Tuesday 30 July 2019
Monday 29 July 2019
Naked Lady Wines won the Mudgee Wine Show Trophy for Best Cabernet with their 2015 vintage. The fruit for this 2016 release comes from vines perched 600 metres above.
It's always good to taste two vintages back to back to see where things are at. This 2017 is somewhat more muted than the 2016 release.
Sunday 28 July 2019
Friday 26 July 2019
Summer can't come soon enough with super refreshing Rieslings like this ready to unleash themselves. A fabulous release made from a single vineyard in the Eden Valley.
Thursday 25 July 2019
The back label suggests grab a deck chair, some oysters and chill the day away. Yep, do that, but add an extra bottle and some friends. A brilliant expression of Vermentino.
Wednesday 24 July 2019
Tuesday 23 July 2019
Soul Growers boss man Paul Heinicke tells me his wines represent the very best of the Barossa showcasing individual growers, Barossa sub-regions and the very best barrel selection from the vintage. This blend is an alluring beast.
Monday 22 July 2019
Cabernet Sauvignon is Huntington Estate's flagship variety. The fruit for this wine is harvested from Block 9 (planted in the early 1970s).
Sunday 21 July 2019
Thursday 18 July 2019
Bang the bargain drum, hard! This is an absolute beauty for the money. I love it when wines like this come across the bench. Never seen before, this is a side project by Lisa Bray, who also makes wine at Robert Stein Winery. It's a fabulous example of Mudgee Cabernet.
I received six wines celebrating the quality and versatility of Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon recently from the ever diligent and parochial NSW wine marketer David Cumming from Define Wine. Robert Stein Winery is renowned for their Riesling.
Wednesday 17 July 2019
A tasty new medium-bodied release from Golden Grove Estate. The rolling hills on the label create a perfect canvas for the easy-going vibe it exudes.
This wine, along with the new release Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola, represent d'Arenberg's ongoing program of alternate grape variety plantings in the McLaren Vale wine region. “These varieties are suited to warmer climate conditions, ripening significantly later than some of the other traditional grape varieties,” said d’Arenberg Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn. “With the changing climate, we are working with varieties that may one day replace the traditional ones planted in the region like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are more resistant to drought and heat stress. Montepulciano and Mencia in particular are my two favourite contenders to replace Shiraz in the future.”
Tuesday 16 July 2019
Monday 15 July 2019
Sunday 14 July 2019
Bright, fresh and inviting are the words which pop into my head when pouring this wine and taking a whiff.
Friday 12 July 2019
Sauvignon Blanc for the thinker. Damn some work has gone into this and the result is mightily impressive.
Tuesday 9 July 2019
Soul Growers have access to some wicked parcels of fruit. This Mourvedre block was planted in Nuriootpa back in 1885. The spread of urban development has seen this vineyard reduced to only a precious 106 vines. And what a gorgeous wine these vines deliver.
Sunday 7 July 2019
Here's a variety not seen all that much but this is a label well worth tucking under your arm. Hailing from northern Italy, this Wangolina Lagrein has a gorgeous appearance in the glass. The cerise hue captures the energy of the wine beautifully.
A delicious and refreshing wine. There's plenty of sessional appeal here. I could see myself sitting at a bar ordering a glass and repeating the process a few times.