Weingut Bernard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2013

Part of studying for the MW means tasting random wines from time to time, and then realising that entire industries are built around what ostensibly appeared an excursion along a less well trodden path. ¬†Even this German pinot noir from Baden – and normal people have tuned out long before the subregion of Baden isContinue reading “Weingut Bernard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2013”

A couple of Chileans; Luis Felipe Edwards Ros√© 2016 and Vi√Īa Maipo Vitral Reserva Carmenere 2015

I see only a light offering of Chilean wine in Australia. Neither a benchmark (think France, Italy, Germany) nor different enough from local offerings to carve out a niche perhaps. Chilean Carmenere I think however can present a delicious, very well priced BBQ wine, and lacks the sharp edges and clunky acid that can beContinue reading “A couple of Chileans; Luis Felipe Edwards Ros√© 2016 and Vi√Īa Maipo Vitral Reserva Carmenere 2015”

Dr Loosen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Graacher Himmelreich

Incomprehensible German wine labelling laws aside, I should drink more German riesling. ¬†This is a very typical example of a good quality Mosel Cabinet riesling from Dr. Loosen. ¬†Its aromatics are very attractive, with expressions of white florals, stones and lemon rind. ¬†The palate is off-dry, perhaps even medium-dry at a pinch, but well balancedContinue reading “Dr Loosen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Graacher Himmelreich”

JJ Pr√ľm Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2011

JJ Prum’s wines rarely disappoint, and this wine is no exception. ¬†From the Mosel, the 2011 vintage of the Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett has delicate aromatics of stone, lemon and lemon rind. ¬†Its palate is off dry, framed by high acid and its delicate aromatics carry through to the palate. ¬†There is a lovely harmony andContinue reading “JJ Pr√ľm Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2011”

The new grape variety of the moment; Stockman’s Ridge Rider Savagnin 2013

Savagnin is traminer, but not gew√ľrtztraminer or gew√ľrtztraminer that is called traminer. ¬†And nor just for good measure is it albari√Īo. ¬†These sentences unexpectedly make sense because savagnin has been proven to be the same grape variety is that called traminer in Germany, the CSIRO confirmed in 2009 that source material propagated at the CSIROContinue reading “The new grape variety of the moment; Stockman’s Ridge Rider Savagnin 2013”

Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011

I don’t drink a lot of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, but equally I don’t hold a faddish stance against it. ¬†The grape variety simply works in Marlborough, it having defined the region much as certain grape varieties have defined the classic wine regions of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. ¬†I think this is no small achievement.Continue reading “Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011”