2017 Bailey Wine Co Watervale Riesling

I poured this Riesling for a mate recently and he was impressed.  It prompted him to say that he couldn’t understand why Riesling is among the lowest for sales of white wine in Australia.  I won’t go into what his role is in the industry but he has been a part of it for most, if not all, of his working life so he knows his stuff.  I was a bit surprised but, more so, felt sad hearing that statement.  Just my opinion of course, but it is one of the most versatile varieties in the world and so food friendly.  You really can’t go wrong when buying a bottle of this noble of white grape varieties.

Lovely perfumed citrusy nose to this wine that spoke so proudly of Watervale.  Plenty of flavour for all and sundry for sure.  Now, I could give you the usual descriptors when it comes to Riesling, and most of them are in this wine, but what has to be mentioned is the unmistakable attractiveness and downright deliciousness of the wine.  I can’t speak enough about that.  Add delicate soft acid to the plenty of flavour I mentioned earlier and the persistence on the finish, and you have a ripper Riesling for a ripper price.  I’ll be

Bailey Wine Co Website

Region: Watervale, SA     Price: $25     Source: Online purchase (of sorts)

Bailey Wine Co Rizza

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2019 Bailey Wine Co Mount Gambier Rosé

Hands up if you like rosé.  Hands up if you like Pinot Noir rosé.  You lot are going to love this wine.  For those of you who did not put your hand up, you need to pay attention.  This is another Pinot Noir rosé that is going to change your mind.

Now, I’m the first to admit to being a bit skeptical about rosé being made from the Pinot Noir grape variety.  I just wasn’t so sure about the body and flavour it could present in a rosé style of wine (not that there should be a lot of body in a rosé but it definitely needs to have flavour).  Among some others I’ve tried in this category, this one is an ‘all hands up’ type of rosé that needs to be in your fridge ready for summer.

It’s pale pink in colour which, I have to say, didn’t excite me to start with.  That trepidation was soon quashed when I smelt it.  Great nose I have to say.  Strawberries and cream and we even detected a hint of kiwi fruit in there too.  A delicious, delicate, creamy, flavoursome palate to get the ball rolling.  Those strawberry notes showing up again, citrusy characters adding a nice acidic dimension to the fruit, texture to boot and a pretty good, dry finish too.  At the end of the day, without question, it’s a delightful rosé.

Bailey Wine Co Website

Region: Mount Gambier, SA    Price: $22 (bargain)   Source: Online purchase..sort of. 🙂

Bailey Wine Co rose

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2017 Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Shiraz

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Now, I don’t know when Eleanor Roosevelt said this but I think there is some correlation between it and West Australian Shiraz.  You see, West Australia is a bit like another wine region in Australia when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon getting all the attention.  Shiraz does just as well in the biggest state of Australia so I’m hoping it is not seen as inferior by those outside of WA.  My new saying for Shiraz from way out west is, “It may not be superior but it certainly is not inferior“.

It’s a very inviting nose to kick things off.  Pepper and spice and all things berry nice.

Plenty of flavour to take in that’s for sure.  Plums and spicy dark cherries with a touch of blackberry.  Savouriness with the addition of pepper in both ebony and ivory form on the medium bodied palate.  It’s quite an elegant style of Shiraz with a bit of finesse about it too, and while the tannins are evident, they are complimentary to the smooth lingering finish.  Maybe this is superior (wink, wink)?

Castle Rock Estate Website

Region: Porongurup, WA     Price: $30 (bargain buying)     Sample: Sample courtesy of Castle Rock Estate and Define Wine

Castle Rock Porongurup shiraz

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2016 Angullong Orange Region Cabernet Sauvignon

After tasting this wine from the Orange region of New South Wales, it got me thinking.  Is it getting to the point where the list of the more well known Cabernet Sauvignon regions of Australia is becoming longer?  I say this because I have been lucky enough to try a number of wines made from this variety that were from the lesser known areas.  I won’t go into them all but I would like you to think about the place this wine comes from.  Orange, New South Wales.  It’s not the first Cabernet I’ve tried from Orange but it is certainly one of the best.  That’s my opinion only of course, so I strongly suggest you find this wine and try it.

The bold nose is Cabernet Sauvignon for sure.  Helloooooo blackberries!

Better than medium bodied, the palate has dense and rich black fruits (but not rich rich if you know what I mean) of blackberries and currants and juicy dark cherries.  It is so smooth and has a creamy texture on the medium length finish with just a delicate spice hit as well to add to the moreishness of this wine.  I really liked it and loved the price even more!

