Steely, focused, refreshing rizza coming at you.
A classic that oozes rustic appeal. A great match for any of those cuisines described as "dude food".
There is a wonderful purity about this Chardonnay which produces elevated levels of pleasure. Classy stuff. I love it.
Such an intriguing wine. There's a polish about this yet it has a rustic appeal all at the same time. A great drink.
Chardonnay for the beach. There's a sense of cool and calm about this. Think green apples and sea spray.
A different take on Syrah without going way OTT. Zero additions, the exploration of texture and edgy styles from Alkimi continues its impressive growth.
The Olive Grove Chardonnay is normally a blend of Adelaide Hills fruit and McLaren Vale. This release is solely from the latter, and it shows.
Love Grenache? Introduce yourself to Tim Smith. You need to. This is slick. Luxurious even. A sweet ride through the Grenache pleasure zone - akin to Smith cruising the back roads of Vine Vale on his beloved Triumph. Wind through the hair, the rubber hugging each turn, this is a sweet ride.
A bottle of fun dripping in crowd-pleasing appeal. The good folk at De Bortoli suggest this is, "Perfect for dressing up a garden party or any occasion with your closest girlfriends." That pretty much sums it up.
Clever. Levantine Hill doesn't miss the mark if at all and it's hard to see that changing any time soon with Paul Bridgeman at the wheel. This is a fabulous blend.
Gamay brings nothing but big smiles and thrusts you into the pleasure zone. My suggested food match is a large bowl of chips straight out of the air fryer with some footy or a trashy reality TV program to watch. Damn, this slides down so well. In the words of Meg Ryan, "Yes, yes, yes!"
Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Negroamaro and Nero d'Avola co-fermented to deliver an Italian superhero - less the cape.
A super Pinot! It floats through the mouth unobstructed. A great find from Lyons Will Estate, a small Macedon Ranges producer.
Fancy Merlot and Malbec joining forces in the Yarra Valley of all places? "I've never seen this before!" I say to myself. Words you never want your GP to utter... Alas, this is a great combo and well played by the team at Levantine Hill.
Just madness for $30!
I'm often asked to recommend age-worthy wines that don't cost a bomb. Mitchell Wines Peppertree is one of my go-to reccos and never fails. A new release and this 2016 keeps the high standard at an incredibly low price for what you get. Terrific value and built for longevity, get in the queue.
A great wine that has been barrel fermented and layered with intrigue - this is no surprise given it is from Levantine Hill's meticulous Paul Bridgeman.
Another impressive Pup from Ridgemill Estate. The more time it sees in the glass the more it shines. Great stuff!
A blending masterclass with six varieties thrust together to deliver a wine of complexity and deliciousness.
Gamay is ever-reliable when done well. This release from De Bortoli ticks that box. It's a lovely drink.
These new Glen Garvald wines from Levantine Hill are focused on using varieties uncommon to the Yarra Valley. I must admit, I did a double-take when I saw the makeup of this wine. Apart from Pinot Noir, I thought I was in McLaren Vale.
Skinsy Marsanne. Whole bunch goodness from Alkimi. Last year's release sold out in quick time and I can't see this 2020 version being any different.
Sparkling Shiraz is a fabulous style of wine that is often overlooked. This Mitchell Wines release is blended with vintages back to 12 years. A moreish and complex wine ready for your drinking pleasure.
I'm told this is the only Crement de Rosé in Australia but I'm happy to be corrected.
Awash with strawberries, raspberries and blue fruits, the splendour of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz whisper for your attention.
Hello old friend. A long time between drinks... A Yarra Valley Chardonnay that keeps on producing the goods.