Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Brash Higgins Ripple 2021

 


Having witnessed Brad Hickey go about his work during vintage, his desire to let the fruit speak for itself is one of his core objectives. This carbonic Cabernet and Nero d'Avola is a vibe and an example of a little bit of creativity delivering excellent results.

d'Arenberg The Conscious Biosphere 2018

 


Another one of those epic names from Chester Osborn. The Conscious Biosphere refers to the human impact on the earth and the need to plant sustainable varieties for warmer climates. Here we have the marriage of organic Petit Syrah and Aglianico.

O'Leary Walker Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Bursting from the glass, this is so fragrant and aromatic. Sauv Blanc lovers ought to introduce themselves - you'll be impressed.

Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2021

 


You'd be a hard marker to knock this $15 Chardonnay. Without a splinter of oak in sight, the fruit does all the talking. Readily available, this is a neat find.

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2021


An easy-drinking Pinot Grigio for not a lot of outlay. Another reliable performer in the ever-present Y Series range.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2019

 

Pop 'n' pour. This is such an easy wine to turn to. For less than 20 bucks, no one loses here. Yalumba has pulled out a heritage label for the re-launch - just another reason to embrace this piece of Australian wine history. 

d'Arenberg The Sensorial Surfer Fiano 2021

 

Part of the growing organic range from d'Arenberg that has been getting a good push of late, this is a shift from the "house" style and it's noticeable. Here we have a delightful Fiano. It just feels and tastes good. That's enough to hook you in, right? 

Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Fiano 2021

 


Lunchtime drinking done well. Find me a sushi platter, please.

Yalumba Y Series Tempranillo 2020

 


Tempranillo is synonymous with pizza and paella but a sausage on bread (onions on top if you don't mind) is a more than suitable match next time you are loitering at a park barbecue with your friends.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Paisley Turntable GMS 2019


If you are on the hunt to find a new small producer to support, Paisley Wines are worth throwing your arms around. I've seen their wines for the last two vintages now and their consistency and quality at the price point is hard to fault. This GMS is a delicious wine and such as easy slurp.

Soumah Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

 

I made the comment in my recent review of the Syrah that Soumah wines are always interesting, approachable and easy to kick back with. Maybe I shot myself in the foot? Or I spoke too soon. Oops. This is a good Cabernet but not up there with previous releases.

Yalumba Y Series Sauvignon Blanc 2021

 


Simple, easy-going in nature, this is a fair drink for the money. If you like something to slurp on that is uncomplicated, go forth with this in hand.

O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2021

 

The marvelous Riesling duo from O'Leary Walker is one I look forward to each year. This Polish Hill River takes the flag once more in 2021. A fab drink ready to add pleasure to your afternoon kickbacks.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Noir 2021

 


The latest addition to the Y Series clan, here is a wine that wants to be trendy and hang with the cool kids. It wears skinny jeans but they still flap in the breeze. It needs to fill out a bit more, but for $15, it's an easy, simple red.

Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

 


A firm, robust Cabernet. Lamb chops on the barbecue are calling.

Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2019

 

A solid go-to and really good going for the money. You can often find these Y Series wines better than the $15 RRP. The better wines in the range are well worth it too - this is one of them.

Lemon Villa Cabernet Merlot 2019

Flat pan and muted. Not a great deal of interest. Too young and in need of more time perhaps?

Lemon Villa Cabernet Merlot 2018

 

Everything you want in an easy drinking and approachable wine is here. It's measured and reliable. 

Lemon Villa Cabernet Merlot 2017

 

A Cabernet Merlot from Orange, NSW, that gets a tick.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Pizzini Rubacuori Sangiovese 2016

 


These playful new labels capture the Pizzini history fabulously. This one is of Katrina Pizzini on the front of what seems her new car. I would be sitting on a Maroon XD Falcon but that's another story... Here we have a serious expression of Sangiovese. Sink your teeth in and your claws. Delicious and then some.

Lyons Will Estate Riesling 2021

 

Lacy and delicate, this is a damn clever Riesling.

Gundog Estate Canberra Riesling 2021

Riesling from the Canberra district which I'd like to see with some bottle age on it.

Monday, 11 October 2021

Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vine Shiraz 2020


As winemaker Wes Pearson says, "An expression of the Sandy Corner Block in 2020 and nothing more." Wes sure does love to stay out of the way and let the fruit do the talking. An excellent wine, clear the landing strip and descend on this.

