2016 Vasse Felix Tom Cullity and 2018 Heytesbury Chardonnay

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of a glass of 2009 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Margaret River Chardonnay alongside a tasty Salmon and Prawn entrée…..amazing. Having not tasted Heytesbury Chardonnay for years, it was a revelation. I started searching. Reached out to the brand ambassador for Vasse Felix and luckily he was based in…

2018 Mount Mary Marli Russell RP1 & RP2

Here is another relatively unknown wine from one of the best wineries (Halliday Winery of the Year 2018) in the country – Mount Mary with their new release 2018 Marli Russell RP1 & RP2. So what is Mount Mary Marli Russell RP1 & RP2? Marli Middleton (nee Russell), co-founder of Mount Mary, was the inspiration…

Warramate Syrah 2016 – Yarra Yerings Second Label

Not declassified, a true established second wine, from 45-year-old vines, crafted to provide you something to drink whilst your Yarra Yering’s come online. I tasted all three wines recently in isolation. I must admit I had to go back to the email from the winery to confirm the pricing. This is another wine that over-delivers…

2016 Trediberri and Einaudi Barolo

  Sometimes you see a set of wines that takes the sensory experience beyond flavour. The 2016 Barolos have hit our shores and the experience is an emotional one. The perfection in maturity of the fruit and tannins are matched by dynamic, fresh acidity and have rendered the tannins incredibly fine and silky, yet at…

2018 Mount Mary Réflexion Pinot Noir

The Mount Mary you most likely haven’t heard of! Vineyards are constantly renewing and replacing vine material to ensure that every plant is contributing specifically to the exacting quality and unmistakable character of their intended wines. Every drop of juice that makes the blend must justify its presence by fitting the profile of the vineyard…

2019 Grosset G110 Riesling

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeffery Grosset to look at all the varying Riesling clones planted across the vineyards. It was an extraordinary exercise, at the time I was intrigued as to why we were doing it… Now I know why! Oh PS… VERY LIMITED. For 40 years, Grosset have crushed…

2018 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet & 2018 Kevin John Chardonnay

Cullen Wines is arguably one of the most well know and highly regarded Cabernet producers in Western Australia if not the country. Vanya Cullen has established one of Australia’s first fully organic and Biodynamic wineries, to such a degree that she is unofficially considered Australia’s spokesperson on the topic today. Cullen went fully Organic in…

Bass Phillip Masterclass Release

 Last evening we met the enigmatic Phillip Jones, the Tsar of Aussie Pinot, for the launch of his brand new 2013 wines. A willful, independent man of very strong opinions (and never shy to share them), Phillip prefers to shun the inevitable public attention thrust at him due to the incredible quality of the wines…

Stonier Masterclass Standouts

It’s a rare experience to go to a tasting where so much attention is paid to just one or two varieties, where the magnifying glass is really positioned over a grape variety so you can see just how much small changes in site can completely transform flavours in the glass. Burgundy’s noble varieties, Chardonnay and…

Barossa Valley Estate Masterclass

Back in 1984, a group of 80 third and fourth generation Barossa Valley grape growers decided to band together and establish a cooperative. By doing this, they could combine their skills to show the richness and complexity of the Barossa from the small plots that they owned, located all over the Valley. The cooperative named…