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

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

Yalumba Barossa ‘Patchwork’ Shiraz 2008, or, Finding Aladdin’s Lion in Wall-E’s Ratatouille

You know what, this isn’t the best wine I have ever tasted. I mean, if I waited until I was truly inspired by a sublime wine to write a blog, I would either not write very often (which you might get annoyed by) or I would be exceptionally drunk all the time (which is very…… Continue reading Yalumba Barossa ‘Patchwork’ Shiraz 2008, or, Finding Aladdin’s Lion in Wall-E’s Ratatouille

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