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.

Sewn Little Red 2018


"A playful" wine says the front label.

Berton Vineyard Reserve Shiraz 2017


A Barossa Shiraz which starts with some promise but shrivels before the eye.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2019


I'm expecting an avalanche of Hunter Valley Semillon from 2019 to land soon. This my third review of the new releases. A pretty handy type from Meera Park.

Konpira Maru Gravy Semi Sweet Red 2018

An after dinner sip with some cheese will suit this nicely.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ridgemill Estate WYP Chardonnay 2018


Winemaker Peter McGlashan wants nothing more but to produce the best Chardonnay he can. He loves the stuff. Each vintage he is quite considered about his approach in his pursuit of excellence. The purity and elegance evident in this release is impressive.

Soumah The Butcher 2018

A blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Nebbiolo with the intention to create a rich, flavoursome wine seeing 18 months oak, 50% of which was new.

Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Rock-solid Cabernet from Mudgee's Huntington Estate. The type of wine you want to curl up with watching the Wallabies dominate the Rugby World Cup or as you read your favourite book. Hang on, let's just stick to reading your favourite book...