Sunday 29 April 2018

Thursday 26 April 2018

Sherrah McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

A really enjoyable wine to kick back and sip without a worry in the world. As per the label: Single vineyard, whole berry, small batch open ferment. Matured in 2-3 year old French oak. The king of the Vale.

Heartland First Release Malbec 2016

The second release of this 'premium' release Malbec from Langhorne Creek.

Nannup Estate Rolling Hills Tempranillo 2016

Tempranillo from the Blackwood Valley in Western Australia.

Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2016

Good drinking Tempranillo from the Orange region.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz 2016

Mouth-filling fruit the talking point. It sways and moves with ease filling every crevice and cavity. Super McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Chardonnay 2016

From an interesting year. A cold winter led to the highest average maximum temperature on record, earliest flowering and harvest dates on record. A dry and warm vintage with good yields. Things turned out well in the end.

Tuesday 24 April 2018

d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Here's a big guy. The serious business called upon, that's for sure. Bouncer material. A burly, strong type with broad shoulders. Bloody tasty too.

Sherrah Red et Al 2017

This dances to the words of Red Foo's song 'You can be my new thing'! A cracking blend and super delicious wine. A Grenache Shiraz Nero d'Avola - boom!

Hayes Family Wines Estate Mataro Shiraz 2017

Such an approachable and easy drinking wine. Find something meaty and you find happiness. Great drinking.

Sunday 22 April 2018

Higher Plane Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The pleasures of Margaret River Cabernet. A superb wine right here.

Angove Family Crest GSM 2017

Rock solid GSM. A delightful drink for something meaty. I had it with burgers and it worked a treat. An easy slurp with some character.

Saturday 21 April 2018

Geddes Seldom Inn Grenache 2015

I dropped into Geddes Wines on a recent trip to McLaren Vale. Go there. Smart wines, and if you get the chance to meet and chat to Tim Geddes, your McLaren Vale experience will be all the better for it. Knowledgeable, passionate, clever wines without the BS or pretentiousness.

Soumah Chardonnay 2017

Picked early to retain citrusy fruit and crisp acidity. Barrel fermented and aged for eight months to develop texture. A really good drink - well done Soumah team.

Katnook Founder's Block Shiraz 2016

Katnook's entry-level Shiraz.

Friday 20 April 2018

Sherrah White et Al 2017

Your cure for a long day at the office is here! Such a beautiful wine injecting refreshment into your soul. Nothing but freshness with some texture from two unusual bedfellows. But as winemaker Alex Sherrah says, "They're brilliant partners in flavour crime." True that.

Cooks Lot Allotment 1010 Shiraz 2016

It gets boring repeatedly saying that these Cooks Lot wines are such great value. Oh well, here we go again I suppose. Super cool climate Shiraz for $23. Boom!

Parker Coonawarra Estate Merlot 2016

Although quite traditional in style, the colours of the Parker Terra Rossa range labels capture the eye well. Good drinking Merlot this too to lure your taste buds.

Windfall Estate Single Handed Merlot 2016

Merlot played with the straight bat. Nothing to have me cut loose on the dance floor - mind you, that would take a bit anyway.

Thursday 19 April 2018

Geoff Merrill Cilento Sangiovese 2012

Named after Geoff Merrill's great grandfather Joseph Cilento who immigrated to Australia in the late 1800's. This sees 27 months in American oak. Gee it's a drinking well at the moment.

Sirromet Vineyard Selection Rosé 2016

A good Rosé for a quaff. Nebbiolo the variety used to charm your thirst. A job well done too.

Wednesday 18 April 2018

d'Arenberg Ironstone Pressings 2015

Damn this is a fab release of the great Grenache, Shiraz Mourvedre blend. So much interest and so much pleasure are rolled up into a beautiful package.

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A tasty number from Rymill. Already with three years under its belt, there's a youthful exuberance about it to ensure it will kick on for a long time yet.

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Singlefile Wines Cabernet Merlot 2016

What a beauty for 25 bucks! I wine I would happily share with generous pours. It smells fab and tastes even better. A delicious Cabernet Merlot blend.

