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.