Glorious fruit. Glorious depth. A super impressive Grenache from the southern Barossa.
Elegant intensity. And elegance is certainly the word. A beautiful Chardonnay that glides through the mouth.
Spring is here and this is your weapon for afternoon refreshment. Hunter Valley Prosecco courtesy of Usher Tickler.
Juicy raspberries. Raspberry city is perhaps a more apt description. Delicious and then some. A fabulous Barossa Grenache at a great price.
Bringing the winery to the vineyard in unison, this Waipara Pinot Noir was crushed and fermented in the vineyard delivering an impressive expression of Pinot Noir.
The French word “terroir” is often used in wine conversations but the Kiwis have a Maori term “Turangawaewae” which is translated to “a place to stand” empowering connection to the land. That's precisely what has taken place here.
Celebrating 40 years, the Saluti has been released to commemorate the occasion. A 72/28 blend and coming from the best barrels, this is an excellent wine.
A wonderfully complex Pinot Noir from New Zealand's Black Estate. From Waipara which can be found less than an hour north of Christchurch, the brand was established in 1994.
Big love. A Yarra Valley Chardonnay from Levantine Hill that possesses a quiet beauty. There is precision and grace about its calming presence.
Alluring depth. That cooler Eden influence can be seen but stays very much on the flank. I dig this Hutton Vale Cabernet big time.
There is a quiet humility about this Yarra Syrah. A beautiful drink, it's nicely done. Would you expect any less from Levantine Hill?
Something a little different coming across the QWine tasting bench - a wine rack to review! It's not every day you get one of those to 'sample'.
When a couple of wine racks arrived for review, I wasn't particularly sure how to go about the process. Would I fill them and sit and watch them closely analysing their ability to hold bottles? Perhaps I assess their ability to age the wine? Oh, the first world problems we encounter...
Hold 'em back! Too many Australian Pinot Noirs are released too young. But isn't it great to see something hit the shelves with five years on it? What a precious gem this is. Boom!
A Pinot Noir that slides through the mouth with ease, this is very much a savoury expression of the variety.
Easy going refreshment coming at ya. Readily available and the best of the current Oxford Landing releases, you can see why this no nonsense Sauv is as popular as ever.
With The Caley headlining the Yalumba portfolio, this is the Cabernet Shiraz you will find at the other end.
Some very old vines are the source for this excellent McLaren Vale Shiraz. Hand-picked from the Old Block (planted in 1948), wild fermentation took place in the winery with no sulphur, tannin or acid additions. It saw French oak (35% new) for twelve months. Sit back and embrace this.
A quick look at the new Riesling release from Raidis Estate at the recent Coonawarra Roadshow tasting. Hello spring! This is a ripper! The last time I reviewed it was back in 2019. Nothing has changed - the quality is still sky high and the price screams extreme value.
What a find! I tasted this at the Coonawarra Roadshow and was instantly impressed. For $30, it is an insanely delicious Cabernet. Get around it.
Power but with subtlety, generous fruit is laced with delicate spices. This is another brilliant Ironheart Shiraz.
A cool label, a killer name plus some crafty winemaking and Usher Tinkler can't keep enough stock on the shelves. The demand for this Semillon is quite something.
Although this is the first time I've seen this wine come across the Qwine tasting bench, I was curious to find out it has skipped up $20 from the previous vintage. That's a fair hike but I'm sure there is a good reason for it. Reasons I'm not privy to...
So perfumed, this is a glorious Riesling. It was even picked on a full moon for those that love that kind of thing. Tim Smith says, "Ice buckets, friends, seafood." Bingo! He nailed it!
Delicate and silky, there is some serious drive from this Levantine Hill Yarra Valley Pinot. It slides through the mouth with ease. Another top up, please.
I'm going to be honest... I took a quick look at the label and severely mispronounced the name replacing the second A in Faraday with a K. Thank goodness things aren't that bad. This is an easy drinking Pinot Gris that will ensure your day is a happy one - not the one I thought it could be.
We sat by the pool eating prosciutto di parma pizza and drinking good wine. It was too cold to get in the pool but that was beside the point. Happiness doesn't need pizazz and window dressing and this Tim Smith Bugalugs demonstrates that with ease. A wine for all occasions, this is such a reliable, go-to red.
The no and low alcohol market is going gangbusters at present. But do you want to drink wine or something made with the addition of grape juice concentrate? If you want the latter with some Lilly Pilly extract for good measure, maybe this is for you? You won't find me in the queue.
This is smart. I do like Hunter Shiraz. That medium body and sleek lines are just ace when done well. The cuttings from this block originally came from the famed Tallawanta vineyard with the roots now reaching deep into the soils of Mount View.
The Shiraz and Viognier blend fad was red hot years ago and its appeal has simmered down somewhat. The odd example still bobs up. Here is a solid expression from the Hunter Valley's Comyns & Co.
A new addition to the Hayes portfolio, the diversity of their Grenache wines from across the Barossa (plus one from McLaren Vale) is quite something. Wonderfully aromatic, this is captivating from the outset.
More concentrated than the George's Vineyard Chardonnay in the same range, the D'Aloisio's vineyard comes from the Seville township in the Yarra Valley that is situated 230 metres above for those who love altitude chat. A great drink this.
There is more lift and grace with this Syme on the Yarra Vineyard Pinot compared to its savoury driven and carefully weighted George's Vineyard sibling. In short, it's a brilliant wine.
Clean lines, classy feels, this is a fabulous expression of Viognier. It's gone up two bucks since the previous vintage but you'd pay it. You'd happily pay more given the quality on offer. Another impressive release from Tim Smith.
Barrel fermented and seeing six months in French oak, this Viognier from the Bendigo region is a tidy drink.
Pretty and almost skeletal, this is a joyous and dancy number. The fruit glides through unobstructed. Silk sheet material. Bring it!
Lean and pristine, this is an excellent Yarra Valley Chardonnay made by two winemakers in a neat groove - Gundog Estate's Matt Burton and Seville Estate's Dylan McMahon.