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.

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Two ‘Great Whites’ from Central Victoria

Who said that in the Game of Rhones that the only colour was blood red…..

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Bremerton Special Release Vermentino 2014


The Special Release range from the Willson family of Langhorne Creek’s Bremerton Wines offers just that. Something pretty special, particularly for the price. Vermentino is a welcome Italian variety making its home here in Australia where it suits our Summer oriented lifestyle.

The nose alone breathes fun! Orange zest and blossom, nuts and apricot wafts up from the glass and ensnares your senses. Fresh acid punctuates the citrus nerve and drives the finish long in the mouth. Crisp, cool, clean and long.

As with many Italian varieties, this is a versatile wine that delivers silky texturised fruit mid palate and drinks well with a wide range of food – seafood, chicken, spices. However, it certainly does not need food to shine.

Quickie review « Summer, sand and friends in a bottle of pretty, zesty fruit.»

Country of Origin: Australia   Date:  August 8, 2015   Price: $24 Drink: now   Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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Boas Quintas Opta Dao Branco 2014

opta-dao In the northern most third of Portugal is some of the finest of the countries wine regions. The Dao region is bracketed between the Bairrada and the Beira Interior regions and is perhaps better known for its bold red wines. It is the native heartland for the red grape variety, Touriga Nacional, the focus grape for port production in the nearby region of Douro as well as elegant red table wines.

Another grape variety indigenous to Dao is Encruzado, a white wine grape which takes centre stage in the Boas Quintas Opta. Here it is blended with Malvasia fina and Cerceal branco to produce a fragrant, food friendly white wine. One that is complex and refreshing and exciting, this region is only just showing its potential to the rest of the world.

The Encruzado comes to the fore with its lime juice and rose nuances that melds with the spicy nuttiness from the Malvasia fina. The Opta Branco (Branco = white) gives immediate juicy sweetly ripe fruit mid palate which moves to a more spicy, savoury realm on the finish. An easy to drink wine that has an accommodating personality.

Quickie review « Zippy, floral, immediate enjoyment »

Country of Origin: Portugal   Date:  18th May 2015   Price: £8.30    Drink: Now   Needs food: No, but is very food friendly   Source: tasting


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Three from Tahbilk

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Here are three current vintage wines from Tahbilk…..

Tahbilk Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2013 ($28)

Tahbilk is one of the finest Australian producers of varietal Marsanne and this blend is just another fine expression of this grape.  This Rhone blend of Roussanne, Marsanne has the addition of a fragrant component of Viognier.

A wine that has been known to convert die-hard Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. It must be something to do with the pretty floral, stone fruit and citrus notes that are wrapped in cream and spicy pastry on the nose – a very beguiling package. Dry, silky Read More

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