Sunday, January 24, 2021

Gala Estate 2020 White Label Chardonnay


Gala Estate is one of the rising stars of the Tasmanian wine industry with recent releases very much on song. This is a delightful cool-climate chardonnay made from fruit grown on the sunny east coast. The family behind the label may be relatively new to the wine business, but they have farmed in Tasmania for 200 years. This has classic green apple, stone fruit and citrus flavours and some lively refreshing acidity. Pair with pan-fried flathead. $35.       

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Oakridge 2020 Over The Shoulder Cabernet Merlot


The Yarra Valley is probably not the first place you would look for an affordable high-quality cabernet merlot blend, but this vibrant and fresh young release from David Bicknell and the team at Oakridge defies expectations to deliver a whole lot of bang for your buck. This is 82% cabernet, 18% merlot from three different regions of the Yarra. A long, cool ripening period has helped construct a purple-hued, juicy cool-climate red with plenty of length and verve. Subtle, food friendly and great value for money. $24.   

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Moss Wood 2020 Semillon


Moss Wood have been making wines in Margaret River since the industry began in the region - planting their first vines in Wilyabrup in 1969. This has a real wow! factor about it, with incredible depth of flavour. While many in the region blend semillon with sauvignon blanc, this is made in the Hunter style; 100% semillon, clear juice with multiple yeasts, unoaked and bottled after cold fermentation. It has white stone fruit flavours and Granny Smith apple notes to the fore with some Thai spice nuances and impressive textural elements. Brilliant with seafood or spicy cuisine. $36.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Little William 2016 Montepulciano

Mino and Co. is a new wine name to me - but with the striking presentation and brilliant 2016 Montepluciano I will certainly be paying attention from now on. The Little William label is a play on the family name of Guglielmino, who originated in the Sicilian coastal village of Fiumefreddo. The family has a deft touch with Italian varietals sourced both from the Riverina and South Australia - or in this case Heathcote in Victoria. This one paired impressively with a mushroom pizza but would match well with a range of dishes given its balance between fruit and savoury characters. Lovely stuff. $35.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Curly Flat 2019 Chardonnay


After 30+ years of producing stellar chardonnays and pinot noirs in the Macedon Ranges, Curly Flat is something of an "insiders" wine, much loved by members of the trade; mainly because of reliable quality and terrific value. Owner Jenifer Kolkka brought winemaker Matt Harrop on board a couple of vintages ago and the wines continue to shine; this rather Burgundian chardonnay, more Meursault than Chablis, would be fabulous with Christmas roast pork or turkey. Concentrated stone fruit aided and abetted by mineral acid drive. Lovely stuff. 96/100. $46.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

d'Arenberg 2019 The Anthropecene Epoch


Feeling adventurous? Dump cabernet, bypass shiraz and instead enjoy a glass or two of mencia. The grape from north-west Spain is very much at home in the warmth of McLaren Vale, producing medium-bodied reds with lips-smacking potential. This is fresh, vibrant and aromatic with berry and plum notes to the fore. A wine for enjoying in its youth - and it can even be lightly chilled on a summer day. Pair with a Spanish omelette. $30.  

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Yalumba 2016 The Signature


If you are looking for a Christmas present for a lover of serious Australian wine then look no further. This is the new release of a classic Australian blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz with the signature of long-time Yalumba winemaker Louisa Rose. Yalumba's history dates back to 1849 and since 1962 each release of the Signature has been dedicated to people who have "made a significant contribution to the culture and traditions of Yalumba".  This is the 47th Signature and probably one of the finest - well done winemaker Kevin Glastonbury. This vintage is dark and inky, complex and intense and is drinking well in its youth but will cellar well. Pair with beef bourgignon or fricasee of mushrooms. $65.