Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rutherglen Estates 2008 Fiano

"I have seen the future of Australian white wine ...". I'm exaggerating, but this is an impressive first vintage of this Italian variety with plenty of grapey characters, hints of nuts and a chalky, dry finish. All but sold out and no wonder at $18.99.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Domaine Chandon 2008 Pinot Noir

A triumph from a difficult drought year. It may be light in colour with subtle flavours - but in a world of blockbuster reds that's a bonus. Sour cherry flavours, spicy oak and intense tannins. A really lovely drink. $34.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Stella Bella 2007 Tempranillo

The new releases from this Margaret River winery are all of exemplary quality, but this particularly stood out. Made from the famous red grape of Rioja, in Spain, it is spicy and savoury with soft juicy fruit characters. Our bottle simply evaporated. $30.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Penfolds 2008 Bin 311 Chardonnay

Penfolds may be best known for reds but they also produce some cracking whites, as evidenced by this fabulous Tumbarumba chardonnay which has slatey minerality, citrus and nectarine flavours, funkyness, great acid and depth of flavour. $43.