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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Wines that dispel Marlborough Sauvignon Blah!!


These five Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’s offer something for everyone who thinks that there is nothing interesting coming out of Marlborough, with wines ranging from fresh and lean Matahiwi through to the extraordinariness of the Hans Herzog.

Just as other grape varieties before it (over ripe & over oaked Chardonnay and too sweet Riesling, anyone?) that slow tide is turning on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Whereas, five years ago I would ask my students to indicate whether they would drink Sauvignon Blanc vs Chardonnay with Sauvignon Blanc being almost unanimous, last week I put the question to my current class and not one indicated that they drank Sauvignon Blanc. Any Sauvignon Blanc… not just from the region that set Sauvignon Blanc drinkers on fire over a decade ago – Marlborough. Read More

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New South Wales wines you’ve got to taste for yourself! – Part One

Sydney-Cellar-Door2015wmIn continuing the celebration of New South Wales Wine, even though the Festival is done for the year, here are some wine recommendations that I have tasted recently that define the innovative nature of the state’s winemaking community plus some classics.

These are only a sample though.  A mere starting place for your own exploration. ……

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Three fresh whites that won’t break the bank



Save some space at the table for these three ‘foodable’ whites .. or maybe for the perfect wind down drink after a loooong week … Read More

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Wine of the Month: Watershed Premium Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013


For a wine that can be found for less than $15, this is superb drinking. It takes the best of Australian sauvignon blanc, which is usually less pungent, less puckering than its friend across the Tasman and blends it with the angularity of semillon. It is a formula that does as well in Margaret River as it does in Bordeaux.

I have found that Watershed often put a whole lot of love into their Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and in this vintage, this love is very evident.

The passionfruit ripeness that you come to expect from sauvignon blanc is lightened with a fresh flush of semillon’s citrus and grassiness.  It has a lightly silky texture on the palate however there is a leanness still to the soft fruit and fuller body. The wine finishes with a dry and spicy finish.

This is a remarkable wine that I would be buying more than one bottle of.

Date:  February 2014   Price:  $15+    Value: $$$$   Drink: Now – 3 years

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