Friday 29 June 2018
Thursday 28 June 2018
As per the back labels, "Our Block 2 vineyard is the heartbeat of this wine. Vibrant flavours reflect crisp morning mists and ancient limestone soils warmed by dappled sunlight."
There's a refreshing citrusy tang which keeps the interest levels high. Sourced from the Adelaide Hills, seven months on lees has added some complexity too.
Wednesday 27 June 2018
An easy drinking Pinot etched with spice. A wine closer to a light bodied Shiraz than a typical Pinot Noir.
I met Matt Wenk a couple of months ago when I was wandering around McLaren Vale. He shares the same winery facilities as Andy Coppard of Lino Ramble. A spontaneous tasting, Matt was kind enough to show me three of his wines. I had notes written for all plus those of Coppard's but a computer glitch ensured I lost the lot. Bugger. And that was that. It's funny what you remember though - this Gruner stood out from the three Matt showed me.
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Killer Pinot to make you weak at the knees. It's a bit hardcore too - 100% whole bunches no less. Boom!
Stretch you interest levels a little further and be prepared to be rewarded. A smooth and seductive wine from a variety not that often seen standing on its own two feet in Australia.
Monday 25 June 2018
The Philip Adrian is Singlefile’s flagship red wine. Only made in exceptional vintages. A superb wine.
A Pinot with its feet firmly planted on the ground. So much to like for those that enjoy a confident style.
Saturday 23 June 2018
Friday 22 June 2018
d'Arenberg is great for a story. The history of The Custodian another example. During the vine pull scheme of the 80s, d'Arry Osborn refused to remove his old Grenache vineyards. Today, d'Arenberg is the keeper of one-third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine Grenache earning the title of 'Custodian'.
Wednesday 20 June 2018
Bold as that may be, he has back up those words will a stellar release. Dive in worthy.
Sunday 17 June 2018
Saturday 16 June 2018
Friday 15 June 2018
Thursday 14 June 2018
The privilege of looking at some amazing wines from amazing producers and sites is never lost on me. In this tasting pack from Ten Minutes by Tractor came this little surprise - the first release of the new Wallis Tasmania label. It slips straight in with the classy Single Vineyard wines this producer is renowned for.
Wednesday 13 June 2018
A darker and intense Pinot. A masculine style if you will - can we say that these days? At the same time, it's a closed book that doesn't want to show itself too freely. Give it time and embrace the pleasure.
Tuesday 12 June 2018
Reliability 101. A solid release year after year. Top value, too, and often around $15 in retail land - great buying.
Sunday 10 June 2018
Always a great expression of Pinot. This 2016 edition is a blend of four sites - Coolart Road, McCutcheon, Wallis and Judd (56/23/16/5).
Saturday 9 June 2018
Eminent drinkability. There's something about these Samuel's Gorge wines which just enable them to glide through the mouth. There's personality, there's charisma, but its almost as though they float on a cloud of pleasure.
Friday 8 June 2018
Thursday 7 June 2018
Wednesday 6 June 2018
Beautiful Nebbiolo. A wine which smells and tastes oh so good. A big thumbs up for this second release from TarraWarra.
The trickle of new 2018 wines is starting to form a stream. A tidy spot of pink delish here from the Barossan hands of Andrew Seppelt.
Tuesday 5 June 2018
Sunday 3 June 2018
Chapel Hill's most popular wine at their cellar door. It's a beautiful cellar door too I might add. There's a great feel to the place. And there's sparkling water on tap. Fact.
Chapel Hill did not blend wines until 2014 their marketing gun Bodhi Edwards tells me. And it was with Bodhi where this wine started its journey. He kept pestering for the classic Aussie blend to be put together - and finally it was. A good drink all up.
Saturday 2 June 2018
Wow. What gorgeous aromas! Pretty factor and tripping over one another as they cascade from the glass.
Super McLaren Vale Shiraz off the Warboys Vineyard. Broad, thick-set, street tough style. Yet, there's a charm to this wine when you take the time to get to know it. And perhaps you should.