Angullong. Website

Region: Orange, NSW     Price: $22 (bargain)     Source: Sample courtesy of Angullong Wines and Define Wine


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2014 Grey Sands Pinot Noir

The words ‘Pinot Noir’ are pretty much part of the Tasmanian vernacular these days.  When Tasmanian wine comes up in a conversation, no matter who I speak with, Pinot Noir gets quite a bit of the attention over the other popular varieties.  There is so much good quality pinot coming out of the ‘Island State’ that even wineries on the big island are purchasing fruit to make a Tassie Pinot, buying vineyards or buying land and planting vines.  That’s a good sign don’t you think?

Well, Bob & Rita Richter saw the potential in planting a vineyard and growing grapes for wine production way back in 1989.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but foresight is what pays off.  Well done Bob & Rita I say.

It may well be five years old but it still has a lovely deep colour.  Now, the colour  may have you questioning its varietalness (I don’t think that’s a word) and origin.  Look past that and onto the aromas and the taste.  It is most definitely Pinot Noir, and Tassie.  No question.

Plums, dark cherries with a sweet red fruit influence sort of thing (sorry, I know this sounds odd) that adds a freshness or youthfulness if you like.  It’s quite mouthfilling, not in a rich or full bodied way but more of a plenty-of-flavour sort of way without taking away from that varietalness I mentioned earlier.  It’s lovely and smooth and little bit vanilla like on the finish that lingers very nicely indeed.  Tannins have almost integrated at this point of its development meaning you can tell they are present but don’t impinge on the enjoyment of drinking the wine.  To finish off, I’m going to sum this wine up in five words. Balanced with a bright future.

Grey Sands Website

Region: Glengarry, Northern Tasmania     Price: $55     Source: Sample thanks to Grey Sands

Grey Sands Pinot_Noir 2014

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2019 Castle Rock Porongurup ‘Skywalk’ Riesling

Riesling; described by Jancis Robinson MW in her Oxford Companion to Wine as “arguably the world’s most undervalued, misspelt, mispronounced variety … and could claim to be the finest white grape variety in the world on the basis of the longevity of its wines and their ability to transmit the characteristics of their vineyard”.  So apt when it comes to this wine, except the part that is more likely to be mispronounced would be Porongurup!

To get things started, it’s quite floral without being too much to be off-putting (I’m not sure I can explain it better than that but I hope you know what I mean) but it it has some lovely limey, citrusy aromas balancing it out perfectly.

The palate’s the place to be though.  Fresh with lots of flavour, those lovely lime characters appear again, and I just had to gently swish it around my mouth.  Not like it was a mouthwash, more to get the wine into every crevice possible.  Hello to crispy, mouthwatering acidity on the finish adding to the delightful length.  Beautifully balanced already and has a terrific mouthfeel too.  I could easily drink a lot of this Riesling.  Easily!

Castle Rock Estate Website

Region: Porongurup, WA     Price: $20 (An absolute bargain)     Source: Sample courtesy of Castle Rock Estate and Define Wine


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2015 Gartelmann ‘Jonathon’ Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon

Worldwide there are apparently 341,000 hectares planted with Cabernet Sauvignon.  In Australia there are approximately 25,000 hectares of vines.  Clearly, when it comes to both of these figures, I have only tasted the tip of the Cabernet Sauvignon wine iceberg, around the world and, more so, in Australia.  I need to lift my game!

I couldn’t find out how many hectares there are in Mudgee, but it appears to be the most favoured variety, so I assume, the most planted.  I’ve been lucky enough to try a few over the last couple of years and there’s some impressive buggers coming out of the area.  I can see why they proudly put the ‘Mudgee’ stamp on the front label.

It’s a terrific colour this wine but then I took in the aromas.  It smells rich, robust, juicy and delicious.  It got me grinning.

Still plenty of fruit in this four year old, full bodied, Mudgee Cabernet.  Blackberries and blackcurrants play a major part in the flavour arena (gee these flavours turn up a lot in a the wines I’ve been lucky enough to try lately. It seems to be a full time job for them!).

Delicate herbs (those dried ones in a jar that everyone has in their pantry) are in and about as well and there’s a slight Chocolately note I liked too.

Drying tannins are present but by no means offensive. They add the ‘potential-to-age’ factor in a nice supportive role.

A good long finish is helped along by the abundant fruit which brings it home nicely.  This goes very well it has to be said.

Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $35     Source: Sample courtesy of Gartelmann Wines and Define Wine

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2015 Gart Jon Mu Cab Sav

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