You'll get no apologies from me for recommending yet another sensational 2008 Clare riesling. This is fresh, lively and zesty with wonderful lemon and lime flavours, crisp acid and only 11.5% alcohol. Ridiculously easy to drink! $16.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Searching for a classy red for the holidays that's not mainstream? This is a searingly good Margaret River cabernet, made in small quantities, with wonderful varietal character, ripe fruit, a hint of earthiness and great balance. Superb! $89.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Looking for a terrific wine to enjoy with a steak or hamburger, or for a barbecue? Look no further. This is a deliciously slurpable red with plenty of flavour. It is rich and powerful without being over the top. Great value for under $20.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
A lovely pinot from a family operation at Pakenham, between Melbourne and West Gippsland. This fragrant number has lovely sweet berries on the nose and fresh dark cherry flavours on the palate with hints of toasty oak and lovely structure. $26.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
One of an outstanding range of shiraz releases from an iconic winery in the Grampians of Victoria, this is a delicious (and affordable) cool-climate red with complexity, intense fruit flavours, savoury nuances and lovely texture. $25.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Coriole were sangiovese pioneers. Amazingly, this is their 21st release - and it's a ripper, with cherry aromas and nice balance on a finely textured palate which offers dark cherry/savoury pepper characters and fine dry tannins. Perfect with pasta. $20.
Monday, September 29, 2008
There are some very good 2008 rieslings but you won't do much better than this crisp and refreshing wine from high-altitude, cool-climate vineyards. A nicely structured wine with oodles of flavour, citrusy minerality and lovely finishing acid. $20.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This rich, full-bodied red has been a star of the show circuit. It's chock-a-block full of ripe berry, plum and chocolate flavours and has the tannins, structure and pedigree to still be drinking well in decade. Partner with rare roast beef. $22.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
De Bortoli have have inspired a legion of imitators but this remains the standout stickie in Australia; a stylish botrytis semillon with intense aromas and a rich, luscious palate oozing with stone fruit and citrus flavours. Great with blue cheese. $30.
This New Zealand winery makes oustanding chardonnays at a range of price points, but this indivdual vineyard wine is absolutely brilliant with lovely balance and great acidity. Powerful but elegant, this would be superb with a roast leg of pork. $58.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Most low-alcohol beers are crap, as have been most low-alcohol, lower-calorie wines - until now. With just 8.5% alcohol, this is crisp, refreshing and quaffable. The 07s were questionable; this is a real improvement. Prepare to be surprised. $14.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Wow! This is sensational value for money given the prices several less worthy pinots are fetching. You'll find dark cherry and plum aromas with some eathiness on the nose and a soft, silky palate with hints of mushrooms and spice. Gorgeous. $25.
Friday, May 23, 2008
We opened 24 different rosés (as you do) and this was a runaway winner. You'll find lovely sweet berry aromas and delicious fruit and spice, with hints of barrel-ferment character, on the bone-dry palate. Perfect with Lebanese dishes. $20.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This Margaret River winery is making some excellent wines; and this is one of the best, with appealing gooseberry, lemon/lime and herbaceous characters. Fresh and lively with nice balance, this would be gorgeous with some grilled shellfish. $24.
Monday, May 12, 2008
It's rare to stumble across an Australian merlot that is exciting, but this is such a beast. From a reliably good McLaren Vale winery, it offers nice rich berry flavours, softness and persistence with plenty happening on the palate. A real find! $19.95.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sergio Carlei is an innovative winemaker, using biodynamic techniques to produce wines of real quality. This has undergone barrel fermentation to add complexity but is largely fruit driven with gorgeous melon and citrus flavours. Stunning. $29.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
A classic Australian red blend made by the most famous winery in the country from a very good vintage. What's not to like? Sometimes referred to as 'Baby Grange' this is a stylish, complex and potentially long-lived wine. One for the connoisseurs. $58.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
This is a perfect wine to have in the fridge for when friends drop by. There is some nice crispness to to this bright, zingy offering that has seen just a touch of oak. Fresh and clean with rich, tropical fruit flavours on the palate. A bargain. $8.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
This could be a template for warmer-climate shiraz in Australia. It's rich and powerful but all the elements are in balance and there is only 14.5% alcohol. A multi-regional blend, it is plush but beautifully structured, approachable but complex. $32.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Murray Street is an exciting new Barossa winery, with Andrew Seppelt heading up the winemaking team. This blend of shiraz and mataro is a very special wine; big, rich, quite oaky, but wonderfully balanced. One for the cellar - if you can resist. $75.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
A terrific classic white blend from a small, family-run Margaret River winery that always produces quality wines. This is very dry, very chic and very appealing - one of those wines where the bottle is empty and it seems you've barely had a glass. $22.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
A very classy Margaret River chardonnay with flavour, texture and complexity but also great drinkability. There are stone fruit and almonds on the nose, while the palate is delicate with grapefruit and cashew characters. Wonderfully balanced. $45.