I am always careful of saying a ‘second wine’, there is a distinct negative connotation. Rather, I think of ‘second’ wines as the wines that you can drink now while waiting for the ‘rockstar’ wine of the Chateau to age with graceful maturity. And so,
If you like generous and fruity Cabernet, this is really very hard to beat. The Osborn family are indefatigable when it comes to looking after the more traditional wines in their vast range, just as they are at trying something new. The High Trellis fruit
This 2013 vintage is the 55th Signature and it does not disappoint. Each year Yalumba dedicates this wine to a ‘signatory’ in recognition of their achievements as part of the tight-knit team involved in making the eloquent Yalumba wines.
The Promised Land is the Taylor family’s $15 (and often under) range and for this price point this bunch is vibrant and fresh. And put simply…. good drinking, whether your favourite would be the velvety Cab Merlot or the zesty Riesling. There is also an
Until the early 2000’s, Wolf Blass Black Label was the pinnacle of the Wolf Blass line which sported those quirky coloured tombstone shaped labels. Then came Platinum Label, a straight varietal Shiraz. A departure for the eponymous brand founded by the winemaker with the moniker
While Coonwarra is not the only region in Australia that has great Cabernet on offer, it is often one of Australia’s regions that is best known internationally. As it should be too, as the regional style is softly spoken fruit melded with powdery tannins.
Hardys have just released two new dry grown vineyard McLaren Vale reds under the Tintara Horseshoe Row label. Hardys Tintara Horseshoe Row Shiraz 2013 ($18) – The shiraz has plenty of regional personality on show from the rich raspberry jam, black cherry, liquorice, violets and
Barking Mad allows the Reilly’s crew to display their fun side. The team at Reilly’s are perhaps better known for producing solid performing, classic wines from the Clare Valley. If you are looking for a good Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a good bet with its
McLaren Vale is a great source of juicy warming reds and Wirra Wirra is one winery that has plenty of them to offer among their portfolio which also includes a well made moscato and rosé bearing the name of Mrs Wigley. Wirra Wirra Church Block
Charles Melton is renowned for his bold yet elegant, Barossan reds and his benchmarking style of rosé, The Rosé of Virginia. Charles Melton Nine Popes, the Chateauneuf du Pape styled blend of old vine Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre is one of Australia’s leading GSMs. This Krondorf Village dry-grown