Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

A mixed bunch I try to arrange tastings in groups, and when transferring the notes to publication also run a theme. But there are always wines that miss out or didn’t fit at the time, so now and then I offer a mixed bunch. Here’s one of them. Hatt et Söner Brut Champagne 2012: A […]

The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

McLaren Vale shines yet again One white and heaps of red wines, its not my pick just what turns up for review. The industry harmonises itself with consumer requirements. White/rose/sparkling in spring summer and reds/fortified in winter. Personally I’ve not really followed seasonal trends in drinking I’m just as happy with a white in winter […]

Family producers show their wares

Family producers show their wares

Keep it in the family Two families: one based in the Adelaide Hills the other in the Mornington Peninsula. Both make good wine, and importantly care deeply for the land under their care. Need more be said? Paradigm Hill Mornington Peninsula Riesling 2016: Light on the nose but clean. A couple of questions come to […]

Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Why merlot and riesling? I had a lot of untasted merlot and riesling on the bench. In the main merlot is not a grape I care for when it’s solo and please don’t write saying what about Château Petrus? Its so many years since I drank even tasted Petrus I cannot compare, anyhow one could […]

The nitty-gritty end of wine retailing

The nitty-gritty end of wine retailing

Nitty-gritty wine retailing There are plenty of wines retailing at less than $20 it’s the nitty-gritty end of retailing and the most important. Enter any Dan’s or First Choice store, and the selection is huge. Add Aldi and stores such as The Bottle-O and Cellarbrations, and there is no suburb or even country town in […]

Sweet rose and mature prices

Sweet rose and mature prices

Sweet rose It’s a misleading heading (sorry) as its not sweet rose wine reviews but a mix of sweet and rose wines. Auburn Hills Clare Valley Rose 2016: Part of the Mitchell family of wines this is the first rose under this banner. A deceptive wine, as on entry its very soft and gentle, cute […]

Reviews: On and off-trade brands

Reviews: On and off-trade brands

On and off Two ranges of wine brands are reviewed this week: one strong in the off-trade, the other recently launched by the Geelong-based Scotchmans Hill winery for the on-trade. It’s ironic that the more famous a brand becomes, the less welcome it is in restaurants. Unfortunate but true: it irks to pay two or […]

May merry month for Australian wine

May merry month for Australian wine

May we be grateful For reasons I’ve never fully understood, a couple of years (or possibly more) back, someone, some group, official body or whatever, thought there was a need to promote May as the month in which we are all grateful for Australian wines. As far as I can tell, the reason is that […]

The wines of Casillero del Diablo

The wines of Casillero del Diablo

Chile hots TKR receives a huge amount of samples and is grateful to those that send them. Well above 90 per cent of these samples are Australian. It’s an exciting day when an imported wine arrives. The half-dozen wines below are available either in Dan Murphy’s, BWS or both chains. Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc […]

Twenty shiraz wines in four price brackets

Twenty shiraz wines in four price brackets

One score in fives Twenty shiraz wines in four brackets of five wines each, $20s, $30s, $40s and $50 plus Nine regions are represented McLaren Vale Barossa Valley Orange Region Margaret River Clare Valley Ballerine Peninsula Langhorne Creek Coonawarra The vintage range is from 2013 to 2016 with points stretching from 89 to 98 but […]

Kissing cousins vermouth to viognier reviewed

Kissing cousins vermouth to viognier reviewed

Kissing cousins The others the ones we refer to as kissing cousins, those that are not chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or other mainstream grapes in Australia. Which doesn’t mean to say some are not more mainstream in other countries. Ten wines (one wine based) in total, one vermouth, viognier, chenin blanc, sangiovese, mencia, petit verdot, […]

Grenache wines single and blended

Grenache wines single and blended

Grenache Gemtree McLaren Vale Grenache 2016: It’s not my place to comment on labels, but when they are incomprehensible, I ask, what the #@^*? What’s the point of some arty bloody farty concept dreamt up by a wanky label designer, spoilt child or pissed winemaker? Anyhow, behind this senseless, unreadable label is a grenache from […]

Cabernet Sauvignon, the mongrel grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, the mongrel grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, the mongrel grape What is there to say about cabernet sauvignon that hasn’t been said before? Not a lot. Pre 1830 most of the red wine in Australia was made from the Burgundy grape (pinot noir) or miller’s burgundy. The latter is an interesting variety as it’s difficult to trace its origins in […]

The wines of Ulithorne, McLaren Vale

The wines of Ulithorne, McLaren Vale

The wines of Ulithorne   McLaren Vale-based Ulithorne is owned by Sam Harrison and Rose Kentish. Rose is an exceptional winemaker, having produced wines in the Vale and in France. Their approach is: “It’s not about us, it’s about the wine.” Good people making great wines. Dona is not the annoying precious princess with a lisp […]

The many faces of Western Australian wines

The many faces of Western Australian wines

Western Australia I’m not sure if its 20 or 30 years since I first heard Denis Horgan (Leeuwin Estate) say “Western Australia produces just 3 per cent of Australian wine but 20 per cent of Australia’s premium wine.”   It didn’t convince me then because the assumption was based on the higher price WA wines were […]

Pinot Noir Chardonnay duo’s shine

Pinot Noir Chardonnay duo’s shine

Pinot-chardonnay duets What a tasting, a touch of heaven on earth. My own views on these two varieties: chardonnay is underappreciated by many and pinot noir is overrated by some. Both are used and abused. The 10 wines reviewed below are in five pairs, showing different producers’ takes on each of the varieties. Some still […]

Yarra Yering and Warramate reviews

Yarra Yering and Warramate reviews

Yarra Yering      It’s been a few years since I tasted a range of Yarra Yering wines. I first came across them when sometime in the 1980s Nick Chlebnikowski (Nick’s Wine Merchants) brought the wines and proprietor and winemaker Dr Bailey Carrodus to the UK. They were an unusual combination: Nick exuberant, loud and full-on; Dr […]

A mixed baker’s dozen wines offers delight

A mixed baker’s dozen wines offers delight

A mixed baker’s dozen Semillon from Mudgee and Clare: The Mudgee offers delight but the Clare will in time take the lead. Sauvignon blanc that is individual, pleases me but perhaps not the hordes of NZ lovers. A rose from Rioja and Syrah from Mornington an interesting tasting, both preformed well. A quartet of pinot […]

Australia continent of outstanding Riesling

Australia continent of outstanding Riesling

The TKR riesling tasting Post-Christmas is time for the TKR riesling tasting. It’s not as large as some magazine tastings, or those of reviewers who have greater consumer recognition, but large enough to provide an idea of how riesling is performing around the country. For the past few years I have kept all rieslings sent […]

The last, 2016 reviews, Cabernet to Merlot

The last, 2016 reviews, Cabernet to Merlot

The last 2016 reviews from Cabernet to Merlot At last, the last, the end has been reached all reviews written in 2016 have now been published.   For 2017 a new tasting schedule has been implemented. It will mean at least two postings a week one in TKR and other just comprising reviews.   Good karma  Tony   […]