Hard to believe, but this is actually the first recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2018, and it happens to be at an entirely new location. My young family have just moved house (a fun exercise during vintage to say the least), and I was excited to taste some perennial favourites at the new address!
Yalumba is one of Australia’s most important wine producers, with an incredible range from iconic to approachable. The ‘Y Series’ range has always represented outstanding value, and I happily opened the range of chilled wines from the 2017 vintage. Let me know what you think in the comments below, many thanks to Yalumba for sending the samples!
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Riesling 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Pinot Grigio 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Viognier 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2017 – RRP $15.00
When I was recently contacted by Heartland Wines with the offer of samples, I gratefully jumped at the opportunity. Heartland Wines are made by Ben Glaetzer – a name synonymous with quality – and come from the Langhorne Creek region. The Spice Trader range are very much a value proposition. These are my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Shiraz 2014 – RRP $16.99
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $16.99
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $16.99
On this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, I open another bottle from my personal cellar. This is the third episode looking at wines from well-known Yarra Valley producer Yering Station, and the second looking at their Reserve Shiraz Viognier. In this case it is the 2005 – under scew-cap this time – let me know what you think in the comments below!
Some more samples hit the tasting table on this edition of Let’s Taste, this time two wines from one of the biggest producers on the Bellarine Peninsula, Scotchmans Hill. The Bellarine Peninsula is on the cusp of cool and moderate in terms of climate, so a range of varieties can produce wine. Here I’m tasting the 2014 Chardonnay and the 2013 Shiraz, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay 2014 & Shiraz 2013
To celebrate my 34th birthday, I opened up something with a bit of age from the cellar. Cullen are one of the most important producers in Margaret River – in Western Australia for that matter – and their crown jewel is the Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon. This 1998 vintage was before it was officially given it’s name. It’s been in the cellar for a while, so I was glad to have the chance to drink it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1998
Tahbilk Winery in the Nagambie region of Victoria sent me samples of their 2013 Reds for my appraisal. You may have seen previous Let’s Taste episodes looking at Tahbilk wines, and you may have heard my episode of The Vincast with owner Alister Purbrick. If you haven’t, head to the Intrepid Wino website.
Tahbilk 2013 red wines
Did you happen to listen to recent double episode of The Vincast wine podcast with Dave Chatfield and Nathan Reeves, the guys behind Out of Step Wine Company? Perhaps you’ve seen my previous Let’s Taste videos of some of their white wines? Well here are my impressions of their nebbiolo wine from 2014, the fruit of which came from the Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees region of Victoria. Let me know what you think!
Out of Step Nebbiolo 2014
The lovely people at Toolangi wines in the Yarra Valley sent me a few bottles to taste, which I was happy to do for Let’s Taste. Made by David Bicknell at Oakridge, these are very classic styles for the region. The Estate Chardonnay 2013 has a recommended retail price of $38.00, and the Reserve Shiraz 2010 is $60.00.
Head to http://www.toolangi.com for more information!
Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2013 & Reserve Shiraz 2010
Alex Head was my guest on Episode 68 of The Vincast wine podcast (link below), and so I was thrilled when my girlfriend brought home a bottle of his 2014 Nouveau and decided to open it up and share my impressions.
Head Nouveau 2014