When ice wine gets a sparkly make over…… Inniskillin Sparkling Ice Wine Vidal 2014


Inniskillin has become synonymous with Canadian Ice Wine and a common find on the shelves of travel retailers around the world. A sweet and sticky dessert wine, ice wine is a little different to Australia’s most common dessert wine style Read More

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4 reasons to buy your wine from Lidl ….


This month, Lidl has released their Spring seasonal range which lands in store on 25th January. The range of fizz, whites and reds are sourced from both new and old world wine regions with a particular focus on South America, South Africa, Austria, Italy, Spain and Portugal  plus a special sweetie from Canada.

Here are some highlights from their white collection. Get these early before they sell out and I would stock up for summer now…..Lidl-vern

Podere Macinatico Vernaccia di San Gimignano2016 £7.49 – A crisp Italian white that tastes like summer in a glass.  Read More

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Gemtree Luna de Fresa Tempranillo 2017

Another fine wine from Gemtree and it goes withouGemtree-roset saying that if you are a fan of the Luna Roja Tempranillo (and you should be), you will enjoy this version of the grape. The Buttery family produces some excellent wines and the care that they have taken with this rosé is evident in the texture and length of the Luna de Fresa. The current interest in dry pale, savoury pinks means is a boon to pink lover’s around the world as there is greater choice available.

For the price that you can find this one, it is hard to beat the spicy strawberry fruit with an intriguing floral lilt. It is a pale pink- juicy, medium bodied and soft in the mouth. The long finish has plenty to offer by way of spice and fruit. It is certainly a versatile wine that will match an impromptu summer picnic by the beach as easily as stylish salmon apetitisers at a winter gathering.

Quickie review «A silky smooth and spicy pale, dry pink that moves with ease from the beach to the most stylish of dining tables.»

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: September 2017    Price: AUD20 Drink: now Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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Yalumba ‘The Y Series Viognier’ 2016

yalumba-Y-viognierThis is always a cleverly crafted dry, white wine and you get a whole lot of value in your glass. Yalumba have established themselves as the Australian champions of this grape and this is just one version amongst a storybook full of viognier expressions from the Hill-Smith family. This expertise is apparent at all levels from this wine to The Virgilius.

The ‘Y Series’ Viognier has all the classic hallmarks of the variety along with some wild ferment characters. Ripe apricot tart with some spiced pastry crust is served up with some grapefruit, ginger and white flowers aromas. It has a richly perfumed nose, attractive and evocative. Read More

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Flavabom Field White 2016


This is a tasty four varietal field blend from and really is a showcase for showing just what the Riverland in Australia can create with their traditional, and old vine, varieties. Muscadelle, Chenin Blanc, Colombard and Semillon are varieties that have a deep history in the area and this dry white tells the story of each, backed by a gracefulness that comes with vine age.

A sweet savoury perfume reaches out from the glass. Being from Riverland, ripeness comes easier than some Australian regions and here it is portrayed in the fulsome floral, peach, and just picked nectarine character. Having some time in French oak has given this Flavabom some spiciness to flesh it out. Soft acid adds curves and silk to the rich palate that firms towards the savoury, spiced nuts and fruit finish.

This is a lush wine that is playful but sticks around long enough to leave an Read More

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