d’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018

d’Arenberg’s “The Broken Fishplate” is a well made sauvignon blanc from the Adelaide Hills. It has bright aromas of lemon, grass and pear. The palate has fresh acidity and a nice balance. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price:$20. Website: darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.

Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011

Thousand Candles was launched in the Yarra Valley with a lot of hype, an on trend ethos of site expression, a stellar price ($100) and some gushing reviews.  I think some of those reviewers might be a bit embarrassed now.  2011 was the first vintage of Thousand Candles and it’s an unorthodox blend of 92%Continue reading “Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011”

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc Mornington Peninsula 2017

This is a complex rendition of sauvignon Blanc from Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Pensinsula.  It has a nutty and gooseberry like aroma.  The palate is firmly acidic, with a yellow grapefruit like linearity.  Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next couple of years. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%. Price:Continue reading “Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc Mornington Peninsula 2017”

Domaine Mollet-Maudry Sancerre Roc de l’Abbaye 2015

This is a very pleasant sauvignon blanc from Domaine Mollet-Maudry in Sancerre in the Loire Valley.  A yellow gold in colour, it opens to aromas of grass, herbs and minerals.  The palate has high acidity, a medium to full body and is racy, but not austere in bearing.   This wine is ready to drinkContinue reading “Domaine Mollet-Maudry Sancerre Roc de l’Abbaye 2015”

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015

This wine has a bit of everything in it.  Oaked chardonnay, oaked sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer and petit manseng.  I can imagine the blending sessions were a lot of fun, or challenging or both.  From New England in northern New South Wales, the Topper’s Mountain capsule has Italian style paper wrapping which makes the initial pourContinue reading “Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015”

François Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon 2015

I wasn’t entirely convinced by this sauvignon blanc from François Chidaine in Touraine. It opens to a typically sauvignon blanc tropical aroma, but overlaid with a green streak. The palate is medium bodied with a bitter edge.  Neither Sancerre, nor NZ in styling, it presented as an amalgam of the two.  Rating: Acceptable to Good.Continue reading “François Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon 2015”