Monday, April 27, 2009

Penny's Hill 2007 Shiraz

This is a big wine from a drought vintage but winemaker Ben Riggs has still managed to keep the alcohol to 14.5% and among all the spice, chocolate, fruit and nutty characters there is also some elegance. A McLaren Vale red with immediate appeal. $27.

Monday, April 20, 2009

McWilliam's 2007 Hanwood Chardonnay

Plenty of bang for your buck here (this won a recent gold medal at the Chardonnay du Monde competition in France). Peach and melon flavours dominate on the palate, there's some nice soft oak influence, some creaminess and nice balance. Very easy to drink. $12.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tulloch NV Verscato

It's pink and slightly spritzy so I expected to hate it; but this blend of verdelho and chambourcin is surprisingly enjoyable. Made in a moscato style, it's low in alcohol (7.5%), fresh, fruity and slightly sweet, Pretty in pink? You bet. $16.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Jacob's Creek 2008 Tempranillo

Tempranillo is often tipped as the next big variety in Australia - and this new release from Jacob's Creek underlines why. The Spanish grape has produced a juicy, fruity but also quite savoury red wine that offers immense enjoyment. Great value. $12.