Langmeil Three Gardens Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2020

 


Love a considered and layered blend? Go here. 94 points for a lobster (Australian slang for a $20 note). Woah!

Lyons Will Estate Gamay 2020

 

Oh, Gamay! What a way to steal someone's heart. So slick and glorious. Only 48 cases were produced and it'll be gone in a heartbeat.

Auld Family Wines Wilberforce Riesling 2021

 


Eden Valley Riesling from 2021 is hitting the right notes. Here's another very tidy wine.

Ponting Mowbray Boy Pinot Noir 2020

Add Ricky Ponting to the list of celebrities releasing a wine. This Mowbray Boy Pinot is a tribute to his former club. The label clears the fence in style - I don't think you could capture cricket better on the front of a bottle. Well done there. A woollen vest would top it. Sourced from Tasmania's Tamar and made by the winemaker to the stars, Ben Riggs.

Gundog Estate Gundaroo Riesling 2021

 


The first release off the family vineyard, welcome to the Gundog Estate Gundaroo Riesling.

Pizzini Coronamento Nebbiolo 2016

 


Gee, I love the new label of the Coronamento with Robert Pizzini playing in the mountains of Trentino circa 1950. A polished Nebbiolo as you'd expect from the Pizzini's, this is an excellent wine.

Zema Estate Family Selection Shiraz 2016

 


A tomahawk on the coals with a glass or two of this for the win. Coonawarra Shiraz ticking the boxes.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Brash Higgins Cinsault 2021

 


I loved this. Sexy, flirtatious and seductive. If you enjoy fruit-driven Pinot Noir and dancy Grenache, this Cinsault will be in your wheelhouse.

Gundog Estate Yarra Valley Riesling 2021

 


Yes, there is Riesling in the Yarra Valley. There are a few blocks here and there in fact. Rock solid, this is a straight down the line, game face on expression of Riesling. I could get comfortable with a glass or two on a warm afternoon. And maybe I just did...

O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2021

 

David O'Leary and Nick Walker say that the 2021 growing season in the Clare Valley is as good as it gets. Check this Watervale Riesling to have with some cooked seafood.

Indigo Vineyard Roussanne 2018

 

Just like the rollercoaster for little kids at the theme park, this slowly works into the corners and maneuvers about with ease as though it's on rails. When you want a white with some personality, hello Roussanne!

Friday, 8 October 2021

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

 


Great Cabernet. This is in the zone. It's alluring. The best of the best from Zema Estate, the quality you get for the asking price is enormous.

Geoff Merrill Mount Hurtle Shiraz 2014



With already six years of age under its belt, this is a wine in great shape with many years ahead of it.

Ridgemill Estate Riesling 2021

 


Hello Mr Happiness! A wonderfully refreshing burst of citrus goodness. There is only one Riesling vineyard on the Granite Belt, and this is Ridgemill Estate's best release for a few years.

Pizzini Il Soffio Prosecco 2019

 


So good. What a burst of happiness and refreshment! A fizz worth popping in your glass. 

Schild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

 

What a happy splash of Cabernet this is. Joy doesn't need to burn a hole in your wallet. 

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache 2020

 


A release I always look forward to. Wes Pearson always produces great Grenache - this one is no different. The fruit source is the same as 2020 but he's moved away from his uber-cool street art labels to these very attractive labels by artist Adam Harriden.

Quilty and Gransden Chardonnay 2020

 


A ripping Chardonnay for 15 bucks. Top value! Bargain material indeed. I'd be more than happy to indulge in a glass or two.

Lemon Villa Chardonnay 2018

 

I like this Chardonnay from NSW's Orange region by little-known producer Lemon Villa. The wines are made by Duncan Cook. No image supplied.

Quilty and Gransden Sauvignon Blanc 2020

 


Orange is a region that I feel produces some very impressive Sauvignon Blanc. It must be the cool climate? This release from Quilty & Gransden is weighty and not as clean and crisp as you may expect.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Pertaringa Rifle and Hunt Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

 


One of those times when the corkscrew slips through like a hot knife in butter. Yikes! Maybe I just had a bad cork or maybe there might be others the same. Who knows but that's the gamble with a bit of bark in a wine bottle. Thank goodness the wine was not impacted but I suspect it may impede the longevity of bottle aging.