Thursday, 30 December 2021
The Best of 2021
Pizzini Per Gli Angeli 2012
Christmas pudding in a glass is a more than apt description of this hypnotic dessert wine from Pizzini. Per Gli Angeli is Italian for 'For the Angels". Made in the Vin Santo style, when you consider the winemaking process, the angels seem to have taken their fair share too. This is simply sublime.
Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Wednesday, 29 December 2021
Arila Gardens Quartz and Gardens Shiraz 2020
All rise. What a superstar we have here! Handled with white gloves it would seem such is the precision. Sure it's young, but oh my, embrace this with two hands and savour every drop.
Yelland and Papps Limited Cuvée Shiraz 2014
Michael and Susan Papps' ability to keep their customers immersed in a journey of texture and elegance deserves respect. Their creativity with the Second Take range does this impressively but this Limited Cuvée range just cranks the dial that bit more adding prestige on a grand scale. And, oh my, this Shiraz is something.
Dr Plonk The Good Doctor's Tonic 2012
Wines you don't expect to bowl you over and they do. Add this one to that surprise packet list. What a cracker we have here! It's a big, voluptuous number. Just on 10 years old, the heft it carries could potentially have Covid curing capabilities. Don't quote me but we'll wait for the lab to confirm that...
Blue Pyrenees Section One Shiraz 2018
Monday, 27 December 2021
Jim Brand The Remnants Shiraz 2019
Think of this as a classic muscle car. It won't beat those fancy European sports cars over a mountain, but as time goes on and things straighten out, it'll leave that fancy piece behind. Showing fabulous age-worthy traits, this Coonawarra Shiraz is a keeper in great form.
Howard Park Jeté Brut NV
Vickery Reserve Eden Valley Riesling 2018
In bottle for two years prior to release, this Eden Valley Riesling offers good refreshment that will continue to develop with bottle age.
Penley Estate Georgina Sparkling Shiraz NV
This time of year is cricket season and sparkling Shiraz season. Here is a handy wine from Penley Estate.
Grandis Wines Earthed Montepulciano 2020
There is a lot to like about the shape and flow of this wine. Montepulciano from the Hunter Valley, it is infused with organic Australian Ginseng as an alternative preservative - a unique approach. This is a wine worth checking out.
Gundog Estate Rosé 2021
A Rosé made from Shiraz and Cabernet, I found the Cabernet to really stamp its authority. It's the type of wine more suited for a casual BBQ than sipping on the sun on its own.
Clandestine Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2021
Lemon Villa Late Harvest Riesling 2019
Clandestine Vineyards Chardonnay 2021
The last time I saw this wine was the 2019 release. I'm not sure what happened with the 2020 but this 2021 is not where it's been before and is a bit ho hum.
Thursday, 23 December 2021
Ballandean Estate Fiano 2021
Fiano is a white variety hitting its straps around Australia. Ballandean Estate has been producing this variety for several years now and each vintage is as appealing and energetic as the previous. This is a great wine and one worth befriending when in search of an alternative to the main white wines seen on the shelf.
Gundog Estate The Lived Experience Shiraz 2019
Santa and d'Sas Renno Riesling 2016
I was gifted this Riesling a little while ago and held off for the right moment. Warming up for six kilos of Porchetta seemed an appropriate occasion. Good gear this with years left in the bank.
Golden Grove Estate Marnita Muscat NV
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Onannon Chardonnay 2020
Love Chardonnay? You'll love this. A new label to me, it comes courtesy of Joe Caruso who runs the brilliant Somm Wine Store on the Gold Coast. A superb recco and then some - thanks Joe!
Oakridge Vineyard Series Barkala Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Medium-bodied Cabernet done right. Another example of why you should explore more of this variety from the Yarra Valley.
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Soumah Pinot Grigio 2021
I love a Pinot Grigio (and Pinot Gris) with a blush appearance. That copper tinge - just beautiful! This wine is pretty damn fine too. Another very well-executed release from Soumah.
FU Manchu Montepulciano 2021
Oakridge Over the Shoulder Pinot Grigio 2020
Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Monday, 20 December 2021
Yelland and Papps Limited Cuvée Grenache 2014
Pushing Grenache to the limits. This wine is not about being a "Barossa" Grenache per se. It's an expression of the variety and a culmination of acquired learning over years of winemaking. It's pulverising - you'll love it or not.
Blue Pyrenees Dry Sparkling Rosé 2018
Vickery The Reserve Watervale Riesling 2018
FU Manchu Rosé 2021
Clandestine Vineyards Shiraz 2019
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Thick as Thieves Driftwood 2021
Penley Estate Francis Cabernet Franc 2021
A kick arse label for a kick arse wine. It's so playful and energetic. Who would have ever used those words to describe Cabernet Franc? Kate Goodman and Lauren Hansen keep dishing up the goods at Penley Estate and it's best you get on board too.
Miles From Nowhere Best Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Like its siblings, this is a cracker for the price. Only 25 bucks for a whole load of Cabernet delish.
Twisted Gum Shiraz 2019
Twisted Gum Verdelho Semillon 2021
Tim and Michelle Coelli run a cute cellar door and rely on their 3 hectare site to supply all their fruit. With testing weather conditions in recent years, they've pushed on resisting to buy in fruit. Here they have combined two white varieties rarely paired with one another. It's a neat summertime drink.
Monday, 13 December 2021
Yelland and Papps Limited Cuvée Roussanne 2016
Miss Zilm Riesling 2021
Wow! Clare Valley Riesling in the zone. A personal project of Keeda Zilm, she has packed nearly 20 years of Riesling knowledge and experience into this mightily impressive wine.
It's zippy and personable, bright and fresh - it's all things you want in a Riesling as you cool your heels on a warm afternoon.
Soumah Single Vineyard Savarro 2021
I haven't seen this Savarro for a couple of years and little has changed - it's still a delicious and refreshing wine. Nicely done team Soumah.
Oakridge Over the Shoulder Pinot Noir 2020
Even the most pompous wine snob would acknowledge the quality of this Pinot from Oakridge. As an entry-level wine, this is quite something for $24.
Sunday, 12 December 2021
Miss Zilm Fiano 2021
Somos Pinot Meunier 2021
The Gold Coast has a lot of things but one thing it lacks is good independent bottle shops. Enter Somm at Nobby Beach. Masterfully curated by former Fesq rep Joe Caruso, the diversity that has been jam-packed into this space is quite something. I was having dinner at a BYO nearby and I was on a mission. Qwife was after Pinot but Joe and I hatched a plan with this Pinot Meunier. In short, it hit the mark and we both loved it. What a juicy and joyous wine it is!
Ox Hardy Fiano 2021
Saturday, 11 December 2021
Oakridge Vineyard Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
A super classy and elegant Cabernet that shows everything that's great about this variety. Well played team Oakridge. Highlighted by wonderful fruit and impressive savoury characters, it's long and moreish and whispers you closer.
James Haselgrove Futures Shiraz 2019
What a pleasure to drink. This Shiraz just glides through. Silky, elegant weight, it prances about on its toes. Lovely stuff.
Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvée 2017
Soumah Tutto Bianco d'Soumah 2021
Sunday picnics, crowd-pleasing deluxe, there is so much to keep you engaged with this easy-going wine.
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Dr Plonk FU Manchu Carignan 2021
Smackdown Carignan! This is a variety McLaren Vale does well and is getting more and more airplay in recent times. Often blended away, in the right hands it sings. One could say FU if you don't agree... Grab one of these, it's a fab drop.