Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Max and Me Shiraz 2017


Phil Lehmann doesn't know how to make a bad wine. Quality is always plated up - here we go again.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2016


Iron fist in a velvet glove kinda stuff. A big Shiraz from Langhorne Creek.

St John's Road The Resilient Grenache 2018


Silky Grenache screaming value.

d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage 2014


As with many of the d'Arenberg blends, this has a big frame and the muscle to carry it. A blend of  Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Merlot 54/23/23 from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.

Monday, 18 March 2019

St John's Road Blood and Courage Shiraz 2017


Mouth-filling Barossa Shiraz. You can't go wrong.

Torbreck The Hillside Vineyard Shiraz Roussanne 2017



A Barossa Shiraz and Roussanne co-ferment (92/8) and matured in large format French oak for 14 months.

Windowrie Family Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay has been made by Windowrie for nearly 30 years at their Cowra winery. Winemaker Anthony D'Onise says he is, "Looking to produce a modern example of Cowra's most famous variety." He's ticked that box with this release.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 2018

The entry-level XYZ Chardonnay 2018 is smart but this cranks the happiness dial up another level.


Indigo Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018


Yum factor Rosé. Lazy afternoons, social gatherings, sunsets - I dig this.

Riposte The Dagger Pinot Noir 2017

I find Pinot Noir in the $20 to $30 bracket can be a bit hit and miss. There are a few reasons for this but a good quality Pinot in that price bracket is certainly achievable. Here's a solid go-to which I spied on a restaurant wine list.


Saturday, 16 March 2019

Meerea Park XYZ Chardonnay 2018


Meerea Park's entry-level Chardonnay is on song. I could sip this happily watching the sunset.

Samuel's Gorge Shiraz 2017


You can be assured that the wines out of Samuel's Gorge are rock solid. This Shiraz ticks the box once more.

Friday, 15 March 2019

d'Arenberg The Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2012


Here's a big boy. No surprise it's been held back and released at seven years of age. If you like 'em big, give this a shot.

Red Letter Days What She Said Tempranillo 2018


I can't say I've had a New England Tempranillo - til now.
Winemaker Greg McGill is a proud Scotsman and also loves The Office - hence the name. A quick Google search will fill you in for those who don't watch the show...

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Penley Estate Project Shiraz McLaren Vale 2018


An eye-catching wine with fabulous shelf appeal. A remake of one of Rembrandt's paintings adorns the front label recreated by the women of Penley Estate. Take a close look to see a few familiar faces... So delicious, it's a wine well worth tracking down.

Penley Estate Project Shiraz Coonawarra 2018


I admire Kate Goodman for what she has done at Penley Estate since jumping on board as winemaker in recent years. To say she has shaken the tree is an understatement. Here's another example of her willingness to push boundaries.

St John's Road Peace of Eden Riesling 2018


Sand between the toes and fish and chips are calling. A good Riesling to chill out with.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Hayes Family Wines Field Blend GSM 2018


If you are yet to introduce yourself to Hayes Family Wines, I suggest you do so soon. Andrew Seppelt is producing some absolutely delicious wines. This Field Blend GSM is a belter. I couldn't stop at a glass or three. And it's that quality across the range which has everything pointing in the right direction.

Indigo Alpine Valleys Beechworth Chardonnay 2017

What a ray of sunshine. A beautiful Chardonnay from Victoria's Beechworth region.


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Max & Me The House Blend 2017

A finger-licking blend from the Eden Valley. Swirl it around to give it a breath of air and it sings a rhythmic tune.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2018


Riesling and dumplings are best friends so don't break a winning combo I say. This is a good drink and the dumplings were damn tasty too.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Samuel’s Gorge Kaleidoscope Horizons Grenache Tempranillo Graciano 2016



Winemaker Justin McNamee says this is the blockbuster in his range. It sure is. An interesting blend that just works, large plates of soul food are must by your side with a large pour of this in the glass.


Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Summer is gone but things are warming up again - in my part of the world at least. Here's a tidy Savvy to douse the heat poolside.


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Hayes Family Wines Primrose Vineyard Shiraz 2017


Super Shiraz! I may or may not have had more than a few glasses... One of those wines that speaks to you and resisting temptation to go back for more is futile. So, give me another.


Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Shiraz 2017

Wes Pearson's wines are always well considered. Here's a very tidy expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz.


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Gundog Estate Indomitus Rutilus Shiraz 2017


Oh, this is good. Very, very good. Stylish and precise, medium bodied Shiraz screaming class.


Hayes Family Wines Stone Well Vineyard Shiraz 2017


Coming from Block 1, this estate grown vineyard was planted in 1950. Living a glittering past having previously provided fruit for other Barossa wineries, this is the first release for the Hayes label.


Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles 2017

Bursting with fruit without a splinter of oak in sight, here's a delish red armed for a range of occasions.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Ballandean Esatate Malbec 2017

Looking back through my notes I noticed I have not reviewed a Ballandean Estate Malbec since the 2012 release. Curiously, that vintage weighed in at 14.3% alc whereas this 2017 comes in at 13%. Deliciously medium bodied, here's a wonderful alternate variety to sink your teeth into.

Oliver's Taranga HJ Shiraz 2016


Knee deep in generosity and pleasure. McLaren Vale Shiraz layered on thick. Nothing but big love for this.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Samuel's Gorge Mosaic of Dreams 2016


Mosaic of Dreams, huh? So delicious! A dreamboat and then some.

Torbreck Hillside Grenache 2017

Classy Grenache. This is the second release of this wine. The fruit off this 1949 bush vine site was previously blended away. A change of the guard and new winemaker Ian Hongell would have no more of that.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Hear Me Roar Shiraz 2018


Blending wine from a couple of regions is not a new thing, but making the contributing wines separately, blending, labelling and bottling all via donation and in the name of raising money for women in wine is certainly a new concept. Here's a wine made by women to assist women in wine. 

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

2015 was said to be one of the best all round vintages Leeuwin Estate has experienced. This Prelude Cabernet is a respectable drink with four years already under its belt.


Saturday, 23 February 2019

Hayes Family Wines Alice's Mataro 2018

Handfuls of fruit lead the charge here with minimal oak influence. Attractive red berry and red flower aromas roll out an enticing welcome mat.

d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2016



When the cooler months come calling, here's a bottle of inner warmth.


Samuel's Gorge Mourvedre 2017


Like its Grenache stablemate, this Mourvedre has a delicious slurp appeal. The fruit is soft and urges to be pulled closer.

Hayes Family Wines Roussanne 2018

This grew on me. Such a lovely wine to enjoy with a meal, its generous delivery and rounded edges kept me going back for more.


Thursday, 21 February 2019