Categories
Wine Reviews

Punch Lance’s Vineyard Close Planted Pinot Noir 2015

From Punch Lance’s Vineyard in the Yarra Valley, and a producer I haven’t previously come across, this is a very good pinot noir.  There’s actually not much of it – only 1,300 bottles were produced.  It has aromas of cedar and rhubarb.   Its long length and considerable fruit intensity provide enjoyment, and while the…Continue readingPunch Lance’s Vineyard Close Planted Pinot Noir 2015

Categories
Wine Reviews

Liv Zak Chardonnay 2019

Liv Zak’s Yarra Valley chardonnay from the 2019 vintage is quite different in style to the wine just reviewed.  It has a subtle, creamy lemon aroma.  The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and the length medium.  This is a subtle and sound wine.  The alcohol is listed as a precise (overly?) 13.35%.  Ready…Continue readingLiv Zak Chardonnay 2019

Categories
Wine Reviews

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Rosé 2018

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Rosé Wine ReviewContinue readingWarramunda Estate Liv Zak Rosé 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Syrah 2018

Warramunda Estate Syrah Wine ReviewContinue readingWarramunda Estate Liv Zak Syrah 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Pinot Noir 2018

Warramunda Pinot Noir Wine ReviewContinue readingWarramunda Estate Liv Zak Pinot Noir 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Malbec 2018

Warramunda Estate Malbec Wine ReviewContinue readingWarramunda Estate Liv Zak Malbec 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

Innocent Bystander Arneis Yarra Valley 2019

From Innocent Bystander in the Yarra Valley, this is a sound arneis from the 2019 vintage. Its aroma is floral and herbal. The palate is somewhat neutral with modest acidity. This will suit current drinking. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: n/a. Price: $25. Website: http://www.innocentbystander.com.au. Reviewed: January 2020.Continue readingInnocent Bystander Arneis Yarra Valley 2019

Categories
Wine Reviews

Punt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018

There aren’t too many gamays in Australia, but the climate suits it in the Yarra Valley. From Punt Road Wines, this gamay is fashioned in a varietally correct style and has enjoyable aromas and flavours of raspberries and fresh red fruits, rounded by 9 months in old oak. Ready to drink now, this is a…Continue readingPunt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Innocent Bystander are a very good producer in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. This wine is a dry pinot noir based rosé, and has a restrained aroma of strawberries and hay. The palate is dry, medium bodied and refreshing. Ready to drink now, this is rosé is perfectly pleasant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $18.…Continue readingInnocent Bystander Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

De Bortoli Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

This is a sound pinot noir from De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, and the 2018 vintage.  It has aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry.  The palate is balanced with fresh acidity.  More pleasant than complex, this wine will suit consumption over the next couple of years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $20. Website: debortoli.com.auContinue readingDe Bortoli Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Categories
Wine Reviews

Yarra Valley 2019

With the 2019 harvest underway, I spent the morning in the winery at Helen & Joey in the Yarra Valley.  Here are a few vineyard photographs and observations. Photo above: East-west planted pinot noir, looking to the west. Grafted merlot vines planted on north-south facing rows, and nearing harvest. Phylloxera continues its march through the…Continue readingYarra Valley 2019

Categories
Wine Reviews

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 readingThousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011