Mollydooker “The Scooter” Merlot 2015, or, Er… Where did that go?

I wanted to write a really good, positive review about this wine. I really did. Because it is a good little wine. And being a “mollydooker” myself (aka – a leftie), I felt I owed it to the winemakers to put in a good show. To represent. Alas, like the gentleman on the scooter represented…… Continue reading Mollydooker “The Scooter” Merlot 2015, or, Er… Where did that go?

Pizzini “La Volpe” Nebbiolo 2014, or, One for the dictionary

Quaffable. It’s a great word, isn’t it? But, like many good things that have been employed too frequently (Johnny Depp, for example), has sadly picked up a few negative connotations along the way. A case in point: As I sat, fossicking around my brain for a word to describe this wine, I thought I had…… Continue reading Pizzini “La Volpe” Nebbiolo 2014, or, One for the dictionary

All Saints Estate Shiraz 2014, or, London 2012 all over again

I don’t know if it is my English heritage, but sometimes I feel that saying something is “not bad” is sincerely one of the best compliments in the world. Perhaps due to (or because of) our surfeit of pessimism, or maybe propensity for understatement, I really believe that this half-negative statement can be a truly unique and…… Continue reading All Saints Estate Shiraz 2014, or, London 2012 all over again

Hewitson “Basham’s Beach” Tempranillo 2012, or, The black olive of the family

Let’s just get this out in the open – this wine has a terrible label. Its design errs on the dated, rather than classy, and I don’t think that what it thinks is a selling point really is a selling point. It states: … Bottled and released only in exceptional vintages. This wine is the…… Continue reading Hewitson “Basham’s Beach” Tempranillo 2012, or, The black olive of the family

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

Kalleske “Buckboard” Durif 2013, or, I’m looking for a word

Chewy. There’s a word. Dark. There’s another one. Intense. Yep, third one’s a charm. Durifs aren’t known for their subtlety, but ultimately therein lies the joy. They’re full-bodied to the point of bursting, like your favourite busty burlesque dancer, and this one was no exception. Similarly, I’ve only ever known Durifs to smell awesome. And this…… Continue reading Kalleske “Buckboard” Durif 2013, or, I’m looking for a word

Head Red G-S-M 2013, or, Goldilocks approved

I’m not going to lie to you. It was not my discerning eye, but the canny manoeuvring of a cheeky Vintage Cellars staff member, that led me to choose this particular drop. When I stumbled upon it, it was labelled as the “Best Wine of 2014” and even had one of those labels dangling round…… Continue reading Head Red G-S-M 2013, or, Goldilocks approved