Robert Stein Mudgee Reserve Chardonnay 2016

This reserve chardonnay from Robert Stein in Mudgee is white gold in colour and opens to aromas of fine cedar wood, pineapple and paw paw.  The palate is full bodied, with great length and good acidity.  The 50% new French oak is eaten by the fruit, and the partial malolactic fermentation has contributed to the […]

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015

This wine has a bit of everything in it.  Oaked chardonnay, oaked sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer and petit manseng.  I can imagine the blending sessions were a lot of fun, or challenging or both.  From New England in northern New South Wales, the Topper’s Mountain capsule has Italian style paper wrapping which makes the initial pour […]

Angullong Chardonnay Orange 2016

Gee, there’s a lot of competition in chardonnay at the $20-$25 price bracket.  Most of them are good too, which is great perhaps only for the consumer.  The aroma of this wine from Angullong in the glass is immediately and appealingly mineral and citrus like.  The palate has a good balance between its light touch […]

Pig in the House Organic Chardonnay 2016

I still rather like this label design.  The “Pig in the House” is an organically grown chardonnay from Cowra in New South Wales.  In the glass, there are aromas of lemon and meal.  The palate is mid weight, the length good, the acidity racy and refreshing and the flavours youthful reminding of lemon and nectarine. […]

Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Mudgee 2017

This wine is a barrel fermented chardonnay from Huntington Estate with the fruit sourced from the warmer climate Mudgee region.  In the glass, the aromas are fairly neutral – nectarine, perhaps some pineapple and green melon.  The palate is decidedly oaky in its youth, with plenty of vanilla and lactic character, and a more or […]

Leclerc Briant Brut Réserve Champagne NV

This is not a label I have previously seen, but it is of a very high quality.  It’s a red grape dominant Champagne, with 40% pinot noir, 40% pinot meunier and the balance chardonnay.  It has finely chiselled aromas of brioche, plenty of bread and bakery yeast.  The palate is dry with an austere and […]

Jean-Luc & Paul Aegerter Chablis Vieilles Vignes Chablis 2014

This is a delicious Chablis from Jean-Luc & Paul Aegerter. From the 2014 vintage, the grapes were harvested by hand, and vinified in 500 litre new oak barrels, but aged for 6 to 12 months in old oak. In the glass, the wine opens to tight and fresh minerally aromatics. The palate is medium bodied […]

Toolangi Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016

Toolangi produce some very good wine year in, year out. This is another good release chardonnay from their Dixon’s Creek vineyard at the northern end of the Yarra Valley. Subtle and restrained in bearing, the 2016 vintage opens to aromas of smoke, very well judged struck match and lemon. The palate has terrific length, the […]

La Chablisienne Petit Chablis 2016

I am delighted to have spotted a couple of La Chablisienne wines imported into Australia. I have previously spent some time visiting the winery, and some thoughts and observations are here. This is a pleasingly typical Petit Chablis and a bargain at $18. Yellow gold in colour, it has aromas of orange zest and stones. […]

Yalumba Y Series Whites 2017

I recently tasted through Yalumba’s new 2017 vintage of “Y Series” whites. All the wines are $15 and all five wines from different single varieties. As a group, these wines evidence the new modern Australian style – lower alcohol, more medium than full bodied and no discernible oak influence. The sauvignon blanc for example weighs […]