Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 2013

A first for everything, this time a Raveneau wine from Chablis, and premier cru vineyard Montée de Tonnerre in particular. A grand cru in style, this wine has a gorgeous aroma of lemon and minerals. The palate reminds of jasmine, yoghurt and has a resounding linear acidity. This is an outstanding wine that can be […]

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

I don’t normally post on non-vintage Champagnes, but the quality of this Charles Heidsieck wine was quite compelling.  Golden in colour, it has an overt and rather delicious aroma of biscuit and yeast.  The palate is dry, fresh, has racy acidity, together with definitive lemon and cedar notes.  This is a very attractive, special occasion […]

d’Arenberg The Olive Grove McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

Modestly priced at $16, this is a sound chardonnay from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. In the glass, it has restrained aromas of peach and nectarine. The palate is medium-full bodied and in a crisp, fresh style. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $16. Website: darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.

Curly Flat Chardonnay Macedon Ranges 2016

This is a serious chardonnay from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges.  Yellow gold in colour, its aromas of cedar, butter and perfumed citrus resolutely speak of chardonnay.  The palate is full bodied and balanced by quite fresh and minerally acidity.  Ready to drink now, this is a very good chardonnay that can be approached […]

Pierre-Yves Colin Morey Saint-Aubin Le Banc 2010

Saint-Aubin is probably not the best known of the Burgundian appellations.  It is in the Côte de Beaune and neighbours Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet.  I was very pleased with this particular wine from Pierre-Yves Colin Morey and the 2010 vintage.  It has refined and racy acidity and overtones of lemon and cashew.  In its […]

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut 2014

This is a very good sparkling wine from Schramsberg in California.  The appellation is North Coast.  Should the name prove unilluminating outside of California, the vineyards are in fact in the Napa and Sonoma counties.  The sparkling wine itself is a blanc de blancs chardonnay made using the traditional method.  In the glass, there are […]

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 […]

Curly Flat Lacuna Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2017

Curly Flat’s 2017 vintage of the Lacuna chardonnay from the Macedon Ranges opens to aromas of yellow grapefruit, pear and an attractive stoney note.  The palate has a medium-full body, with fresh acidity and yellow grapefruit and saline overtones.  As it opens up in the glass, the wine takes on a savoury character and has […]

Ten Minutes by Tractor – 2016 chardonnay single vineyard and estate wines

Ten Minutes by Tractor provide a wonderful level of detail about their wines and I think rightly are a reference source for the Mornington Peninsula region.  Winemaking and viticulture aside, the key “macro” influences in this region are whether the vineyard is located “up the hill” or “down the hill” and the weather conditions of […]