Sunday, 29 November 2020

Carillion Wines Origins Fenestella Shiraz 2018

A must-do on your next Hunter Valley excursion is to eat at Bistro Molines. Trust me. It is here you will also find the home of Tallavera Grove, one of the best vistas in the district, and the home of Carillion Wines. This Fenestella Shiraz is their flagship wine.

Heartland Director's Cut Shiraz 2018

Big and rich Shiraz just the way Heartland like 'em.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Castle Rock Estate Great Southern Shiraz 2018


These Castle Rock Estate wines are always well dressed and ready to party. This Shiraz from the Great Southern is no exception and sweeps through with all the beauty of a medium bodied, cool climate wine.

Clandestine Vineyards Chardonnay 2019

Vintner Nick Stacy describes his Chardonnay as, "Pure vineyard preservation married to integrated oak influences. Tidy gear this.

Friday, 27 November 2020

Curly Flat Pinot Gris 2019


Graceful Pinot Gris. This Curly Flat just feels good. Oh, what a peach. Well, pear in fact... 

Naturalis Organic Shiraz 2019


Quality organic Shiraz for the money. Give it a little air to see it shine. 

Naturalis Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


Organic Cabernet Sauvignon from Angove Family Wines new Naturalis label sold exclusively through independent retailers.

Unsung Hero Novello Lagrein 2020


Winemaker Andy Williams reckons this is the perfect remedy for those stinking hot days we Queenslanders endure from time to time. Ice cold, I see what he means.

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Ravens Croft Petit Verdot 2019


One of those wines which will provide maximum comfort on a chilly night - when we get those back again. A great Petit Verdot from the Granite Belt.

Gerler Petit Verdot 2019


I had the opportunity to open this Petit Verdot alongside another from a different producer. Such exercises are excellent to do if you get the chance.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Born and Raised Malakoff Nebbiolo 2017

This Malakoff vineyard is the business. Every time I see a wine from it my eyes light up. A fabulous Nebbiolo right here folks.

Born and Raised Heathcote Nebbiolo 2017

Nebbiolo done two ways. Two different vineyards, both handled the same. This is an very tidy wine from the sandy Heathcote soils.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vine Shiraz Sandy Old Block Wait Vineyard 2019


A ripping McLaren Vale Shiraz, it is one of those wines I'd prefer to drink than review - that says it all really. Normally the backbone of the Dodgy Brothers Shiraz, this was too good to not bottle separately.

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2019


A swim in the fairy pool of Chardonnay bliss. Pure class from top to toe. How good is living with wines like this in your glass!

Naturalis Organic Rosé 2020


A delightful softness is what hooks me in here. Organic Rosé - what's not to like when quality whispers your name for less than 20 bucks.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Clandestine Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2020


A BIG shout out to marketing gun Tash Stoodley for sliding these samples from Clandestine Vineyards across my tasting bench. There are 6 wines under this label and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to check them out - their first release wines from organic and sustainably grown sites in Western Australia and South Australia. This Pinot Grigio is a ripping intro to the brand.

Clandestine Vineyards Tempranillo Rosé 2020


Lunch time done well. This is such a great drink. Savoury driven, this dry style Rosé brings the mouth to water.

Take It To The Grave Rosé 2019


A friend popped over with this under his wing. 'Deadly good' he reckons.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache 2019


Oh Grenache. You steal my heart every freakin' time. Talk about excellent buying too - considering the age of the vines and the quality of the fruit in your hands here, $29 for this makes it one of the best Grenache buys from McLaren Vale. Back the truck up!

Oliver's Taranga Grenache 2020


Delicious! Absolute smash factor. Corrina Wright's best Grenache release for a couple of years I say. Cut loose and smiles (as big as Corrina's) will flood the faces around you.

Gerler Vermentino 2020


A multi regional Vermentino blend - I haven't seen one of these before. A wonderful refreshment no less. Give me a large pour by the pool please.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Naturalis Organic Chardonnay 2020


A bargain Chardonnay for under $20 that is part of a fresh new line of Organic wines from Angove Family Wines. 

Naturalis Organic Pinot Grigio 2020

An easy drinking Pinot Grigio in this fresh new line of Organic wines from Angove Family Wines. 

