2013 Grey Sands Pinot Noir

When it comes to wine, I’m no expert.  I read a lot of what experts have to say about wines but not necessarily agree with them just as I’m sure they don’t agree with me.  That’s what opinions are all about.  They are entitled to theirs, just as I am mine.  This wine is a case in point.

The nose is a bit shy.  Not shy-shy but more, give a little bit then a little bit more then a little bit more sort of shy before it reveals itself in the best possible way and that is, tasting it.

Very different on the palate so be prepared.  Initially it sort of see-saws between sweet and savoury but after a good bit of air it settles into a flavoursome, dark cherry and plum fruit, balanced wine.  It is quite delicious, maybe a tad dry, which makes it such a versatile wine so, serve it up in your best glassware with a good chunk of steak or it will sit perfectly in a tumbler beside a charcuterie plate if that’s what takes your fancy.

Regardless of what certain judges think, this is a very good, very well made wine…in my opinion of course.


Region: Glengarry, Northern Tasmania     Price: $50     Source: Wine Tasting

Grey Sands PN 2013

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2016 Yelland & Papps Cabernet Sauvignon

This always proves to be a big hit in our home and some friends of ours who tried the last vintage think the bottle isn’t big enough.  I reckon they would have the same view of this one too.

It might be all about the darker fruits but it doesn’t shirk on anything else.

Black berries, black currants, dark cherries, dark plums and a hint of licorice are everywhere you look, smell and taste inside this information wrapped bottle.  The subtle oak isn’t going to bother you as the whole thing coats your palate for as long as you can hold your breath.  I say that because you’ll want to trap the flavours for as long as you can.  The good thing is, there is more to come in the bottle.  It deserves many nods of the head and a long Mmmmmmmm!!


Region: Barossa Valley, SA     Price: $28     Source: Sample

Y&P Cab Sav


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2016 Chateau Yaldara Retro Barossa Valley Cabernet Franc

Everyone knows the members of the Beatles.  Well certainly everyone from my era.  How many of you know they all had solo careers?  Yep, even the little drummer boy Ringo.  Even though they branched out on their own, they never got back together to produce that magic again.

How many of you know the general make up of the troupe, the Bordeaux Blends?  Not as many I suspect.  Front and centre is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with back up support from Malbec and Petit Verdot.  All of these have been given the opportunity to try their luck on their own, some more successful than others, but know they will always reunite on a stage again somewhere.

Cabernet Franc is one of the members that I rarely see performing solo (unless I’m not looking in the right places).  I can’t remember how many straight Cabernet Francs I’ve tasted and I was surprised how many Australian producers have one in their team.

After the obligatory greetings it’s down to business with this wine.  Not that it’s a stuffy suit and tie kind of thing, it just doesn’t like to waste time.  That’s quite obvious from the start because the colour (inky), the aromas (dark fruits) and the flavours (plums, blackberries, slight fennel) are bolt upright, methodical and a well presented lineup.

This one is a thumper of a version that needs red meat and it got it!


Region: Barossa Valley     Price: $35     Source: Sample

Yaldara Cab Franc

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2015 Domaine Dawnelle Pinot d’Or

I tried the 2016 vintage of this wine recently and it was wine that intrigued me so much I had to check out this one.  For me, it was a year older and a year wiser.  Take from that what you will, but my advice, if you get the chance to try the two of them together, do so.  It’s a bit like meeting two brothers.  As much as you like them both, there is one who has that extra appeal.

It’s a terrific colour.  So attractive. The funkiness is there on the nose but this seems more clean…bit like the palate too.

On the palate there is plenty to stimulate the senses.  Pears soaked and poached in Pinot Noir.  That’s what sprung to mind.  Textured and layered too with stone fruit-like characteristics, it seems to constantly present something to your taste buds.  It’s like Siamese twins of pinot noir and pinot gris doing the waltz with a Chardonnay partner as it dances around your taste buds.  It’s not showing off.  It is just showcasing its talent and sophistication.  I liked the routine a lot.


