Saturday, January 24, 2009

Deviation Road 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

A terrific savvy blanc from an Adelaide Hills winery that has impressed me over the past 12 months. A wine with many layers of flavour - in contrast to its Kiwi cousins - and nice balance between herbaceous and tropical fruit characters. $18.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jansz Tasmania Premium 2004

This is the official wine of Australia Day - and a great choice as it is one of the best sparkling wines on the market. Quite big and soft but with lovely mousse and acid, and tremendous drinkability. A couple of glasses of this may not be enough! $39.95.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hurley Vineyard 2006 Harcourt Pinot Noir

Six friends around for a tasting. Two dozen top-end wines sampled and this was the favourite by popular acclaim. It's a superb pinot from the Mornington Peninsula with fabulous varietal character, intensity and personality. Brilliant. $49.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tomich Hill 2008 Unwooded Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills winery Tomich Hill is one to watch; it's producing clean, well-made wines at fair prices. This offers outstanding value with fresh stone-fruit characters, softness on the palate and some crisp acidity. A delightful wine for summer. $14.