Friday 29 October 2021
Give this time and you'll reap the reward. Quite tense early, it was still calming itself down on Day 3 of tasting. With a long life ahead, it's a wine that grows on you with more time in the glass.
There is some bunchy goodness in this Merricks Pinot. Laced with wonderful spices, it doesn't push through the mouth as much as its siblings.
Wednesday 27 October 2021
Riesling with its game face on. Focused with some development under its belt, this Clare Valley treasure gives a wonderful insight into where it's headed for the years to come.
Tuesday 26 October 2021
There are several wines that demonstrate that classic Barossa entry-level Shiraz which you'd happily go back to time and again. Add this Pirathon Silver Label to the list. A bit like that brash puppy dog, it shows its youth and wants to get amongst it all yet settles and finds comfort.
The Jasmine flowers come out at my place this time of the year only to tell me that Riesling season is in full swing. Here is a very tidy Riesling from a small Barossa producer worth you befriending.
Sunday 24 October 2021
Endearing, clever, arms wide-open. It's that inclusive friend that seeks you out and wants you to join in. And you should. This is a belter!
This is one out of the box - it's sleek and lean. Considering Verdelho is often lambasted in some quarters for lacking personality, check this. It's mightily impressive and highly recommended.
Darker in appearance, darker fruit too, this George's vineyard has a denser delivery than its Syme sibling. Two small parcels saw 100% whole bunch fermentation and the result is telling.
Classic Coonawarra. Classic Cabernet. As I've said before, this would be dearer from other regions. Lap this up Cabernet lovers. A steal for 30 bucks.
Thursday 21 October 2021
A luxurious ride through the pleasure dome. There is so much to seek out here. Bright fruit, depth, savoury elements, persistence... Find me in a comfy chair over there as I tuck in.
The Innocent Weed is all about that pesky spear grass that pins itself to you unsuspectingly. These are kept at bay in d'Arenberg's organic and biodynamic vineyards by the use of herbicides put them to sleep and improve the soils.
Tuesday 19 October 2021
Having witnessed Brad Hickey go about his work during vintage, his desire to let the fruit speak for itself is one of his core objectives. This carbonic Cabernet and Nero d'Avola is a vibe and an example of a little bit of creativity delivering excellent results.
Another one of those epic names from Chester Osborn. The Conscious Biosphere refers to the human impact on the earth and the need to plant sustainable varieties for warmer climates. Here we have the marriage of organic Petit Syrah and Aglianico.
You'd be a hard marker to knock this $15 Chardonnay. Without a splinter of oak in sight, the fruit does all the talking. Readily available, this is a neat find.
Sunday 17 October 2021
Pop 'n' pour. This is such an easy wine to turn to. For less than 20 bucks, no one loses here. Yalumba has pulled out a heritage label for the re-launch - just another reason to embrace this piece of Australian wine history.
Part of the growing organic range from d'Arenberg that has been getting a good push of late, this is a shift from the "house" style and it's noticeable. Here we have a delightful Fiano. It just feels and tastes good. That's enough to hook you in, right?
Tempranillo is synonymous with pizza and paella but a sausage on bread (onions on top if you don't mind) is a more than suitable match next time you are loitering at a park barbecue with your friends.
Friday 15 October 2021
If you are on the hunt to find a new small producer to support, Paisley Wines are worth throwing your arms around. I've seen their wines for the last two vintages now and their consistency and quality at the price point is hard to fault. This GMS is a delicious wine and such as easy slurp.
Simple, easy-going in nature, this is a fair drink for the money. If you like something to slurp on that is uncomplicated, go forth with this in hand.
Thursday 14 October 2021
Wednesday 13 October 2021
The latest addition to the Y Series clan, here is a wine that wants to be trendy and hang with the cool kids. It wears skinny jeans but they still flap in the breeze. It needs to fill out a bit more, but for $15, it's an easy, simple red.
A solid go-to and really good going for the money. You can often find these Y Series wines better than the $15 RRP. The better wines in the range are well worth it too - this is one of them.
Tuesday 12 October 2021
These playful new labels capture the Pizzini history fabulously. This one is of Katrina Pizzini on the front of what seems her new car. I would be sitting on a Maroon XD Falcon but that's another story... Here we have a serious expression of Sangiovese. Sink your teeth in and your claws. Delicious and then some.