Thursday 31 August 2023

Nepenthe Pinnacle Nebbiolo 2021


These "drink now" Nebbiolos are just fabulous to kick back with. Sure, the real deal with a bootleg of age is epic gear, but the insight these provide as a result of astute winemaking fills my bucket.

Nepenthe Pinnacle Mencia 2022


The Adelaide Hills is a Mencia hot spot at the moment. There are a vast array of interpretations of the variety which builds the curiosity factor. This release from Nepenthe is a spicy and dense rendition.

Wednesday 30 August 2023

Yalumba The Steeple Shiraz 2019


I can't stop sipping this. Actually, substitute sipping with drinking. Just wow. Super silky with delicate spices, feed this Yalumba The Steeple to me via a drip.

Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2022


The first harvested fruit from this vineyard walks the tightrope of sweetness and acid with respectability. Nicely balanced, it is bright and expressive.

Tuesday 29 August 2023

Winmark Single Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2021


Deliciously attractive, this is Hunter Valley Chardonnay in peak form. A superb wine from Winmark that will only continue to develop with some bottle age.

Montalto Merricks Pinot Noir 2022


Depth with a flirtatious prettiness. This Montalto Merricks is an attractive and savoury-driven Pinot with some oomph.

Gundog Estate Rare Game Shiraz 2022


A wine to embrace, the moreish appeal is gravitating. Inspired by the Hunter Burgundy wines of years gone by, this Gundog Estate is gloriously medium-bodied and drawn from two vineyards lying in the shadow of the Broken Back Range.

Monday 28 August 2023

Yangarra Estate Preservative Free Grenache 2022


PF for Preservative Free. Such a pretty hue captures the eye but there is some heft in the glass. 

Soumah Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


Cool climate Cabernet getting the juices flowing. And juicy is the word. Black fruits are the hero with this Soumah release.

Sunday 27 August 2023

Pewsey Vale Contours Museum Release Riesling 2013


Gloriously golden in the glass, the beauty of age radiates through this museum release Riesling, yet there is a beguiling freshness about its carry.

Winmark Icon 72 Chardonnay 2021


Named after the vines planted in 1972, Winmark is quite a beautiful vineyard in the Hunter Valley sub-region of Broke. A brand entirely devoted to Chardonnay (rejoice!), it has certainly made its mark after a few years.

After Five Wine Co Montepulciano 2021

Staining depth. A wine that really digs its claws in, this a very tidy expression of Montepulciano from the southern Barossa.

Wednesday 23 August 2023

Burton McMahon D'Aloisio's Vineyard Chardonnay 2022


Another beauty from Burton McMahon. These 2022 releases are humming and this D'Aloisio's Vineyard is no exception.

Sanguine Estate Inception Shiraz 2019


A cuddly Heathcote Shiraz from Sanguine Estate that draws you closer. 

Nepenthe Pinnacle Albariño 2022


Super fresh and inviting, send the Kingfish and prawns. What a thrilling Albariño we have here from Nepenthe.

Tuesday 22 August 2023

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2019


Xavier Bizot again proves he is the premier wine producer from the Wrattonbully region. This Vineyard Reserve deserves its time in the cellar. Do that and your patience will be rewarded deluxe.

Nepenthe Apex Chardonnay 2021


If you like your Chardonnay with some oak, this is waiting for you with open arms. Generously layered with a persistent finish, there is a lot going on.

Burton McMahon Syme Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022


Spicier than its George's Vineyard sibling, this Syme Vineyard release from Burton McMahon is a superb Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Give it a little more time to see it at its best as was proven over a couple of days of tasting.

After Five Wine Co Serata 2019


The blending of unlikely bedfellows Shiraz, Montepulciano and Aglianico (50/29/21) has delivered an absolute treat. A generous wine with a stunning savoury edge, be sure to decant to see it at its best.

Monday 21 August 2023

Friday 18 August 2023

Barossa Bourne Old Vine Grenache 2022


Put this Barossa Bourne Old Vine Grenache in the old boot category. Reliable and comfortable, keep it within reach and it won't let you down.

Burton McMahon George's Vineyard Chardonnay 2022


The wines in the Burton McMahon range are in a sweet spot right now. A label worth following, this George's Vineyard Chardonnay is generous but impeccably weighted. Winning!

Barossa Bourne Cabernet Sauvignon 2022


A little firm on opening, give this Barossa Cabernet a little time to cool its heels.

Thursday 17 August 2023

Planta Circa Ancestor Grenache 2021


This Grenache from Purple Hands is a sheer delight to drink. Coming from Ancestor Vines planted in 1880, resistance is futile.

Twin Valleys Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV


A King Valley Blanc de Blanc without a great deal of interest.

