Sunday, 30 September 2018

Savina Lane Fiano Classico 2017


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.


Moonrise Estate Blue Moon Shiraz 2014


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.

Ridgemill Estate Riesling 2017

There is only one Riesling vineyard on the Granite Belt with two producers benefiting. This example from Ridgemill Estate continues to deliver the goods.

Pyramids Road Wines Verdelho 2018


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.


Leeuwin Estate Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2014


A thoroughly enjoyable vintage fizz from Leeuwin Estate.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Thursday, 27 September 2018

de iuliis LDR Shiraz 2017


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.

Ricca Terra Daisy Chain 2018

Damn these Ricca Terra wines have some shelf appeal. Great colours have been selected to draw the eye away from the onslaught of those white labels that are so common. Stick your snoz into this glass and be drawn away to higher places. Woah!

Cooks Lot Allotment 689 Sauvignon Blanc 2018


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

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2016


Such a pretty wine. Delicate and flavoursome with layers of pleasure awaiting you to peruse.

Tyrrell's Brookdale Semillon 2017


One of eleven Semillons in the Tyrrell's range. It's hard to shake the prestige this winery has for the variety.

Soumah Hexham Vineyard Pinot Grigio 2018

A delicious wine for your table bursting with freshness and a bright personality.

Singlefile Wines Run Free Sauvignon Blanc 2018

A zippy and alive Savvy from the Great Southern region in Western Australia. Fish and chips at the beachside are calling.

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

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.

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.