Sunday, January 30, 2022

Patrick 2020 Méthode Cab Nouveau


Regular readers will probably have gleaned that I am a traditionalist when it comes to my wine choices; "natural". "amber" and "on-the-spectrum" wines have their place - but that place is rarely in my mouth. There are, however, exceptions to every rule and I really enjoyed this experimental cabernet from Luke Tocaciu and family-owned Patrick Wines in Coonawarra.  This is an "early release" style that is soft and juicy and approachable and designed to be enjoyed in its youth. Spontaneous ferment, malo, lees contact. You could even give it a bit of a chill. It has apparently been a big hit and is close to selling out. $32.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Chateau La Gordonne 2020 Verite du Terroir Provence Rosé


There is no better time than summer to quaff a glass or two of dry Provencal rose and pretend we are in a rustic hilltop village in the south of France. Pale pink and organically farmed, this little taste of the hills around Toulon is bright, fresh and authentic. The La Gordonne label dates to the 17th century and is owned by Champagne House Vranken-Pommery Monopole. This AOC Côtes de Provence wine is blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah and has aromas of blueberries and citrus, leading on to a lively, zippy palate. Perfect for a picnic, or a day at the beach. $32. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Cobaw Ridge 2020 Pinot Noir


Vignerons Alan and Nellie Cooper live in a house and cellar door overlooking one of the prettiest vineyards in Australia. All their Cobaw Ridge wines are estate-grown, -made and bottled in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria and have been certified biodynamic for a decade. Their wines invariable have poise, personality and reflect a sense of place. The 2020 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir is one of the best pinots of the past 12 months - beautifully balanced, deliciously drinkable. There is a real energy here in a serious wine with savoury and sweet/sour elements that can be enjoyed now or cellared. Take your pick. 95/1000 for me. $62.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Gundog Estate 2021 Hunter's Semillon


Another winner from talented winemaker Matt Burton - a lively and vibrant Hunter Valley semillon that is made for immediate summer enjoyment. There is plenty of fresh fruit citrus and stone fruit flavours here, but also a fine, elegant structure. This should be enjoyed with freshly shucked oysters, or perhaps a sashimi platter, fresh from the fridge. There is only 11.3% alcohol here, so you can enjoy an extra glass. If you haven't tried a Hunter semillon for a while, this might just kindle or rekindle a love affair. $32.