Sunday, January 31, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
“If all shirazes tasted as good as this, then I would drink a lot more shiraz,” said my wife after this trumped a bracket of several more expensive shirazes in a recent tasting. Made by Mornington Peninsula winemaker Geraldine McFaul from fruit grown in the cool Pyrenees region of Victoria, it is a wine of remarkable quality for the price; terrific fruit, quality oak and great structure with just a hint of minerally tannins. Beautifully balanced and structured. I could drink quite a lot of this. $32. www.willow-creek.com.au
Sunday, January 10, 2016
The 2014 vintage was an absolute stunner for shiraz in the Hunter Valley and the Eather brothers, Garth and Rhys, have hit the bullseye with this glorious French-accented individual-vineyard offering. The fruit, which includes 40% whole bunch, is sourced from the unirrigated Leonard Estate with its clay "terracotta" soils in the heart of Pokolbin - and boy has it delivered. This is a rich and concentrated wine, but with a definite lightness of being. French oak has added complexity and a 2% injection of viognier gives it brightness and lift. Scented, medium-bodied and downright delicious, this will cellar well but is in the "zone" for current drinking. $70. www.meereapark.com.au.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Not everyone loves Levantine Hill, with its expansive new cellar door complex in the Yarra Valley, advertising blitz and perceived high prices. I'm an unashamed fan. I like the wines; love the Ezard at Levantine Hill restaurant and admire the passion of the people behind the label - Elias and Colleen Jreissati and talented former Yarra Yering winemaker Paul Bridgeman. There are several outstanding single vineyard reds in the range but for warm weather drinking pleasure you can't go past this deliciously quaffable rosé, which is a cabernet-driven wine with a dash of pinot noir in the blend. This is summer liquified; a handpicked, pale and very savoury wine with raspberry/cream, herb garden and dark cherry notes that is fresh and lively but also has plenty of length and depth. A serious rosé that's a lot of fun. $36.