Five new release Australian chardonnays from five different regions

I tasted today through five Australian new release chardonnays, all blind, with prices ranging from $22 to $68. The average quality level in Australian chardonnay is very good indeed if you are able to spend $20 or more per bottle. The cooler climate regions of the Mornington Peninsula and Orange shone more brightly than the […]

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) […]

Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2014

The Mesh label has been with us for just a little over a decade, and is a collaboration between Robert Hill Smith (of Yalumba fame) and Jeffrey Grosset (of Grosset fame) intended to raise the status of riesling and the Eden Valley in South Australia.  The extraordinary quality of Australian riesling probably does need some […]

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2012

Pewsey Vale’s 2012 riesling presents very well.  It opens to complex aromatics of lemon, lime, slate, stones and chalk.  The palate has high acid, a medium body and flavours reminding of lemon, lime, slate and lemon pith.  This is a good to very good Pewsey Vale release due to its length, complexity and true to […]

Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling 2012

Source: Google Maps I was still thinking about this 2012 vintage of Jacob’s Creek’s “Steingarten” riesling the next day.  It has fresh aromatics of lemon and stones.  The palate is dry, with high acid and flavours reminding of minerals, stones, lemon and lime.  The length on the finish is towards long.  There’s quite some complexity […]

Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed […]