Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Hickinbotham The Peake 2016

The Peake represents the pinnacle wines from Hickinbotham and this sure does make a statement. A stunning wine ought to be enjoyed on a stunning occasion. Brilliant!

Stomp Fiano 2016


Hunter Valley Fiano certainly has found its niche in the market. This 2016 release from Stomp is a beauty!

Stomp Fiano 2018


It was great to open this current release alongside the 2016. A beautiful contrast. If you yearn for freshness - go here. If you need texture and depth - go the 2016.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Tim Smith Eden Valley Riesling 2018

If you haven't heard of Tim Smith wines, find them. If you are in the Barossa, ring him and make an appointment - you won't be disappointed. This Riesling is an absolute beauty.

Alkimi The Good Earth Syrah Rosé 2018

I sat by the river slurping this watching the shadows of the afternoon get longer and longer. A wonderful picnic wine if I do say so myself.

Flametree Pinot Rosé 2018

A lip-smacking dry and savoury Rosé. High fives for the Flametree crew.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Seppelt Drumborg Chardonnay 2017


Classy Chardonnay that will never fail you. I could drink gallons of this beauty.

de iuliis Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2017

A beautiful wine to whisk you away. Gorgeous red berry and dried red flower aromas greet you here.

Gundog Estate Canberra District Shiraz 2017


Such a pretty wine. The longer it sat in the glass the more it got comfortable and put on a show. And what a show it was.

Seppelt Jaluka Chardonnay 2017


If you aspire to indulge in the Drumborg Chardonnay but your pay packet won't let you for the minute, go here and your satisfaction levels will be met. A lovely wine at the price point.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Schwarz Wine Co Rosé 2018

A crowd pleaser from top to toe. It looks, feels and tastes oh so good. Chill it, throw it under your arm and find a shady spot before you roll out the picnic rug and cut loose.

Chain Ring Cider Co Mosaic Madness 2018


A refreshing neck massage awaits. Such a delicious cider to throw back.

Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2017


Gnarly Dudes - delivering reliable and consistent Barossa Shiraz since forever.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2018

Your summertime bargain is here. This is a beauty and can be found for around ten bucks on special. A great little drink to kick back with as you wipe the sweat from your brow on those warm days.


Raidis Estate Billy Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


A great Coonawarra Cabernet smack bang in the slot of good times and cheer. Medium bodied happiness awaits.

Cooks Lot Allotment 1010 Shiraz 2017

An earthy and spicy sucker calling for a burger or something meaty. Give it some air to see it at its best and it morphs and settles beautifully. A delicious wine.


Tyrrell's Blacksmith's Hut Heathcote Shiraz 2015


A big guy weighing in for the heavyweight bout. Coming in at 15%, credit to Tyrrell's for putting that number on as many avoid the magic number 15 and use the 1.5% variance carefully.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rosé 2018

There's cheap wines under 15 bucks and then there's the Yalumba Y Series which consistently punches above its weight. If you like the pink looking stuff but don't want to drop a bomb, get in the queue for this.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Curly Flat White Pinot 2018


White Pinot that just dances across the mouth. Applaud now.

Part of me doesn't want to put pen to paper but rather just sit back and enjoy a glass or two. Perhaps I will later. Such an indulgent wine.


Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2018

Another Y Series wine, another value pick. A tidy Chardy that won't break the bank.


Huntington Estate Special Reserve Semillon 2017

"I love Semillon's freshness, crispness and ease of drinking. Best of all, I love its versatility," says Huntington Estate owner Tim Stevens. He has fulfilled the brief here too, that's for sure.


Savina Lane Lady of Spain Graciano 2015


This is the only Graciano grown in Queensland with the next closest vineyard in Mudgee, NSW. Weighing in at only 12.7% alc, there's a bigger frame on the bones than one would expect.

Cooks Lot Allotment 168 Chardonnay 2017

I don't know what type of car Duncan Cook drives around the streets of Orange, but I've suggested too many time before that his wines are far too reasonably priced for what you get. If he jacked them up a few bucks each he'd be driving a Maserati I'm sure. This is another steal for the money.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Savina Lane Millenium Shiraz 2015


A Shiraz which unleashes its inner beauty with consummate ease.

Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018

A good ol' summertime slurp. Lots of refreshing factor seeping through its veins.

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2018

A soft and more than approachable Pinot Grigio. Wild fermented and vegan friendly, it's well worth hunting down at this price point.

Singlefile Run Free Chardonnay 2017

Singlefile's entry-level range. This Chardonnay is from Denmark in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Yalumba Y Series Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Wild fermented and vegan friendly, this is an easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc. Clean and crisp all the way.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Two Hands Angel's Share Shiraz 2017



I haven't seen a Two Hands wine for ages. A mate of mine bangs on about their reliability mind you. Enter marketing gun Pippa Merrett who recently commenced a new role with the company. She has a track record of making stuff happen and some samples suddenly appeared at my door. Thanks Pip!

Heartland One 2015


A big, thick set type with muscular shoulders. And it needs those shoulders to haul the dense and concentrated fruit within.


Raidis Estate The Trip 2014


Raidis' top dog Cabernet Sauvignon but they're all about goats on their label names so it'd be the top goat I guess. Quite simply, it's a great wine too.

Polperro Even Keel Canberra Syrah 2017


What's not to love about the medium-bodied Syrah deliciousness coming out of Canberra? Such a beautiful wine to consider or just share in great company. I'd be chasing the latter.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2016


A blend of Grampians and Heathcote vineyards, say hello to a satisfying Shiraz ensuring a solid go-to. It's pretty handy value too.

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2016



A powerful and concentrated Chardonnay but one I could throw in the glass and recline with without a worry in the world. More and more again please.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Cooks Lot Iconique Barrique Chardonnay 2016

Duncan Cook's flagship Chardonnay and nothing has been held back in his quest for excellence. It's a pleasure to drink, that's for sure.

Sirromet Elezo Amphorae Chardonnay 2014



Chardonnay hitting the target. Well played here winemaker Adam Chapman.

One of a collection of wines from the Elezo range.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Curly Flat Pinot Gris 2018


Pinot Gris that just sizzles. What a beauty. Personality and interest with a soothing embrace to close. Bless.

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2016

This Cabernet Malbec blend has only just hit the shelves and it's one worth slipping into the black book for those seeking maximum Cabernet pleasure for around the 30 dollar mark.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Ricca Terra Arinto 2018

Ever had an Arinto? I haven't either - til now. Vigneron Ashley Ratcliff believes the variety has a big future in Australia and I reckon he has stumbled upon something.

Irvine Eden Valley Merlot 2017


A great Merlot right in the slot of drinking pleasure. From a cooler and longer Eden Valley vintage, there's a charm to this wine.

Schwarz Wine Co Chenin Blanc 2018

Such an easy drinking and approachable wine from a variety many would have seen little of. Go here for an easy kick back partner.

Ricca Terra Bronco Buster 2018

An out there blend of Fiano, Vermentino, Greco and Arinto with tropical and floral aromas spilling from the glass.