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

Punt Road Emperor’s Prize Pinot Noir 2013, Or, What lies beneath?

I’ll level with you, my first thought about this wine was of a phrase which surely must irritate winemakers the world over: “It’s a good food wine”. These words seem inoffensive enough, possibly because people expect you to follow up with the words “it would go great with roast lamb” or something equally complimentary. (After…… Continue reading Punt Road Emperor’s Prize Pinot Noir 2013, Or, What lies beneath?

Bowman Wines Le Corbeaux Melange ‘The Raven’s Blend’ 2010, or, ‘Give me more!’ quoth I

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a DVD after a hard day’s work, I happened upon this quaint little drop. Having already sampled (nay, heartily quaffed) the Shiraz offered by Bowman Wines but a few weeks before, I knew what to expect. At least, so I thought… Ah, distinctly…… Continue reading Bowman Wines Le Corbeaux Melange ‘The Raven’s Blend’ 2010, or, ‘Give me more!’ quoth I

Bowman Wines Shiraz 2010, or, Live and unplugged in Heathcote

I took a good sniff of this one as I poured it into a decanter and it was a pretty intense blackberry jam experience I received. That and the deep purple-y, crimson-y colour led me to believe I was going to get a good smack of sweet berries when I took a sip of it.…… Continue reading Bowman Wines Shiraz 2010, or, Live and unplugged in Heathcote

Seppeltsfield ‘Cellar No. 6’ Tokay, or, The new old whackbooglejammer

I’ve been told that fortified wine isn’t as popular as it once was and that people aren’t drinking it any more. I guess the words Sherry and Port conjure up unwarranted images of stuffy old businessman in suits spouting many a tedious phrase, most starting with the words “the youth of today” and ending in,…… Continue reading Seppeltsfield ‘Cellar No. 6’ Tokay, or, The new old whackbooglejammer

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2007, or, For fans of Baz Luhrmann

The label clearly defines what the wine-maker intended this to be: classy (see the classic font), understated (off-white background), and accessible (the label is also printed in Braille!). It succeeds in the latter respect quite admirably. The spice and fruit of the Shiraz are carried through nicely, with the Viognier making this 14 per-center all…… Continue reading Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2007, or, For fans of Baz Luhrmann