Sunday, 17 November 2019

Burton McMahon D'Aloisio Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

From the Seville township in the Yarra Valley, Matt Burton and Dylan McMahon suggest this D'Aloisio site is slightly more expressive and forward.

Hugh Hamilton Dark Arts Jekyll and Hyde 2017

Co-fermented Shiraz Viognier which skips about with an exciting vibrancy.

Yalumba Y Series Rosé 2019

Picnics and shady trees the go for this easy drinking Rosé .

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Boireann Winery Shiraz Viognier 2016

The last vintage with Peter Stark at the helm, and damn, he's gone out with a bang.

O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2019

This Riesling from the Clare Valley sub region of Polish Hill River is off an organic site. It's also vegan friendly.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2019

The best value Viognier on the market is right here! Year after year the quality and consistency of this release cannot be denied. Bargain hunters cut loose when you spy this for around ten bucks!

Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2019

A great little Chardy that walks comfortably in its own skin. It's not a wine trying to be something it's not yet delivers happiness at the right price point. And like the rest of the Y Series range, it punches above its weight.

Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2019

A cracking Riesling. Eagle eyes will track it down for around ten bucks. Bang the bargain drum!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Yalumba Wild Ferments Pinot Grigio 2019

A new label from Yalumba to catch the essence of the vineyard using wild yeasts and minimal intervention. This Pinot Grigio is a pretty handy drop too.

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2019

A shy personality initially but an easy Pinot Grigio to slosh in the glass nonetheless.

Yalumba Wild Ferments Sauvignon Blanc 2019

My first look at the debut Yalumba Wild Ferments label and I like what a see. Quality Sauv Blanc from the Limestone Coast region.

Yalumba Y Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Who says Aussies can't make Sauv Blanc that is easy on the hip pocket? Check this tasty number.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Burton McMahon Georges Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

The Georges Vineyard is located in the Yarra Valley's Seville East and perched 180 metres above. This is a generous wine sure to lure you in.

Oliver's Taranga Corrina's Blend 2018

A field blend of Cabernet and Shiraz only released when both varieties ripen at the same time. Winemaker Corrina Wright suggests to have this with a Sunday lamb roast and I'm not going to disagree.

O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2019

Every year I look forward to these Riesling releases from O'Leary Walker. My favour seems to fluctuate depending on which way the breeze blows sometimes. Other years it's just because there is class in a glass.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Monday, 4 November 2019

Soumah Single Vineyard Upper Ngumby Pinot Noir 2018

Single vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir coming off 20-year-old vines.

Nannup Estate Phillip Stanley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Nannup Estate can be found in the Blackwood Valley region, 70km east of Margaret River. This Phillip Stanley label represents their best fruit and the label is only produced in exceptional years.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Patina Jezza 2016

Is this the best wine I've had from the Orange district? You betcha! It's the type of wine you peruse slowly yet the bottle is drained in no time. I could not resist going back again and again.

Gartelmann Benjamin Semillon 2018

Weighed down by all the gold medals recently collected, this is a clever Hunter Valley Semillon.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Oliver's Taranga Tempranillo 2018

Pizza night comes calling. It was homemade pizza in this case and it's Tempranillo all the way!

Redman Wines Shiraz 2014

Five year old Shiraz for 20 bucks - this is a bargain!

Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2017

I grabbed this off the list at a great little suburban Italian restaurant. It did the job very well too I might add.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Brand and Sons Baker's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I'm liking these new releases from Brand and Sons - a lot! This Cabernet is a beauty for the money.

Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2018

One of those reliable drops you can easily turn to when the bottle shop shelves become a blur.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

d'Arenberg Stephanie The Gnome With Rose Tinted Glasses Rosé 2019

McLaren Vale Rosé with the longest name in the history of all Rosés.

Nannup Estate Phillip Stanley Chardonnay 2015

Nannup Estate can be found in the Blackwood Valley region, 70km east of Margaret River. This Phillip Stanley label represents their best fruit and the label is only produced in exceptional years.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Brand and Sons Last Sunday Drive Cabernet Franc 2018

The rebirth of a new Brand label so famous in the Coonawarra region. You can't help but admire the excitement that gushes from Sam Brand when he details what has been happening in recent years and the plans for the future. Give this Cabernet Franc some time to breathe and you'll be rewarded.

Soumah Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Single vineyard Yarra Valley Cabernet from Soumah's Hexham site.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Oh, what a treasure. A blend of two blocks which were planted in 1983 and 1989, this silky smooth Pinot saw 20% new French oak for ten months.

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2019

McLaren Vale Roussanne. A good drink to accompany a creamy based pasta dishes or even a roast chicken. There's plenty of depth to appease.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Wine 4 Water - Raising funds for those impacted by drought in the Granite Belt region

Enduring one of the most crippling droughts on record, the Granite Belt community is on its knees. The knock-on effect from this natural disaster is now hitting parts of the community in an unprecedented manner.

Farms that should be bursting with greenery readying crops for market are bare and dusty. Dams are parched and resembled moonscapes. Locals relying on town water are limited to using 100L per person per day with many outside this supplying hemorrhaging money to buy water for their own use, as well as water and food for their stock. All the while, staff are being laid off due to a lack of work available, the bustling backpacker trade used for picking fruit and vegetables has ground to a halt, and to add further insult, tourist numbers often teeming this time of year have also plummeted.

To combat this, several Granite Belt wineries have banded together to launch Wine 4 Water, a not-for-profit alliance to raise much-needed funds for another not-for-profit organisation, Granite Belt Drought Assist. This organisation is responsible for distributing water, food and stock feed for those Granite Belt community members in most need.

How does it all work? Go to one of the participating Granite Belt wineries listed and purchase a Wine4Water mixed 6 pack for $150 - delivered. All wines that are part of this initiative have a retail value of over $25 each with some retailing for $39 and $45 each.

This is a win-win scenario - 6 great wines can be purchased to enjoy while the Granite Belt community wins with approximately $45 from each pack going to those in need.

Give the Wine4Water Facebook Page a Like to keep updated and see what wines each winery is contributing.

Participating wineries:

Golden Grove Estate          
Ridgemill Estate                 
Hidden Creek                      
La Petite Mort                     
Twisted Gum                      
Ballandean Estate               
Pyramids Road Wines        
View Wines                        
Girraween Estate                
Jester Hill Wines                  
Heritage Estate                   
Robert Channon Wines      

Redman Wines Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

If longevity is your thing, grab a few of these to stick in a dark place and forget about them for a decade or so. A great example of how wonderful Coonawarra Cabernet can be.

Angullong Pinot Grigio 2019

What a step up in class. I didn't rate the 2018 all that highly but it seems this release has gone from driving a Datsun 120Y to a Porsche in less than 12 months. A ripping Pinot Grigio!

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Vinomofo Homeless Grapes Project Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This Cabernet screams out for sitting around big tables with good friends and large plates of food when the laughs come for free. Better still, ALL proceeds go to charity. Now that's a deal hard to ignore.