What a year 2018 has been!
I'm so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and I'm equally as grateful for the wonderful people with whom I've shared some invigorating conversations. There's been a lot of learning, some mistake making, some risk-taking, but an absolute bucket load of fun and enjoyment.
Monday, 31 December 2018
Gundog Estate Marksman's Shiraz 2017
Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Pinot Noir 2017
This dude Henk is a cool kinda guy. No fuss, just an easy drink with all the complexities you'd ask for from a smart Pinot.
Tyrrell's Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon 2013
Seductive citrus fruit crying out for an embrace. For those lovers of aged Semillon, here's a little ripper with some bottle aging already done for you.
TarraWarra South Block Chardonnay 2016
Tasty as Chardy from TarraWarra. A great performer at the price point too, I could have a couple of glasses easy.
Cat Amongst the Pigeons Jazz Cat Rosé 2018
A friend came over recently and she's a bandit for a dry Rosé and she's pretty smitten with this. It's easy to see why.
Westcourt Wines Liqueur Muscat 2000
Awarded the Outstanding Fortified Wine of Show at the Mudgee Wine Awards in 2018. A superb eighteen-year-old Muscat.
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Gundog Estate Indomitus Citrea 2018
The first release of the Indomitus Citrea made with Riesling sourced from Canberra's Four Winds vineyard.
d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2016
Meerea Park Black Shiraz 2017
Friday, 28 December 2018
Gundog Estate Indomitus Albus 2018
Airlie Bank Franc 2018
Lou Miranda Centenarian Shiraz Mataro 2015
There's some serious history behind this label. The Shiraz vines were planted in 1907 and the Mataro in 1897. A blend of roughly 80/20, the wine spent 24 months in French oak.
Monday, 24 December 2018
Ridgemill Estate Eloise Sparkling Brut 2017
Festive season fizz is always a goer. This from a little producer always proud to push boundaries and producing consistently high-quality wines.
Schwarz Wine Co Thiele Road Grenache 2017
Opawa Rosé 2017
Saturday, 22 December 2018
Golden Grove Estate Vermentino 2018
Ray Costanzo knows how to Vermentino. He's made it his mission and this new release 2018 doesn't miss a beat.
Cooks Lot Iconique Barrique Pinot Noir 2016
Castle Rock Estate Skywalk Riesling 2018
Opawa Pinot Gris 2017
Friday, 21 December 2018
Oliver's Taranga Vermentino 2018
I'm tasting this on a day where it is 33 degrees outside before 10am. I reckon if I opened the door I could sink a few large glasses in no time. A wonderfully refreshing wine built for thirst quenching.
Chain Ring Cider Co Granny Gear 2018
Granny Gear cider. Not one for yo mumma, just a cider made from a field blend of Granny Smith and Fuji apples.
Petersons Mudgee Semillon 2012
Pizzini Brachetto 2018
A quick look through the Qwine records shows this is the second Brachetto to make it to the bench. An Italian variety not all that common in Australia, this is some sweet fizz to keep your "I only drink sweet wine" mother or mother-in-law amused during the holiday season.
Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2018
1838 Wines Classic French Style Rosé 2018
The best Rosé at the Mudgee Wine Show 2018. I know little more about it I'm afraid.
Thursday, 20 December 2018
Huntington Estate Reserve Shiraz 2015
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2017
Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz 2017
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Parker Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2017
Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2018
Schwarz Shiraz 2017
Monday, 17 December 2018
Robert Stein Reserve Chardonnay 2017
David Cumming runs a marketing and communications business called Define Wine. He seems to have an endless supply of NSW wineries gunning for his services, and now, an ever-growing range of interstate producers seems to flock under his wing. He must be doing something right...
I recently received a tasting pack from him as a celebration of the gold medal and trophy winners from the 2018 Mudgee Wine Show. This Chardonnay from Robert Stein took the gong for the variety - and it's easy to see why.
Polperro Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2017
Golden Grove Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2015
Sunday, 16 December 2018
Oakridge Meunier 2018
This is the type of wine you want to slosh in your glass and give your insides a reward after a crappy day at work. So moreish and delicious, you won't feel guilty for not sharing.
Pizzini Forza di Ferro Sangiovese 2015
Pizzini Pietra Rosa Sangiovese 2016
Meerea Park Alexander Munro Chardonnay 2017
Here's a fuller style of Chardonnay from the Hunter Valley. Lots of pleasure awaits within.
Thursday, 6 December 2018
Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 2018
I made the comment in a recent review of a Gundog Estate wine that Matt Burton doesn't make bad wine. It's almost as though he's produced this just to prove what we already know. This is a cracker! Fist pumping, big smiles, large pours and all that jazz...
Ridgemill Estate The Czar Saperavi 2017
If you are yet to dip your toe into the delicious waters of Saperavi, this would be a smart place to start. A variety gaining some good traction in Australia, this is a beauty.
Huntington Estate Special Reserve Merlot 2016
Big framed Merlot. Very much an 'old' style, that is, straight up and down with not too much variance. A bit like the old line and length Glenn McGrath used to bowl - reliable stuff.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Lou Miranda Shiraz Mataro 2015
Shiraz Mataro is a rare blend but one I'd like to see more of. I even made one back in 2014, affectionately known as Shitaro, but that's another story. Here's a wine you could settle in with very easily.
Hastwell and Lightfoot Sands of Time Shiraz 2016
Pizzini Nonna Gisella Sangiovese 2017
If you have a mixed crowd around a table and seek a wine sure to please, head in this direction. It's such an easy drinking Sangiovese to suit a range of foods too.
Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2017
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Hidden Creek Tempranillo 2017
Tempranillo has really found a neat groove in the rocky outcrops of the Granite Belt. It's a variety that seems to continue to thrive and improve and is made consistently well throughout the region. This is a top example.
TarraWarra Rousanne Marsanne Viognier 2017
TarraWarra have two rows of each variety blended precisely to deliver a fabulous drink with texture and savoury appeal.
Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2018
The Natural Wine Co Organic Shiraz 2018
Monday, 3 December 2018
Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2017
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