Friday, 30 June 2017
A leaner and fine boned style of Jaluka. I had to do a double-take at the price offered on the Seppelt site - $17.50 when you buy six! Silly buggers really.
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Sue Bell is really shaking things up in her neck of the woods in a range of different ways such as sourcing fruit from outside the region in search of premium parcels to crowd funding her effort to get 'off the grid'. I hope to cross paths one day - my efforts in January were thwarted by a dinner she was hosting. Sue seems to be hosting multiple events on her property of late. Ben Williamson from famed Brisbane restaurant Gerard's was on site recently cooking up a storm too.
As per the website: Gardner's Ground Vineyard is located within Rivers Road Organic Farms, on Rivers Road in Canowindra (Cowra Region) New South Wales. The farm is a community title property with an organic covenant over the whole area. More than 10% of the community land has been dedicated to native trees and pasture. Replanting of previously cleared land provides a habitat for native wildlife, shelter belts and improves the quality of waterways on the farm and for everyone downstream. This is part of the communities commitment to responsible land stewardship.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Named after Andrew Mitchell's father Peter McNicol Mitchell, this label is a tribute to a man who arrived in the Clare Valley in 1949 to grow grapes - the same year as Andrew's birth mind you. Deliberately held back for release, this wine is superb drinking and very reasonably priced considering the age under its belt.
My first look at this Hunter Valley producer and I like what I see. Coming off five acres in Broke, organic practices are in use.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Monday, 26 June 2017
Chalambar Shiraz to their top end icon St Peters Shiraz and Mt Ida Shiraz. This Drumborg Riesling continues to impress every year and is certainly one of my favourites.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
I sat in the Glasshouse Bar in Hobart overlooking the Derwent River sipping on this. A great bar, relaxing views and the Aurora Australis docked beside. A delicious wine to capture the moment perfectly.
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Barossa Roussanne wild fermented in 100% oak (20% new) and at the mercy of the best Roussanne winemaker in the country - well I think so anyway. Only 150 dozen produced.
A Trophy winner at the Royal Melbourne Show 2016. Very much deserved too. Apologies for the stamped bottle pic, it's the only one I could find. Mind you, after winning such an accolade, I don't blame the Pooleys for promoting it.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Monday, 19 June 2017
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Perched 600 metres above and off vines nearly 20 years old, here's a fruit forward Shiraz offering good drinking.
Friday, 16 June 2017
Heggies Estate is always a consistent performer. Take a whiff and you get a sense you have a serious Chardonnay on your hands. Hand picked, wild fermented in French oak and resting up for eleven months before seeing the light of day.
Hello to a new Heggies label. Eden Valley fruit - 'Harvested at night and whole berry pressed' the back label tells me.
Thursday, 15 June 2017
A mate who happens to be a rep dropped this off recently. He told me he had something 'special' for me. This type of comment generally has me ducking for cover - he knows my love (I use that term loosely) for Sauv Blanc and he has form dropping off a bottle of Gossips for kicks - his, not mine.
So this Journey Wines Heathcote Shiraz is hand delivered instead - lovely! He had a bounce in his step. I could tell it was something worth looking forward to. And it is. An absolutely delicious drop from a producer I know little about - I love that.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Granite Belt Shiraz coming off a small three hectare, dry grown vineyard. A small producer but one with a big heart and impressive cellar door surrounded by native bush, and of course, the odd twisted gum.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
I lined up two Western Australian Cabernets (though this has a dash of Merlot) from 2015. Gee we are blessed with the quality available in this country for not much outlay. Hard to say no to this.
Monday, 12 June 2017
A delicious wine and a great example of why wines shouldn't be consumed too cold. Layers of personality and interest come in waves here.
Clare Valley Shiraz coming off a low yielding, dry grown vineyard. A portion of whole bunches were used.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Dry grown, hand picked and rustic. A delicious Mataro Grenache (60/40) blend from the Clare Valley. Gee I could drink lots of this.
I'm quite partial to Hunter Semillon. Step it up a notch to aged Semillon and my interest piques again. Mind you, aged Semillon is severely underrated and under-appreciated I feel. The freshness here from what once was a young wine has now been rolled over to the aging phase delivering delicious complexity.
David Hook is based in the Hunter Valley. This Barbera is sourced from Orange, four and a half hours further west.
Friday, 9 June 2017
Named the Lunatiq for two reasons, one of which is what the Tyrrell's were called when they bought a block in Victoria's Heathcote region.
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Every time the Yelland & Papps releases arrive from Mr Postman I'm like a kid in a candy store. I find the winemaking easy to gravitate to. Here we go again.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
There are only two sparkling Fiano wines in Australian now - this is number two!
A more than approachable wine, it's named after family matriarch Majorie Oliver. Excellent packaging too I might add - very impressive.
Corrina Wright always wanted to make Champagne she tells me. A hard task when you don't grow Chardonnay, et al. So Sparkling Fiano made Methode Traditionnelle it is. This is the debut wine and Corrina sought the help of Deviation Road's Kate Laurie to mentor her through the process.
Monday, 5 June 2017
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Friday, 2 June 2017
2016 didn't go down as one of the greatest vintages, that's for sure. A good Chardonnay here but it sits in the shadows of previous vintages.