Sunday, 31 December 2017
La La Land Malbec 2016
Saturday, 30 December 2017
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 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!
Cooks Lot Allotment 3 Handpicked Chardonnay 2015
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Villages Chardonnay 2016
Friday, 29 December 2017
De Bortoli Prosecco NV
Prosecco - very much a buzz word at the moment for those playing a fizz game. From the King Valley, here's another example of simple bubbles ready to please.
Thursday, 28 December 2017
Valentine Grenache 2016
Even Keel Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2017
Easy drinking Chardy without the bells and whistles. A pleaser rather than a stunner but enjoyable all the same.
3 Tales Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Ridgemill Estate Cabernet Malbec 2014
d'Arenberg The Anthropocene Epoch Mencia 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.
Even Keel Pinot Gris 2017
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Ridgemill Estate Chardonnay 2016
Chardonnay is winemaker Peter McGlashan's thing. Here's another beauty from his ever consistent production line of Chardy quality.
Valentine Riesling 2016
AIX Rosé 2016
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
Bailey Wine Co Bryksy Vineyard Riesling 2017
Angove Alternatus Grenache 2016
Robert Stein Aged Release Semillon 2017
Ridgemill Estate Snigley's Rosé 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
Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir 2015
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Gundog Estate Single Vineyard Old Road Shiraz 2014
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.
Gundog Estate Single Vineyard The 48 Block Shiraz 2014
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.
Pig in the House Chardonnay 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Cooks Lot Allotment 333 Riesling 2017
First Drop Wines Vivo Arneis 2016
Witches Falls Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Pig in the House Organic Rosé 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.
Gundog Estate Single Vineyard Somerset Shiraz 2014
Westcourt Riesling 2016
Monday, 18 December 2017
Lazy Oak Vineyard Rosé 2017
Cooks Lot Allotment 8 Handpicked Shiraz 2015
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.
Yelland & Papps Pinot Blanc 2017
Sun's out, Pinot Blanc out!
Refreshing drinking for your summer pleasure. Chill hard and drop in a straw.
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Witches Falls Verdelho 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.
First Drop Wines The Matador Garnacha 2016
Even Keel Canberra District Syrah 2016
A really enjoyable wine to kick back with. No bells and whistles here - just cool climate charm sure to please.
Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Barrel fermented Sauv Blanc. An exciting release injected with pleasure. As per the back label, "Thank you for your time and indulgence."
Meerea Park Terracotta Syrah 2016
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 Pinot Noir 2015
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.
Singlefile Wines Single Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2016
Shottesbrooke Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Redman Wines Cabernet Merlot 2014
Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2015
Cooks Lot Allotment 168 Chardonnay 2016
Even Keel Rosé 2017
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
Cooks Lot Allotment 666 Pinot Gris 2017
d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2017
Dal Zotto Rosato 2017
Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Goodman Wines Pinot Noir 2015
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.
Riposte The Scimitar Riesling 2017
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