Wednesday 27 September 2023
Brand new in the bottle, I was fortunate to be the first to check this out with winemaker Jean Francois prior to its release. Winning! This Rosé from Skimstone is an absolute cracker for 25 bucks. Go here.
The cellar door at Skimstone Wines provides a beautiful vista and laid-back experience. This Chardonnay is a fabulous wine worth tracking down for its terrific drive and balance.
Tuesday 26 September 2023
A cellar door with a glorious aspect to catch the sunset, this Chardonnay is a tasty wine to enjoy while absorbing the numerous sculptures throughout the property. Art lovers will thoroughly enjoy their time at Rosby be it in the onsite gallery or wandering the gardens.
Monday 25 September 2023
All the Mudgee Shiraz I tasted during my recent exploration of the region was very consistent. Cudos to the region and the winemakers. This Estate Shiraz from Heslop Estate is all Glenn McGrath like - line and length. Big love.
Great to see some carbonic maceration used with this Shiraz. Some dislike it. Some think it is a fad. Some couldn't care less. I think it imparts some vitality.
A curious Chardonnay. The oak is heavy handed but it may well fall into the lap of those that enjoy generous styles.
Also known as Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, White Frontignac isn't too common but dry styles such as this can be good partners for Thai and Indian food.
Sunday 24 September 2023
Lisa Bray is a winemaker to seek out. These LMB Wines are a side project to her main role at a larger Mudgee producer. With some serious runs on the board, the quality is sky-high and the asking prices are quite reasonable. This Riesling is a beauty. Hello summer!
A brand new Rosé from Lisa Bray. It's so new there is no bottle pic. If a savoury Rosé is your go, burst out of the blocks for this beauty.
Saturday 23 September 2023
I met Kate Day, one of the two Kates behind the In Two Minds label, on my recent trip to Mudgee. Although Mudgee based, she makes her wines interstate with her sister-in-law Katherine Day, drawing parcels of fruit from a range of regions. An excitable and passionate winemaker, she says this wine pays homage to Don Lewis who was a great mentor in her early years.
Thursday 21 September 2023
Why is Riesling the best value wine in Australia? Crack this for $30 and you'll sit bolt upright. What a blistering wine we have here!
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Curvacious, I'm a big fan of the shape of this wine. Not shy on generosity, hold this for a few more years to see it at its best.
Clean, fresh and pure. The 2023 Hunter Valley vintage is said to be better for reds but this is a very tidy expression of Semillon.
For an off-dry Semillon, this hits the mark. The texture from skins is evident and the delish factor is high. A smart wine from Gundog Estate.
Saturday 16 September 2023
All I want is a rack of pork ribs with this Chapel Hill MV Mourvedre in a glass to wash them down. What a beauty!
I like this. A great representation of McLaren Vale Shiraz, this Chapel Hill MV develops impressively in the glass.
Thursday 14 September 2023
Planted in 1889, the Tri-Centenary block has been around for three centuries, hence the name. A Grenache like no other, the weight and complexity don't match the bright colour in the glass. This is an impressive wine.
Ever reliable, this is a great Grenache to wrap your lips around. A glass of medium-bodied delish, some of the fruit comes from 100+ year old vines. Value much?
A Grenache with some depth, the fruit and spices mingle with ease delivering a wine with an attractive presence and flow.
If you were going to introduce someone (or yourself) to Semillon, this Hunter's Semillon from Gundog Estate is an excellent starting point.
Something new and fabulous from Dalrymple... This debut Pinot Meunier is delicious and all I can say is just keep pouring.
Millennials love medium-bodied wines and this is right in their wheelhouse. Only a small batch production that is to be sold on premise, this oozes good times and good vibes.