Sunday, 29 March 2020
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.
Friday, 27 March 2020
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
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
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.
The Moonlight Race is named after a waterway not far from the vineyard. Here we have a beautiful savoury Pinot Noir.
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Sunday, 15 March 2020
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.
The Central Otago 2018 vintage was the hottest summer in 50 years bringing harvest three weeks early.
Saturday, 14 March 2020
A stunning aged Semillon which shows age delivers immaculate wines from this variety. Alexander Munro is the flagship label for Meerea Park.
A great McLaren Vale Shiraz hands down. Quite different yet so engaging. Dive in here - terrific buying for $25.
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.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
McLaren Vale Shiraz to sweep you off your feet. This Vermilion Bird has wings that will help you fly to higher places.
Well, this made me take a step back and lurch forward once again. If you dig GSM blends, this is pretty damn good.
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.