Wednesday 31 May 2017
This is the most enjoyable Dead Arm release I've had the pleasure of tasting in recent years. A few glasses went through to the keeper before I even considered writing the review - delicious.
Tuesday 30 May 2017
My first look at Scott Comyns' new 2016 reds. A tough vintage to make a debut mind you but he's done the job here. Small batch Hunter Shiraz done well. Striking label too - Scott's brother Angus has worked wonders again.
A blend of Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the Central Ranges sure to pass the roast chook test.
Monday 29 May 2017
A couple of months ago I had only tasted one Mencia in the form of Oliver's Taranga Chica Rosé. In that time another four have come through the door including this Rosé from Quartz Hill. This is great drinking too I might add. I'm becoming a big fan of the Spanish variety...
Sunday 28 May 2017
There's lots to like about the 2014 icon releases from d'Arenberg. Cabernet Sauvignon on song here - a super drop.
My first look at a Mitchell Riesling for a very long time. It's good to be back - disappointed I haven't been back sooner. Classy Riesling here.
Friday 26 May 2017
Thursday 25 May 2017
A new label for Deakin Estate celebrating the 'Mighty Murray' whose vineyards border one of the world's longest navigable rivers.
Wednesday 24 May 2017
This could be the best Moscato I have ever had. Mind you, I generally steer clear of the style so have little to compare it to. Perceptions have taken a turn after looking at this release from Twisted Gum.
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Monday 22 May 2017
Sunday 21 May 2017
I was once told Chambourcin is like eating a wet newspaper. Sometimes perceptions are best left at the door. This has Chambourcin. And Shiraz. And Graciano. Not a bad aperitif this.
Friday 19 May 2017
Thursday 18 May 2017
A blend coming off a small three hectare vineyard from Ballandean in the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt.
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Monday 15 May 2017
Sunday 14 May 2017
Friday 12 May 2017
Thursday 11 May 2017
Wednesday 10 May 2017
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I dropped by the Granite Belt over the weekend. A fantastic couple of says spent with great folk and passionate winemakers.
Many wineries there produce a Verdelho. Some say it's the best variety suited to the region. Whilst I don't subscribe to that theory, I do think this Ravens Croft example is the best going around.
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Not named after me people - settle down. Mind you, I got a little excited at the thought. Oh to be famous! The Q Merlot from Ruckus Estate is named after the clone used - Q45.
Monday 8 May 2017
Sunday 7 May 2017
There's always plenty of surprises in the wine industry. Particularly when the Hunter Valley produces a said 'vintage of the century' in 2014 - only to read the back label of this which says 'yield was too low' and the remainder of the wine was supplemented by Clare Valley fruit... I'm still scratching my head.
Friday 5 May 2017
Thursday 4 May 2017
Tasting wines like this makes me wish summer wasn't a thing of the past already. Fresh and vibrant, this is great drinking in the sun.