Monday, 30 September 2019

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Montalto Estate Chardonnay 2018

This Chardonnay just feels good. A cuddle for the insides.

Gundog Estate Rosé 2019


Great to see a Rosé with some colour rather than everything now being that pale salmon appearance... Made with Cabernet Sauvignon, this Rosé comes from the Canberra district.

Berton Vineyard Winemakers Reserve Aranel 2019


My first look at the Aranel variety and I like what I see.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay 2018

Montalto's always reliable entry-level Chardonnay.

Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 2019


Winemaker Matt Burton suggests warmer years produce the better Wild Semillons. The aim of this label is to achieve greater levels of natural flavour and phenolics.

Konpira Maru La Douche Tropicale De Murgon 2019


When you hear someone say that Verdelho is boring and one dimensional, thrust a glass of this their way.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

TarraWarra Estate MBD Pinot Noir 2017


From Block H, this Pinot is only released in exceptional years. Since 1998, this is only the fourth release under this label which is a nod to the TarraWarra Estate founders.

Seville Estate Chardonnay 2018


There's a precision to Seville Estate's Chardonnay. It's a scintillating drink that seems to be living on a knife-edge.

Gundog Estate The Chase 2019


From vines planted in 1969, the 2019 vintage presented lower yields and later ripening than the 2018.


Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Chardonnay 2017


Just when you think Oakridge Chardonnay is in a pretty place and things can't get better, along comes this cracker. Wow! Chardonnay lovers rejoice!

Seville Estate Shiraz 2017


A wine that just oozes charisma and takes you to a happy place. Pretty aromas hook you in from the outset.

Levantine Hill Pinot Noir 2016


No less than 13 parcels of fruit contributed to this 2016 release.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Parker Coonawarra Estate 95 Block 2016


I first had a look at this during the Coonawarra Roadshow event which recently hit every capital city in Australia. There's no better way to check out the region than having a significant number of the region's wineries arriving in your home town. Avail yourself when they swing by next year and taste cracking wines like this.

Singlefile Single Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2019

Tasty stuff. A refreshing Great Southern Fumé with some cool mojo.

TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir 2017


A great Pinot Noir for the money. Reliability is its middle name.

Sewn Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018


A new second-tier Chardy from Seville Estate.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache 2015

Grenache smashing the high hats. Gorgeously medium-bodied, this is in the raspberry pleasuredome.

Yalumba Block 2 Grenache Rosé 2018

Drinking Rosés like this make you feel fancy. Well, it made me feel that way at least. Classy stuff.

Redman Wines Cabernet Merlot 2016

A beautiful wine showing plenty of dark fruit and a sprinkle of spice to close.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Chalmers Greco 2017

A voluptuous white which calls for a generous plates of summer time food under big shady trees. There's much to enjoy here for those who enjoy a richer, rounder wines.

Brackenwood Fumé Blanc 2017

Fumé Blanc from the Adelaide Hills.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Chalmers Aglianico 2016

Aglianico - the body builder's wine variety of choice. Fact!
A tannic beast - you can see why this is released with a couple of years under its belt.

Singlefile Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Sem Sauv in the crowd-pleasing zone.

Singlefile Run Free Pinot Grigio 2019

Straight up and down Pinot Grigio from Western Australia's Great Southern region.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Redman Wines The Redman 2008

Sourced from 30-year-old vineyards, this is made to reflect the true essence of Coonawarra. Only 200 dozen produced.

Chalmers Rosato 2018

The real test for this sample was Sunday lunch. I tasted the wine on Saturday afternoon and shared the remainder on the following day. It went in seconds...

Levantine Hill Syrah 2016


You are not left wondering after taking a look at this Syrah from Levantine Hill. There's so much going on.


Friday, 13 September 2019

Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2014


This First Growth 2014 follows last year's 2015 release - a not too common sight. With a tighter structure than the 2015, this 2014 needed another year in bottle to settle.

Wills Domain Cuvée d'Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV


Good persistent delivery from this Blanc de Blanc.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2017


This is all sorts of delicious. Impress those around you with something a little left of centre - Saperavi in the pleasure zone.

TarraWarra Estate Chardonnay 2017


No one loses with this splashed in the glass. Fresh and modern entry-level Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley's TarraWarra Estate.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Sholto Wines Canberra District Riesling 2019

Jake Carter sent me this Riesling and his Syrah. I've never met Jake but I get a clear sense he is a winemaker keen to take a few risks for the love of texture and interest in his wines. Respect! This Riesling is a textural number which calls for summertime love.


Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2018

The quality of the Soumah wines of late has been right on the mark. Here's a great Chardonnay keen to please with its generosity.


Friday, 6 September 2019

Redman Coonawarra Mike's Blend SCM 2016

The furious pace of vintage found a victim and this wine is the result. Mike Redman made an error during pump overs by marrying two batches together to create a Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot blend (44/28/28). It appears Mike has magic hands because this little creation is pretty smart.

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017


Charismatic Chardonnay with layers of interest to peruse.