Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Levantine Hill 2018 Syrah


It has only taken a few years for Yarra Valley upstart Levantine Hill to build a formidable reputation for quality, with winemaker Paul Bridgeman crafting a range of wines that are noteworthy for impressive personalities and impeccable balance. This is a perfect dinner party choice; a cool-climate syrah with serious panache and pizzazz that has swept up several show awards already. It has medium-bodied style with plummy fruit characters married to some beguiling spice characters and impressive structure. Plush, with impressive length, this demands to be paired with food; perhaps a traditional roast lamb. I'll give this one 97/100. You can confidently cellar it, should you wish to, but it is drinking beautifully right now. $80.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Brokenwood 2022 Semillon


With spring upon us, it is the perfect time to enjoy some of the new-release semillons from the Hunter Valley; wines that are perfect for enjoying chilled, al fresco perhaps with some oysters, or in our case flathead fillets. Floral and Asian spice aromas, zingy green apple freshness on the palate and a load of racy acidity on the long, lean finish make this a real pleasure to drink. No oak or malo, just a short stint in stainless steel and then into bottle. Good stuff. $30.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Chapel Hill 2021 The MV Cabernet Sauvignon


Chapel Hill is probably best known to wine lovers for its terrific-value sub-$20 wines in its The Parson range, but move up a gear and you have some seriously excellent drinking at a realistic price. This is a very stylish, flavoursome red that went a treat with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Think dusty tannins but with a core of generous black fruit flavours. Quintessentially Australian, cocky and confident with its intensity. At 14.5% alcohol, this is not a wine for wimps. It certainly shines with red meat dishes. $33.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Kooyong 2020 Single Block Ferrous Pinot Noir


I love this wine. All three of the 2020 single block pinot noirs from Kooyong on the Mornington Peninsula are outstanding but this one is the star turn; made from fruit grown on a site of under a hectare that is full of ironstone pebbles that give the wine its individual character. This is a concentrated, intense pinot with sweet and savoury notes allied to minerality, but it also also has elegance and style. A portion of whole bunch and wild fermentation in old oak have resulted in a magical potion. After fermentation the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (25% new) and underwent malo, adding texture. Unfined, unfiltered and an absolutely marvellous drink that evaporated far too soon. Magical, and 98 points from me. $75.