Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Unsung Hero Barbera 2017

Unsung Hero is a side project for winemaker Andy Williams, and what an entry he has made with this debut wine! Such a beautifully presented Barbera, this will bowl over many who choose to stand in its way.

Credaro Kinship Margaret River Chardonnay 2017

These Credaro wines are a new label for me, and I like what I see. A great Chardy here ticking the boxes.

Pizzini Lana Prosecco NV

A bottle of fun oozing chillax factor.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Tyrrell's Belford Chardonnay 2016

A ripping Chardonnay from the sandy soils of the Belford vineyard planted in 1991.

Cooks Lot Allotment 8989 Cabernet Merlot 2017

Pizza wine coming at ya. I'll have the meat lovers, please.

Pizzini Lana Nebbiolo Barbera 2017

The back label suggests having this with Italian or Asian food. I reckon grab a burger in one hand and a glass of this in the other.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Pizzini Pinot Grigio 2018

Here we go. Pinot Grigio in the groove. A classic sure to please.

d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2018

Tasting this reminds me of an amazing Riesling tasting experience with Chester Osborn many years ago. Always out there for a challenge, he was out to prove McLaren Vale could produce Riesling and those wines could age. This release is not shy either and has the potential to reward the patient.

Hastwell & Lightfoot Fiano 2018

An easy drinking Fiano from McLaren Vale and the first release of this variety from Hastwell and Lightfoot.

The Natural Wine Co Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Organic Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Central Ranges.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Grenache 2018

Winemakers take note: Please don't put wines like this in front of me...
Such a delicious wine! The sort of stuff that could be fed to me via a drip and I'd have no qualms. Super Grenache!

Oakridge Henk Chardonnay 2017

Oakridge can Chardonnay! Oh my, this is a beauty. Sourced from a north facing Lusatia Park site, wrap your arms around this.

Lou Miranda Leone Chardonnay 2018

Barossa Chardonnay is not all that common. This comes from a small Rowland Flat site planted in 2005.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Alkimi The Good Earth Grenache 2017

A lip smacking Grenache with a kiss of savoury goodness partnering juicy fruit. Yummo!

Credaro Five Tales Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Named Five Tales after the five vineyards Credaro tend to in the Margaret River region. Good Cabernet for the money.

Pizzini Lana Il Nostro Gallo Sangiovese 2017

A great wine made for casual hangouts and long tables of food to share.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Oakridge Meunier Rosé 2016

The Oakridge gang have really brought Pinot Meunier to the fore. They've even gone all hipster and removed "Pinot" in their branding too. Clever. Smart fizz this. Such a softly spoken individual.

Airlie Bank Gris 2018

Something a little different. Something a little superb. It's a wine which may not be for everyone but it pushes the boundaries and gets the taste buds singing. Pinot Gris on skins - ripping for 20 bucks!

Tim Smith Shiraz 2016

A reliable type, just like those old Triumph motorbikes you see Tim Smith riding around the Barossa.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Montalto Estate Chardonnay 2017

Another vintage,  another beauty for the Estate Chardonnay from Montalto. A glass of radiant sunshine!

Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I was expecting a little more pizzazz admittedly, but what you get is a solid Cabernet nonetheless.

Lou Miranda Old Vine Grenache 2018

Barossa Grenache more in the old school realm, that is, ripe fruit with that boiled lolly thing going on.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Leeuwin Estate Siblings Shiraz 2016

Reliable Shiraz from Margaret River with a dollop of Malbec (3%) and a drop of Viognier (1%).

Singlefile Great Southern Botrytis 2018

This wine takes my mind away to candied citrus tart with an almond praline. Oh the life... A delicious dessert wine nonetheless.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

I was once referred to as a sexy beast, but that's another story entirely. Here's a solid McLaren Vale Cabernet.

Heartland Directors' Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


They make 'em big in Langhorne Creek. Black and brooding in the glass, there's plenty of comfort in the glass.

Ricca Terra The Marathon Man 2017

A blend of Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Merlot from the Riverland. A good barbecue wine.

Friday, 16 November 2018

TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

I tasted five Rosés and this was head and shoulders above the pack. Damn it was impressive. Great fruit and a well-balanced wine oozing charisma and refreshment - what more so you want?

Ridgemill Estate Smigley's Rosé 2018

The more I look at this the more I think of a red berry danish. There's some textural goodness but it's the pastry aromas which pique my interest.

Hidden Creek Rosé 2018

I popped in to see winemaker Andy Williams on the weekend to pick up a few samples he wanted me to check out. I asked him about this Rosé, and just like a proud father with that gleam in his eye, you could tell he was pretty excited about this release.

d'Arenberg Stephanie The Gnome With Rose Tinted Glasses 2018

A very easy slurp. It's easy to see how wines like this shift pretty easily. Dry to finish but the sweetness at the start is sure to lure more than a few.

Lou Miranda Leone Rosato 2018

A glass of this and a meat board is the go. Rosato from the Barossa Valley.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Tyrrell's Single Vineyard Belford Semillon 2013

Five years young and it screams of a youthful wine. Such a delicate and pristine Semillon which has many years ahead of it.

Hofer Family Wines Lagrein 2016

This grew on me. Give it some air and it steps up. A lovely drink - if you like 'em big.

Angullong Fossil Hill Chardonnay 2017

From a vineyard 800m comes this Chardonnay from Orange, NSW.

Castle Rock Porongurup Riesling 2018

A good Riesling from Western Australia's Great Southern region. Bone dry with tight acidity, tempura prawns anyone?

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tim Smith Eden Valley Viognier 2018

Tim Smith loves Viognier. He reckons it doesn't get the praise it deserves. Here's one very worthy of that praise - a winner primed to glisten in your glass and in your belly.

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2018

Such a clever wine for the money. What's more, it's the blending of fruit from four regions - Riverland, Barossa, Murray-Darling and Wrattonbully. A screaming bargain!

Ballandean Estate Messing About Fiano 2018

The new release Fiano from Ballandean Estate, a variety which they have made some great headway with in recent times.

Sunday, 11 November 2018