Clyde Park Chardonnay 2018

From Clyde Park and the Geelong region, this is a very good chardonnay.¬† It has aromas of cedar, mineral, smoke and ripe melon.¬† The palate is balanced, with a medium-full body and linear acidity.¬† Medium length on the finish completes the picture.¬† Ready to drink now.¬† Rating: Good.¬† Website:¬†;¬† Source: Sample.¬† Reviewed: JulyContinue reading “Clyde Park Chardonnay 2018”

Clyde Park Pinot Noir Geelong 2018

I recently reviewed Clyde Park’s single vineyard Block D pinot noir here. This is Clyde Park’s pinot noir blend from Bannockburn in the Geelong region. In the glass, it is lightly coloured, full bodied, with light spice and cherry flavours and fresh acidity.¬† Overall, this is a restrained pinot noir that provides for enjoyable currentContinue reading “Clyde Park Pinot Noir Geelong 2018”

Clyde Park Single Block D Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2018

Geelong is a successful region for pinot noir and, at its best, can achieve an interesting and complex restrained, savoury and sinewy expression of pinot.¬† Within the Geelong wine region Bannockburn is pretty yet understated and somewhat out of the way, situated on the road between Geelong and Ballarat rather than the touristed Bellarine Peninsula.¬†Continue reading “Clyde Park Single Block D Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2018”

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.Continue reading “Bannockburn Geelong Pinot Noir 2015”

Vine density

I’ve been having a close look recently at vine density. ¬†From the simple and incorrect dogma that denser plantings are better (in fact, this holds it would seem only in some circumstances), it is fascinating to read the various studies. ¬†At¬†its simplest, for any given area of land, vine density refers to how many vinesContinue reading “Vine density”

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 AustralianContinue reading “Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Bourgogne 2014; blind tasting and label thoughts”