Friday, 30 October 2020

La Petite Mort Chardonnay 2017


Detail and texture sum up La Petite Mort wines best. Wonderfully well considered wines they are. This Chardonnay is a treasure.

La Petite Mort Marsanne 2017


Marsanne has always been a well crafted by winemaker Glen Robert. This release is no different.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019


Superb Pinot. Dancy and pretty - just magic.

Golden Grove Estate The Skins Vermentino 2020


Skin contact Vermentino, yet if you were unaware of its make up, you'd think it was a clever take on the variety full stop. The brilliance here is in the making. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Monday, 26 October 2020

Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Gris 2019


A terrific Pinot Gris from the Mornington Peninsula's Willow Creek.

Blue Pyrenees Sparkling Shiraz NV


Sparkling Shiraz is SO Australian but the shame is that it is pigeon holed as a Christmas Day drink. Surely we can do better than 1 out of 365? Check out this great value beauty and perhaps your afternoon drinks with friends may change course. 

Tobin Wines Charlotte Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Tropical fruit with the indulgence of a creamy drive which a barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc delivers when done well. 

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache 2019


Precise. Svelte. Gorgeous Grenache.

Backline 295 Shiraz 2018


A bustling Shiraz with power and leg speed to cut through the defence. Backline is a collaboration between former Wallabies Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell with 295 being the number of test caps the three have accumulated. Of the three Backline wines sampled, this is easily the best. 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz 2018


Stunning Hunter. Many of the locals suggest 2018 was one of the best on record and this Shiraz exemplifies that. A beauty!

Willow Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2019


The kind of Chardonnay that makes you sink to your knees. Gorgeous and then some. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Domaine Houchart Sainte-Victoire 2019

A fab imported Rosé gunning for a sunny day and big smiles.

You, Me and Pinot Grigio 2020


Here's a little bundle of fun. It's just me, Selena and this Pinot Grigio it would seem. But you can come along too.

Soumah Ai Fiori Rosato 2020


Ai Fiori means 'amongst the flowers' in Italian. In time, the aim is for this wine to be a blend of 100% Italian varieties. But as some young vines mature, the blend for now is Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir and Brachetto.

La Petite Mort Albariño 2019

Sourced from Queensland's first Albariño vineyard, this comes from just down the road and over the ridge from La Petite Mort HQ. It's a wine that screams thirst quenchability.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Tobin Wines Jacob Tempranillo 2019


The Granite Belt doesn't have a flagship variety but Tempranillo has really taken to the district. There are some fabulous expressions of it, and perhaps, this release from Tobins Wines can press claims for the best.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Reserve Isabella Riesling 2017


Some great fruit concentration here. Lemon butter too. And that tang. 

Ballandean Estate Nebbiolo 2018


Gorgeously powdery just the way Nebbiolo should be. 

Blue Pyrenees Sparkling Rosé NV


If you like your sparkling pink, make a bee line to this.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Unsung Hero Ansonica 2020


I love different and my eyes lit up when this appeared on my door step. This Ansonica was sourced from the Chalmers vineyard in Mildura, Victoria - those lovely folk are flag bearers for planting emerging varieties. It's the only vineyard in Australia producing this variety, although I'm most happy to be corrected.

Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay 2018


Oh I'm loving the Chardonnays coming out of the Yarra of late. They've been impressive for some time but that dial has been cranked up once more. This is a beauty.

Shaw Vineyard Estate Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


A smashing cool climate Cabernet. A ripping release from Canberra's Shaw Vineyard Estate.

Hidden Creek Vermentino 2020


Summer time is done easy with wines like this. 

Tobin Wines Max Shiraz Block One 2019


A delicate cool climate Shiraz to wrap your arms around.

Domaines Paul Mas Cabernet Merlot 2019


A beautifully scented Cabernet Merlot blend highlighted by dried red flowers. 

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Backline Je Fais Cabernet Blend 2018


There's some juicy factor here with a little weight behind it. A bit like a retired footballer one could say. The label is owned by three former Wallabies - Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Brash Higgins Nymph 2020


Sunsets with your loved one gazing into the distance with a breeze blowing on your face. Or just rip in pool side. Damn this is a great slurp. 

Backline Block Raiders Shiraz 2018

Three former Wallabies come together to create a wine label made by Ben Riggs.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Tobin Wines Max Shiraz Block Two 2019


A terrific example of cool climate Shiraz from the precise and meticulous hands of Adrian Tobin.

Gundog Estate Smoking Barrel 2019


Pan fried chorizo and then some. Gloriously meaty. Prosciutto and pancetta too. Give me the meat board and a large glass. 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Soul Growers Provident Shiraz 2019


The essence of a rock solid Barossa Shiraz. There's so much to absorb. I see it as a window into the deep ocean of this district's flagship variety. A classic. 

Hastwell and Lightfoot Fat n Skinny Pinot Grigio 2019


Golden straw in the glass, this is an easy lunch time wine. I can see myself sitting back overlooking the a river while tucking into a lavish picnic. But that's me.

Hastwell and Lightfoot Fat n Skinny Forgotten Rosé 2019


With a cranberry juice appearance, this Rosé comes from McLaren Vale. Maybe this is what people are drinking in all those Dreams TikTok clips?

Domaines Paul Mas Estate Chardonnay 2019


Imported into Australia from a producer that fills 22 million bottles of wine a year. That's good going. Chardonnay from the Herault Valley.

Domaines Paul Mas Estate Viognier 2019


Imported and exclusively stocked by Dan Murphy's and BWS.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Levantine Hill Sparkling Rosé 2014

Australia's most expensive Rosé. Of the 900 bottles produced, only a handful remain.

Tobin Wines Lily Chardonnay 2019

A second chance is always a good thing and this Chardonnay exemplifies that. On opening, aromatically it was off track. I left it came back a day later where it had found its feet.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2019


Sophisticated is the word that spears into my mind when tasting this Pinot. Exceptional as always from Montalto.

Seville Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2019

The top Pinot in the Seville Estate range but on this occasion I preferred the Estate release to drink now.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Wednesday, 7 October 2020