Thursday, March 28, 2019

Oakridge Yarra Valley Range 2018 Chardonnay

The Yarra Valley range is a new trio of wines from Oakridge, also featuring a rosé (which I have yet to sample) and a very good pinot noir. The fruit is selected from the regular Oakridge vineyards and made in the same way as the more expensive vineyard series wines, being fermented in open-top fermenters with whole berries and then spending a short time in French oak puncheons before being matured on lees. This wine is all about the quality fruit, the skills of winemaker David Bicknell and the price. Classic cool-climate chardonnay in the vein of Chablis for $30.    

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bernard Schurr 2017 Montagne Saint-Emilion

Great Bordeaux can be expensive - often prohibitively so. Good Bordeaux can be hard to track down, but can be worthwhile taking a punt on, even given the French region's inconsistencies. This one is bottled under screw cap, which removes one potential issue and ensures freshness. Bernard Schurr is a Rhone-based vigneron/negociant who sources fruit from the major wine regions of France. This is a classic right bank blend of merlot (55%) and cabernet sauvignon (45%) from a small vineyard north of Saint-Emilion. It is a wine of charm and restraint and a lovely introduction to beguiling Bordeaux. Imported by Fourth Wave Wines. $27.    

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Grosset 2016 Gaia

Imagine Daniel Craig as James Bond, strolling onto a super yacht in Monte Carlo. That's the same kind of effortless cool and style that you'll find in this red blend from riesling master Jeff Grosset. Only 6,000 bottles were made of this cabernet sauvignon/cabernet franc blend which is a gentle but intense with dark berry flavours, minerally hints and a soft, smooth finish. This comes from the highest, coolest site in the Clare Valley and is a wine of impeccable balance. It is also unfined, so is suitable for vegans. $90.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hay Shed Hill 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Hay Shed Hill winemaker Michael Kerrigan has come up trumps with this impressive traditional West Australian blend from Margaret River fruit. This is a perfect "midweek" white, fresh, vibrant and very easy to drink with tropical and citrus fruit flavours allied to a brisk flinty finish. Ideal for quaffing on a warm autumn afternoon, or pairing with fish dishes. $20.