Monday, 21 January 2019

d’Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


I used to be a wicketkeeper. Not as good as Tim Paine, but pretty close. He takes the ball with plenty of give - such is the fury fast bowlers unleash. This Cabernet is a fast bowler for sure. There's strength, broad shoulders and grunt. Soft hands and patience are needed to ensure it gets the most of life that it deserves.

Oakridge Vineyard Series Sauvignon 2017


Sauvignon Blanc isn't my favourite variety by any stretch but Oakridge have done a good job to fancy up the label by removing the "Blanc". I'm paying a little more attention already.


Sunday, 20 January 2019

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Mataro 2018

Drink more Mataro! Perhaps it should be your new thing for red exploration in 2019? This release is such a satisfying drop and then some.

Ridgemill Estate The Spaniard Tempranillo 2016


The crew at Ridgemill Estate have a soft spot for Tempranillo. There's no doubting the strength of the variety in the region either. The gang here also love to ensure you know it's a Crianza style and not Joven, that is, aged for at least two years. If style doesn't phase you and tasty booze is up your alley, give this a crack.

Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Alright Hamilton Sangiovese Rosé 2018

Lunchtime Rosé. This is more about relaxing and smiles than complexity and over thinking. Good stuff.

Robert Stein Farm Series Riesling 2018


One of three new wines in the recently released Farm Series.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2017


The type of wine you take to share with friends. You pour large, you chat, you laugh, you all walk away happy. A delicious McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2016


Juicy black fruit the highlight in this blend from the Canberra district.

Opawa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017


Pretty good New Zealand Pinot Noir for the money.

Robert Stein Farm Series Semillon Riesling Gewurztraminer 2018


No bottle pic of this wine on the website but it's the same as the Rosé - just not pink.
One whiff and the impact of the Gewurtz in the blend is obvious. A white ready go chow down some Thai, Malaysia or something with a little spice kick.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Oakridge 864 Henk Aqueduct Pinot Noir 2017




Luscious Pinot. Can I keep the review to that?

Meerea Park The Aunts Shiraz 2017


A cracker for the money! Cut loose I say. It's a wine which will continue to evolve beautifully with a little more time too.

Pizzini La Volpe Nebbiolo 2017

Long gone are the days where Nebbiolo was best approached years and years after bottling. More and more "drink now" styles are gracing the shelves and this drop from Pizzini is a beauty.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2018


A strong Fiano game played here by Oliver's Taranga. Great to see them back on the dais after a stumble in 2017. Corrina Wright showing her worthy Fiano Queen status.

Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Rock solid Coonawarra Cabernet that rarely misses a beat. A good buy for the money.

Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2017

Back to it in 2019 and it's best to start with a high, right? Big love for this - great Pinot!