Monday, 18 February 2019

Torbreck Woodcutters Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2018

Delightful. There's plenty of interest to sink your teeth into here, but it's more a wine that calls for food to sit alongside.

Hayes Family Wines Sam's Grenache 2018


A blend of two vineyards from the northern Barossa. A little more time in the glass reveals its true personality.

De Bortoli La Boheme Cuvée Rosé NV

Easy drinking fizz for your lazy weekend afternoon.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Pizzini Nebbiolo 2014

Pizzini know how to Nebbiolo. Here's a lovely wine for fans of the Italian beauty.


Oakridge Original Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Too often Chardonnay and Pinot Noir soak up the Yarra Valley spotlight, yet the region's Cabernet is first class and deserves similar praise. Here's an excellent example of that fact.

Oliver's Taranga Vine Dried Cabernet 2017


This is all about rack dried Cabernet added to freshly picked Cabernet in the fermenter inspired by the Italian Amarone style. As the back label suggests, not for the faint-hearted.

Dirt Candy The Aphrodite Touriga Rosé 2018

A looksy through the Qwine records reveals this is the first Touriga Rosé I've had the pleasure of looking at. Man, it grew on me too. Give me plates of plentiful food and a large pour for the win. Tasty stuff!


d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2018


A fair Chardy which gets you change from a lobster ($20 bucks).


Monday, 11 February 2019

Meerea Park Terracotta Syrah 2017


These Hunter Valley 2017s are well worth getting hold of. Here's a beauty!

Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2018


If you've never really dipped your toe into the ocean of beauty that is Riesling, here's a clever place to start. Often priced well below it's RRP, it's a ripping bargain and such a delicious wine.

Ridgemill Estate Benny's Blend 2016


Benny seems to be a big boy with some attitude... A robust a gutsy wine for those that like 'em large.
Odd bedfellows Malbec and Merlot but they seem to play nicely and get along just fine.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Samuel's Gorge Grenache 2017


There's something about this wine which just has some wicked gravitating pull. If I had to list my ten 10 slurp factor wines, this would be in the mix hands down.

Oliver's Taranga Tempranillo 2017



Tempranillo is wine for meat eaters and this doesn't disappoint. There's plenty of action to appease and assist as you gnaw on a chunk of protein.

Redman Wines Edna Rosé 2018

Here's a podium finish for the "Breaking the Stereotype" Award. Redman Wines of Coonawarra, famous for red wines, have released their first ever Rosé as well as a Riesling in 2018. Both are available at the cellar door only, and although I'm yet to get a look at the Riesling, this Rosé made from Shiraz fruit is a beauty.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Ballandean Estate Malvasia 2018

A funny story about Malvasia...
The excitement was growing in the Ballandean Estate office and winery with the anticipated release of this wine well before it was in bottle. I'd call up Leeanne and introduce myself as Mal Vasia from Stanthorpe Smash Repairs and drag out some ridiculous conversation about her husband Mario's bashed up car - Mario is a car freak so Leeanne took it all very seriously and went along hook line and sinker - til she realised it was me and a few choice words were exclaimed. You had to be there I suppose...
This is Ballandean Estate's twelfth alternate variety and the first Malvasia to be released on the Granite Belt. Less than 200 cases of the variety were made Australia wide in 2018 with Ballandean Estate contributing 90 of them.

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pretty good Savvy here showing plenty of life.

Angullong Pinot Grigio 2018

A no-nonsense quaff of Pinot Grigio from Orange, NSW.

Dodgy Bros GSM 2017


I do love a good GSM but this one doesn't float my boat. It's big and boisterous - that noisy mate that just needs to calm down.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Oliver's Taranga Grenache 2018


Grenache can be such a versatile red. Match it with a range of food or even drop it in the fridge to take the edge off it for 15 minutes to enjoy a slurp on a warm night. Here's a great drink from McLaren Vale.

d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2016


Another icon from d'Arenberg playing the big set and smashing out the right notes.

Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Grenache 2017


Pretty tasty Grenache with another kick arse label for good measure. The 2016 saw Mr T. This one is a tribute to Forest Gump.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Torbreck Woodcutters Rosé 2018

If you were to name this wine after a movie title, Gone In 60 Seconds would be up there. Lip smacking Rosé.


Lou Miranda Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014


An old school Barossa Shiraz for those who like 'em big and rich.


Dirt Candy The Gamechanger Rosé 2018

A 50/50 Rosé made from Shiraz and Tempranillo. I see this more like an Autumn Rosé as it's broad shoulders lends itself to more weighty food matches.


Leeuwin Estate Siblings Shiraz 2017

A good Shiraz drink without the bells and whistles.


Friday, 1 February 2019

Tyrrell's HVD Single Vineyard Semillon 2013


Semillon six years young from vines planted in 1908. A beautiful drink for the money.

Dirt Candy The One Chardonnay 2018

I read the label and the words of the Foo Fighters song The One kept rattling around my head. Hunter Valley Chardonnay off 50-year-old vines.