Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Brandy Creek 2006 Sparkling Pinot Gris

This West Gippsland winery produces no fewer than four pinots gris each year. This is a really interesting sparkler with pear notes on the nose, very fine bubbles and a fresh, vibrant palate with hints of creaminess. A lovely aperitif. $33.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

McHenry Hohnen 2007 Rocky Road Chardonnay

Thoroughly modern, thoroughly delicious! I love this Margaret River chardy, which has white peaches and cream flavours, light but spicy oak beautifully integrated and a clean, fresh acid finish. Complex but enjoyable. Bring a second bottle! $37.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Kangarilla Road 2006 Primitivo

Primitivo is native to Croatia, popular Italy, usually called zinfandel in the US and Australia. This is a big, spicy number, with berry/cherry and spice flavours. Bright and fresh with soft tannins and nice balance given it carries 16% alcohol. $22.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Lauca Reserva 2005 Carmenere

Chile is producing some superb red wines at very reasonable prices - as shown by this little beauty. Made from a grape that's unknown here, it is really flavoursome; soft and smooth with balance and relatively low alcohol. $20.