Pig in the House Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 vintage of the “Pig in the House” organic cabernet sauvignon has an Australian bearing, with aromas of mint, eucalyptus, very ripe sweet plums and cedar.  The palate is sweet fruited and viscous and somewhat warming.  Ready to drink now, this wine will suit current drinking.  Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $25. Website: http://www.piginthehouse.com.au. […]

Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

The new Langtons classification (classification VII) of Australian wine was released last week.  It is stated to measure the performance of wines in an open market, with the condition of entry being 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market.  The list has been prepared for many years now, and is prepared by […]

Peter Lehmann Orrock VSV Shiraz 2009

This wine is sourced from a vineyard in the southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia some 200 kilometres north of the Barossa Valley.  The label does not feature a geographical indication.  It reminds though of a classic Barossa Valley style, with ripe, soft and sweet fruited plum and dark cherry characters, coupled with long length […]

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz 2012

De Bortoli’s Sacred Hill Shiraz 2012 retails for the princely sum of $7.50, and no region is identified on the bottle other than Australia.  It has mostly primary fruit driven aromatics of spiced plums, supplemented by a touch of pepper.  The palate is dry, simple and pleasant enough, with plum flavours predominant.  Balance is achieved, […]

Merlot in Australia: maligned or misunderstood? Or, Sir, can you spare a clone?

Introduction Given the quality ambitions of many Australian producers, the relative underperformance of merlot in Australia has always struck me as something of an anomaly that is worthy of further thought and attention.  So what is wrong then with Australian merlot? Like all good stories, we have an alleged culprit. Locally the finger generally has […]

Tyrrell’s Moore’s Creek Pinot Noir 2008

I couldn’t quite work out from the label where the grapes in this wine were sourced from.  This early drinking wine had an aroma of soft cherries – not bad, but the palate had a spritzy element, and was rather dilute, flabby and non-descript.  78 points. Abv: 13.5%Website: http://www.tyrrells.com.au/