Showing posts with label Wrattonbully. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wrattonbully. Show all posts

Sunday, 11 December 2022

Mérite Wines Q Merlot 2020


What a difference a clone makes! This is Merlot you want to drink. It's smart gear well worth tracking down. As much as I'd love to say it is named after yours truly, I have nothing to do with the title. Sigh. Named Q after the Q45 clone, it is one that is vastly different to other Merlot clones planted throughout Australia. Sourced for its vibrance and charismatic charm, this is Merlot but not as you know it. 

Sunday, 23 October 2022

Terre a Terre Crayeres Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021


This is how Sauvignon Blanc should be done. Fresh, dripping with interest and a considered textural appeal, it's an excellent wine.

Sunday, 16 October 2022

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2020


From the Crayères Vineyard in Wrattonbully comes this generous but well-proportioned Cabernet Shiraz. The detail and shape are all class - it's an excellent wine hands down.

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2020


Wrattonbully Cabernet Franc done well. Very, very well. With a beautiful perfume, I'm hooked from the outset. Given the asking price, this is an excellent buy.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Terre à Terre Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2021


Partner this with a lazy lunch, an ice bucket and friends who smile a lot. This is Sauvignon Blanc done well.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Briar Ridge Big Bully Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


The Big Bully. What was once a member exclusive is now a wine available to all. And for Cabernet lovers, get in the queue. This is a beauty.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Smith and Hooper Pinot Grigio 2021

A good drink at the price point. Pinot Grigio from South Australia's Wrattonbully region.

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Patrick of Coonawarra Joanna Shiraz 2016


Sourced from Patrick's Wrattonbully vineyards, this is a big muscular red that is not ready to settle down just yet. I had this open for a couple of hours before getting to it and it didn't seem to budge all that much. Like 'em big? Here's your weapon.

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Yalumba FSW Botrytis Viognier 2020


Long and luscious, this incredibly silky botrytis Viognier was part of a tasting in preparation for International Viognier Day coming up on 30 April. Rich and generous, this is a kiss from the nectar gods. 

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Patrick Coonawarra Two Blocks Riesling 2020

Patrick Coonawarra always produces great Riesling. The only thing that has changed in this case is the new label. A sharp new look to a forever reliable wine.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Patrick Coonawarra Two-Blocks Shiraz 2015


Luke Tocaciu is a smart winemaker. His wines mirror his personality: quiet, considerate with a dose of charm. This Shiraz is a beauty and drinking beautifully now and will still reward the patient despite already being a six-year-old release.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2020


So fresh, bright and delicious, this Viognier from Yalumba always over-delivers for the money. It is easily one of the best value wines you can find around the $10 mark. Happy International Viognier Day (30 April).

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Carillon Block 22 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

A fabulous Cabernet from South Australia's Wrattonbully region. Just a stone's throw from Coonawarra and sitting on Limestone soils, you'd be forgiven for confusing the two given the similarities shown.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018


These Terre à Terre wines don't disappoint. I've been privileged to check out the Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Shiraz and Reserve and they've all impressed. There's an fabulous humility about the way they carry themselves and this Cabernet Franc Shiraz is no different.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2016


There's a good whack of oak here. I reckon it sits on a knife edge - some folk may be in their happy place yet others may say too much. It does play its hand, let that be said. Either way, it's a fabulous blend.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Woah! Sophisticated Sauv Blanc. This is the type of Sauvignon Blanc I want to drink. It's considered and intriguing. 

Monday, 24 August 2020

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz 2018


Polished. Damn, this is a very impressive rendition of the good old Australian Cabernet and Shiraz blend.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Merite Q Merlot 2016

I'm yet to meet anyone more passionate about Merlot than Colleen at Merite. That excitement is centred around the French Merlot clone Q45 she and her husband Mike have worked with which was introduced into Australia not too long ago. Have a glass or two and you'll see that this isn't your typical Merlot. I don't drink a lot of Merlot at all to be honest, but gee, I gave this a nudge. It's easily the best Merlot I've had for a long time.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Patrick of Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2014

Sourced from Wrattonbully, just up the road from Coonawarra, this is a Shiraz with great depth and presence sure to please. Terrific value it must be said.