Shines a youthfully glorious greeny straw in the glass.
Young and energetic, packing a litany of classic Riesling aromas. Think citrus lemons, limes and grapefruit. A light musk and tempered spiciness adds to give complexity to the nose and to what is a well structured and crafted Riesling that is showing off the excellent Watervale fruit.
This Riesling has really good acidity supporting the fruit, fresh, crisp and is really vibrant in presentation shows off the fruit really positively.
It delivers the fruit well on the palate, with a smooth balanced fullsomeness that makes it drinkable right now but with the inherent structure has potential to develop over the next 5 or so years. Versatile, drinking fine standalone but really lifts with good food.
Try it with rigatoni boscaiola.
About $23. 12.5% Drink to 2025. 94/100 - Excellent.
27 March 2020
Hastwell & Lightfoot Fiano 2019
Really good versatile white wine drinking here.
Fiano as a grape variety works well in the dry warm Summer of the McLaren Vale resulting in the primary nature of the fruit really shining through.
As expected the nose is really fruit focussed and really fresh vibrant and aromatic. Lots going on there with lemons, limes, honeysuckle, light musk and pears all coming through beautifully. The grape growers have worked their magic here as have the winemakers from this excellent McLaren Vale outfit.
The synergy of the two results in just right fruit, good lineal supporting acidity and a crispness of finish that has a hint of creaminess built into it that makes it such delicious drinking.
Try with homemade chorizo and red onion pizza.
12.5%. About $25. Drink Now. 92/100 - Excellent.
22 March 2020
Devil's Lair The Hidden Cave Margaret River Chardonnay 2019
This has been my go to Chardonnay for a long time now as it ticks so many boxes for me. Consistently excellent quality, price, value and versatility either as standalone drinking or with a plethora of cuisines.
Youthful strawy green in its hues. A youngster by sight and by nature with crisp zesty aromas emanating from the glass.
Classic MR Chardonnay, quality stuff. Classic peach melon, hints of citrus, vanilla spice and grilled nuts come through. Well measured oak, french oak, some lees-iness and balance from start to finish, delivering a creamy highly drinkable moreish Chardonnay.
It has cellaring potential and will develop nicely but the challenge will be not to drink it now.
Try it with Vietnamese crispy pancake.
About $20. 13%. Drink to 2025. 94/100 - Excellent.
8 March 2020
Stonier Chardonnay 2018
A classic yet modern Australian Chardonnay here.
All of what should be expected in this quality Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay but delivered in a style that is demanded of modern day Chardonnays in Australia.
A gloriously vibrant lemony straw. Evocative melon and stone fruits, then citrus lemon curd all coming off from the aromas, lifted and delivered with a classiness showing off the potential to come.
Drinks just beautifully with a seamless creaminess and yet with good supporting acidity and judicious oak treatment that marries very well with the fruit.
Delicious and moreish to drink and savour. Still more room for development as well. And value drinking!
Try this with prawn, peas and chorizo risotto.
Alc 13.5%. Drink to 2025. About $25. 94/100 - Excellent.
27 February 2020
Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Pinot Noir 2018
Bang on Pinot Noir drinking here folks. Pinot from beginning to end. You know because it smells seductively Pinot on the nose and delivers beautifully on the palate. You get spicy berry fruit as well as luscious lifted plums. Cherries, strawberries, raspberries and plums, yum! The oak is imparted very judiciously, the tannins are silky fine. Classy and elegant in the way it shows off the real and spice filled fruit. No overdoing it at one level and no underestimating it at the other. Confident would be the right word. Drinkable, really well put together and this is an excellent varietal Pinot Noir made very well indeed. Viticulturist and winemaker take a bow please.
Try with chicken and eggplant parmigiana.
Drink to 2025. Alc 13.5%. About $34.94/100 - Excellent.
20 February 2020
Soumah Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Syrah 2016
A classy elegant red. Deep crimsony cherry purple. Youth with some maturity developing.
Soothing raspberries, deep cherries, spicy plums and of course blackberries on the nose, all imparted with an edge of an array of dried herbs.
Good supporting oak well imparted and blended in with the fruit so it delivers smooth cool seamlessness both in aromas and also more importantly on the palate.
A really well made cool climate red that is just so delicious to drink and yet has more in the tank, much more on the development for future mode.
Try this with chicken and eggplant parmigiana with mashed potato.
Drink to 2026 plus. 14.5%. About $40. 93/100 - Excellent
9 February 2020
Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2019
Vickery is a brand synonymous with high quality Riesling.
Sourced from Eden Barossa Valley grapes, this has South Australian quality Riesling stamped all over it.
It is classic Riesling from beginning to finish.
Clear brilliant yellow straw. Upfront fullsome nose, again classic. Musk, orange, lime and lemons abound. An orchard of good solid aromas, deep and fruit focussed.
Lively acidity supports the fruit, marrying well with it delivering a fresh crisp palate of lemons, limes, green herbs and musk - dry and lightly sweet on the finish, a bit of sweet and sour but in a very nice long smooth easy to drink way.
All this augurs well for a long development in the future. Indeed it opened up like a beautiful flower in the glass, with me adding points by the swirl. And value drinking at this price point.
Try it with wood fired cherry tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza.
About $23. Drink to 2029 plus. Alc 12%. 94/100 - Excellent.
7 February 2020
Nebbiolo Barbera D'Soumah 2018
This is an easy drinking yet classy lighter style of red which is just fine Summer drinking - alone and paired with a range of versatile warm weather cuisines.
The blending of the regions - Yarra and King Valleys as well as two classic Italian varietals being Nebbiolo and Barbera work at both levels on both levels.
The aromas are classic and primary mulberry, spice and rose petals then raspberries, strawberries and plums follow. The nose is so lifted and primary.
The palate is long soft and smooth, resulting in effortless seamless drinking. Fine tannins, integrated well imparted easy oak as well as soft acidity.Full of flavours - plums, raspberries and spice, savoury more than fruit focussed resulting in an elegant classy easy drinking red.
Try this with bolognese arancini.
About $28. 13.0%. Drink to 2024. 90/100 - Very Good.