Monday 30 December 2019
Thank you very much 2019!
This site would not be a success if it wasn't for the support of the winemakers, wineries and marketing gurus who generously offer me their time, ear, and of course, samples to taste and review. As always, it's an exciting journey to see what's new and who is pushing boundaries to capture a new audience.
But most importantly it's you, the readership, who keep things interesting from the emails and various conversations over various platforms. The thirst for knowledge and want to try something different is brilliant to be a part of - people just want to be more informed and drink better. And why not!?
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Along with 700 wines reviewed during 2019, I've been humbled and privileged to have had numerous articles published as well. My debut article in the Halliday Wine Companion Magazine October/November edition was certainly a fist pump moment and I'm grateful to Hardy Grant for the opportunity.
Wishing all my readers and supporters all the best for a successful 2020 and I look forward to continuing to discover and share some more liquid pleasure with you over the next twelve months.
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Winemaker Matt Burton says emphatically that this is the best wine he has ever made. You can feel his excitement in this Canberra Shiraz as it curls around every crevice of the mouth. Wow factor deluxe.
Such a refreshing drink. Carrying 23 grams of residual sugar, hot days and spicy foods and even dumplings are all the rage with this.
Sunday 29 December 2019
We were heading out for Thai so I grabbed this off the shelf at a local independent retailer in Newcastle. There are only a handful of Riesling producers in the Hunter Valley so I was keen to give this a road test.
Friday 27 December 2019
From an emerging label, vigneron Peter Stewart is confident this blend is the only one of its type in Australia.
Monday 23 December 2019
Killer Grenache! What a delicate and seductive beauty we have here. Supreme drinking for $25 - charge at this.
Friday 20 December 2019
Montepulciano is a wonderful release but this Nero stands tall for good reason.
In the words of third generation family member Leanne De Bortoli, “It’s like a sprinkling of gold confetti to make any occasion extra special.” Another impressive Noble One release.
A big and generous Barossa Shiraz ready to give the insides a cuddle on those cold winter nights - we may need to wait a while for those given present conditions...
Thursday 19 December 2019
From a self-confessed winemaking nomad, this Rosé from the South Burnett is made Ashley Berini. It's the kind of wine you want in your glass when tackling a barbecued steak this summer.
Wednesday 18 December 2019
My first look at Auld Family Wines. A minerally drive the backbone to this Riesling release. Tempura prawns are firmly on the radar.
Tuesday 17 December 2019
It's cricket season and bowlers crave a consistent line and length. This Chardonnay delivers on that.
Monday 16 December 2019
Sunday 15 December 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
Friday 13 December 2019
Thursday 12 December 2019
Aged release Riesling. If you've discovered how glorious it can be, consider adding this to your list.
There wasn't a drop left. Sling some in your glass and you'll see why. A Pinot Noir and Gamay blend - super juicy and delicious deluxe, resistance is futile.
Sunday 8 December 2019
Saturday 7 December 2019
Thursday 5 December 2019
Here's a great excuse to Start a Conversation. Charismatic, charming - all the qualities needed to get the chat flowing freely. A great wine for a great cause.