All Saints Estate Pierre Cabernet Blend 2015

The All Saints Estate Pierre is a red Bordeaux style blend of cabernet sauvignon (48%), merlot (35%) and cabernet franc (17%).  The fruit is from Rutherglen.  I’ll be brief, as I wasn’t taken by this wine.  It opens to a leafy aroma, bay leaf mostly.  The palate has polish and pastille reminders, while the structureContinue reading “All Saints Estate Pierre Cabernet Blend 2015”

Rutherglen muscat and topaque

Here’s the second of my promised posts on the Rutherglen wine region.  The first post was on  Rutherglen’s renaissance and can be found here.  This post is all about what Rutherglen is famous for: fortified muscat (grape: muscat à petits grains) and fortified topaque (grape: muscadelle). Viticulture and winemaking Rather than recite facts from theContinue reading “Rutherglen muscat and topaque”

The Rutherglen renaissance

Rutherglen vines in the morning mist. Rutherglen as a tourist destination provides a vision of a rural idyll surrounded by Victorian buildings, vineyards, sheep and intertwined family history.  To borrow a concept from Bernard Salt, at around 300 kilometres from Melbourne and further still from Sydney, it is comfortably out of the orbit of theContinue reading “The Rutherglen renaissance”

Lake Moodemere Vineyards Late Harvest Biancone 2011

I’ll be brief, as I didn’t enjoy this wine.  It’s made from the seldomnly sighted biancone variety.  Some aromatics of light florals.  The palate is off dry with dilute floral flavours, a watery texture and light body as evidenced by its only 6.5% abv. Abv: 6.5%Price: $18Vendors: Check RutherglenTasted: 2013Subscribe: Please enter yourContinue reading “Lake Moodemere Vineyards Late Harvest Biancone 2011”