Sunday 26 February 2023
A single vineyard wine showing all the little things that glisten. Delicacy, depth, balance and length, it's an impressive Hunter Valley Chardonnay.
There is plenty going on here to amuse those who enjoy a Hunter Valley Chardonnay. More people should dive into the beauty that the region delivers with this variety. In this case, a little bit of richness goes a long way.
A blend of two Barossa Cabernet vineyards, one at each end of the valley. Although it took a little time to get going, it showed some great form in the end.
Friday 24 February 2023
Brett Hayes' ability to gather fruit from unique vineyards is quite impressive. From a vineyard behind the old Penfold's winery in Nuriootpa, these ancestor vines are over 125 years old. An incredible wine, it shines a bright light on what are all things fantastic about Barossa Valley Shiraz.
Go back to 2013 and this Dairy Hill Semillon was winning every trophy under the sun and deservedly so. With a proven ability to age, it's a wine worth adding to your black book.
I really love this label. What a fine tribute to the late Karl Stockhausen who did so much for the Hunter Valley. This Semillon exudes some cool summer vibes.
Thursday 23 February 2023
I'm not sure who loves Mataro more, Tim Smith or Andrew Seppelt. A pay-per-view street fight in Tanunda may settle it best. This 2022 from Smith is excellent throwing out the challenge to Seppelt once again.
What a beauty! This Sangiovese is quite charming and ready to embrace a classic Italian dish. Armed with a sip slow moreishness, get comfy and enjoy the ride.
Tuesday 21 February 2023
Dripping with class - wow. Kick back and embrace an arm armchair ride through the pleasure zone. A glorious Shiraz from the Clare Valley.
This is a bomb of pleasure that thrusts itself in your direction. Take a seat, get comfortable and pour large. Another excellent Tim Smith Grenache awaits.
A blend of vineyards from the northern Barossa, this is a Shiraz that brings happiness and comfort in equal doses.
Wednesday 15 February 2023
This is a beauty and just gets better and better. I thought it was on fire on day two of tasting but it continued to impress as time went on. Get around this fabulous Single Vineyard Barossa Shiraz.
If you enjoy richer styles, this Single Vineyard Primrose Shiraz release would be well placed in your cellar. Owner Brett Hayes says this is an intellectual wine. Sit beside a glass for a while and you can see what he means. It will be a late bloomer and time will be its friend.
Tuesday 14 February 2023
A Barossa Shiraz that is more focused on good times than getting in deep, this is a great wine to splash in some glasses and kick back with.
What a great drink this is. It's rich, generous and loaded with interest. Monte Australian style smashing the brief.
Sunday 12 February 2023
If you enjoy Chardonnay you'd be sure to enjoy Roussanne and no one does it better than Yelland and Papps. Now with four interpretations of the variety, this Blanc delivers interest for days.
This is new for Shaw Wines. I haven't seen them draw fruit from outside their immediate locality in the Canberra district til now. A wonderfully refreshing wine, the Eden Valley bath perfume trait diffuses luring you in.
If you only drink 95+ point wines, jog on. But if juicy and silky is in your wheelhouse, the slurp factor of this Grenache/Cinsault/Mataro blend brings the dance shoes and beats to the yard. Yeow!
It's been a while since I've seen a Billi Billi Shiraz. The last time was at a wedding many years ago. Classic function centre wine, this is reliable and is quite the bargain for 20 bucks.
An interesting pair of varieties thrown together for this Rosé but it works. A little darker in the glass with a cranberry juice tinge, it's a ready partner for a casual barbecue.
Monday 6 February 2023
The Chardonnay from Mayfield's Orange vineyard sits nearly 900 metres above sea level. There is some pleasing complexity about this wine.
A smart Riesling from a new producer to me. From Orange, NSW, the minerally drive and cool climate vibe sing all the joyful things.
The New South Wales Orange region produces some great examples of Sauvignon Blanc. This tight and zesty release goes down really well.