It's not often that Chardonnays are held back so it was good to see this 2017 from Stockman's Ridge for a change of pace.
Pass me a medium rare steak with a pepper crust and a glass of this Philip Shaw No 89 Shiraz - food and wine pairing job done!
Another Cabernet Franc from Orange and another winner. So bright, fresh and vibrant with an attractive label, I just want in.
I was given the opportunity to taste this new release 2023 alongside a 2007. A fascinating contrast, the latter was still showing an impressive fresh and lively palate.
A pre-release look at the Philip Shaw No. 6 Chardonnay.
Yet to be released, this sample was pulled out from the riddling rack - luck me. Disgorged by yours truly, I didn't even make a mess of myself - winning!
With a vision of bringing Provence to the brand, viticulturist and co-owner Charles Simons has achieved his goal with this Rosé. Summer barbecues are sorted with this in your glass, it's tasty gear indeed.
Hello to this super refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Mayfield Vineyard. Top buying for the money, it's a big step up from the 2022 release and will surely bring a horde of new fans with it.
The White Label wines from Amour are the best of the best produced and this Shiraz is a very impressive number. Black fruits sit in the driver's seat and take you all the way to the pleasuredome.
Winemaker Matt Eades is a cool dude. An opening batter back in the day, he used to play A Grade cricket in Sydney facing the likes of Brett Lee. No doubt he'd often be on the front foot to navigate that freight train, this Black Label Shiraz is front palate focused too.
Killer Chardonnay from Matt Eades and his awesome little Amour winery. Creamy, nutty, the well handled drive lands the winning blow. I'd be more than happy to not share this with anyone.
Named 'The Socialist Red', this Cabernet Franc was the result of many hands pitching in to help winemaker Matthew Atallah during vintage when he tore a muscle in his shoulder days prior to the heavy lifting. How good is it when the community rallies around their mates!
Nicknamed 'The Bald Man's Shed', this Syrah comes from a difficult vintage for winemaker Matthew Atallah - he tore a muscle in his shoulder days before it started. Cousin Nick came to the rescue to help out, both lacking hair up top, hence the name. This Syrah is in a good place and will improve with time.
This current release Chardonnay from Matthew Atallah is excellent. Those who enjoy rich styles are in for a treat.
Tasted at one of the highest vineyards in Orange, the vista and the company made the occasion memorable. This is Matthew Atallah's second Chardonnay release since he went solo in 2016.