Hurley Garamond Pinot Noir 2009

Hurley Vineyard is situated in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula.  The 2009 vintage generally in that region was extremely hot with heatwaves in January and February.  Nonetheless, its climate is moderated by water on three sides, and the region mercifully avoided the carnage inflicted upon the Yarra Valley that year.  The Garamond vineyard itself is […]

Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 2010

Gembrook Hill’s pinot noir is from vines planted in (I imagine fertile) red volcanic loam north of the town of Gembrook in the Yarra Valley but are non-irrigated, hand pruned and hand harvested.  Thus, the right sort of viticulture seems in play.  In 2010, the results are quite impressive.  Like the Villages wine just reviewed, […]

Gembrook Hill Village Pinot Noir 2010

Gembrook Hill has developed a very good reputation for its wines, which are made by Timo Mayer and Andrew Marks.  The “Village” wine is the winery’s second label.  From the excellent 2010 Yarra Valley vintage, the Gembrook Hill Village is a very pale strawberry in colour, yet bright.  Its aromatics are interesting: quite cherry like, […]

Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port

Cockburn has changed hands a few times over the years, but since 2010, finds itself part of the quality minded Symington family group of companies.  Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port has long been Cockburn’s most important brand.  Its style – a reserve ruby Port – is crafted as something better than a “ruby” port which is […]

St. Stephan’s Crown 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu 2005

I haven’t tried a Tokaji Aszu for years – since living in London really.  This is probably because (a) I don’t drink that much sweet wine and (b) the local Australian versions or Sauternes usually fit the bill.  But it is a classic style of the wine world, and of Hungary in particular, and it […]

Weingut Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2009

There’s a first for everything, and this is the first German pinot noir I’ve reviewed on this website, from the southerly region of Baden.  It’s a good one too.  A between pale and medium intensity ruby in colour, the wine is bright in the glass.  Its aroma is clean, with a quite pronounced intensity aroma […]

Arrogant Frog Ribet Red Cabernet Merlot 2011

The “Arrogant Frog” series of wines hail from the region now known as Pays D’Oc Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP). At $10.99 they are keenly priced and appear designed to be noticed and, I am guessing, to compete with the Yellow Tails of the wine world. It’s even bottled under screwcap. The “Ribet” cabernet merlot is […]

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006

The Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006 vintage is a good rather than very good wine. It would have been much better had it not have been beaten quite so severely with the oak stick. A medium to pronounced ruby in appearance, the wine’s aroma is a study in oak, butter, vanilla, oily popcorn kernels, […]