Category: Victoria

Curly Flat is a small producer in the cool climate region of Macedon in Victoria, Australia. They have been gaining a reputation for excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the past few years, so I was glad to get the chance to try this lineup of their recent Chardonnay releases. 2005 Curly Flat “Lacuna” Chardonnay […]

This is a blend of 70% Viognier and 30% Roussane. Tasting Note: An aromatic nose of musk, peach, apricot and floral notes. Medium to full weighted palate, texturally very good. Sound balance, there is a bit of warmth present but it isn’t dominating. An interesting wine that suits pairing with food and is well worth […]

This is from the Yarra Valley in Victoria and is a blend of 81% Chardonnay, 14% Viognier and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. There is also a “Red Hat” blend that I didn’t get the chance to try. The marketing angle is quite clever with the two wines in the range easily identifiable and a link to […]

A great eight hour long dinner at a friends place to enjoy and compare various bottles of Krug and then to try some various wines afterward. The food was as follows; -Amuse bouche: fresh oysters, salmon and avocado tartare, confit of ocean trout, duck and beetroot tartlet. -Terrine au Saumon -Roast Rainbow Trout -Kangaroo Fillet […]

In November of last year a tasting was held to compare two of Australia’s most prominent Cabernet Sauvignons. It was expected that we would see two very different styles of Cabernet with the family owned Mount Mary from the cool Yarra Valley in Victoria and the corporate giant Southcorp owned, Penfolds 707 Cabernet from the […]

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 […]

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 […]