Thursday 30 April 2020
Wednesday 29 April 2020
Roussanne. Such a delicious wine when made well yet so underrated, and for many, unheard of. Yangarra Estate are one of the best producers of the variety in the country. Big love right here.
Tuesday 28 April 2020
Monday 27 April 2020
Saturday 25 April 2020
Friday 24 April 2020
Pure bliss. There's not much more to say really. Only last week I reviewed a Grenache and I suggested the variety was currently a purple patch. And then this beauty waltzes through the door. Brilliant and then some.
Another reason that you don't have to drop a bomb to drink well. You can slide into your chair and get very comfortable with this Eden Valley Shiraz.
Thursday 23 April 2020
Tuesday 21 April 2020
Sunday 19 April 2020
Saturday 18 April 2020
Mataro is that weird and freaky kid at the back of the party but in time every one wants to hang with him. He's the casual social who goes about his business without the bells and whistles.
As we chat in Tim Smith's lab looking at a few of his new releases, he pours this Shiraz into my glass. There is a pause and then an awkward silence. He turns the other way to ponder before swinging his head back around looking me in the eye....
If Montepulciano is your thing, make a bee line to this. A stunning wine from Matt Wenk that just slides down with absolute ease.
Friday 17 April 2020
An article published by the ABC paints a grim picture and suggests that up to 30% of Australian wineries (700-800) may go bust. This is a direct result of Covid-19 and the strain it has placed on small businesses with tourism coming to a halt and the closure of cellar doors or limiting them to take away purchases only.
Many wineries are reaching out as best they can to engage with their customer base to maintain some cash flow and stay afloat. As a consumer, it's easy to support the chain stores who buy in bulk and sell cheap wines, but the heart and soul of the industry are those smaller producers. In most cases, the smaller wineries are raising families, putting food on tables and supporting themselves - they aren't about corporations, dividends or shares.
If you are looking to buy some wine, here are some small operators who would love your support offering great deals.
Nero d'Avola is the variety which harpooned the Brash Higgins name into prominence. As always, this release is a sleek ride.
Thursday 16 April 2020
Wednesday 15 April 2020
Find those prawns and grab a glass with a deep well ready for those generous pours. This Shaw Wines Riesling is a beauty.
Tuesday 14 April 2020
Of all the interesting wines Brad Hickey produces, I really grew a likening to this Cinsault. Light, bright and fresh, there's so much smash appeal.
Monday 13 April 2020
Sunday 12 April 2020
This is the first time I've seen Curly Flat's Central Vineyard in a separate bottling (bottle pic not current - apologies). From the oldest vines on the property planted in 1992, winemaker Matt Harrop says these vines have been the backbone of the Curly Pinot Noir many adore.
Thursday 9 April 2020
Wednesday 8 April 2020
A textural dream boat. Mind you, skin contact wines don't float everyone's boat, but if yours is sailing strongly with the wind, get hold of this beauty. A fabulous take on Marsanne.
Paella and tapas here we come with this delish Mataro, Cinsault and Carignan blend from Brash Higgins.
Tuesday 7 April 2020
Drink this sea side or on the deck as the sun falls from the afternoon's sky. A super refreshing drink with great acidity and textural appeal to add further pleasure factor.