Naturalis Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2020


A fresh new line of Organic wines from Angove Family Wines. Say cheers with this easy drinking Sauv Blanc.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Tellurian Block 3 TLR 2016


It's  fabulous exercise sitting siblings beside one another and comparing their likeness. Tellurian's TLR stands for Top of the Long Row whereas the SR resides at the bottom of the hill - the Short Rows.

Tellurian Block 3 SR 2016


The beauty of Heathcote Shiraz. If you have yet to experience what quality wines can be found in this region, I couldn't recommend this Shiraz highly enough.

Tellurian Tranter 2017

Beautifully perfumed, there's some restrained power lying within. A super Heathcote Shiraz.

Castle Rock Estate Riesling 2020


I only reviewed the 2019 release in February earlier this year. A quick turn around sees the 2020 land on the tasting bench. Very much a similar wine to the previous. Super Riesling and what a way to celebrate winemaker Rob Diletti's 20th vintage!

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Gerler Rej Montepulciano Mataro 2019


Blends fascinate me. The exploration is exciting, outrageous and fascinating all at the same time. Here are two varieties singing a duet together - a duet I wouldn't have contemplated.

Gerler Rosé 2020

Sunset slurps are done easy with pleasurable wines like these. 

Castle Rock Porongurup Chardonnay 2020


An easy going Chardonnay. Some fruit, some textural appeal, tick. 

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Chardonnay 2019


There's something about these Huntington Estate Chardonnays which I just love. Perhaps they are a mirror of their maker? Big presence but gentle with a warm heart and cutting some swagger in those red Converse.

Brand and Sons Fire and Ice Shiraz 2018


Coonawarra Shiraz from Brand and Sons.

Meerea Park Black Shiraz 2018


Meerea Park's flagship. This was supposed to be a one off in 2011 but the good Hunter years keep coming. Now the fourth release of this label ('11,'14,'17,'18), the 2018 Hunter Valley vintage is said to be off the charts. Some suggest better than 2014.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

La Petite Mort Tempranillo Reserva 2016

Gorgeous. Gimme all the charcuterie. Granite Belt Tempranillo on point.

Golden Grove Estate Chardonnay Semillon NV


A curious blend of Chardonnay and Semillon that just works. Throw it at a roast chicken dusted with rosemary wine. 

Heartland Spice Trader Cabernet Shiraz 2017

These Spice Trader wines are fabulous value. Lip smacking density reaches deep into your soul seeking your love. 

Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz 2016


A 2016 release for a skinny price. Great drinking for the money. 

Friday, 13 November 2020

Chateau Yaldara Wild Goose Chardonnay 2020


Refreshing Chardonnay sourced from the Adelaide Hills. Oak has a strong presence aromatically but calms in the mouth.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Heartland One 2016


The top dog in the Heartland range, get up to your neck in serious fruit depth.

Brand and Sons Last Sunday Drive Cabernet Franc 2019


There are plenty of quality Cabernet Francs coming out of the Coonawarra of late. Add this to the must try list. A sophisticated type, it's on the serious side - furrowed brow and all but with an endearing personality the more you get to know it.

Chateau Yaldara Lily Ponds Grenache 2020


I have no idea what Lily Ponds have to do with Grenache, but I reckon this is a great slurp nonetheless. Chateau Yaldara have gone about an extensive re-branding, and I must admit, I find this label quite appealing with great shelf presence. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2018


Deliciously savoury, this is a fabulous example of Central Otago Pinot Noir. In the words of winemaker Alan Peters-Oswald, "We aim for the fruit to express itself rather than working it hard to express itself."

Golden Grove Estate Durif 2019


A generous Durif that comes across bigger than the stated 13.7% alcohol. Lip smacking deluxe.

Tobin Wines Luella Plum Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


Luscious. Satiny feels. A great cool climate Cabernet.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Born and Raised The Super T 2017


A masterful blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot, this is an Aussie take on the Super Tuscan. It's a mighty impressive one at that.

Expression Pinot Noir 2020

A whiff offers a glimpse of a good Pinot but this comes in weighty and dense.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

La Petite Mort Qvevri Saperavi 2019


Big love for this beauty. As winemaker Glen Robert says, "This is a quirky wine."

La Petite Mort Qvevri DM 2018


Another creative master piece from the La Petit Mort label. A blend of Durif and Mataro, this sat on skins for 183 days inside Georgian Qvevri.

Pig in the House Organic Shiraz 2019

A wonderful wine and a scream for $25. Great drinking like this doesn't need to tear a hole in your back pocket.