Sunday, September 26, 2010

Philip Shaw No.11 2008 Chardonnay

Few winemakers can have enjoyed such diverse careers as Philip Shaw, who masterminded Rosemount's global assault and was chief winemaker for Southcorp before turning his back on the corporate dollar to handcraft wines from vineyards outside Orange, where his lounge room serves as his cellar door. This is a terrific offering from his Koomooloo vines, which stand at 900 metres and are now over 20 years old. It's quite stunning with stonefruit flavours, subtle oak, sensible alcohol levels ($12.5%) elegance, balance and - most important of all - drinkability. Great value at $30.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kooyong 2008 Meres Pinot Noir

Sandro Mosele makes no fewer than five Kooyong Mornington Peninsula pinots noir that earn a review in James Halliday’s 2011 Wine Companion and this is one of three rated at 95 or better. All the individual vineyard wines, the Ferrous, Haven and Meres, are outstanding; but this one shouts out its quality with delicious red fruit characters, savoury hints and fabulous structure. All class. $66.