Showing posts with label '17. Show all posts
Showing posts with label '17. Show all posts

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Mount Langhi Ghiran Blanc de Blanc 2017

 

Grampians Blanc de Blanc. It's light on the fizz, the first thing that caught my eye. A little more energy and spark would have been good. The cork was awfully pedestrian in its exit and needed some persuasion only to be missing a 'pop' of any sort. It could be bottle variation?

Thursday, 26 January 2023

Parched Crow Semillon 2017

 

Good gear this. A six year old Semillon from a relative newbie on the Hunter scene - The Parched Crow. It shows a gradual development with a few years left under its wings.

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

The Parched Crow Shiraz 2017

 

Dense and concentrated, this Shiraz from the Hunter Valley's Parched Crow walks through the door with arms wide open ready to give an embrace.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2017

 


Yalumba's flagship Shiraz. Long and moreish, this Octavius is best suited for those late night D&Ms. Sip slow and stay a while.

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 

Primo Yalumba Cabernet from one of the sweet spots for the variety in Australia, Coonawarra. This is an excellent wine. I could sit in a corner and sip this all night and not feel guilty that I didn't share a drop. What a glamour!

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Levantine Hill Colleen’s Paddock Pinot Noir 2017

 

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!

Monday, 15 August 2022

Bundalong Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 

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.

Monday, 25 July 2022

De Iuliis Aged Release Semillon 2017

 

Aged Semillon is a beautiful thing. It was great to see the 2016 and 2017 aged releases from De Iuliis side by side. I preferred this 2017 to the 2016.

Sunday, 17 July 2022

Moorilla Extra Brut 2017

 


Muse is 'the subtle and complex' so the label says. And this exemplifies that. A fabulous glass of fizz from Tasmania's Moorilla, I'd happily recommend this ahead of those imported Frenchies at the same price point.

Friday, 15 July 2022

Huntington Estate Bin No13 Shiraz 2017

 


This batch of Shiraz didn't fit the reserve range so it was kept on its own - smart move. Seeing 15% new oak for 18  months, it's a little bit different. But good different as some may say - it's like a Cherry Ripe in a glass.

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 


These latest releases from Huntington Estate have to be consistently the best I've seen across the range for a number of years. Bravo! The top end reds are in some serious form. This Cabernet is a treat and will reward further cellaring but there is no reason why you can't rip in now.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Simpson Estate Jenny Cabernet Merlot 2017

 

A wine that grows on you, for a label I don't know much about I walk away suitably impressed. Very nicely done here.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Indigo Vineyard Secret Village Shiraz 2017

 


One of those sip slow and embrace wines, I was infatuated with the depth on offer. Decant for now or let it reward with some cellaring, this is an impressive Beechworth Shiraz.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Rockbare RB1 Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017

 


My first look at Rockbare for what seems eons. It's great to be back and check out this beauty. In short, it just feels great.

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Heggies Vineyard Single Block Reserve Chardonnay 2017

 

This is a fabulous Chardonnay. Great fruit, well-handled oak, and all up, it's wonderfully balanced. I'll have a large pour, please.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Levantine Hill Optume Shiraz 2017

 

The sibling to the Optume Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, this is elegant, delicate and lacy. Silky and wonderfully balanced, it's an excellent Yarra Valley Shiraz. 

Monday, 2 May 2022

Levantine Hill Optume Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 

Releasing a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yarra Valley fetching $800 was always going to create some controversy and split opinion. And it is no surprise that this Levantine Hill Optume has done precisely just that. 

Sourced from a couple of undisclosed vineyards, it's worth putting a few things in perspective... Roughly 60 dozen each of the Cabernet Sauvignon and its Shiraz sibling were produced. What winemaker Paul Bridgeman and the team at Levantine Hill have proven in the past is that no stone is left unturned in their quest to produce the best wines possible.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Lienert Estate Shiraz 2017

 

Gee the label is pretty schmick. A salute to pink pin strips on the inside of a suit. The 2016 was a cracker at 93pts - no pressure on this 2017...

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Moorilla Muse Pinot Noir 2017

 


Dense, twiggy, delicately spiced and autumnal, this is cool nights and deep chats with your love along with an optional side of duck. From the get-go I'm hooked. A superb Pinot Noir.