Sunday, 22 September 2019

Parker Coonawarra Estate 95 Block 2016


I first had a look at this during the Coonawarra Roadshow event which recently hit every capital city in Australia. There's no better way to check out the region than having a significant number of the region's wineries arriving in your home town. Avail yourself when they swing by next year and taste cracking wines like this.

Singlefile Single Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2019

Tasty stuff. A refreshing Great Southern Fumé with some cool mojo.

TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir 2017


A great Pinot Noir for the money. Reliability is its middle name.

Sewn Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018


A new second-tier Chardy from Seville Estate.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache 2015

Grenache smashing the high hats. Gorgeously medium-bodied, this is in the raspberry pleasuredome.

Yalumba Block 2 Grenache Rosé 2018

Drinking Rosés like this make you feel fancy. Well, it made me feel that way at least. Classy stuff.

Redman Wines Cabernet Merlot 2016

A beautiful wine showing plenty of dark fruit and a sprinkle of spice to close.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Chalmers Greco 2017

A voluptuous white which calls for a generous plates of summer time food under big shady trees. There's much to enjoy here for those who enjoy a richer, rounder wines.

Brackenwood Fumé Blanc 2017

Fumé Blanc from the Adelaide Hills.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Chalmers Aglianico 2016

Aglianico - the body builder's wine variety of choice. Fact!
A tannic beast - you can see why this is released with a couple of years under its belt.

Singlefile Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Sem Sauv in the crowd-pleasing zone.

Singlefile Run Free Pinot Grigio 2019

Straight up and down Pinot Grigio from Western Australia's Great Southern region.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Redman Wines The Redman 2008

Sourced from 30-year-old vineyards, this is made to reflect the true essence of Coonawarra. Only 200 dozen produced.

Chalmers Rosato 2018

The real test for this sample was Sunday lunch. I tasted the wine on Saturday afternoon and shared the remainder on the following day. It went in seconds...

Levantine Hill Syrah 2016


You are not left wondering after taking a look at this Syrah from Levantine Hill. There's so much going on.


Friday, 13 September 2019

Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2014


This First Growth 2014 follows last year's 2015 release - a not too common sight. With a tighter structure than the 2015, this 2014 needed another year in bottle to settle.

Wills Domain Cuvée d'Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV


Good persistent delivery from this Blanc de Blanc.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2017


This is all sorts of delicious. Impress those around you with something a little left of centre - Saperavi in the pleasure zone.

TarraWarra Estate Chardonnay 2017


No one loses with this splashed in the glass. Fresh and modern entry-level Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley's TarraWarra Estate.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Sholto Wines Canberra District Riesling 2019

Jake Carter sent me this Riesling and his Syrah. I've never met Jake but I get a clear sense he is a winemaker keen to take a few risks for the love of texture and interest in his wines. Respect! This Riesling is a textural number which calls for summertime love.


Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2018

The quality of the Soumah wines of late has been right on the mark. Here's a great Chardonnay keen to please with its generosity.


Friday, 6 September 2019

Redman Coonawarra Mike's Blend SCM 2016

The furious pace of vintage found a victim and this wine is the result. Mike Redman made an error during pump overs by marrying two batches together to create a Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot blend (44/28/28). It appears Mike has magic hands because this little creation is pretty smart.

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017


Charismatic Chardonnay with layers of interest to peruse.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Yalumba Carriage Block Grenache 2016

Locals call Grenache "Barossa Pinot". Sling this treasure in your glass and you'll see why. Stunning!

Oakridge Vineyard Series Barkala Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Some say Cabernet is the variety best suited to the Yarra Valley. Some wouldn't even know. Satisfy your curiosity with this beauty.

Redman Wines The Last Row Shiraz 2016

This Shiraz has a swagger about it which I just find enticing. Lip-smacking goodness from Coonawarra comin' at you.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Chalmers Nero d'Avola 2018

Chalmers are renowned for their alternative varieties. A swag arrived recently and this is the start of a fabulous journey for the taste buds. Stay tuned for more updates. This Nero ticks the boxes and then some.

Tim Smith Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017


Rock solid Barossa Shiraz from Tim Smith. A blend of Eden Valley and Barossa vineyards seeing French oak for 20 months. It's delicious and then some.

Samuel's Gorge Tempranillo 2018



A straight up and down McLaren Vale Tempranillo which sees ten months in French oak (5% new) and 10% whole bunches used.


Saturday, 31 August 2019

Dalrymple Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2017


Dalrymple's Tasmania Pinot is a blend of four vineyards from Pipers River in the north through to Hobart's Coal Valley. A fragrant and spicy Pinot for your drinking pleasure.