Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Airlie Bank Pinot Gris on Skins 2021


Tim Shand makes wines dripping with interest. He writes a good label too. "Pulling apart Gris and putting it back together again one piece at a time," he says. This is Pinot Gris, but not as you know it. For 22 bucks, a textural exploration awaits.

Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2021


Fresh and lip-smackingly textural, here is another Oliver's Taranga Fiano sure to get you in the mood.

Margan Wines Ceres Hill Albariño 2021


It's time to stretch your curiosity this spring and summer people. Rush at this super fresh Albariño from Margan Wines. This is something!

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Oliver's Taranga Chica Mencia Rosé 2021


Made by all the ladies at Oliver's Taranga, hence the name 'Chica'. This is a great excuse to enjoy a long lunch in the sunshine.

Tellurian Rosé 2020


This Rosé from Tellurian is a blend of Shiraz,  Nero d'Avola, Mourvedre and Grenache. A terrific food wine it must be said, but the school of thought is that a 'food wine' is below par. Not so. This wine will make the dining experience enjoyable rather than it needing a wingman to prop it up.

Tellurian Riesling 2020

Heathcote is best known for its Shiraz rather than Riesling but greetings to this release from Tellurian.

Friday, 25 June 2021

Eldridge Estate Gamay 2019


Oh, Gamay. Such a luscious drink - enough to make you weak at the knees. Eldridge Estate is always an excellent producer of the variety and lovers of Beaujolais ought to make a beeline towards it.

Tellurian GSM 2019


The GSM blend can be exhilarating when done well and this release from Tellurian urges attention. Such a great drink, you can't help but gravitate towards it. 

Jansz Pontos Hills Vintage Cuvée 2017


A new Cuvée released to speak of its place rather than the sum of the parts and it is superb! Released to celebrate the new Pontos Hills winery (formerly Frogmore Creek), the good folk at Jansz are excited about this new location for the next generation of Jansz sparkling wines in Tasmania.

Trifon Estate Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

With seven years already under its belt, this Cabernet took a little while to hit its straps.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

O'Leary Walker Seasonal Release Cabernet Shiraz 2020


From fifty-year-old Barossa vines, this Cabernet Shiraz blend is firm and abrasive on opening. A day on and it is a different wine entirely. A lesson in giving a wine time to find itself.

Lagoon View Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


A fair wine that gained some momentum with some air under its wings. 

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Yelland and Papps Second Take Vermentino 2020


An excellent expression of Vermentino. As soon as it was released it was sold out at the winery - that is saying something. Check good independent stores as there would be spicks and specks out there in retail land - but not for long. 

Punt Road Chardonnay 2020


A good get this for $24. It's a wine that grows on you and will only improve with medium-term cellaring.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Eldridge Estate Burkitt Blend Pinot Noir 2020

Here is a wine that is more about community spirit, banding together to support a mate and generating funds for a worthy cause. Open the bottle and it is bright and beautiful. Captivating from the outset, there is so much about its being to embrace.

Yelland and Papps Second Take Roussanne 2020


There is so much interest to peruse with this wine. Not fined nor filtered, this Roussanne is from the Barossa's Yelland & Papps is in its raw form and generates maximum impact.

Yangarra Estate Roux Beaute Roussanne 2019


Brilliance looks like this. A wonderfully layered Roussanne from Yangarra Estate.

Soul Growers Eden Valley Riesling 2021


The first of the Barossa 2021s to arrive and all the talk of a super vintage hold true. Fresh as and screaming for sunshine and smiles, this Riesling is refreshing deluxe. Get in my belly material.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Tellurian Redline Shiraz 2019


A barbecue special. Personally, I'd go a hamburger. One of those trendy double smashies will do me just fine. A drink now Shiraz from Tellurian's now certified organic vineyards.

Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2021


If you are going to have a Sauvignon Blanc, make it one that has been barrel fermented - like this one. Fresh as, the fruit bursts from the glass. 

