Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Brand and Sons Baker's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


I'm liking these new releases from Brand and Sons - a lot! This Cabernet is a beauty for the money.

Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2018


One of those reliable drops you can easily turn to when the bottle shop shelves become a blur.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

d'Arenberg Stephanie The Gnome With Rose Tinted Glasses Rosé 2019


McLaren Vale Rosé with the longest name in the history of all Rosés.


Nannup Estate Phillip Stanley Chardonnay 2015


Nannup Estate can be found in the Blackwood Valley region, 70km east of Margaret River. This Phillip Stanley label represents their best fruit and the label is only produced in exceptional years.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Brand and Sons Last Sunday Drive Cabernet Franc 2018


The rebirth of a new Brand label so famous in the Coonawarra region. You can't help but admire the excitement that gushes from Sam Brand when he details what has been happening in recent years and the plans for the future. Give this Cabernet Franc some time to breathe and you'll be rewarded.

Soumah Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Single vineyard Yarra Valley Cabernet from Soumah's Hexham site.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

TarraWarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2017



Oh, what a treasure. A blend of two blocks which were planted in 1983 and 1989, this silky smooth Pinot saw 20% new French oak for ten months.

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2019


McLaren Vale Roussanne. A good drink to accompany a creamy based pasta dishes or even a roast chicken. There's plenty of depth to appease.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Wine 4 Water - Raising funds for those impacted by drought in the Granite Belt region


Enduring one of the most crippling droughts on record, the Granite Belt community is on its knees. The knock-on effect from this natural disaster is now hitting parts of the community in an unprecedented manner.


Farms that should be bursting with greenery readying crops for market are bare and dusty. Dams are parched and resembled moonscapes. Locals relying on town water are limited to using 100L per person per day with many outside this supplying hemorrhaging money to buy water for their own use, as well as water and food for their stock. All the while, staff are being laid off due to a lack of work available, the bustling backpacker trade used for picking fruit and vegetables has ground to a halt, and to add further insult, tourist numbers often teeming this time of year have also plummeted.


To combat this, several Granite Belt wineries have banded together to launch Wine 4 Water, a not-for-profit alliance to raise much-needed funds for another not-for-profit organisation, Granite Belt Drought Assist. This organisation is responsible for distributing water, food and stock feed for those Granite Belt community members in most need.


How does it all work? Go to one of the participating Granite Belt wineries listed and purchase a Wine4Water mixed 6 pack for $150 - delivered. All wines that are part of this initiative have a retail value of over $25 each with some retailing for $39 and $45 each.


This is a win-win scenario - 6 great wines can be purchased to enjoy while the Granite Belt community wins with approximately $45 from each pack going to those in need.

Give the Wine4Water Facebook Page a Like to keep updated and see what wines each winery is contributing.

Participating wineries:

Golden Grove Estate                    www.goldengroveestate.com.au
Ridgemill Estate                          
www.ridgemillestate.com
Hidden Creek                               
www.hiddencreek.com.au
La Petite Mort                              
www.lapetitemort.wine
Twisted Gum                               
www.twistedgum.com.au
Ballandean Estate                        
www.ballandeanestate.com
Pyramids Road Wines                 
www.pyramidsroad.com.au
View Wines                                 
www.viewwine.com.au
Girraween Estate                         
www.girraweenestate.com.au
Jester Hill Wines                           
www.jesterhillwines.com.au
Heritage Estate                            
www.heritageestate.wine
Robert Channon Wines                www.robertchannonwines.com

Redman Wines Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

If longevity is your thing, grab a few of these to stick in a dark place and forget about them for a decade or so. A great example of how wonderful Coonawarra Cabernet can be.

Angullong Pinot Grigio 2019

What a step up in class. I didn't rate the 2018 all that highly but it seems this release has gone from driving a Datsun 120Y to a Porsche in less than 12 months. A ripping Pinot Grigio!

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Vinomofo Homeless Grapes Project Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This Cabernet screams out for sitting around big tables with good friends and large plates of food when the laughs come for free. Better still, ALL proceeds go to charity. Now that's a deal hard to ignore.

d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2019


Hot day thirst-quenching Riesling at the right price.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2019

I've said before the Orange region in New South Wales produces some of the best examples of Australian Sauvignon Blanc. Here's another to stick in your black book.

Patrick of Coonawarra P-Series Rosé 2019


Gee we are blessed with the quality of Rosés on the shelves at present. Check out this beauty which even gets you change from a lobster.

d'Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc from McLaren Vale's d'Arenberg.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Oliver's Taranga Brioni's Blend 2018



Let's set the record straight - Brioni is a gun. She's such an easy person to chat and she's not afraid to roll up the sleeves - quite literally. Be it driving the fork truck, lending a hand in the winery or even competing in the world championships for Cross Fit, she also finds time to be a mum. Respect! This wine is named after her - a tribute to the mums ripping in and making the most of life.

