Thursday 30 November 2017
A great story this... Created by winemaker Ray Costanzo for his father Sam, founder of Golden Grove Estate. "Dad loves Grenache and finally got his way and grafted two rows of Merlot over. Finally we got a good crop and decided to make a wine behind his back. We told him that the Grenache had been a failure and that we blended it away but secretly we blended up this GSM. The Little White Box is dad's grafting box which he made when he was 17 and he used it to graft vines all over the state when he was young. He still uses it today."
A new label to me coming off a single vineyard in the Ferguson Valley.
As per the label, "The 'rock of solitude' is a single rock in the vineyard, facing west overlooking Geographe Bay."
This is a more than approachable GSM.
A dry, Spanish inspired Rosé made up of Grenache (36%) Tempranillo (26%) Vermentino (18%) Graciano (10%) and Carignan (10%).
Wednesday 29 November 2017
Only the third time this blend has been made, others include 2004 and 2009. Winemaker Graeme Shaw says he tried a number of blends before he came to what he feels is a wine, "to be optimum balance of the richness and depth of the Cabernet with the elegance and spiciness of the Shiraz."
He's hit the nail on the head.
Monday 27 November 2017
Sunday 26 November 2017
Saturday 25 November 2017
Friday 24 November 2017
Every wine tells a story, no different here. As per the label:
"I have trodden the soil along countless rows of vines in search of fruit that captures the essence of the Barossa. An ode to my well worn, slightly battered boots which have served me well."
GSM in the slot!
A 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. It's a slight shift from the usual 50/50 but the quality and satisfaction delivered certainly haven't wavered.
Thursday 23 November 2017
Wednesday 22 November 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. This is a peach.
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Sunday 19 November 2017
Saturday 18 November 2017
Partial fermentation in old French oak for three weeks has imparted some texture and complexity to this tropical fruit driven wine.
Tight, vibrant and fresh. There's few Chenin Blanc produced in the Barossa and not many more in Australia with the main players coming from the west.
Friday 17 November 2017
One of the best Shiraz releases from Orange I've seen in recent memory. The best wine I've seen from Gartelmann too. The brand's icon Shiraz named after owner Jorg Gartelmann's grandfather.
Thursday 16 November 2017
My first look at Rowlee Wines from Orange. David Cummings from Define Wine does an excellent job bringing wines from Orange and Mudgee (plus various other regions) to writers' attention. It's always good to see what the little guys have to offer too and there are always gems uncovered.
Established in 2000, the eight hectare vineyard sits at 950m above. Winemaking commenced in 2013. The wines are made by former sommelier Nicole Samodol with PJ Chateris overseeing things as a mentor winemaker.
Lots to ponder here - hand picked, 91% whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation, unfined, unfiltered...
I just want to get knee deep in this. Hardcore Barossa Pinot (a local reference to Barossa Grenache).
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Penley Estate have been cranking the interest factor high of late. Tick that box here once more. A super slurpable Shiraz from the hands of Kate Goodman. There are so many exciting wines coming out of Coonawarra at the moment, add this to that growing list.
A 70/30 blend which underwent barrel fermentation for ten months, 25% of which was new oak. 230 dozen made. Great drinking.
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Sunday 12 November 2017
|General Manager - Daniel Hopkins|
From humble days of buying land with the provision to plant a vineyard in 2002, Heathcote's Tellurian Wines has boomed. Bricks have gradually been put in the wall (so to speak) and the onsite winery was only completed in 2012. Prior to then, the wines were contract made.
I don't see many Grant Burge wines. A glass of this was plonked in front of me at a pub as we sat around having a steak. After then being handed the wine list, on paper this appeared the best wine on offer.
Saturday 11 November 2017
The Redman gang have found their mojo of late. Some super impressive wines are being released. One to stick in the black book, this will take you to happy places.
A summer time pleaser. Be my guest to indulge - delicious Semillon sourced off 77 year-old dry grown vines.
Friday 10 November 2017
As per the back label: "Pulling apart Gris and putting it back together one piece at a time. Lairizing. Fermented on skins and bunches for two weeks. Pressed to old hogsheads. No finings... As always, we appreciate your time and indulgence."
Scrumptious Organic Riesling from Orange. A dicey choice of wording on the label though - 'The Natural' could be misread by the uninformed as a natural wine but it's far from that. There's no funky skin contact creation here, just lots of slurp factor for those with a thirst to quench.
Thursday 9 November 2017
Wednesday 8 November 2017
Terrific buying for Cabernet fans here. I've spotted this in retail land regularly priced at $18 - a super deal.
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Tim Shand has nailed this style. There's no Cabernet Franc like it. Moreish and ridiculously juicy, it's the business. As per the back label, "Bottled whilst bursting with fruit and juvenile charm."