Daoso Natural Reserve Sparkling Piccadilly Valley NV

In just one small sticker, the key components of this sparkling wine are communicated incredibly effectively. Here it is: Transparency in labelling benefits both wine producers and consumers. Although the words chosen are the French ones, we swifly learn: Cepages (grape varieties): 82% pinot noir and 18% chardonnayVintages: 81% from 2017 and 19% reserve wineTirage... Continue Reading →

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard 2016

I rather sensed that this producer and vineyard were headed towards producing a fine wine. This wine has seen considerable attention to detail and is outstanding. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 16% shiraz and 16% cabernet franc, it is from the Crayères vineyard in the Wrattonbully region on the South Australian/Victorian border. In terms... Continue Reading →

Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon This is the current vintage release and early to have opened a Rockford Rifle Range. The wine, a cabernet sauvignon, presents in something of a jumbly fashion. The aroma points in different green directions, none with certainty. Weeds, clove, cedar and green capsicum each present their case. The palate offers... Continue Reading →

Rockford Dry Country Grenache 2016

Rockford Dry Country Grenache Rockford's dry country grenache from the 2016 vintage and the Barossa is a small quantity wine that does not appear to be generally available.  It was purchased directly from the producer. I don't have much further information about it, but if you do, please chime in. I am not much of... Continue Reading →

Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon The 2016 Rockford Rifle Range cabernet sauvignon is a good, if not outstanding, vintage of this wine. These are generally wines for long ageing, so it is early days yet. Tasted in March 2020, its aroma evidences new oak influence with its obvious cedar character. The palate is dry, medium... Continue Reading →

Wynns Coonawarra tasting

This was a wonderful tasting of a selection of Wynns Black Label and John Riddoch Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon wines from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with some quite interesting conclusions.   Those conclusions were that the Black Label, for most vintages, served blind and side-by-side with the John Riddoch, provided the more compelling current... Continue Reading →

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