Dangerously refreshing, arm yourself with this when things warm up as spring and summer come at you.
Tuesday 30 June 2020
Monday 29 June 2020
Rugby's version of a rolling maul in a glass. A couple of big lads combining and causing all sorts of demolition and pleasure at once. Lip smacking good gear.
Sunday 28 June 2020
I was saddened to hear that fire ripped through the kitchen at Balgownie's Yarra Valley Estate a few days ago. Thankfully no one was injured but there was severe damage through the building. All this when the hospitality industry is already struggling in these Covid times.
This Viognier comes from Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyards and is their first release of the variety since 2010.
There's not a lot of Friulano in Australia but there are now two sites I'm aware of in the Mornington Peninsula region. This is one of those wines you'd be happy absorbing the scents as you try and dissect all the interesting aromas present.
Sparkling Pinot Gris - I can't say I've had one before. Blush in appearance, the fruit is sourced from Mt Gambier, south of Wild Game's Coonawarra home.
Saturday 27 June 2020
James Scarcebrook is The Intrepid Wino. His passion is contagious and you can find him discussing all things wine on his podcast named The Vincast or catch him going about his exploration on his YouTube site. He's also ventured into winemaking and has produced a range of wines since 2016. I was thrilled to receive an email from James not too long ago asking if I could review some of his new releases. And what a place to start with this beauty! This is no spanner in the works either, let it be known. It is best described as an impressive rendition of Nebbiolo.
A very approachable wine that offers good refreshment without a great deal of complexity.
Friday 26 June 2020
Chenin Blanc is a variety that doesn't come across this tasting bench all that much. Western Australia is where it has found a happy home but there are a few pockets here and there dotted around the rest of the country.
My first review from the 2020 vintage. This Verdelho comes all the way from Western Australia's Swan Valley.
Thursday 25 June 2020
The one that got away... This review has been sitting around patiently awaiting release. The CBD label was one of a few new releases to come from Coonawarra's Brand & Sons. Some very impressive wines are in the range too which are well worth checking out.
Wednesday 24 June 2020
I've sampled a few Langhorne Creek wines in recent weeks. Generosity is a hallmark of the district and this release from Wild and Wilder is true to form.
Tuesday 23 June 2020
The best fruit finds its way into this Cabernet - Zema's flagship label. A savoury driven wine, I love the cut herbs and dried thyme that shimmer away. I loved this.
Monday 22 June 2020
Immaculate. This would be served as the arrival drink at the gates of Chardonnay heaven to get you in the mood. Sublime!
Jeté is a ballet movement - something I never knew. The way this sparkling glides through the mouth I'm not surprised it's a dancer. A graceful and elegant wine in every sense.
A quality savoury driven Shiraz at an incredibly low price given it already has seven years under its belt.
Saturday 20 June 2020
A brilliant Zinfandel!
Lévrier means "greyhound" in French. Jo Irvine has a deep love for the breed and has been surrounded by them for much of her life. The artwork on the labels is a tribute to them and those images are stunning.
Escaping to the pub in these Covid times is all a bit exciting. Wine lists aren't what they used to be, for now at least. Mind you, the pub I went to was clearing their bottle shop stock through the restaurant. A lamb shank pie and a bottle of this did the job magnificently.
Friday 19 June 2020
Thursday 18 June 2020
A very tidy Cabernet. Blue Pyrenees wine club members pay only $16.50 which is a ripping deal.
A big, sturdy blend coming at you from the Barossa's Langmeil Estate. Two varieties I've never seen together, but it works.
From a not so well known Riverina producer comes this wonderful sticky to enjoy with either a citrus tart or some cheese. Delicious!
Wednesday 17 June 2020
Tuesday 16 June 2020
A terrific blend for those that love a good GSM. Count me in that crowd. This is a beauty for the money - there wasn't drop left.
This is Blue Pyrenees' most popular selling wine and it is easy to see why. One glass just isn't enough.
Monday 15 June 2020
Sunday 14 June 2020
Langhorne Creek Cabernet is big, hearty stuff - make no mistake about it. Snuggle up to this on a chilly night or sip by the camp fire. Tasty stuff!
It's a long story but I went to the bottle shop to get a bottle of sparkling red and I came back with this Chablis among other things. Stock take they said... So here I am with a chain store 1er Chablis reduced from $59 to $35. Can't be that bad, eh?
Saturday 13 June 2020
Friday 12 June 2020
The last time I was at Zonzo Estate it was known as Train Trak Wines. New life has been breathed into the old cow milking shed with re-branding and new ownership in 2015. The incredibly talented Caroline Mooney is now the winemaker too. A label to black book as one to watch with Mooney at the helm, this Rosé is made for Friday afternoons. Or Saturdays. Or long lunch Sundays. You get the drift...
Five years young, you get the sense it's still busting a move more than Young MC. Time in the glass takes then hold, and oh gee, this is a delicious wine.