Monday, 30 December 2019
2019 Over and Out!
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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Gundog Estate Indomitus Rutilus 2018
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.
Auld Family Wines William Patrick Shiraz 2016
Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2015
Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2019
Such a refreshing drink. Carrying 23 grams of residual sugar, hot days and spicy foods and even dumplings are all the rage with this.
Soumah Rosso d'Soumah 2018
Sunday, 29 December 2019
Boydell's Reserve Shiraz Pinot Noir 2018
Hart & Hunter Hunter River Riesling 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.
Juniper Estate Small Batch Tempranillo 2018
Friday, 27 December 2019
Tinklers Wines Hill Block Chardonnay 2018
Mitchell Wines Watervale Riesling 2019
Lightening Tree Viognier Verdelho 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
Geddes Seldom Inn Grenache 2018
Killer Grenache! What a delicate and seductive beauty we have here. Supreme drinking for $25 - charge at this.
Mitchell Wines Kinsfolk Shiraz 2015
Gundog Estate Hilltops No. 1 2018
It's always great to see this Hilltops No.1 sit alongside its No. 2 sibling.
Friday, 20 December 2019
Calabria Family Wines Private Bin Nero d'Avola 2018
Montepulciano is a wonderful release but this Nero stands tall for good reason.
Calabria Family Wines Private Bin Montepulciano 2018
Calabria Family Wines Private Bin Pinot Bianco 2017
Calabria Family Wines Private Bin Vermentino 2017
De Bortoli Noble One 2016
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.
Auld Family Wines Strawbridge Shiraz 2017
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...
Soumah Brachetto d'Soumah Frizzante 2019
Thursday, 19 December 2019
Mitchell Wines Kinsfolk Grenache 2017
Berini Wines Hoochie Bubba Rosé 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.
Soumah Tutto Bianco d'Soumah 2019
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Gundog Estate Marksman's Shiraz 2018
Gundog Estate Rare Game Shiraz 2018
Curly Flat White Pinot 2019
Nomads Garden Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Auld Family Wines Wilberforce Eden Valley Riesling 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
O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018
Hill Smith Estate Eden Valley Chardonnay 2018
It's cricket season and bowlers crave a consistent line and length. This Chardonnay delivers on that.
Gundog Estate Hilltops Shiraz No. 2 2018
Monday, 16 December 2019
Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling 2019
Hill-Smith Estate Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018
Wolf Blass Makers Project Pinot Noir 2018
Sunday, 15 December 2019
Usher Tinkler Death by Semillon 2019
Stretch your curiosity a little more and get onto this - super delish skin contact Semillon.
Penley Estate Francis Cabernet Franc 2019
Saturday, 14 December 2019
Shaw Vineyards Reserve Semillon 2019
Friday, 13 December 2019
O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2019
Juniper Estate Crossing Chardonnay 2018
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Mesh Classic Release Riesling 2014
Aged release Riesling. If you've discovered how glorious it can be, consider adding this to your list.
Wicks Estate Sparkling 2019
Eldridge Estate PTG 2019
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.
Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2019
Sunday, 8 December 2019
Colab and Bloom Grenache 2018
Greek night was a comin' and I needed some Grenache. This was scooped up from the bottle shop shelf - a great pick up! A brilliant wine all the way.
Wicks Estate Pinot Rosé 2019
Saturday, 7 December 2019
Gundog Estate Squire's Shiraz 2018
A fab blend of Hilltop and Canberra fruit. It seems Matt Burton has magic hands when it comes to blending these regions.
Thursday, 5 December 2019
Start a Conversation The Common Wine Co. NU Rosé 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.
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