Category: Australia

  • Penfolds Bin 29 Kalimna Shiraz, 2018

    And so it goes, another year unfolds. From the cellar: A Wine Spectator top 100 from 2020 (#41 in fact), gifted under the tree last Christmas, this lay in our own cellar an additional year. I mean not since 1972, but still. 2021, the year so many of us gave up (on travel, on shopping, […]

  • Chateau Villegly Minervois, 2018 & Mitolo Jester Shiraz, 2018

    Thud and plunk.  Epic fail of the pointsters. Let’s start with the Robert Parker 90 pointer, the Oz red.  Heavy as lead.  What a walloping clunk of everyday red.  We were expecting a fruit forward, peppery Shiraz with a touch of black currant.  But it was less than full bodied, rather one-note, and really not […]

  • Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

    So here’s an upbeat Coonawarra Cab Sauv. All that slang for stimulants — black mollies, black beauty, bling bling, blue devil — that’s going to hit you first. And, first sip this is a wow, wow, wow.  A high point pointster wowza.  But you know what?  On the last sip, it’s good, not wow, just […]

  • Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz, 2016

    Gosh, for a blog that brags about being anti-pointster, we sure do seem on a point-driven jag.  92 it is. Is it good wine?  Yes.  Is it good Shiraz? Yes; fruity, licorice, earthy, “all the usuals” if you will.  Truly, a typical and satisfying Oz Shiraz.  But: Is it ludicrously over the top alcoholic?  Yes, […]

  • Peter Lehman Margaret, Limited Release Barossa Semillon, 2012

    This should be an absolute find.  An eight-year-old Semillon, under $30, at 11% alcohol.  Did anyone say patio sipper?  Semillon holds up to fish, cured meats, cheese.  It’s a workhorse white.  Or it should be.   We found it wanting.  The beeswax and minerality clashed rather than melded, the dryness made us pucker, the citrus […]

  • Cape Mentelle Shiraz Cabernet, 2017

    Well here’s a blast from the past.  Remember when BC Liquor carried Cape Mentelle?  No, I bet you don’t, because it’s been about a decade.  Their workhorse Sem Sauv Bl blend was one of those relatively inexpensive everyday whites of much utility.  We miss it.   This is not their finest moment.  And they do […]

  • Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz, 2017

    Another gift from Santa.  I must have been a very good boy in 2019.   We are doubly familiar with the less expensive Grenache-Shiraz, easy to source, easy to drink, although have never bothered to post a review.  The Woodcutter’s Shiraz, a top 100 2019 wine over at the Wine Spectator (with the 93 point […]

  • Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    Great to return to a wine you loved and find you still love it.  Pretty much everything we liked and wrote about from a cellared bottle here, from a vintage a few years back, still stands.  Coconut, chocolate, cherry, delectable through and through.  Luscious and then some.  Score.  At the end of the bottle you […]

  • Teusner “The Gentleman” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014.

    Our dog died.  A friend brought round a decent bottle of wine for us to remember him by.  But drinking just wasn’t on the agenda. Then, a few weeks later, we sat down and opened the gift.  Wow.  This was EGOT good.  Gobs and gobs of acidity but what the aficionados refer to as juicy […]

  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay, 2014

    There was a time when Wolf Blass defined good taste in wine.  And that time was three decades ago.  And, for me, I can even define it further: 1984 in Sydney when WB was both affordable and astonishingly good.  But now?  Talk about retro blast from the past.   This is a totally pleasurable Chardonnay, […]