Three producers – Ten Minutes by Tractor (the 2013 vintage), Eldridge Estate (the 2014s) and De Salis (2013s) – dominate the 80 new-release pinot noir tasting notes uploaded to the app this month.
Australia is a paradise for chardonnay lovers. The calibre of these wines continues to grow, and there is also a pleasing diversity of style which means everyone’s tastes are catered for. My January tasting of 120 chardonnays is now online, and the highlights are many.
I’ve just posted tasting notes for 105 chardonnays tasted in late September, and there are many rippers among them. Two names most worth talking about are both from Margaret River: Vasse Felix and Xanadu. Each had three wines in the line-up and each wine was
Expect to hear relentless debates for the next year or so over which is the greater vintage for southern Victorian pinot noir: 2012 or 2013? The ‘12s are a wonderful crop of pinots, for sure, and the top cuvées from all leading producers are now
Pinot gris and pinot grigio (let’s call them PG for short – and not Pig, like some detractors do) are johnny-come-latelies in Australia and New Zealand, and while there were few examples to get excited about in the early days, I’m finding more and more
Curly Flat Pinot Gris, Macedon Ranges 2012 $29 This is a very ripe, rich, full-bodied gris with typical light coppery tinge to its colour and spicy, ripe-peach aromas with a suggestion of oak. It’s rich and full in the mouth with a tickle of sweetness
Had enough of chancing wine by-the-glass in restaurants? Tired of finding stale wine in your glass, poured from a bottle opened three days ago? Or maybe you don’t even get that far, because there’s nothing on the by-the-glass wine list you want to drink?
Join the club. If there are just two of you dining, and you want to drink moderately, by-the- glass is a good option – in theory.
Considering the dreadfully wet conditions leading up to the 2011 vintage in most of eastern Australia, it’s a pleasant surprise whenever a really good wine comes along.
This month I’ve uploaded the largest bunch of tasting notes ever, with around 800 reviews. These include about 300 wines from the 2013 Tasmanian Wine Show, a tasting of 130 New Zealand wines from the Wairarapa (Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton), and a large number of
Curly Flat, of the Macedon Ranges, is perhaps best known as a pinot noir producer, and its pinot is very good, but chardonnay is even better (tasting notes). If Curly Flat has more fame for pinot, it’s probably a sign that great chardonnay is much