Weingut Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2009

There’s a first for everything, and this is the first German pinot noir I’ve reviewed on this website, from the southerly region of Baden.  It’s a good one too.  A between pale and medium intensity ruby in colour, the wine is bright in the glass.  Its aroma is clean, with a quite pronounced intensity aromaContinue reading “Weingut Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2009”

Arrogant Frog Ribet Red Cabernet Merlot 2011

The “Arrogant Frog” series of wines hail from the region now known as Pays D’Oc Indication GĂ©ographique ProtĂ©gĂ©e (IGP). At $10.99 they are keenly priced and appear designed to be noticed and, I am guessing, to compete with the Yellow Tails of the wine world. It’s even bottled under screwcap. The “Ribet” cabernet merlot isContinue reading “Arrogant Frog Ribet Red Cabernet Merlot 2011”

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006

The MarquĂ©s de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006 vintage is a good rather than very good wine. It would have been much better had it not have been beaten quite so severely with the oak stick. A medium to pronounced ruby in appearance, the wine’s aroma is a study in oak, butter, vanilla, oily popcorn kernels,Continue reading “MarquĂ©s de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006”

Coriole Sangiovese 2011

Coriole have some of Australia’s oldest plantings of sangiovese, with vineyards dating from 1985.  Being partial to sangiovese, a grape variety that Australia has mostly struggled with, the older vine Coriole sangiovese naturally caught my attention. Unfortunately, and despite wishing that the position were otherwise, I didn’t find this wine particularly commendable.  The 2011 vintageContinue reading “Coriole Sangiovese 2011”

Phylloxera: Victoria and South Australian changes

Phillip White wrote an interesting article the other day on proposed changes to relax rules in South Australia regarding the transport of grape harvesters and other machinery and equipment from Victoria to South Australia, provided that they have come from a “phylloxera exclusion zone”. For those unacquainted with phylloxera, it is the insect that laid wasteContinue reading “Phylloxera: Victoria and South Australian changes”

A natural wine dinner, naturally

I attended earlier this week a natural wines dinner hosted by well known Australian wine writer Max Allen at the genial Montague Hotel in South Melbourne.  The food and wines were good, and so worth mentioning, as well as the underlying premise of the evening – a practical debate on the merits of natural winesContinue reading “A natural wine dinner, naturally”