Low cropping levels enabled the Merlot and Cabernet Franc to be co-fermented. I'm reliably informed by winemaker Tony Winspear that the usual difference in harvest is two weeks. A dry and tannic wine from Balgownie's Bendigo vineyards.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
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Thursday, 9 July 2020
A tense and hard nosed wine on opening, it needed time to relax. It was completely different on day three of tasting - the beauty of looking at wines over a few days as opposed to only 30 seconds in a wine show.
An outstanding Chardonnay. Named after co-founder Vivienne Snowden, this is a Chablis style that oozes class. Just brilliant.
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
So juicy. So supple. So delicious. The best Golden Grove Estate Nero d'Avola release for a few years, a sip turned into a glass which turned into a few, and well, you know... This is a fabulous wine.
Pet Nat is the cool play thing at present. Check this 100% Chardonnay effort from Dirt Candy. It's super refreshing.
Everything you want in a good GSM - fruit, earth, spice and price.
Monday, 6 July 2020
|Whole Bunch Fermentation at Yelland & Papps|
Today marks the 9th birthday of Qwine Reviews!
Time flies when you're having fun and what a delicious ride it has been - some 4200 wine reviews to date and counting...
In the last twelve months, I've travelled to the Yarra Valley, Granite Belt, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Waipara and Central Otago districts of New Zealand, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.
And although I am privileged to check out some amazing wines, it's the people behind the label which always impress me with their passion, their story and their talent.
Sunday, 5 July 2020
Pop Balgownie Estate on your list of wineries to check out. With a foot rarely put wrong, winemaker Tony Winspear is making some smart wines from their Bendigo vineyards. This Cabernet is another winner in the range.
My 400th review for 2020 so let's make it a good one. And this Hunter Valley blend certainly is. This Dirt Candy 70/30 Shiraz Cabernet comes off vines nearing 40 years of age.
Friday, 3 July 2020
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Of the two Balgownie Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz releases, this Centre Block is my preferred. The depth and complexity is hard to pass up.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
Rugby's version of a rolling maul in a glass. A couple of big lads combining and causing all sorts of demolition and pleasure at once. Lip smacking good gear.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
I was saddened to hear that fire ripped through the kitchen at Balgownie's Yarra Valley Estate a few days ago. Thankfully no one was injured but there was severe damage through the building. All this when the hospitality industry is already struggling in these Covid times.
This Viognier comes from Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyards and is their first release of the variety since 2010.
There's not a lot of Friulano in Australia but there are now two sites I'm aware of in the Mornington Peninsula region. This is one of those wines you'd be happy absorbing the scents as you try and dissect all the interesting aromas present.
Sparkling Pinot Gris - I can't say I've had one before. Blush in appearance, the fruit is sourced from Mt Gambier, south of Wild Game's Coonawarra home.
Saturday, 27 June 2020
James Scarcebrook is The Intrepid Wino. His passion is contagious and you can find him discussing all things wine on his podcast named The Vincast or catch him going about his exploration on his YouTube site. He's also ventured into winemaking and has produced a range of wines since 2016. I was thrilled to receive an email from James not too long ago asking if I could review some of his new releases. And what a place to start with this beauty! This is no spanner in the works either, let it be known. It is best described as an impressive rendition of Nebbiolo.
A very approachable wine that offers good refreshment without a great deal of complexity.
Friday, 26 June 2020
Chenin Blanc is a variety that doesn't come across this tasting bench all that much. Western Australia is where it has found a happy home but there are a few pockets here and there dotted around the rest of the country.
My first review from the 2020 vintage. This Verdelho comes all the way from Western Australia's Swan Valley.
Thursday, 25 June 2020
The one that got away... This review has been sitting around patiently awaiting release. The CBD label was one of a few new releases to come from Coonawarra's Brand & Sons. Some very impressive wines are in the range too which are well worth checking out.