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Showing posts with label White Wine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label White Wine. Show all posts

Monday, November 17, 2014

2013 Chaffey Bros 'Tessalation' Riesling


Chaffey Bros have sourced the grapes for this Riesling from three different vineyards in the Eden valley and created a well balanced wine that definitely stands out from the pack. Tessellation is the name given to a combination of shapes that are able to cover a surface perfectly, without any gaps. True to its name, all of the elements of this wine fit together very well.

Great aromatics featuring lychee, lemon, lime, and floral notes, with maybe a hint of kerosene developing. Perfect acid sugar balance, with 7 grams/litre residual sugar. A very refreshing and easy to drink Riesling. 

This was absolutely perfect with an array of different Thai dishes. Highly recommend getting your hands on some of this the next time you are having Thai food, or pretty much any time you feel like a Riesling.

Price:     $24
Source: Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: November 2014
Rating:   94

2013 Leeuwin Estates 'Art Series' Riesling


Leeuwin Estates are winemakers situated in the Margaret River. They are very well known for their excellent 'Art Series' Chardonnays and also produce a few other varietals, such as this Riesling.

This was a quite dry Riesling, offering green apple and lime on the nose and then some minerality and citrus fruit on the palette. I found it a bit acidic for a Riesling this dry.

This Riesling was quite good with oysters. I'd like to see this wine again in several years time when it has had time to mellow out and develop some more complex characteristics.

Price:     $23
Source: Cru Bar
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   89
Website: http://www.leeuwinestate.com.au/

2014 BK Wines 'Inox' Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are wines made from the same grape, which evolved from the Pinot Noir grape or a common ancestor. The difference is largely in the style of wine produced with the french Pinot Gris often being sweeter with more stonel fruit notes and the Italian Pinot Grigio generally being drier with more citrus like characteristics.

This Australian version, while Grigio in name, seems to walk the line between these two styles. A mildly fruity nose, with a hint of apricot and pear, is followed by a nice dry pallete and crisp citrus acidity. A touch of spice and maybe a hint of salinity.

A nice wine, sure to provide summer refreshment. Drank well with barbecued prawns.

Price:     $23
Source: Grand Central Cellars
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.bkwines.com.au




2009 Tahbilk Marsanne

A varietal from the Rhone Valley in France, Marsanne was first planted at the Tabilk winery in Victoria in the 1860s. They now have some of the oldest plantings in the world and are one of the largest producers of this varietal. This wine is an absolute bargain, and is often released after several years of cellaring for very little more than the latest vintage.

The 2009 is starting to show some developed, honey suckle like characters on the nose, alongside citrus fruit and a hint of kerosene. Still has a very lively citrus palate with bright acidity. I suspect this wine still has many good years ahead of it, so I'll be holding on to a few bottles.

Remarkable wine at this price.

Price:     $16
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Marsanne
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.tahbilk.com.au

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2012 Hayshed Hill 'Block 6' Chardonnay


Coming from the Willyabrup Valley in the Margaret River, this Chardonnay was dry grown, resulting in lower yields of grapes with greater fruit flavor and intensity. Only the free run portion of the juice was used and fermentation took place in both old and new french oak barriques.

A fine and refrained nose, the oak balances nicely with grapefruit, pear and flinty aromas. Has a lively freshness and crisp acidity, likely resulting from minimal malolactic fermentation. An elegant chardonnay worthy of consideration.

Being a somewhat restrained Chardonnay I wouldn't recommend eating this with strongly flavored foods. Paired well with roast chicken and I can imagine it doing well with scallops in a thyme butter sauce.

Price:     $40
Source: Gift
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.hayshedhill.com.au/

2013 Tahbilk Marsanne

Tahbilk's Marsanne is a serious contender for the best value white wine in Australia. A consistently beautiful wine, with great precision, balance, and incredible aging potential. You will often find newer releases, such as this, at large retailers for well under $15.

Lots of citrus aromas, featuring lemon and grapefruit. A very lively, minerally palate brings more citrus along with some flavos of stone fruit and apple. Lots of bright acidity to the finish.

This is a great wine to stock up on for cellaring, if you have a large enough cellar. If not, don't worry to much as you can often find releases of earlier vintages for around $20. I like to grab a couple from each year for my wine fridge regardless.

Awesome value. A great summer go-to wine.

Price:     $11.50
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Marsanne
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.tahbilk.com.au

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2012 Glaetzer-Dixon überblanc Riesling

Nick Glaetzer was Gourmet Traveller's 2011 Winemaker of the year and also took home the Jimmy Watson award for his 2010 Mon Pere Shiraz. The name überblanc comes from a 2001 harvest Nick experienced in Germany with Stepan Mueller at Weingut Eugen Mueller. Grapes for this Riesling were sourced from both the Tamar and Coal Valley regions of Tasmania.   

It Displays a lovely subtle nose with kaffir lime and a bit of green apple. A well structured Riesling with great minerality, length, and intensity. Drinking very well now, but will no doubt improve over time in the cellar.  

