Showing posts with label Hilltops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hilltops. Show all posts

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Gundog Estate Hilltops No. 2 Shiraz 2022


From a cooler site than the No. 1 Shiraz, this walks with a sophisticated swagger despite rocking a street-style hoodie, you know the one. It's a treat to see the two Hilltop expressions from Gundog Estate side by side. There is a little more polish here yet it still presents with some rustic appeal.

Gundog Estate Hilltops No. 1 Shiraz 2022


From low-yielding vines in heavier soil, the density and weight are obvious when tasted beside its Hilltops No.2 stablemate. With a glossy appearance, this is a lovely medium-bodied Shiraz.

Gundog Estate Smoking Barrel Shiraz 2022


Such an approachable wine, it is no surprise that this Smoking Barrel is a popular choice in the Gundog Estate range. A 50/50 blend of Hunter Valley and Hilltops fruit, it's dense though it keeps its medium-bodied shape. 

Saturday 18 November 2023

Gundog Estate Rosé 2023


Canberra Cabernet and Hilltops Shiraz combine to deliver this respectable and very approachable Rosé from Gundog Estate. With a watermelon juice appearance, it's best described as a red apple and strawberry delight.

Friday 17 November 2023

Gundog Estate Flintlock Shiraz 2022


The best parcels of fruit from the Hilltops are kept aside to produce this Flintlock Shiraz. Made for the long term, this is a wine I'd like to see in a few years time.

Friday 16 June 2023

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Briar Ridge Hillrose Shiraz 2022


Sourced from a single vineyard in the Hilltops region sitting 450 metres above, this medium-bodied Shiraz is a riot of sour cherries.

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Mercer Wines Malbec 2022


As we near peak fire pit and slow-cooked meal season, keep this Mercer Wines Malbec handy - it's a beauty. And then there is that colour! Coupled with eye-catching shelf appeal, it's a great drink.

Monday 26 December 2022

Gundog Estate Hilltops Shiraz No.2 2021


It's great to see two Hilltops Shiraz from the same winemaker showcasing the vineyards he gets access to. This No.2 Shiraz is clearly much more aromatic than its No.1 sibling. The presence of this wine appeals to me more than the No.1 too. It's great gear for $35.

Gundog Estate Hilltops Shiraz No.1 2021


Dense and dark, a brooding medium-bodied Hilltops No. 1 Shiraz from Gundog Estate.

Monday 28 November 2022

Gundog Estate Smoking Barrel Red 2021


A blend of Hunter Valley and Hilltops Shiraz, I'm unsure why it's called a "Red" when Shiraz is actually what it is. It's a great drink by the way, make no mistake. 

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Gundog Estate Rosé 2022


Sweltering summer afternoons can be sorted with an ice-cold glass of this Rosé from Gundog Estate.

Sunday 30 October 2022

Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 2022


Matt Burton sources fruit from a number of regions and it seems he has a habit of polishing a few gems. In short, this is delicious. A fabulous Rosé, I could neck the lot. Find this.

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Cassegrain Edition Noir 2019


A melting pot of sorts that brings Syrah and Pinot Noir together from three regions - Canberra, Central Ranges and the Hilltops. An interpretation of the Hunter River Burgundy perhaps that seems very much in vogue at the moment.

Monday 24 January 2022

Dirt Candy Rosé 2021


Barrel fermented Rosé made with Shiraz grown in Wiradjuri Country. Isn't it great to see producers acknowledging the First Nations people on their labels?

Friday 21 January 2022

Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 2021


Lacy pleasure. Delicate and curvaceous. Gee, we are blessed with the high standard of Rosés available on the shelves. Considered winemaking continues to push the bar higher. Here is a brilliant Rosé from Gundog Estate.

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Cassegrain Wines Spring Rosé 2021


Gee, this is one out of the box! A superb Rosé from a producer you may not have on your radar. Afternoon chills just got that little bit better with this in the glass.

Monday 27 December 2021

Gundog Estate Rosé 2021


A Rosé made from Shiraz and Cabernet, I found the Cabernet to really stamp its authority. It's the type of wine more suited for a casual BBQ than sipping on the sun on its own.

Thursday 25 November 2021

Ridgemill Estate The Spaniard Tempranillo 2021


Bright and playful early on, this Tempranillo is quite dissimilar to previous releases which have been more focused with their game face on. This 2021 is all about big smiles and big plates of food with an abundance of friends nearby.

Friday 24 September 2021