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   […]

Clearing the 2016 archive this week shiraz blends

Clearing the 2016 archive this week shiraz blends

Anaperenna by Ben Glaetzer Barossa Valley Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: A big lad, but it’s well-toned muscle that ripples with health and vitality. 94 points and a top price at $52, but there are many who will enjoy this wine hugely and think it well worth it. GMH ‘Family Selection’ South Australia Red Blend 2014: Apparently […]

The NSW tour de Wine, Shiraz, Merlot and others

The NSW tour de Wine, Shiraz, Merlot and others

More clearing of the 2016 reviews, sorry about the bombardment but we are almost there. Today’s offering is a selection of NSW wines, a lot of Shiraz a trio of merlot and several interesting others. Happy drinking   Shiraz Huntington Estate ‘Special Reserve’ Mudgee Shiraz 2012: Bramble, English hedgerow nose, quite strong flavours to start […]

Rose wine, here, USA, Dan Murphy’s & beyond

Rose wine, here, USA, Dan Murphy’s & beyond

It’s a slightly different wine review section this week as we have included more statistics and a larger article before the reviews. Many of the wines reviewed are available from Dan Murphy’s so we have divided them into those that are and those that are not. Dan’s is reluctant to divulge figures, but did say: […]

Victoria’s very many charming wines

Victoria’s very many charming wines

The fourth of several Key Review of Wine reports focuses on the wines of Victoria. The outpouring in January/February will be a cleansing of all the reviews I wrote but was not able to publish in 2016. What better place to start a short article on reviews of Victorian wine than The Vineyards of Victoria […]

The many beauties of McLaren Vale

The many beauties of McLaren Vale

The third of several Key Review of Wine reports focuses on McLaren Vale. It’s part of a series that will be sent in January and February. After that they will settle down to one perhaps two a week. The issue has been the increase in samples for review I receive combined with the lack of […]

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reviews

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reviews

This will be the first of several Key Review of Wine reports I will dispatch in January and February. After that they will settle down to one perhaps two a week. The issue has been the increase in samples for review I have been sent combined with the lack of space in each weeks Key […]

Aldi scores highly in wine reviews

Aldi scores highly in wine reviews

Aldi reviews Christmas is an expensive time and many expensive bottles of wine are bought as gifts for father, who often feels compelled to share them with his idiot brother-in-law because he happened to be there when the presents were opened. Then there is the other idiot brother-in-law who says all wine drinkers are nobs […]

Champagne and sparkling wines in review

Champagne and sparkling wines in review

Champagne & sparkling wine In the past I have kept champagne reviews separate from sparkling wine reviews. I think the time has come to remove the barrier as so many Australian sparkling wines have advanced to the stage where they can challenge classic champagne. What hasn’t been achieved is reputation. A bottle of champagne has […]

The unlucky 13th wine

The unlucky 13th wine

The baker’s dozen Feel lucky if you get 12 of these wines and unlucky if you get the 13th. Taltarni Fume Blanc 2015: I can’t recall how many years I have been drinking Taltarni Fume Blanc. It’s a wine I buy as well as review. It has what I like: crisp sauvignon but not green, […]

Cabernet Sauvignon from around Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon from around Australia

A case for cabernet sauvignon A trip around Australian regions via a cabernet sauvignon tasting. Wines from the Granite Belt, Mudgee, Tasmania, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale, Margaret River, Pyrenees and some regional blends. No more need be said, as each wine articulates itself. Robert Channon Granite Belt Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: Straightforward, […]

Hills, vale, valley and peninsula reviews

Hills, vale, valley and peninsula reviews

Hills, vale, valley and peninsula. No real connection between the wines below. It’s just because. So work it out for yourself. Hungerford Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014: Very soft and very seductive, but very well toned muscle at 15 per cent. It’s surprisingly easy to drink, all mulberry and Victoria plum flavours. Good depth and […]

A dozen wines from Coonawarra reviewed

A dozen wines from Coonawarra reviewed

A case from Coonawarra: nine cabernet sauvignons, two merlots and a blend. Technically, Coonawarra is in South Australia but it could be in Victoria. Then again, the western part of Victoria and the south-eastern part of South Australia could combine to be a separate state. Not that I’m suggesting a separatist movement. It’s just the […]

Beautiful McLaren Vale Shiraz

Beautiful McLaren Vale Shiraz

A case of shiraz. In this dozen shiraz wines from McLaren Vale, the consistency is incredible: points range from 93 to 95. The Vale is a beautiful place, full of wonderful people making fantastic wines. Shingleback ‘Aficionado’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015: An exclusive to Vintage Cellars, this is a sound, damn fine shiraz that sells […]

Summertime white wines that refresh

Summertime white wines that refresh

As summer approaches the lure of cold crisp white wine becomes stronger. There is nothing like sitting in the shade on a hot afternoon sharing a bottle or three with friends. Reillys Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio 2015: Uncomplicated wine, and nothing wrong with that. Some texture, or richness, but it’s not thick or cloying. Classic […]

Four trios of great wine in review

Four trios of great wine in review

Trios We have four trios this week. Before the reviews, news from the UK: Berton Vineyard Botrytis Semillon, sold by Aldi, has been awarded gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. It retails there for £6 ($9.73) a half bottle, which is incredibly cheap. In Australia it can be found for $17. So the first […]

A mixed dozen wines, red, white, rose & sparkling

A mixed dozen wines, red, white, rose & sparkling

A mixed case A dozen wines from regions across Australia, and one from New Zealand. Red, white, rosé and a sparkling wine: all sorts of wine offering a multitude of taste and flavours. Grateful thanks to Tash Stoodley, brand manager at d’Arenberg, for the photograph. Vasse Felix ‘Classic Dry White’ 2016: This is a semillon-sauvignon blanc […]

Australian wine deserves greater global recognition

Australian wine deserves greater global recognition

As mentioned in the editorial, here is a selection of wines that I think deserve greater global recognition. Many, in Australian terms, are considered expensive. The reality is they are not expensive compared with their European or Californian equivalents. Equivalent in quality but not always in price. Several bordeaux and many burgundy are grossly expensive, […]

Wines outside the mainstream box

Wines outside the mainstream box

Outside the box John Dual ‘Plexus’ Barossa Marsanne-Viognier-Roussanne 2015: A Rhone-style blend that is a little disjointed at the moment, but that is only youth. By Christmas it should be drinking beautifully. It is finely crafted and has rich and dry elements that play an interesting tune as it travels. 93 points now but I […]