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
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.
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.
Tasty as Chardy from TarraWarra. A great performer at the price point too, I could have a couple of glasses easy.
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.
Awarded the Outstanding Fortified Wine of Show at the Mudgee Wine Awards in 2018. A superb eighteen-year-old Muscat.
Saturday 29 December 2018
The first release of the Indomitus Citrea made with Riesling sourced from Canberra's Four Winds vineyard.
Friday 28 December 2018
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
Festive season fizz is always a goer. This from a little producer always proud to push boundaries and producing consistently high-quality wines.
Saturday 22 December 2018
Ray Costanzo knows how to Vermentino. He's made it his mission and this new release 2018 doesn't miss a beat.
Friday 21 December 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.
Granny Gear cider. Not one for yo mumma, just a cider made from a field blend of Granny Smith and Fuji apples.
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.
The best Rosé at the Mudgee Wine Show 2018. I know little more about it I'm afraid.
Thursday 20 December 2018
Tuesday 18 December 2018
Monday 17 December 2018
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.
Sunday 16 December 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.
Here's a fuller style of Chardonnay from the Hunter Valley. Lots of pleasure awaits within.
Thursday 6 December 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...
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.
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
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.
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.
Tuesday 4 December 2018
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 have two rows of each variety blended precisely to deliver a fabulous drink with texture and savoury appeal.