Monday, September 30, 2013

Jacobs Creek 2012 Classic Riesling

After having re-tasted this wine at Savour a couple of weeks ago, I am firmly of the belief that it must be one of Australia's greatest wine bargains of the moment. I spent a week nine months or so ago drinking quite a few bottles of this with friends in Sydney who know very little about wine and do not care one jot what label they are drinking as long as it costs them under $15. This was a lip-smacking success with just about everyone who tried it;  a crisp, fresh, dry and downright delicious wine for enjoying chilled that was chock-a-block full of fresh lemon and lime characters and zingy acid. I tried it as part of a structured tasting at Savour and it was just as thrilling, maybe just a little rounder and more complete. There will be a vintage change over the next few weeks, but I'm assured there are still supplies of this in retail outlets. While the RRP is around $12, I've seen this multiple show award-winner for much, much cheaper. It would be a terrific partner for salt and pepper squid, or flathead and chips, so buy a dozen and use the money you've saved for a bottle of something special. $8-12. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rymill 2010 The Surveyor

The new icon wine from Rymill Wines is named after John Riddoch Rymill, grandson of John Riddoch, who founded Coonawarra in 1890. Rymill was an Australian polar explorer; and both a surveyor and pilot. There was a lot of pressure on French winemaker Sandrine Gimon to come up with a wine that was good enough to stand as a salute to a Rymill family hero – and she’s come up trumps with a cracking, complex and beautifully balanced red wine that’s made from 85 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 10 per cent cabernet franc and 5 per cent merlot – a classic Bordeaux blend that is smooth and structured with no rough edges, but also intense, textural and interesting. It can be pre-ordered at and will be released on December 1. $80.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Teusner 2012 The Gentleman Cabernet Sauvignon

Every second wine advertisement or email is spruiking some bottle you have never heard of as the "bargain of the year" or an "unprecedented great deal". In the case of Kym Tesuner's new-release 2012 The Gentleman, made from Eden Valley fruit, I'm not completely sure there has not been a mistake with the pricing; some awful clanger that no one has yet picked up on. It's fruit-driven with good tannin structure, soft and medium-bodied, unmistakably cool-climate cabernet that you'd expect to retail for around $30. A fellow wine writer I respect found the nose too confronting, but it was not an issue for me. I'd be extremely happy with this at $20 a bottle.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Eden Road 2013 Canberra Riesling

The Canberra region has a reputation for producing standout rieslings with Helm and Clonakilla among the star names but Nick Spencer at Eden Road hits a home run with the sheer drinkability of this wine, made from fruit grown on decomposed granite soils at an altitude of over 630 metres. While the high acid in lots of Clare and Eden Valley rieslings can mean they need time to soften, this is the complete package in its youth with impressive clean, crisp fruit with lime juice and Asian herb notes and a backbone of zingy mineral acidity. There's plenty of liveliness here, oodles of refreshment (my sample bottle is somehow empty) and great value with an RRP of $21.