Wednesday 16 August 2023

Reflecting Light White Feather Chardonnay 2022


This Reflecting Light Chardonnay from the Macedon Ranges is a beautiful love story in a bottle. Chablis-esque, it's hard not to adore its shape and presence.

Burton McMahon George's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022


Epically silky, this is a smashing Yarra Valley Pinot Noir from two mates with supreme winemaking IP.

Soumah Hexham Vineyard Syrah 2022


Oh, I like this. The drinkability of these Soumah wines never ceases to impress. Get one for now and one for later, you won't lose.

Deep Purple Hands Shiraz 2021


A dense and cuddly Barossa Shiraz, that as the name suggests, gets in deep. Yes!

Sunday 13 August 2023

Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz 2020


Planted in 1847, the Moorooroo vineyard is home to the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Rich, dense and brooding, this is an excellent wine from Schild Estate.

Flametree Chardonnay 2022


Flametree produces quality wines and this Chardonnay is the best release in this range that I have seen for a number of years. Well priced at $30, you'll be able to track it down for a little less. And you should track it down, it's a great drink.

Winmark Wines Expressions Chardonnay 2021


The Winmark Wines Expressions Chardonnay is a blend of five blocks from a total of seven onsite. Each block is picked and fermented separately with French oak playing a small role. It's quite a beautiful drink.

Winmark Wines Rusty's Run 2022


Winmark Wines have landed with a bang since taking over the old Poole's Rock vineyard in 2016. After bottling their first wines in 2018, they just took out the award for Cellar Door of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends Awards in 2023. Located in the Hunter Valley subregion of Broke Fordwich, they specialise in Chardonnay. This Rusty's Run is an expression of 'new world' Chardonnay and it hits the mark.

Friday 11 August 2023

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2021


A classic Aussie claret that smashes the brief from Terre à Terre. This is the fourth release of this wine with the label stamping its authority at Wrattonbully's premier producer.

Soul Growers Equilibrium GSM 2022

This is what a great GSM looks like. It's not about the points but more about the pleasure and the delish factor it delivers. This Soul Growers absolutely smashes the brief. Need a reliable red to fall back on? Look no further.

Colours of the South Mourvedre 2021


Juicy Barossa Mourvedre with a rustic edge. Tasty stuff indeed. Colours of the South deliver the Flavours of Happiness.

Smith and Hooper Cabernet Merlot 2021


A leafy and savoury driven Cabernet Merlot from Smith and Hooper.

Twin Valleys Prosecco 2023


A simple Prosecco that will tickle the fancy of those who enjoy a clean and crisp glass of fizz.

Twin Valleys Reserve Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV


Hello flavour. Where are you?

Thursday 10 August 2023

After Five Wine Co Shiraz 2021


After Five Wine Co. If there was ever a label wine drinkers would know back to front, it would be this one - coz we all want is something delish after five, right? Clever, smart booze. Polish, sheen, length and delish factor describe it best.

Storm King Wine Co Tempranillo 2022


Tempranillo with 60% whole bunch carbonic maceration - now that's pushing the dial with the variety and your taste buds are the winner. A great wine from Storm King Wine Co.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Soul Growers Provident Shiraz 2022


I've said it before and I'm happy to repeat the dose, this Soul Growers Provident Shiraz is a quintessential representation of what the Barossa does best. Having a few of these lying around is a wise decision for those times you need some comfort in a glass.

Yangarra Estate Noir 2022


Such an intriguing wine, this Yangarra Estate Noir is bursting with curiosity and interest. I could keep my nose in the glass for a while - it is so expressive. 

Tuesday 8 August 2023

Storm King Wine Co Shiraz Malbec 2022


Quite an intriguing wine, this Shiraz Malbec keeps its cards close to its chest yet there is a mystique that keeps drawing you back for more time and again.

Barossa Bourne GSM 2022


Mid-week bliss on a platter, this is such an easygoing and uncomplicated slurp. This Barossa GSM is that bottle of red wine you can turn to if you seek a good drink without too much complexity. Not too heavy and not too light, it's smack bang in the safety zone.

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 2021


Polished, this Barossa Shiraz from Yalumba is in tune with the dress code. It's here to please and it doesn't miss. What a rockstar!

Colours of the South Rosso 2020


A barbecue or roast night special. Generous with soft spices, this is a terrific drink.

Monday 7 August 2023

Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged Semillon 2018


The Hunter Valley has no peer when it comes to Semillon. Be it fresh and vibrant new releases or a cellar release with some time under its belt, these wines done well are 'semsational'. This pristine 2018 from Mount Pleasant is proof of that.

Twin Valleys Alpine Valley Pinot Gris 2023


Like its King Valley sibling, this is an easy-drinking Pinot Gris ready to launch at your next lunch gathering.