Price:     $24
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.danmurpys.com.au

2014 Wines by KT 5452 Riesling

Winemaker Kerri Thompson has been making wines in South Australia's Clare Valley region since 1998, and has been specializing in producing Riesling from this area. The 5452 is her entry level Riesling and comprises grapes from two vineyards in the Watervale (area code 5452) sub-region.

Green apple up front is joined by lemon, lime, and some floral notes. With a soft round texture this wine slides across the palate, making it almost dangerously easy to drink. Good acidity makes for a nice crisp finish urging you to take another sip.

If this is her entry level Riesling, I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of her wines.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.winesbykt.com


2013 Vinomofo 'Arcadia Bohemia' Chardonnay


Another collaboration wine from Vinomofo, this one was made by Brendon Keys from BK Wines in Adelaide Hills. BK wines are producing a lot of really interesting wines, and this barrel fermented Chardonnay offers good value.

It balances the line of ripeness quite well, offering both some tropical fruit elements alongside some citrus fruit. Nice buttery and soft with decent length on the palate.

A good quality chardonnay at a very  fair price point. I would buy this again. Paired well with barbecued chicken.  

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.vinomofo.com
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Monday, October 27, 2014

2012 Hither & Yon White Frontignac

Hitther & Yon are yet another McLaren Vale producer utilizing less common grape varietals to produce great quality wines that are also unique and interesting. White Frontignac is an alternative name for a grape variety known to the french as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, which translates roughly to "white Muscat with small berries". This is an absolutely perfect wine for hot summer days, as it's easy drinking, floral, and crisp.

Pale in color with nice subtle tropical fruit on the nose, featuring lychee and pineapple. More tropical fruits on the palate are balanced by a crisp lemon acidity with a nice dry finish. Was decent with sweet soy pork belly, however the sauce slightly over powered this wine. I would pair it with something more delicate next time, such as a pad thai or crab cakes, although this wine is plenty good on it's own and would do just fine while sitting by the pool.

Price:     $24
Source:  Cellarbrations West End
Varietal: White Frontgnac
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.hitherandyon.com.au/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 Chaffey Bros Düfte Punkt

ASB0959_001_LO_sRGB copyDüfte Punkt translates from German to "The Aromatic Point", and aromatic this wine sure is. This blend consists of Gewurtztraminer, Riesling and a less common German grape called Weißer Herol. All three varietals are grown on a single vineyard in the Northern Eden Valley. This is drinking great right now and just in time for summer. 

It has a giant flowery nose that keeps delivering Turkish delight, grapefruit and orange peel. A fantastically aromatic wine. Great minerality plays wonderfully with heaps of citrus. Perfect level of residual sugars for my taste.

I will definitely be stocking up on this for the summer. Sure to be a crowd pleaser among serious wine drinking friends and occasional tipplers alike. Drinks well with Vietnamese food, and likely much more. A cracker.

Price:     $25
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Weißer Herol
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.com/

Monday, September 22, 2014

2011 Mayfield 'Icely Road' Chardonnay

Icely Rd Chardonnay 2011Mayfield is located in the Orange region of New South Wales and produces a selection of wines suited to this cooler climate. One of the wonderful things about chardonnay is that it offers a lot variation within the context of one type of grape. Hence, offering an opportunity for wine makers to express themselves and represent the fruit in distinct ways.

This was a rather delicate chardonnay with some melon and vanilla on the nose. Very moderate use of oak has left it quite fresh, displaying the fruit well. Limited malolactic fermentation has resulted in good acid balance without the buttery notes present in many other chardonnays. Rather on the lean side for my taste in chardonnay.  Nonetheless, a crisp, clean, elegant chardonnay and it was just fine with goat cheese spread across baguette, on a sunny afternoon.

 Price:     $20
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   90 
Website: www.mayfieldvineyard.com   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2013 BK Wines Skin and Bones White

This is a super cool wine.  I had this a while back at a monthly tasting I attend here in Brisbane called Swirl, Sniff, and Spit.  I wanted to show my office mates something different and interesting and this turned out to be the perfect pick.

Holy aromatic!  My boss smelled it walking by and busted us wine tasting on a Friday afternoon, so I had to pour an extra glass.  The time spent on skin and in contact with the stems gives it a very unique nose for a white wine, reminiscent of a pinot that has had some whole bunches left in during fermentation.  There are also some floral notes that make it very pretty, as well as interesting. Great tasting wine, with nice acidity and citrus flavors.  I love what these guys have done.  A wine that's both novel and beautiful.

Price:     $30 
Varietal: Savagnin (80%), Chardonnay (20%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   95
Website: http://bkwines.com.au/

Monday, September 1, 2014

2005 Penfolds Reserve Bin Riesling

Penfolds recently held a promotion, in collaboration with Vinetec wine fridges, offering a fantastic deal on a  fridge when you purchased at least six wines from their bin series or luxury wines.  Being in need of a wine fridge this seemed like a perfect excuse to pick up some Penfolds wines.  Amongst the six pack of wines I got a couple of bottles of this riesling and am glad for it.

