Monday, 18 February 2019
A blend of two vineyards from the northern Barossa. A little more time in the glass reveals its true personality.
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Friday, 15 February 2019
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
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.
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.
Monday, 11 February 2019
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.
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
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.
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.
Saturday, 9 February 2019
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.
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.
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
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.
Pretty tasty Grenache with another kick arse label for good measure. The 2016 saw Mr T. This one is a tribute to Forest Gump.