Rymill Coonawarra Shiraz 2015

A good wine but it doesn't get the juices flowing with too much excitement. A solid rendition of what a good Shiraz should look like without any bells and whistles.

Monday 16 April 2018

The Lane Vineyard Block 10 Sauvignon Blanc 2017

If you're going to drink Sauvignon Blanc, make it an Aussie from Adelaide Hills or Orange - the two best producing regions for the variety in my opinion. This release from The Lane is a beauty. Fresh, crisp, tropical fruit reigns supreme.

Allegiance Wines Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

A good drinking Cabernet from an excellent Coonawarra vintage.

Allegiance Wines The Artisan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. No mention of winemaker nor where it was made. The press release is littered with rave reviews - I don't see it. Quite an average wine overall.

Sunday 15 April 2018

Yelland & Papps Second Take Roussanne 2017

Here's how to Roussanne folks. No one does the variety better - in my opinion anyway. Such a captivating and evocative wine.

Geoff Merrill Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

A bloody good SGM. Current release at 28 bucks and six years old - bargain!

Angove Family Crest McLaren Vale Chardonnay 2017

A new vintage and a new look for this release. McLaren Vale Chardonnay from a 30 year old vineyard on the outskirts of town. Sandy soils with a clay base, only free run juice is taken for this label.

Friday 13 April 2018

Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera 2016

From the team at Angullong, “The Orange region has climatic similarities to Piedmont in Italy where the variety is widespread. We are really pleased with the quality we are seeing now that the vines are gaining some age.” A Barbera smashing the high hats and bringing the variety to life.

d’Arenberg The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2015

Gee I like the look of these new releases from d'Arenberg. Here's a great take on the GSM blend.

Hayes Family Wines Regional Series GSM 2017

It comes in a 500mL bottle for 'mid-week enjoyment or for that second bottle you just have to have'. A more than appropriate comment on the back label. A great little package too - a perfect match for a burger, and that's exactly what I did.

Thursday 12 April 2018

Witches Falls Prophecy Merlot 2015

Prophecy is the name given to the best fruit parcels which fall to this label. A generous and flavoursome Merlot. So much to like here - well made Jon Heslop.

Windfall Wine Estate Single Handed Rosé 2017

A Rosé made for long lunches under big shady trees with a barbecue or pizza oven not too far away. Cheers to great weekend drinking!

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Mourvedre 2016

Mourvedre grafted onto Malbec vines ten years ago. A good drink without the dancing shoes on.

Chapel Hill Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2016

I tasted this at the Cellar Door last week. Bodhi Edwards, the resident marketing gun, was kind enough to give me his time and chat about what's new at Chapel Hill. Actually, I think he was more than happy - I'm pretty sure I got him out of a meeting. This is a great drinking blend. As Bodhi describes it, "It's like a big hug from an old friend." Spot on there.

Peos Estate Four Aces Shiraz 2014

Hello Peos Estate. Pleased to meet you. A tidy little Shiraz which will reward time in the cellar.

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Yelland & Papps Second Take Shiraz 2017

I sip on this and hum along to the Incubus song 'Are you in?'. And if you're not on the Yelland & Papps train yet, perhaps you just need to be. Of the 2017 Second Take red releases, the Grenache was stunning, the Mataro incredibly expressive, but this Shiraz has scooped the pool. An absolute belter!

Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2015

I was privileged to have walked the Yangarra vineyard with Peter Fraser last week. To be able to put the site and vines into context is a great thing. This Grenache, off bush vines planted in 1946, is a cracker!

Katnook Estate Shiraz 2015

A beautiful Shiraz from renowned Cabernet country. So often everything else in Coonawarra gets overlooked but here's yet another example of what the region can do so well.

Sunday 8 April 2018

Good Hunting - Exploring the Hunter Valley

Pack the car up for a two day trip around Australia's oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley.

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Huntington Estate Special Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Super smart Chardonnay. Some old school appeal but the elegance and smooth delivery cannot be denied. A great release for Chardy fans.

Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017

One of two new release Chardonnays from Huntington Estate, this continues to be a reliable and certainly affordable wine sure to please.