Lagoon View Riesling Traminer 2018


An easy drink to match spicy food.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Trifon Estate Family Reserve Shiraz 2015


Some of these Trifon Estate wines have a good bit of age on their side and they are drinking very well right now. I enjoyed the Humble Vine Tempranillo and this is very tidy too.

Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz 2018


A Shiraz that needs food. Feed it protein. Preferably barbecued - but that's just me...

Oakridge 864 Oakridge Close Planted Syrah 2019


Pure class. Such a delight. Syrah on high. 

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Yangarra Estate Hickinbotham Grenache 2019


It is hard to ignore the beauty this delivers. Another excellent Grenache in the Yangarra Estate portfolio.

Oakridge Vineyard Series Barkala Chardonnay 2019


I didn't point this as highly as the Henk, Willowlake and Hazeldine, but gee I loved drinking it. And that's fundamentally it. Don't drink to points, drink to what you enjoy the most. This Barkala just talks to me as it whispers in my glass.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut Reserve NV

A ripping Champagne from the Duval-Leroy family who have been adding sparkle to people's lives since 1859. So clean and refreshing, go here.

Varney Wines Expressions of Interest Riesling Fiano 2021


A journey through the textural pleasure zone. Nicknamed the Ginger Sherbet Skinsy Thing pretty much sums up where things are at. A 60/40 blend, the Riesling was fermented on skins with Fiano.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Oakridge Vineyard Series Hazeldine Chardonnay 2019


Another superb Chardonnay from Oakridge. You'd bathe in the stuff. Bliss.

Castle Rock Estate Shiraz 2019


Always great. Always delicious. A wine hard to beat for consistency. Get around this Shiraz from Castle Rock Estate. 

Humble Vine Select Tempranillo 2015


Pitched beautifully, this is a wonderfully balanced Tempranillo from Victoria's Goulburn Valley. 

Varney Wines Chardonnay 2020


Sourced from two Adelaide Hills vineyards, the fruit for this Chardonnay was harvested over three weeks before seeing French oak for six months.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Oakridge Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay 2019

Winemaker Dave Bicknell has an uncanny ability to showcase fruit purity with a lean delivery. His range of Vineyard Series Chardonnays blast the door down making an, "I'm here!" statement. Hello to the beautiful Willowlake once more.

Oakridge 864 Henk Vineyard Aqueduct Block Pinot Noir 2019


The sophistication that comes from this vineyard strides forward once more.

Punt Road Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Sade factor here. Smooth operator and all. Cabernet keeps making all the right noises in the Yarra yet Chardonnay and Pinot Noir keep taking the microphone. Check this - it's a beauty.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Yangarra Estate High Sands Grenache 2018


Yangarra's top Grenache and there's nothing stopping its impressive beauty. Another brilliant release from the High Sands with this 2018 edition.

Yangarra Estate King’s Wood Shiraz 2019

Big love for this. A fabulous expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Humble Vine Selected Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


Currently a nine-year-old, this Cabernet is part of Trifon Estate's Selected Reserve range.

Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020


A pleasant, easy-drinking Pinot from Punt Road Wines' Airlie Bank range where texture and interest are the focal point.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Friday, 4 June 2021

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2016

"People want to see greatness," winemaker Kevin Glastonbury tells me. And he's right. From a most impressive vintage, pour a glass, embrace the aromas and sip slow - you'd be forgiven for thinking you were knocking on the door to the promised land. Welcome to The Caley 2016.

Lagoon View Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


A little more vibrant than its 2015 predecessor, this is a solid Cabernet.

Lagoon View Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Roast night red coming in large format. Set plenty of places around the table to share this easy-drinking Cabernet magnum.

Lagoon View Shiraz 2016


Respectable Shiraz.  The campfire is calling. 

Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay 2019


Dang! Could you get any finer, leaner and pure? Henk is king. Feed this to me via a drip.