Taylors deliver as Promised

Taylors-Promised-Land-cabmerlThe 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 unwooded Chardonnay for those who love the fruitier, less savoury expression of this variety.

The back label also features a groovy temperature indicator which does an adequate job of telling you when you wine is in ‘the zone’ to drink. It sure is a conversation starter!

Taylors Promised Land Cabernet Merlot 2015 – Blueberry, cassis, violets and nutmeg abound from this wine. Juicy fruit backed by some velvety tannins and good length. A fun wine.

Taylors Promised Land 2015 Shiraz – Lushly coloured with plums, liquorice and pepper. The mid weight palate ends on a peppery note with soft enough tannins that you can give this wine a good chill. Read More

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Two of the latest from Shaw Vineyard Estate

shawmerlotCanberra’s Shaw Vineyard Estate is a must visit cellar door on your next trip to Murrumbateman, even if just to take in the tranquillity of the gorgeous gardens surrounding the cellar door, or to have lunch and coffee, or to taste through their quite extensive range of wines. Here are two of the most recent releases:

The Shaw Estate Range Merlot 2013 has plenty of offer in the rich chocolate and plums and there is some dried sage to lighten the nose. The mouth is rich and powdery, medium bodied and the plum fruit lingers. A Read More

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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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Donnhoff 2011 Felsenberg Riesling Spatlese

donnhoff-spatl-rieslIf you love Riesling with balance and curves, then this one is a good choice for you. Helmet Donnhoff is recognized as being a producer of some of Germany’s finest rieslings and this spatlese is good to go now, or, it could easily while away in your cellar.

The Felsenberg vines are overlooked by the Felsenturmchen, a stone tower on the steep slope that appears on the label. The weathered, stony porphyry soil lends a supporting hand in ripening the grapes by providing additional warmth. This extended ripening has given this later picked style of Riesling an intensity that goes very well with food.

Right now it is pretty with floral notes to the lemon drop, pear and spice aromas. Sweetly ripe, sherberty fruit sits well with a flush of balancing acid to leave a fresh lightness in its wake. Amongst all that fruit Read More

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The new wine Artiste has arrived


This summer, a new wine range was launched by The Collective Wine Company. The range sports stylish labels that are contrarily unadorned with art but are rather, simply graceful – like the wine inside. Winemaker, Simon Gilbert (pictured below) has applied his thoughtful style of winemaking to produce their first six wines, all whites that are very foodworthy. In the line-up there is a Pinot Grigio, a Sauvignon Blanc, two Rieslings, a Viognier and a Chardonnay. Reds are in the making now. Read More

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