Sunday 31 December 2017
Saturday 30 December 2017
"One of the best vintages I've seen." The words from Steve Flamsteed when we exchanged a few messages a couple of months ago. Naturally, I put remarks such as those in my back pocket - I knew they would come in handy for future reference. And then the first of his 2017 releases come through the door. And he wasn't wrong. Damn, if the Chardonnay vineyard blend is this fantastic, those single vineyard releases are going to be something else!
Friday 29 December 2017
Thursday 28 December 2017
Easy drinking Chardy without the bells and whistles. A pleaser rather than a stunner but enjoyable all the same.
Wednesday 27 December 2017
Another intriguing name from the creative juices of Chester Osborne. The Anthropocene Epoch is all about humanity's impact on the planet. Not surprisingly, this is made from biodynamic and organic fruit.
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Chardonnay is winemaker Peter McGlashan's thing. Here's another beauty from his ever consistent production line of Chardy quality.
The French know how to summer in Australia. A perfect partner for a warm day, this Rosé is even better suited to backyard cricket. A cracker!
Sunday 24 December 2017
It seems the approach to Rosé at Ridgemill Estate has been shaken up a little - for the better too I must say. This is dotting the i's and crossing the t's with what a modern and scrumptious Rosé should look like.
Friday 22 December 2017
Thursday 21 December 2017
I tasted the three Gundog Estate Single Vineyard wines blind and this is the wine that I kept coming back to. Incredibly captivating, this is an example of Hunter Valley medium body purity at its finest.
The 48 Block is owned by the Tinkler family and is part of the Lindemans Ben Ean plantings - tiny berries and loose bunches are produced from this crop.
Wednesday 20 December 2017
Tuesday 19 December 2017
The Australian Organic Market Report (2017) states that organic wine consumption has increased steadily over the past five years with the number of consumers said to have purchased organic wine increasing from 13% (2012) to 20% (2016). Some good numbers there in anyone's lingo.
Jason O'Dea, owner of Pig in the House with wife Rebecca, has noticed this increase too with the demand for Rosé.
Monday 18 December 2017
A clever wine that continued to nestle into a neat groove over a couple of days. A big tick handed out with big pours the order of the day.
Sun's out, Pinot Blanc out!
Refreshing drinking for your summer pleasure. Chill hard and drop in a straw.
Saturday 16 December 2017
Michael McAteer, the Witches Falls sales gun, personally dropped a number of samples around recently. He's running all over the place from northern NSW to the Sunshine Coast, he tells me, for numerous functions, retail and on premise sales. Great to see the success of the brand continuing to build each year. He says they send a heap to Sydney as well as their Asian export market too - good stuff.
Verdelho has always been a sweetheart for their customers - they can't keep up with production. Easy to see why here, it's quite a refreshing drink.
A really enjoyable wine to kick back with. No bells and whistles here - just cool climate charm sure to please.
Barrel fermented Sauv Blanc. An exciting release injected with pleasure. As per the back label, "Thank you for your time and indulgence."
No Terracotta Syrah was produced in 2015 due to vintage conditions. Things returned to the norm in 2016 and it was considered to be a 'classic' vintage.
Friday 15 December 2017
Irrewarra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'long spear throw'.
This label comes from the hands of Nick Farr and I was thrilled when he got in touch asking if I'd like a sample. A superb Pinot to get your hands on, one of those sip all night types.
A friend for your antipasti you'd happily have at your table. A blend of Pinot Noir and Sangiovese from Canberra and Heathcote vineyards. Minimal sulfur adds, wild fermentation and three months in old oak on full solids ticking the boxes.
Thursday 14 December 2017
Wednesday 13 December 2017
I've been privileged to have a look at a number of wines by Kate Goodman of late - both her own label and her deeds for others. This Yarra Pinot is singing, more bass than pretty vocals mind you. Tap your foot to this beat.