Mitolo “Cantiniere” Shiraz 2014, or, My BFG

I’ve been going through a bit of a McLaren Vale Shiraz phase of late and, if there’s one thing I’ve realised about them, it’s that they don’t play well with others. That is especially the case with this one. The first time I drank it after a different red wine I was generally underwhelmed. It…… Continue reading Mitolo “Cantiniere” Shiraz 2014, or, My BFG

Wirra Wirra “Woodhenge” Shiraz 2011, or, Good fences make good neighbours

Sometimes you just really want to like a wine, don’t you? I remember when I had the 2010 of this one and it was one of those rare moments when all my hopes were exceeded in the most delightful way. Here, I thought to myself, is why everyone extols the virtues of South Australian shiraz.…… Continue reading Wirra Wirra “Woodhenge” Shiraz 2011, or, Good fences make good neighbours

Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2010, or, Elementary My Dear Watson

After a significant hiatus in updating this part of the blog, and coming off the back of a (relatively) successful Dry July, I knew the first bottle back had to be a good one. And Pirramimma are the ones to deliver the goods. This wine has mass appeal, but I also feel like it is…… Continue reading Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2010, or, Elementary My Dear Watson

Tatachilla Merlot 2004, or, The new featherweight champion of the world

Ah Merlot. It’s almost odd how much vitriol such a seemingly innocuous grape variety can stir up among the serious drinkers in the wine world. Max Allen in his recent book The Future Makers brands most of the Australian versions of the varietal as “rather insipid and gutless”, serving no better (or worse) purpose than…… Continue reading Tatachilla Merlot 2004, or, The new featherweight champion of the world

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

d’Arenberg ‘Dry Dam’ Riesling 2010, or, One for the laddies

I don’t think that I’ll really be offending anyone when I say that I used to think that Riesling was a bit of a girls drink. Of course, that was because I used to spend time with people who thought that the epitome of good white wine was the sweet Riesling produced by German power…… Continue reading d’Arenberg ‘Dry Dam’ Riesling 2010, or, One for the laddies

Coriole Sangiovese 2007, or, A Sunday trip to the barnyard with David Attenborough

Red berries and white pepper on the nose. Good structure and length. Bright brick red. Lightly fruit driven, but in a subtle, old-fashioned sort of way. Nice savoury notes with a dry finish. This grape may be Italian but drinking this wine is like a nostalgic trip down the barnyard. Wellies, pigs, cows, old wooden…… Continue reading Coriole Sangiovese 2007, or, A Sunday trip to the barnyard with David Attenborough