Thursday, 18 July 2019

LBM Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


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.


Robert Stein Cabernet Sauvignon 2017



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.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Shiraz 2017

I love the last line on the back label - wines made for eating. Yes! There's plenty to sink your teeth into here too.

Te Whare Ra SV5182 Pinot Gris 2018

Two wines from Te Whare Ra of late and they've delivered two beauties. No pressure on the third sample sitting over there... This Pinot Gris is clever, whispering softly as you shuffle closer unable to resist temptation.


Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Gris 2018


Soft fruit and crunchy acid are the highlights for me with this Pinot Gris release.


Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2018


Super soft Pinot. Bright red fruits light the way with this release from Ten Minutes By Tractor.


Golden Grove Estate Tranquillo Rosso 2017


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.

d'Arenberg The Hunjee Heartstring Montepulciano 2018




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.”

Jilyara Heath Road Malbec 2018

Here's a firm and stern wine. Gutsy Malbec from Margaret River.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Soul Growers Slow Grown Shiraz 2017

A blend from a variety of Barossa Shiraz parcels, and gee, the Soul Growers crew have access to some incredible parcels which all tell a unique story.

Blackbilly McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017


Easy drinking McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Jilyara The Williams' Block Chardonnay 2018

Jilyara are relatively new on the scene. This Williams' Block is the flagship range and comes from their best parcels of Margaret River fruit. There is a Cabernet Sauvignon in this range too.

Atze's Corner The Bachelor Shiraz 2017


Barossa Shiraz to embrace with two hands. A fab drop.

Juniper Estaste Small Batch Tempranillo 2017



Bright, fresh and inviting are the words which pop into my head when pouring this wine and taking a whiff.

Blackbilly Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017

A good GSM from McLaren Vale ticking the boxes.

Paxton Now Shiraz 2019

The first 2019 red off the bottling line to come across this tasting bench. It's a Shiraz bursting with fruit.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Soumah Single Vineyard Savarro 2018

Stretch your horizons that little bit more and throw this refreshing Yarra Valley Savarro in your glass.


Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Sauvignon Blanc for the thinker. Damn some work has gone into this and the result is mightily impressive.

Te Whare Ra TWR Sauvignon Blanc 2018

A super delish Marlborough Sauv Blanc. Hang on, did I just say that?


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Soul Growers 106 Vines Mourvedre 2017


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.

Mérite Shiraz Malbec 2016

Sling some of this in your glass and you'll be reaching to top up before the food arrives. Delicious!

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Wangolina Lagrein 2018



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.


Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner Lössterrassen 2018


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

Soumah Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio 2019

Oh, I like the way this Pinot Grigio carries itself. It strolls along with charismatic ease.

d'Arenberg The Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola 2018

Following the recent launch of the first certified organic wine, The Danger Mouse Nero d’Avola 2018 is the second d’Arenberg wine to be labeled with full organic certification from NASAA. It is planted on the Mustard vineyard in the Beautiful View Subdistrict of McLaren Vale.

Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2018

Pinot Blanc can be said to deliver quite fruit forward style wines but there's more savoury action on the go here.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Pittnauer Pitti Rosé 2017

Wine from Austria is something that doesn't come across the bench much at all. A heap of samples from importer CellarHand came knocking recently and this wonderful Rose was in the box.


Flametree Embers Chardonnay 2018

Great value Margaret River Chardonnay. It seemingly wants to get in deep but shies away at the last moment.

Juniper Estate Small Batch Fiano 2018

There's a whole lot going on with this Fiano. The more I looked at it the more I was impressed. A delightful drink.


Paxton Now Rosé 2019

Here's a new range of wines from Paxton. The NOW range stands for Natural Organic Wine with this the debut Rosé. Fruit driven with no added preservatives, the fruit comes off organic and biodynamic vineyards.


Paxton Now Chardonnay 2018

Here's a new range of wines from Paxton. The NOW range stands for Natural Organic Wine with this the debut Chardonnay. Fruit driven with no added preservatives, the fruit comes off organic and biodynamic vineyards.


Blackbilly Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc on the hunt for fresh seafood.

Blackbilly Pinot Gris 2018

The image doesn't depict the rose gold appearance. I find that visually appealing in a Pinot Gris but others may differ.


Blackbilly Chardonnay 2018

A curious Chardonnay from the 'Adelaide' region.


Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Payten & Jones Chardonnay 2018


A golden ray of sunshine in your glass. Funky town Chardonnay for your drinking pleasure.

Dutschke GHR Neighbours Shiraz 2016

I haven't looked at a Dutschke wine for what seems an eternity. I spotted this on the shelf at the bottle shop while away in Melbourne and couldn't resist. It seemed the best of a mountain of commercial wines around it.

Adelina Watervale Riesling 2018

When Teppanyaki comes calling and I need Riesling. I spied this on the list and it ticked the box and then some.


Combes Wines De Franc 2018


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

Soul Growers Gobell Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017


Of the single vineyard wines in the Soul Growers range, give me this Gobell every time. It's a peach.

Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Shiraz 2018

Veneers of pleasure come naturally with these Singlefile wines. There's certainly plenty to sink your teeth into here as well.

Levantine Hill Melissa's Paddock Syrah 2015


Elegant Yarra Valley Syrah. There's a soothing and calming presence this as you sit back and cool your heels.


Monday, 24 June 2019

Soul Growers Hampel Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017



The Hampel vineyard is a low yielding site in Kalimna. There's a lovely elegance to this Shiraz - a fabulous wine.

Atze's Corner The Mob Montepulciano 2017


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.

Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz 2017

A ripping medium bodied Shiraz for around $25. Each vintage sells out super fast - it's easy to see why.

Rochford Estate Chardonnay 2018


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

Soul Growers Hoffmann Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017


The Hoffmann vineyard was planted between 1888 and 1912. Over a couple of days of tasting, this unfurled beautifully.

Soul Growers Kroehn Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017


Give this a little time in the decanter and you'll be repaid deluxe. A beautiful wine highlighted by delicate fruit.