Pig in the House Shiraz 2020 Wine Review

This is an organically grown shiraz from the “Pig in the House” label in Cowra, New South Wales and the 2020 vintage. It is a juicy wine, with aromas of purple fruit and blueberry. The palate is dry, between medium and full bodied and has seen a small portion of oak. This fruit driven wineContinue reading “Pig in the House Shiraz 2020 Wine Review”

Craiglee Shiraz 2017 Wine Review

Craiglee is an Australian cool climate shiraz institution. From Sunbury in the suburbs of Melbourne, the 2017 vintage tasted here is true to its northern Rh么ne styling. Elsewhere, even in Australia, it would be labelled as syrah (writing in 2021). It has aromas pepper, game and bacon and a well integrated cedar character. The palateContinue reading “Craiglee Shiraz 2017 Wine Review”

Tardieu-Laurent C么tes du Rh么ne Blanc 2018 Wine Review

This is Tardieu-Laurent’s “Les Becs Fins” C么tes du Rh么ne blanc from the 2018 vintage. The 2018 is mostly viognier (40%), marsanne (20%) and roussanne (20%) with clairette and grenache blanc making up the balance. It is unoaked, with low acidity, a thick viscous body, is dry and has typical hay and straw like aromas. ReadyContinue reading “Tardieu-Laurent C么tes du Rh么ne Blanc 2018 Wine Review”

Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja 2019 Wine Review

White Rioja is not easily found in Australia. Made from macabeo (viura), it appears in a couple of styles. This wine is the dry, unoaked and fruity version and is quite floral and aromatic. It might confuse for a sauvignon blanc. The palate however is fuller bodied and the acidity medium, rather than high. TheContinue reading “Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja 2019 Wine Review”

Oberkircher Winzer Sp盲tburgunder 2014 Wine Review

I found this wine filed away under cabernet blends in a wine list. I was pretty sure it wasn鈥檛 a Baden cabernet, with sp盲tburgunder being pinot noir and German cabernet being uncommon. A nascent thought was that the confusion might be based in fact, some until now unforeseen German wine label complexity. German wine labelsContinue reading “Oberkircher Winzer Sp盲tburgunder 2014 Wine Review”

Garnacha Cepa por Cepa de Nekeas 2018 Wine Review

This a pleasant garnacha (grenache) from Navarra in Spain and the 2018 vintage. Lightly coloured as is typical of the variety, the wine is dry, full bodied, has little oak influence (old), has medium and tight tannins that are rocky in texture and red fruit characters. The alcohol is 14.5. This wine is suitable forContinue reading “Garnacha Cepa por Cepa de Nekeas 2018 Wine Review”