Thursday, January 28, 2010

Elderton Ashmead 2006 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Barossa Valley producers Elderton certainly hit a rich vein of form with their 2006 reds; the estate shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot all earned high marks from me. This is the Ashmead family's reserve cabernet from the same vintage. It spent almost two years in French oak and was then given further time to mature in bottle. Blackcurrant and plum favours are most obvious on the palate of a stunning red that's notable for its plushness and richness. One for the cellar. $90.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Maitre Renard 2007 Pinot Noir Burgundy

A drinkable burgundy at an affordable price? Sacre bleu! But this one ticks all the boxes and is undeniable French. It's medium-bodied with cherry and red berry fruit characters, has subtle oak, hints of forest floor characters, earthiness and softness. There are a lot of Australian pinots at two or three times the price that are not half as good. Absolutely delicious and a great bargain at $25.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pfeiffer 2009 Gamay

Gamay is the French grape used to make the wonderfully vibrant wines of Beaujolais. This is an Australian version of Beaujolais; a light red wine that is designed to be served well chilled - and hasn't winemaker Jen Pfeiffer done a cracking job. This tastes like a bowl of fresh red berries with hints of dark cherries. It’s zingy, it’s lively and I'm not ashamed to admit I drank the whole bottle! A fabulous wine for warm summer evenings. $18.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Josef Chromy 2009 Pepik Pinot Noir

Who says good pinot noir has to be expensive? This is an excellent Tasmanian pinot for everyday drinking with lovely varietal characteristics and youthful approachability. A wine for enjoying without too much thought, it has vibrant cherry fruit, subtle oak and a soft, enjoyable palate. Grab a barbecued duck on the way home, pair it with this and you'll have a feast fit for a king (or queen). $20.