Bannockburn Geelong Pinot Noir 2015

This is a very good pinot noir from Bannockburn in Geelong.  In the glass, it has a stemmy aroma (there’s 40% whole bunch in use), with twigs, meat and rhubarb undertones.  The palate is between medium and full bodied, with a viscous texture, long length, fresh acidity and some appealing bacon and cherry fruit flavours. […]

Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Bourgogne 2014; blind tasting and label thoughts

This is a delicious Bourgogne from Domaine de Bellene.  Before I get to the wine, I took away a few of observations from it.  First, pinot noir from Burgundy frequently resembles a different grape variety to the vast majority of pinot noirs I taste in Australia.  This is not intended as a slight upon Australian […]

Austins & Co Rosé 2015

Smartly labelled, this is a sound rosé from Austins & Co in the Geelong region.  Aromatics of strawberry and nectarine kernels.   The palate reminds of florals with more or less neutral flavours, a viscous texture and seemed a little loose. Rating: AcceptableAbv: 14%Price: $25Source: sampleVendors and website: 2015

A couple of Geelong pinots: Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2013 and Mt Moriac Estate Pinot Noir 2012

Soils matter for pinot noir, and in Geelong, there are a number of soil types.  The Scotchmans Hill pinot noir tasted here is grown (as far as I can tell) on the Bellarine Peninsula east of Geelong on volcanic soils of black clay with a basalt subsoil.  Mt Moriac is on the other side of […]

Austins & Co Chardonnay 2014

From the Geelong region, this chardonnay from the 2014 vintage has aromatics of nectarine, lemon and nuts.  The palate reminds principally of just picked grapefruit and lemon with medium length and very firm acidity.  A bit too firm for me. Rating: AcceptableAbv: 13%Price: $30Source: sampleVendors and website: 2015

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2012

The 2012 vintage of Bannockburn’s chardonnay wears its varietal character on its sleeve.  It’s highly expressive at this juncture, at a time when many chardonnays grown on Australian soil aren’t.  Heady aromatics of cashew, oil, butter and some oak characters promise a full flavoured wine on the palate.  And the palate is just that, with […]