Category: Australia

Dinner at Sugaroom in Sydney with 4 other wine lovers – Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Shiraz (06 disg) : Good mousse at first that drops away pretty quickly. Nice layered complexity to the nose – plums, cherry, earth and gamey notes. The palate has an intriguing texture and mouth-feel to it. Very good length and […]

Sealed in screwcap, 13.2% alcohol. Smoky red cherry, mocha, raspberry, a touch of stalk and some cedar in the background of the nose. The palate shows a lovely balance between savoury elements and fruit sweetness. A medium level of flavour intensity with well integrated tannins and acid leading into a lingering finish. I think it […]

Cattier Brut Premier Cru Chigny-les-Roses NV Aggressive, swirling bead. Fresh, crisp green apples, lemon sherbet and tropical fruit pervade the nose. The palate is lightly flavoured and driven by crisp acidity. Pleasant and decent value for money in context at $36AUD. 87/100 Seppelt Salinger 1994 Only the faintest of bead that was gone with 5 […]

A few quick notes from a recent casual dinner with friends; 1979 Bollinger Grande AnnĂ©e Champagne A slow, fine bead and tenuous mousse. The nose is explosive and intense with marzipan, yeasty bread, honey, apple and mushrooms.The palate is a delight, with lovely, balanced mouth-filling honeyed flavour and with an excellent core of acid to […]

I attended three masterclasses as part of the Sydney Good Living Wine Show in late October. I posted on the Lanson/Gauthier Champagne class here. This class where a Melbourne based chocolatier matched handmade chocolates to Buller Rutherglenn fortified wines was one of the highlights of the day. Buller Fine Old Malmsey NV with Honey and […]

There was no theme chosen for this small, informal get together by four of us last Saturday. I had a very good time thanks to some great company, food and wine. Bruno Michel “Cuvee Rebelle” Extra Brut NV (Champagne, France): On the nose were breadcrumbs, apple, floral scents and a pinch of earth. Very easy […]

Giaconda is one of the biggest names in boutique Australian wineries, especially for their Chardonnay. While they were not the first wine producer in Beechworth in Victoria, winemaker Rick Kinzbrunner has certainly put it on the wine lovers map as an area with massive potential. With this in mind, some friends and I set out […]

The third and final workshop on the second day of the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting in Sydney. This workshop focused on Riesling from the new and old world, in an off-dry style. Dry River “Craighall” 2004 Slightly less pungent nose than the 2005 I tried the previous day, but still had some sweaty, funky […]

Two Hands “Brilliant Disguise” 2006 – (Barossa Valley, South Australia): The nose is bursting with lime, mango, floral notes and tropical fruit. The light fizz leads the wine into a dance across the palate. A delicate sweetness with a hint at depth of flavour. Delicious drinking and I wish I had more for summer! Previously […]

Paul Bara Brut Reserve Grand Cru NV – (Champagne, France): Medium bead with a very light mousse. Smoke, rose petal, lime and a light overlay of roasted nuts form the nose. The palate has a nice intensity of flavour as well as racy, well focussed acid and a slight citrus tang. Champagne of this quality […]