Mr. Mick Rosé Clare Valley 2018

The Mr. Mick rosé is made by Tim Adams in the Clare Valley and from the unlikely combination of sangiovese, tempranillo and mourvèdre.  In the glass, it has a pink/purple hue, fresh acidity and is very fruity and finishes dry.  Overall, this is a pleasant rosé that is low in alcohol and keenly priced.  Rating: […]

Craftsman Zesty & Crisp Clare Valley Riesling 2016

Despite some slightly ungainly labelling on this BWS private label, this wine presents as a good quality varietally typical Clare Valley riesling.  In the glass, there are aromas of stones and lime.  The palate is dry, the acidity fresh and the length a little short, but this is nonetheless sound drinking at $15.  Books and […]

Mitchell Clare Valley Watervale Riesling 2017

From the Watervale subregion of the Clare Valley, this wine from Mitchell Wines (no relation!) is quite aromatic, with aromas of lime, jasmine and a herbaceous note.  The palate is dry, with mouth watering acidity, a youthful touch of CO2 and a medium body.  It provides delicious drinking now and will also suit long ageing. […]

Mitchell Sevenhill Vineyard Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

This is an aged cabernet sauvignon release from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley.  The vineyard does not see irrigation and the wine is estate bottled.  From the 2010 vintage, it’s a deeply coloured wine in the glass. It opens to aromas of dark, baked plums. The palate is very typical of Clare Valley cabernet. […]

Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014 and Hunter Valley/Clare Valley Shiraz 2014

Here are reviews of a couple of new releases from Gartelmann wines. Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014, MudgeeYou don’t see too many petit verdots as a single varietal wine, although this wine also has some cabernet sauvignon in it. This is a fruity style, with aromas of strawberry jam and cedar. The palate is medium bodied […]

6 new release Australian reds

Following from my earlier tasting of six new release Australian whites, today I tasted through six new release Australian reds between $16 and $29, all blind. In a difficult group, there were no particular threads. Blue Wren No716 Single Vineyard MerlotNeither vintage nor region are clearly declared on this bottle, although my guesses are 2016 […]

6 new release Australian whites

At the table today I tasted through six new release Australian whites, all completely blind. No price exceeded $22, although that was not known either. The average quality was very good and as usual blind tasting leads to a few surprises. Interestingly, the two wines with gold medal stickers on them (the first and third) […]

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2016

This is an excellent riesling from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley.  Lemon and lime aromatics give way to a dry, medium bodied palate with refreshing, linear and deliciously minerally acidity.  Substantial length on the finish completes the picture.  Yes.  The vines were planted in 1960, are not irrigated and tended organically.  (Alc: 13%, Region: […]

McNicol Clare Valley Riesling 2008

I find myself increasingly biased in favour of riesling, as I don’t recall the last time I had a poor one, many seem to age and improve effortlessly and the Australian paradigms are very keenly priced for the quality in the bottle. This is an interesting riesling from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley (no […]