Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hardys 2008 The Gamble Chardonnay Pinot Gris

A fairly unlikely blend of white varieties - but the end result is downright delicious; fresh and lively with attractive stone fruit characters, quite smooth and creamy but with a good zingy finish. A wine for swilling without a moment's thought. $17.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Robert Oatley 2007 Shiraz

Who would have thought an unlikely blend of Frankland River and Mudgee shiraz would be this delicious? Lip-smackingly sweet dark fruit flavours, spice hints, good oak - really soft and approachable. This label is really hitting its straps. $25.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kilikanoon 2008 Second Fiddle Rosé

Every time I head to my local Lebanese restaurant, I tuck a bottle of dry rosé under my arm. This is my new favourite; made from grenache grown in the Clare Valley, it is a stylish, crisp and very drinkable wine of considerable charm. $20.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Foxey’s Hangout 2008 Pinot Gris

This Mornington Peninsula winery is becoming increasingly predictable; nearly every release is a gem. This has lifted aromas, pear and nectarine characters on the palate and a nice fresh finish. Hugely versatile. $25.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tyrrells 2007 Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

Cold nights are upon us, so the time is right for a bottle of something hearty to accompany stews and casseroles. This is plummy and rich, but not too rich, with nice pepper characters, soft appealing tannins and good length. A lot of wine for $22.