Hahndorf Hill Winery GRU Grüner Veltliner 2015

This is another good release of Hahndorf Hill’s Grüner Veltliner.  The 2015 vintage tasted here has aromatics of white flowers, watercress, lime and lemon.  The palate is fresh with high acidity, good length and balance.  A modest 12.5% abv as well.  Recommended. Rating: Very GoodAbv: 12.5%Price: $28Source: sampleVendors and website: http://www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.auTasted: 2015

Chateau Teyssier Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

This is a very enjoyable Saint-Émilion from Chateau Teyssier.  A blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc, it has aromatics tobacco, plums, spice, cedar and leather.  The palate has very long length and balance, nuanced with tobacco, leather and blackcurrant expressions.  Quite silky in expression and from the outstanding 2009 vintage, this is easyContinue reading “Chateau Teyssier Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009”

Lowe Tinja Low Alcohol Verdelho 2015

Were I to introduce a somewhat obscure Portuguese grape variety that achieves its pinnacle expression on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean where it is capable of producing one of the great fortified wines of the world, I suspect it would be rather keenly awaited to see how it went as a tableContinue reading “Lowe Tinja Low Alcohol Verdelho 2015”

Stefano Lubiana Brut Rosé 2010

This completes my review of Stefano Lubiana’s current sparkling wine releases.  The spell checker rather insists on Luciana, but I shall try to resist its multiple efforts this time.  It’s a 100% pinot noir, and frankly, a very good sparkling rosé.  It spent four years on lees, and 10 months under cork, which bring usContinue reading “Stefano Lubiana Brut Rosé 2010”

Pig in the House Organic Shiraz 2014

I usually don’t comment on labels, but this one is very likeable.  The wine inside (the 2014 vintage) is good too.  Its aromatics are all pepper and plums.  The palate is pleasant and savoury, with pepper and earth characters.  A good release. Rating: GoodAbv: 14%Price: $25Source: sampleVendors and website: http://www.piginthehouse.com.auTasted: 2015