Thursday, 18 July 2019
Bang the bargain drum, hard! This is an absolute beauty for the money. I love it when wines like this come across the bench. Never seen before, this is a side project by Lisa Bray, who also makes wine at Robert Stein Winery. It's a fabulous example of Mudgee Cabernet.
I received six wines celebrating the quality and versatility of Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon recently from the ever diligent and parochial NSW wine marketer David Cumming from Define Wine. Robert Stein Winery is renowned for their Riesling.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
A tasty new medium-bodied release from Golden Grove Estate. The rolling hills on the label create a perfect canvas for the easy-going vibe it exudes.
This wine, along with the new release Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola, represent d'Arenberg's ongoing program of alternate grape variety plantings in the McLaren Vale wine region. “These varieties are suited to warmer climate conditions, ripening significantly later than some of the other traditional grape varieties,” said d’Arenberg Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn. “With the changing climate, we are working with varieties that may one day replace the traditional ones planted in the region like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are more resistant to drought and heat stress. Montepulciano and Mencia in particular are my two favourite contenders to replace Shiraz in the future.”
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Monday, 15 July 2019
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Bright, fresh and inviting are the words which pop into my head when pouring this wine and taking a whiff.
Friday, 12 July 2019
Sauvignon Blanc for the thinker. Damn some work has gone into this and the result is mightily impressive.
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Soul Growers have access to some wicked parcels of fruit. This Mourvedre block was planted in Nuriootpa back in 1885. The spread of urban development has seen this vineyard reduced to only a precious 106 vines. And what a gorgeous wine these vines deliver.
Sunday, 7 July 2019
Here's a variety not seen all that much but this is a label well worth tucking under your arm. Hailing from northern Italy, this Wangolina Lagrein has a gorgeous appearance in the glass. The cerise hue captures the energy of the wine beautifully.
A delicious and refreshing wine. There's plenty of sessional appeal here. I could see myself sitting at a bar ordering a glass and repeating the process a few times.
Friday, 5 July 2019
Thursday, 4 July 2019
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Melbourne's City Wine Shop is my happy place. It's probably every wine lover's happy place. There's a list full of interesting and curious wines to peruse or just simply turn around and be mesmerized by the salivating offerings ceiling to floor. Forever in search of something I've never had before, I spied this Cabernet Franc from the Yarra Valley.
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Of the single vineyard wines in the Soul Growers range, give me this Gobell every time. It's a peach.
Elegant Yarra Valley Syrah. There's a soothing and calming presence this as you sit back and cool your heels.
Monday, 24 June 2019
The Hampel vineyard is a low yielding site in Kalimna. There's a lovely elegance to this Shiraz - a fabulous wine.
Only 250 dozen were produced from this limited edition release. Named after a rogue group of sheep which snuck into the vineyard, "The Mob" came close to destroying it. Three years later the first crop produced this impressive wine.
A lazy lunch and Chardonnay was calling me. This was the only one listed by the glass but I knew I was in good hands - I've known Rochford to reliably produce the goods previously.
Sunday, 23 June 2019
The Hoffmann vineyard was planted between 1888 and 1912. Over a couple of days of tasting, this unfurled beautifully.
Give this a little time in the decanter and you'll be repaid deluxe. A beautiful wine highlighted by delicate fruit.