Saturday, 31 August 2019

Dalrymple Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2017


Dalrymple's Tasmania Pinot is a blend of four vineyards from Pipers River in the north through to Hobart's Coal Valley. A fragrant and spicy Pinot for your drinking pleasure.


Sholto Wines Syrah 2017

Winemaker Jacob Carter launched Sholto Wines in Canberra four years ago. A couple of samples from this small producer were welcomed and I like what I see. Carbonic maceration was used to create this Syrah made with a dollop of Viognier.


Andevine Reserve Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2018

Tumbarumba is a region to watch producing some clever Chardonnays.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Montalto Single Vineyard Tuerong Pinot Noir 2017

Sublime Pinot Noir from Simon Black. He says he may never get to work with fruit from such a vintage again. I see what he means - this is one of the best Pinots I have seen.

Samuel's Gorge Graciano 2018


Luscious Graciano. It just feels so good. Gimme more please - a whole lot more.

De Bortoli Old Boys 21 Barrel Aged Tawny NV


Forget socks and jocks, throw Dad one of these for Father's Day.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Shiraz 2017


Oh I like this. Granite and minerally feels are packed in with plenty of savoury medium-bodied fruit.

Ottelia Seedling Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


 A tidy Cabernet release as part of this new range of wines from Coonawarra's Ottelia.

Arundel Farm Estate Shiraz 2017

Arundel Farm was established in 1850, nestled in the hills of the Keilor Valley just outside Melbourne. The vineyard and winery rose up out of the ground in 1984. A pleasing Shiraz here with good fruit and well-balanced acid and oak.

Ridgemill Estate Viognier 2018


Spicy Viognier. Long lunch kinda stuff.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Montalto Single Vineyard Main Ridge Block Pinot Noir 2017

Simply gorgeous Pinot. Of the Single Vineyard Pinots, this was the shining light after day one of tasting. Wow factor and then some.

Soumah Equilibio Chardonnay 2018


Without question, rich and elegant are the best words to describe this wine.

Max and Me Mirooloo Road Eden Valley Riesling 2019

Max and Me is made by Phil Lehmann and his wife Sarah. Get into this - it's a superb drink. Be sure to pour generously.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Montalto Single Vineyard Merrick's Block Pinot Noir 2017

Sleek Pinot. The fruit unfurls beautifully.


Flametree SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

SRS stands for Sub Regional Series representing the best varieties from sub-regions within Margaret River. This Cabernet from Wilyabrup is a beauty.

Redman Coonawarra Riesling 2019


A breakout wine for the Redman family. Synonymous with producing red wines of fantastic quality, this is exciting on two levels - it's the second Riesling release and it comes sealed under screw cap. I just want to scream out House of Pain's Hip Hop Hooray!

Monday, 26 August 2019

Yalumba Vine Vale Grenache 2017


There is a gorgeous prettiness and attractive floral characteristic which draws me to Vine Vale Grenache. This release from Yalumba is no different.

Montalto Single Vineyard Red Hill Pinot Noir 2017

The Montalto Red Hill block sits 100m above sea level. Here's a bright and energic expression of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir.


Sunday, 25 August 2019

Even Keel Pinot Gris 2018


Sensational Pinot Gris. This is on the dance floor and everyone is watching.


Ottelia Seedling Pinot Gris 2018


Sourced from Robe, 100km west of Coonawarra, the area is a beachside playground for many South Australians. The region produces cool climate wines with a maritime climate.

Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2018

Pure elegance. Superb Chardonnay from Margaret River's Flametree Wines.

Yalumba Samuel's Garden Bush Vine Grenache 2018

If you are yet to board the Grenache train, start here. When you consider the age of the vines that contribute to this wine, you can't help but get excited.

Brackenwood Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc made with a little effort goes a long way. A tidy Fumé from the Adelaide Hills.

Singlefile Run Free Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the Great Southern region.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Tim Smith Barossa Valley Mataro 2018


The back label says this is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores - Tim Smith has always been the considerate type. He makes smart booze too. Check this.

Gartelmann Wines Jonathan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Mudgee Cabernet from 630 metres above. Good stuff this.

Brackenwood Vineyard Syrah 2017

My first look at a wine from Brackenwood Vineyard. I don't see that many wines from the Adelaide Hills so it was great to have this little producer come through the door.

Angullong Shiraz 2017

The wines from Angullong are always solid. This Shiraz is no different.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Whistle Post Cabernet Franc 2017


Owner Brian Smibert describes this as his 'Millennial wine'. Fruit forward Coonawarra Cabernet Franc ready for your weekend barbecue.


Deen De Bortoli DEEN Master’s Blend Vat 184 2015


A new blend launched for Father's Day. It's a rich and generous wine made for dads too. I'm thinking steaks or even a good ol' meat pie.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Winemaker's Selection Shiraz 2017

A tidy cool climate Shiraz from the Canberra district.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Shiraz 2018

Entry-level Shiraz from Margaret River's Wills Domain.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tim Smith Eden Valley Riesling 2019


There is refreshing Riesling and then there is fancy refreshing Riesling. This is fancy refreshing and then some.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Whistle Post Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013



Here's a smart Cabernet from a label you may never have heard of. The good folk at Whistle Post are former growers who've cut their Hardy's contracts and gone it alone.

Whistle Post Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

There are many Coonawarra wines which are awfully reasonably priced. Throw this into that basket - crazy good for 20 bucks...


Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It's been a while between drinks so I took the opportunity to have a look at this Majella Cabernet at the Coonawarra Roadshow. Solid Cabernet as ever.


Sunday, 18 August 2019

Pirathon Silver Shiraz 2017


I haven't had a look at a Pirathon Shiraz for around ten years I reckon. It's good to be back in the game when this came through the door recently. Track this down too - it's top stuff for 25 bucks.

Zema Estate Shiraz 2015


A minty undertow binds this Coonawarra Shiraz together nicely.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Oakridge Vineyard Series Hazeldene Chardonnay 2018


How many different ways can you say Oakridge make amazing Chardonnay? Anyway, here we go again with this Hazeldine Vineyard Series release.

Glendale Regional Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


The best of the Glendale releases. Cabernet from the Limestone Coast region.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


No fuss Margaret River Cabernet from Wills Domain.

Koonowla Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Clare Valley Cabernet from a humble label I reckon kick out some good wines. 

Golden Grove Estate Durif 2018


Delicious Durif from the cool climes of the Granite Belt.

Atze’s Corner The Giant Durif 2017


As rare as Barossa Valley Durif one could say. Solid drinking to give you a cuddle on the inside when its chilly outside.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019


There are many similarities between this blend and the straight Sauvignon Blanc release.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Tropical fruit lets loose once poured in the glass.