Category: Adelaide Hills

This Shiraz/Viognier blend from Petaluma is not as well known as their Riesling, Merlot or their Cabernet blend – but has still received some excellent reviews from Australian wine critics. Tasting Note: Youthful colour and a not-at-all shy nose – blackcurrants, ripe cherry, clove and other assorted spices along with a fair amount of oak […]

I was pleased to share some excellent wine over a couple of nights recently with some friends who enjoy drinking it, but perhaps aren’t quite as obsessed with it as I am. From left to right: Bannockburn Shiraz 2002 – ($50 – Geelong, Victoria): Earthy and stalky with spice and pepper, well balanced oak lending […]

A group of five ruffians and vagabonds from the Winestar Forum assembled at the Peasant’s Feast in Newtown to enjoy some food and wine. The Restaurant: Peasant’s Feast is billed as Sydney’s only organic food dinner restaurant. The food was down to earth, tasty and servings were generous. The staff were friendly, but a little […]

On Saturday the 7th of May, I attended a tasting at First Estate Wine Merchants in Lane Cove, with a focus on the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills – both in South Australia. The Event itself: Extremely crowded and cramped. The tasting was conducted amongst the aisles of a regular wine store and so […]

Fast Facts: Country: Australia Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia Winemaker: Matt Wenk Variety: 100% Merlot Closure: Cork RRP: $22.50 AU Matt Wenk has proven himself to be an astute winemaker at the export focused Barossa Valley winery “Two Hands”. Smidge is his personal label consisting of a recently released Adelaide Hill Viognier and the reviewed […]

Fast Facts: Country: Australia Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia Winemaker: Brian Croser Variety: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay Closure: Cork RRP: $40 AU A little bit about the winery: Brian Croser is one of Australia’s great winemakers. He has been a driving force behind innovation in style and technique in the Australian winemaking industry since […]