Gundog Estate Shiraz 2018


Medium-bodied Canberra District Shiraz you want to call your friends around for. Crazy delish.

Chalmers Lambrusco 2018

Let's move away from the stereotype that Lambrusco is a cheap, semi-sweet wine because this rendition doesn't fit those shoes.

Pierre Amadieu Côtes-du-Rhône Roulepierre 2016


A Rhone blend imported by Cellarhand.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2018


A stellar Pinot. Over a few days, this just shone bright like a diamond - Rihanna like if you will.

Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2018

Hunter Valley Shiraz made from vines planted in the 1960s.


Oliver's Taranga Chica Mencia Rosé 2019



It was tools down in the office and all hands on deck when the ladies at Oliver's Taranga all went into the winery to produce this fifth release Mencia Rosé named after them - the Chicas!


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Boireann Winery Shiraz 2018

Sitting at 875 metres above, Boireann Winery has always been seen as a premium boutique producer of red wines on the Granite Belt.

Gundog Estate Hunters Semillon 2019


A super easy Semillon to kick back with. The freshness and wonderful fruit presented in Hunter Valley Semillon nowadays is just fabulous. Here's a great place to get your head back into the game if you've been missing from the Hunter Semillon party.

Oliver's Taranga Vermentino 2019


The kind of wine which oozes beachside getaways.

Wildflower Rosé 2019


A snap decision to have some Chinese called for an easy slurp. I found this in the bottleshop next door - job done.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Rouleur Ronda Nero d'Avola 2018

Nero named Ronda. My rugby team had a move called Ronda (or was it Rhonda?). It worked a treat too - many tries were scored as a result. This crosses the chalk with gusto as well applying some scoreboard pressure. A ripper!

Konpira Maru Mt Midoriyama Pet Nat 2019

The crew at Konpira Maru call this the Dame Judy Dench of sparkling. And if you were to pop your Pet Nat cherry, I reckon this is a good place to start.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ravens Croft Tempranillo 2019


Mark Ravenscroft has a deft touch when it comes to Tempranillo. Some in the region suggest he makes the best one. This 2019 release is a beauty.

Ravens Croft Graciano Rosé 2019


A new wine added to the Ravens Croft stable this vintage.

Ravens Croft Good Girls Chardonnay 2016


I was keen to ask winemaker Mark Ravenscroft what makes this the "Good Girls" Chardonnay and if there was a "Bad Girls" version, but after a busy vintage making his own wines and those for a few others in the region, he has wandered over to Japan for a few weeks to support his beloved Springboks at the Rugby World Cup.

Ravens Croft Pinot Grigio 2019


A trip to Ravens Croft is always time well spent when on the Granite Belt. This Pinot Grigio is a case in point.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Gundog Estate Riesling 2019


As beads of sweat run down your brow this summer, this is a cool climate Riesling primed to help cool your heels.

Gundog Estate Off-Dry Semillon 2019


Spicy take away night here we come.

Robert Channon Reserve Shiraz 2016


Reserve Shiraz from Robert Channon. Good to see a current release with a few years already under its belt.


Robert Channon Reserve Pinot Noir 2016


Many varieties work well on the Granite Belt but I'm yet to be convinced Pinot Noir is one of them. That said, I'll keep trying and looking at them with an open mind.


Robert Channon Chopin Chardonnay 2016


Of the wines tasted on a recent visit to the cellar door, this was my preferred choice.


Robert Channon Chardonnay 2016


Chardonnay on the old school side of the spectrum.


Robert Channon Verdelho Bubbles NV


It's been a while since I've popped into the Robert Channon cellar door. Here's a wine I have not seen previously.


Saturday, 5 October 2019

Boireann Winery Shiraz Viognier 2019

I popped into Boireann Winery while hanging out on the Granite Belt. A cute little producer of red wines, a change of ownership and winemaking in recent years has seen Brad Rowe taking the reigns from Peter Stark in the winery. I don't usually post barrel sample reviews, but why not for something different.


Chalmers Felicitas 2016

Felicitas means happiness. Fair enough too. Check this wonderful aperitif to put a smile on your dial.

Berton Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Handy value for those shopping around the $20 mark. Cabernet from Coonawarra.

Chalmers Fiano 2017

Fiano released with some bottle age under its belt to emphasis the natural beeswax character of the variety.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Heartland Wines Sposa e Sposa 2016


Heartland Sposa e Sposa celebrates the successful marriage of Italian grapes, Lagrein and Dolcetto, two northern Italian grape varieties that are suited to Langhorne Creek climate.