Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Shiraz 2009, or, Some like it juicy

Having had some pretty serious Shirazes recently, I have to say that I appreciated this one for its fresh and vibrant approach. Luscious cherry is the predominant flavour (the middle juicy bit, not the skin and the pip), which is buoyed by soft tannins and just a little white pepper in the background to remind…… Continue reading Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Shiraz 2009, or, Some like it juicy

Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Suavignon-Shiraz 2009, or, What’s in a name?

Now, I know what you’re doing right now. You’ve already seen the picture of the bottle, you’re scrunching your eyes up, scratching your chin, and saying to yourself in a quietly suspicious manner: “I know why he bought this wine”. Here’s a lad who likes his wine, he likes writing, and what a fine looking…… Continue reading Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Suavignon-Shiraz 2009, or, What’s in a name?

Gemtree Vineyards ‘Uncut’ Shiraz 2009, or, My bread and butter

As soon as I took one whiff of this wine, I knew I was going to like it. I hadn’t even poured it into a glass or anything, I’d just unscrewed the cap, took a pre-emptive sniff and that was all it took to know this one was going to be a little different. Now,…… Continue reading Gemtree Vineyards ‘Uncut’ Shiraz 2009, or, My bread and butter

Ferngrove ‘Diamond’ Chardonnay 2009, or, The easy-going Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one wine in particular that becomes very different depending on the temperature it is at. Temperature, in fact, is paramount. I can’t remember the amount of times I have had one and enjoyed it pretty cold, only to find when is warms up it becomes immensely sour and cloying. Like Bill Bailey in…… Continue reading Ferngrove ‘Diamond’ Chardonnay 2009, or, The easy-going Chardonnay

Knappstein Shiraz 2009, or, Worth a good butchers

Having just had two South Australian Shirazes in quick succession, I feel I’m starting to remember why they’re so popular. Generally I find they’re not so bold as, say, the Heathcote (Victoria) equivalent, but the flavour is still all there. In fact, if we say that Shiraz is the sausage of the wine world… Hang…… Continue reading Knappstein Shiraz 2009, or, Worth a good butchers

Ad Hoc ‘Hen & Chicken’ Chardonnay 2009, or, Jamie Oliver’s creamy fish pie

I drank this Chardonnay just the other day with a fish pie, and it occurred to me that this grape is a little bit like that dish in at least three ways: 1) They both used to be a lot more popular than they are these days. 2) You can get the more light kind…… Continue reading Ad Hoc ‘Hen & Chicken’ Chardonnay 2009, or, Jamie Oliver’s creamy fish pie