Tuesday 31 July 2018
2016. The flagship wine for Huntington Estate named after the winemaker himself. Three years young with a bright future.
Monday 30 July 2018
Sunday 29 July 2018
I was privileged to attend the Meerea Park new release dinner in Brisbane a couple of nights ago. This Semillon was served pre-dinner and hit the spot. A new release hot off the press.
Such a beautiful Chardonnay. Winemaker Matt Harrop says the Lacuna Chardonnay hasn't been bottled since 2013. It's, "a humble nod to Chablis," he adds.
Friday 27 July 2018
A stylish example of what Roussanne can be when treated with creativity yet allowing it to demonstrate personality.
A new label to me hailing from Lyndoch in the southern Barossa. Good drinking Grenache to sooth your long workday blues.
Thursday 26 July 2018
I don't dance, but I do when Montalto wines come through the door. Or perhaps it looks like I'm dancing albeit my knees giving way. Always measured and considered with bucket loads of interest, this release of The Eleven is no different.
The Hunter Valley doesn't just do Semillon well. Murray Tyrrell planted these Chardonnay vines in the 1960s, and in many ways, changed the face of Chardonnay from the region single-handedly. Oh, this is superb.
"Detail, precision and purity are the key themes driving this wine for us," says winemaker Matt Burton. A wine that delivers in style, behold a super Semillon release.
Tuesday 24 July 2018
Here's a variety I don't see much. It's great to see Irvine ripping in and giving it a crack - and differently too I might add. Through the hands of winemaker Rebekah Richardson, Irvine is aiming to capture a delicate expression of what is traditionally a bold and punchy wine.
A step back on previous vintages, this release seems to have crawled into its shell. I've come to expect this wine to be vibrant and enthusiastic but this 2017 feels sluggish and lethargic.
Monday 23 July 2018
Devilishly delish. So much personality and charisma to sink your teeth into. The highlight for me is easily the savoury deliciousness courtesy of the whole bunches (25%).
Sunday 22 July 2018
Not a great year for Hunter red wines but it's those tough years are when the great winemakers stand up. Wrap your arms around this superb rendition of Hunter Valley Shiraz.
Friday 20 July 2018
What you want to drink with Asian inspired dishes. The back labels says, "This exciting wine pushes the boundaries of conventional Semillon production with the use of indigenous yeast, fermentation on skins, and an off-dry finish." Well, the KPIs have been nailed.
Exciting things are happening at Hayes Family Wines at the moment. The newly built cellar door is nearing its opening day and the wines are continuing to make the right noises.
Thursday 19 July 2018
I was talking to a wine rep (not related to Tyrrell's) about wine varieties making waves. Talk shifted to blends and he made the point, "No one drinks white blends anymore. Why waste your time with stuff like Chardonnay Semillon blends?" Funny how things unfold - this came across my table not too long after that conversation. He will be reading this and perhaps this is a good place for him and others to restart their relationship with Chardonnay Semillon blends.
Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris - what's not to like? Such a beautiful drink and a great region for the variety. A delicious wine for your drinking pleasure.
I don't like Sauvignon Blanc as a general rule. Put it in the right hands and make an effort = great results. Wild fermentation in old oak is a great start.
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Classy Chardonnay. I'm sure I've said recently that the wines coming from Singlefile are brimming with enthusiasm with the quality high - here we go again.
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Monday 16 July 2018
I was invited along to the Huntington Estate wine lunch on the weekend. Impressive food matched with well-crafted wines. This 2018 Semillon is hot off the press. A great wine to slurp on during warmer months, this is what I consider 'pool wine'.
Sunday 15 July 2018
A tribute to Angela Crema, mother of Mary Puglisi, the wife of Ballandean Estate founder Angelo Puglisi. Cool nights and cheese boards will warm the soul with a nip or two.
Thursday 12 July 2018
A great Shiraz - I just want more. The generous fruit and super smooth feels ensuring this is a luxurious ride to happiness.
Tempranillo from Western Australia isn't something I see much of. Here's a good match for a range of casual meals.
Monday 9 July 2018
The name comes from the small bush vines used to grow the Grenache fruit. These vines are small for their age and grow on shallow soils and hard rock with their tiny shoots giving them a bonsai appearance.
Sunday 8 July 2018
A cracking Grenache from the McLaren Vale subregion of Blewitt Springs. So fine, layers of interest keep you enthused. Vibrant and elegant, a beautifully structured piece of art from Peter Fraser.
A reliable red blend that can be found in retail land for under $20. It ticks the boxes for barbecues and causal meals.
An intriguing blend which just works. How this blend ever came to be would be an interesting tale Chester Osborn will undoubtedly love to share, but the bold experimentation is worthy of credit.
Saturday 7 July 2018
Some wines are meant for drinking, not thinking. Slot this into that category. I reckon I could drink a gallon of this stuff. It's not sweet. It's not overly dry, but damn, gee it has delish factor written all over it.
I was thrown a bottle of this by good mate Tony Peters. He's a passionate Taswegian and we swap wines often. He loves trying new things but his go-to is always Tassie wine - he loves a Pinot. It's worth reading his views on what he comes across too - check his site here.
Alas, I enjoyed this bottle on a weekend away recently - an excellent example of Tassie Pinot. We watched a movie by the fire and the bottle was empty in no time.
Thursday 5 July 2018
In some respects, this project could rightly be called the Selfless Grapes Project. So many people have given their time and resources to ensure it gets off the ground, all for the benefit of others. In the end, it's a brilliant story of a vast community coming together for those less fortunate - namely the Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide. Get the full rundown here.
Every cent raised will be donated to the centre - 2000 bottles have already been sold (333 cases) with a total of $44 000 already in the bag, and no doubt, this number will continue to rise. Quite an incredible feat really.