Region: Southern Tasmania     Price: $60     Source: Sample (photo is of the current release 2016)


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2017 Pig in the House Organic Rosé

You may have noticed that we here in the Peters household have been indulging in a few Rosé wines of late.  And why wouldn’t we?!  There are so many quality versions out there and with the weather so summer-sational of late,  it just needs to be done.

The quality of the Rosés continue for us with this snappy and surprising one from Pig in the House.

Let me clarify the word ‘surprising’.  The colour did not present particularly well for me.  I thought, light in colour, light in flavour, light in interest.  When I smelt it, tasted it and shared it, it was like it slapped me across the cheeks in disgust…and rightly so.  It deserved to be treated with respect.

It’s all about the lovely fruit here.  Even on the nose it comes up smiling strawberries and nice ripe watermelon.  Similar when tasting it too, and even though it’s Sangiovese dominant, there is almost a ‘Pinot Noir Rosé’ cherry spiciness to it that adds a pretty cool savoury dimension.  Some of it was fermented in old oak barrels which adds a nice bit of texture and interest but I reckon the fruit has performed pretty well regardless of these ‘co-habitants’ of the wine.

A delicious wine that is very easy to drink whenever you feel like it.  With food, with friends, with family, with fun.  It’s that versatile really.


Region: Cowra, NSW     Price: $25     Source: Sample courtesy of Define Wine

Pig in the House Rose

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2014 Levantine Hill Yarra Valley Syrah

The Levantine Hill story is pretty amazing, which I will save for another day, because I really want to tell you about this wine.

A deep colour with a lovely sheen it’s class is evident from the start.  Aromas of red fruits, cherries and some spices introduce this wine to the senses nice and gently.

Rich, lush, darker berries galore on the palate.  Layer after layer after layer.  I’m not quite sure how to put this other than to say, it’s definitely cool climate but without the obvious pepperiness.  There’s lots going on and lots of flavour but, it’s not full bodied.  Definitely elegant…definitely!  Plus it seems to just sit nicely balanced on your palate while it pirouettes to its heart’s content.  Tannins are a bit player to say the least.

This is pure, unadulterated luxury.  Well, for me it was.  Everything in its place.  No squeaks, rattles or clunks that need sorting.  It’s a pretty amazing wine to be perfectly frank.  Imagine how good the 2015 vintage must be!

It also must be mentioned that it recently scored 93+ points and won the Shiraz/Syrah Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Take a bow Paul Bridgeman.


Region: Yarra Valley, Australia     Price: $80     Source: Sample courtesy of Levantine Hill


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2016 Domaine Dawnelle Pinot d’Or

This would have to be one of the most difficult reviews I have written.  Not because I don’t like the wine, because I definitely do like the wine.  It’s because it is a wine of many facets, features and personalities and because of this, it is mighty intriguing to say the least.  And I mean that in a good way.  Let me explain.

First off, it’s a Pinot Noir made like a white wine (you’re interested already aren’t you).  The grapes (whole bunches) are gently pressed so as to impart as little of the pinot skin pigmentation as possible into the juice.  Then it is immediately placed into barrel where it undergoes wild fermentation and subsequent malolactic fermentation then allowed to sit on its lees before hand bottling without filtration.

It has a lovely golden, light coppery colour.  The nose is a little bit wild, a little bit funky but, and here’s that word again, intriguing.

Tasting this wine is where the fun and fascination begins and never ends.  When cold, it has a gentle spritz that dissipated as the wine warmed up.

When it did segue gently into a warmer zone, baked apple, a hint of orange and spice, there’s some lemon there too adding a nice tang and a mouth coating texture that reminded me of slippery pear skin.  Weight and length are also not a problem with this wine.

What if I said you can treat it like a white wine or a red wine?  I’m not kidding.  Put it in the fridge and drink it with chicken ceasar salad at lunch time or drink it like a regular pinot noir and pair it with a mushroom risotto.

My opinion only of course, but the ‘not so cooler’ version of this wine was my personal preference.  That’s the thing about this wine.  It’s adaptability and versatility will broaden its appeal to many a wine drinker.  Go on, give it a go!!


Region:  Southern Tasmania     Price: $60     Source: Sample


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