The nose has a nice toasty character with some lime and kerosene, characteristic of so many aged rieslings from this region.  The palate is holding up well with nice crisp acidity, sustained minerality and plenty of citrus.  Drank fantastically well with salt and pepper soft shell crab.  Will buy again, if I see it, as it's hard to beat at this price and I love aged riesling.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: https://www.penfolds.com/

Friday, August 22, 2014

2009 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon

Produced from fruit from their Braemore Vineyard in the Hunter Valley, this wine was bottled in 2009 and only released this year.

Aromas of lemon and buttered toast. Great precision and varietal expression.  A spectacular Hunter Valley Semillon, likely to improve for many years, but already fantastic.  Next time I try this I hope it's withh scallops in a brown butter sauce.  Sure to be magic.

 Price:     $40
Varietal: Semillon
Tasted: June 2014
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.meereapark.com.au/

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Pirie South Riesling

Pirie South Riesling 2013A friend of mine has been talking a lot about Tasmanian Riesling lately and I'm starting to see why.  This Riesling from Andrew Pirie in the Tamar Valley is absolutely delicious.

I gave this a swirl and right away was impressed with the flowery nose.  Almost reminded me a bit of a Sauvignon Blanc, but without any trace of passionfruit or gooseberry.  There was a great minerality to this wine with nice steely acidity that gave it great balance.  I plan on grabbing half a case of these for my new wine fridge and watching them develop over the next few years.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.brownbrothers.com.au/wines/pirie

2011 Picardy Chardonnay


This offering from Picardy is definitely one of the best Australian Chardonnays I've had yet.  The winery takes it's name from a region slightly above Paris and the influence of France's Burgundy region is very evident in this wine.  The vines at Picardy are unirrigated cane pruned and hand picked.  Resulting in lower yields of wonderfully high quality fruit with great intensity. 

I could sit and smell this wine all day long.  I get peach pear and buttered toast.  It has nice  fresh acidity and is well balanced and precise.  I had a second bottle recently from my case,  but hope to resist the temptation of drinking the rest this summer, so I can see how this wine develops. 

Price: $40
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted: August 2014
Rating: 96
Website: http://www.picardy.com.au/






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Great Value Aussie Whites (Under $15)


When I first arrived here in Brisbane I was excited to try many of the amazing wines I'd heard so much about. However, as I'd just packed and moved across the world, my budget was a bit tight.  Having been spoiled in Canada with excellent inexpensive wine from Chile and Argentina, I was initially disappointed in the quality of Australian white wine I was able to get sub $15. The inexpensive white wine market in Australia seems to be flooded with duds.  I had no idea where to begin.  However, now that I've had some time to poke around, I realize there are some great whites available in this very low price bracket.  I've decided to share three of my favourites here, in the hope that it might help others find some of the great value Aussie whites available.

2012 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon ($14-18)

This is a great wine from an excellent producer.  Mount Pleasant produces many fantastic semillons, at very
reasonable prices.

Smells like lemon and fresh straw, with a hint of asparagus.  Balanced palate with a good amount of citrus.

I cannot get enough of Mt. Pleasant Semillon right now.  While the 2012 Elizabeth is already a great, readily available, inexpensive option, their aged semillon is amazing and also very reasonably priced.  If you can still find the 2006 Cellar Aged Elizabeth, buy it.  Generally available for less than $25 and incredible value at this price.  Although, rumour has it the 2007 cellar release will be as good, if not better.  


2013 Jim Barry Watervale Riesling ($14-17)













Gourmet Traveller has named Tom Barry "Young Wine Maker of the Year", and I can see why.  Anyone who can produce a Riesling of this quality for this price deserves an award.

Great Riesling with lots of citrus.  Very fresh and dry, fantastic with east Asian curries, or nothing at all.

While discussing Riesling I feel it's only fair to mention that there are many more great Aussie Rieslings available for around $20. In fact, I plan on spending my summer exploring as many of them as possible.  I cannot say enough good things about aged Riesling and there are some superb deals to be snatched up at some of the major retailers right now.  


2013 Tahbilk Marsanne ($12-17)


Every time I get a bottle of of this Marsanne I'm amazed at its simple beauty and easy drinking. I've shared this with many friends who have been impressed with its great value.

The Marsanne grape originates in the Northern Rhone region of France and has found a well suited new home at the Tahbilk winery in the Nagambie Lakes region, north of Melbourne Victoria.

Wonderful stone fruit, citrus and peach on the nose.  Nice minerality and decent length.

The best part is that this ages really well, and you can buy vintage Tahbilk Marsannes at a pittance.  Some are available at major retailers (I've recently found the 2008 for $18), but I reckon the best bet is to check out their website below and join the club. I've seen packages containing multiple vintages available at great prices.

http://www.tahbilk.com.au/