fruit and generosity for days, Mudgee hitting the high hats.

Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc 2017

What a beautiful drink. Sunshine and tropical goodness all the way with some textural feels for good measure.


Angove Organic Pinot Grigio 2018

A refreshing Pinot Grigio sourced from the recently organically certified Angove Nanya Vineyard in the Riverland.


Omrah Crossing Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Sauvignon Blanc from Western Australia's Great Southern region. Man, I feel like I've just been whacked by the acid stick.


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Cirillo Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015

Winemaker Marco Cirillo tells me, "This is a soft and pretty wine - not your typical Barossa Shiraz." From a single vineyard in Steingarten, perched 415 metres above.


Hofer Family Wines Montepulciano 2016


Montepulciano sourced from one of the coldest vineyards on the Fleurieu Peninsula.


Rymill Coonawarra GT Gewurztraminer 2018


I had the opportunity to taste this recently at a Rymill members event I was invited along to. Some spicy southern chicken sliders went around the room to match - yummo!


Angove Organic Merlot 2017

Organic Merlot from the Riverland.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Max & Me Mirooloo Road Eden Valley Riesling 2018

Phil Lehmann is making some crackerjack wines at the moment. If you've yet to hear of his Max & Me label, perhaps its best you introduce yourself pronto. This Riesling is a belter!

de Iuliis Rosé 2018


Spring is here and its fair to say it's Rosé season. The timing of this sample from de Iuliis was perfect. Super drinking for a sun-drenched day.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Geoff Merrill Parham Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A tribute to Bill Parham, Geoff Merrill's grandfather, who lived 102 years and one month. This Cabernet will, too, be long-lived.

Angove Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Simple pleasures - Organic Sauvignon Blanc from the Riverland.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Kellybrook Malakoff Vineyard Shiraz 2017

Quite a soothing Shiraz with enough depth to provoke thought. Suave, medium bodied gear.

Teusner Bilmore Shiraz 2017


I haven't had a Teusner wine for yonks. Out for a casual meal, I spotted this on the wine list and figured I'd have a looksy.