Showing posts with label McLaren Vale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label McLaren Vale. Show all posts

Monday, 27 March 2023

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Dr Plonk The Good Doctor's Antidote Montepulciano 2021


The entry-level FU Manchu Montepulciano is a dangerously slurpable beast, but this Good Doctor's Antidote from Dr Plonk just takes things to another level. Is it the best Australian Montepulciano I've tasted? All signs point to yes!

FU Manchu Montepulciano 2022


If Montepulciano translates to "yummo" then the crew at FU Manchu and Dr Plonk have nailed the brief. Yikes! This is a great slurp. 

Friday, 17 March 2023

FU Manchu Mourvedre 2022


Dry and mouth-sapping, waves of spices wash through effortlessly. One thing you can't miss is the layers of interest that seem never-ending.

Sunday, 12 March 2023

Dr Plonk The Good Doctor's Tonic 2014


The Good Doctor knows best. A muscular wine busting out with Tannat leading the charge, there is an elegance about its carry that I find irresistible. I loved the 2012 release and my sentiments haven't changed with this 2014.

FU Manchu Mourvedre Rosato 2022


Savoury, skinsy and lip-smackingly dry, this is a great starting point if you'd like to step into the world of natural wines.

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

FU Manchu Cabernet 2021

Cabernet bliss 101. You can't go wrong here, be it now or stashed away for a few years.

Monday, 6 March 2023

Saturday, 4 March 2023

FU Manchu Carignan 2022


I taste this and my mind goes back to a McLaren Vale trip in 2020. I learnt that unique parcels of Carignan are all over the district, but most of the fruit is blended away. When allowed to stand tall on its own (which is rare), it's a great drink - just like Exhibit A here.

FU Manchu Mourvedre Rosé 2022


These FU Manchu wines are fun and interesting. Loaded with personality, there is satisfaction and joy around every corner. This Rosé hits that mark once more. 

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Oliver's Taranga Vine Dried Cabernet 2021


A very herby and savoury Cabernet that gains terrific momentum with time in the glass. Made in the Amarone style, the fruit was rack dried to intensify the flavours.

Sunday, 18 December 2022

Brash Higgins Ripple 2022


We're in peak barbecue season people and a bottle of this Brash Higgins Ripple under your wing is a recipe for sheer happiness. What a beauty! It's joyous. It's juicy. It's a riot of fun.

Thursday, 15 December 2022

Oliver's Taranga Corrina's Shiraz Cabernet 2021


A big McLaren Vale red. A blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, this calls for Sunday night roasts. 

Sunday, 11 December 2022

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Oliver's Taranga Brioni's Blend 2022


Your face lights up immediately when you meet Brioni. Her infectious smile brightens the room and this wine, much like her, brightens the mood big time. Vibrant and energetic, it's a blend of Mataro, Touriga and Shiraz. Loaded with juicy fruit, it's all party shoes on and let's get dancing. More like this please - it is an absolute beauty.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Chapel Hill Abacus Shiraz 2021


This is a great Shiraz for the budget conscious. It's dense and generous - get your claws into kinda stuff.

Chapel Hill Abacus Mourvedre Rosé 2022


Straight up and down, there's not a lot of excitement or get up and go with this Mourvedre Rosé. 

Chapel Hill Organic Small Batch Shiraz 2021


The organic wine market continues to surge and this small batch Shiraz from Chapel Hill is their red wine contribution. Good gear, it flows with ease. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Brash Higgins Smart Vineyard Grenache 2021


Brad Hickey has moved into the Grenache game. Usually producing a Grenache Mataro blend, he's stepped things up and sourced some fruit from the 70 year old vines in the Smart Vineyard. What an excellent and delicately handled debut this is!

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Oliver's Taranga Tempranillo 2022


Brisket on steamed buns with a glass or two of this. Yes please! Tempranillo is made for food so load up a plate and fill your glass.