Sunday, 29 March 2020

Alkimi The Good Earth Syrah 2016


I often get asked what I enjoy drinking and Yarra Valley Shiraz/Syrah is near the top of the list. It's medium bodied profile is so easy to gravitate to. This wine from Alkimi has always struck a chord with me. I've often bought it from winemaker Stu Dudine and I've been known to take it camping. It's such a great slurp on a cool night by the fire.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Fiano 2019


Quite a spicy Fiano from McLaren Vale's Hastwell and Lightfoot.

Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Fiano 2019

Wes Pearson is a considered winemaker. Spend some time with him and his precise palate and analytical approach to wines is captivating. He produces a small range of wines with this polarising Fiano part of the line up.

Friday, 27 March 2020

d’Arenberg d’Arrys Original Shiraz Grenache 2017


Great drinking here from d'Arenberg. A wine that comfortably sits in bargain territory.

Bondar Junto GSM 2019


Grenache Shiraz Mataro is such a lip smacking blend when done well and this release from Bondar falls in to that category very easily.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Wooing Tree Blondie 2019

Blondie is what you get when you want to make a white wine when you only have red fruit to play with. A terrific wine that's perfect for long lunches and warm days.


Wooing Tree Chardonnay 2017

A bit of old school Chardonnay here to wet your whistle.


Wooing Tree Pinot Gris 2016

A tidy Central Otago Pinot Gris.


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Can I ask a favour that you support small business?

We are living in some pretty extraordinary times and circumstances at the moment and the struggle is real for a lot of people.

Having been on the ground in McLaren Vale and in the Barossa Valley these last two weeks as well as the Hunter Valley a few weeks prior, there is much uncertainty about what the future holds.

I've spoken with numerous growers and winemakers and it's very clear the concern is far reaching - more than many people suspect.

Like the small family run winery which just received a $30 000 invoice for bottling. This same business has lost numerous wine orders in the last week due to the closure of restaurants and key accounts. This same business has invoices to pay for fruit delivered by growers which arrived in recent weeks and has already been processed. These growers rely on these payments to get by. Wineries like this need income to pay the growers. But we don't see the growers. They are faceless, but without them, there is no product.


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018


Adelaide Hills Chardonnay executed beautifully.

Bondar Fiano 2019


There's a great line of acidity in this McLaren Vale Fiano that sits behind the fruit.


Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017


A number of people have asked me what was the best Pinot I came across during my recent trek through New Zealand. Well, here it is. Sublime and then some.

Burn Cottage Vineyard Moonlight Race 2017


The Moonlight Race is named after a waterway not far from the vineyard. Here we have a beautiful savoury Pinot Noir.

Somos Barbera Rosé 2018


Barbera Rosé. Until now, I can't say I've had one.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Mansons Farm Pinot Noir 2015


This is only the second release of this superb Central Otago Pinot Noir. Perched on the hill at the cellar door, you can see out to the vineyard, a stone's throw away.

Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Bendigo Syrah 2017

Stunning. Just stunning.

Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Bendigo Pinot Noir 2016

From the Central Otago sub region of Bendigo comes this Pinot with a little more heft. This is the first Pinot made off this site by Mt Difficulty after signing a 20 year lease.

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2018


The Central Otago 2018 vintage was the hottest summer in 50 years bringing harvest three weeks early.

Mt Difficulty Lowburn Valley Chardonnay 2018

From the Central Otago sub region of Lowburn comes this excellent Chardonnay.

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Dry Riesling 2017


Super delish Riesling. Those who don't drink a lot of Riesling should turn their head this way.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2011


A stunning aged Semillon which shows age delivers immaculate wines from this variety. Alexander Munro is the flagship label for Meerea Park.

Dodgy Brothers Sellicks Foothills Shiraz 2018


A great McLaren Vale Shiraz hands down. Quite different yet so engaging. Dive in here - terrific buying for $25.

Patrick of Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2014


Sourced from Wrattonbully, just up the road from Coonawarra, this is a Shiraz with great depth and presence sure to please. Terrific value it must be said.

Rusty Mutt Shiraz 2016


A spicy McLaren Vale Shiraz where a thread of blue fruits runs deep.

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2017

Roaring Meg is a stream that runs into the Kawarau River and feeds the hydro electric plant just outside Cromwell. Named after an 1860s barmaid with a fiery temper, I'm told she was the local prostitute of the day as well. There you go. This Pinot doesn't have a temper nor does it sell itself off.

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Chardonnay 2018

Roaring Meg is a stream that runs into the Kawarau River and feeds the hydro electric plant just outside Cromwell. Named after an 1860s barmaid with a fiery temper, I'm told she was the local prostitute of the day as well. There you go. This Chardonnay doesn't have a temper nor does it sell itself off.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Rusty Mutt Vermilion Bird Shiraz 2014


McLaren Vale Shiraz to sweep you off your feet. This Vermilion Bird has wings that will help you fly to higher places.

Chateau Yaldara Reserve GSM 2016


Well, this made me take a step back and lurch forward once again. If you dig GSM blends, this is pretty damn good.

d'Arenberg The Old Bloke and Three Young Blondes 2015

Another controversial name for a wine with some tongue in cheek humour as only Chester Osborn knows how. A fully charged McLaren Vale Shiraz (94%) has been brightened up by the presence of Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne (3/2/1%).

Nanny Goat Benchmark Tasting 2020


Earlier this week I was invited to attend the Nanny Goat Benchmark Tasting hosted by winemaker Alan Peters-Oswald, Mike Bennie and the distribution team at Mezzanine.

Three flights of Pinot Noir were explored benchmarking Nanny Goat's Central Otago Pinot Noir against other reputable labels from around the globe.

Hofer Family Wines Montepulciano 2018


A great Montepulciano from a small producer.

Hofer Family Wines Lagrein 2018


A big, inky wine not for the faint hearted.

Hofer Family Wines Barbera 2018

A spicy Barbera from Langhorne Creek.

d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2019


The going is good for this $16 Chardy. Hunt around and you'll find it a little better too.

Meerea Park Pinot Shiraz 2018

This Pinot Shiraz had me scratching my head. It came across angry and stern initially but loosened up on day two of tasting.


Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 2019

There was something about this Chardonnay that I just couldn't pin down.


Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Chardonnay 2019

Yarra Valley Chardonnay done well is a fabulous drink. This release from Warramunda Estate sneaks into that category.

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Syrah 2018

The bones of a good Yarra Valley Syrah are here but it doesn't follow through on early promises.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Carrick Billet Doux 2018

Of all the wines I tasted on my recent trip to New Zealand, this was one of a few that left a big impression on me and really opened my eyes to where Central Otago Pinot can go. Translated, Billet Doux means 'love letter', and, I think I'm in love.

Carrick Excelsior Pinot Noir 2016

I tasted this with winemaker Rosie Menzies and it was hard to ignore her love for this Pinot.


Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2018

A fun time kind of Pinot from Central Otago producer Carrick.


Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay 2017

An interesting wine, and compared to the 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay, this is tight and tense.


Carrick Chardonnay 2017

If you love 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay, you'll be licking your lips with this beauty.


Carrick Bannockburn Riesling 2018

Thai night done right with this beauty. Carrying 20 grams of residual sugar, happiness is sure to follow.

Carrick Pinot Gris 2017

Central Otago Pinot Gris with great structure and drive.