I was recently sent a sample from Heartland Wines, this time looking at a more premium wine from their range than I had seen before. Let me know what you think in the comments below, have you tried many Australian malbec wines?
Heartland ‘First Release’ Malbec 2016 – RRP $50.00
The first in a series of Yalumba episodes of Let’s Taste, thanks to a lovely box of samples sent by Pippa from Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. This episode focuses on the Galway Vintage range, particularly on the Shiraz and Malbec wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2014 & Malbec 2013
Yeringberg was my epiphany producer; the 1997 Pinot Noir is the reason I continued working in the wine industry. Back when I worked at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley, I went to Yeringberg’s Open Day to taste, and bought these two 2004 wines. I’ve relinquished them from my cellar and thought I’d share my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Yeringberg Red & Pinot Noir 2004
You may have heard me recently mention the re-birth of the Yarra Valley in the 1970s as a wine-producing region. Yarra Yering was in fact the first of these estates that was established in 1969, by Dr. Bailey Carrodus. When he passed away in 2008 the property was sold and has gone through somewhat of an evolution since then, whilst still retaining its core. These 2006 wines were purchased by myself while I was working in the Yarra Valley, and if I remember correctly it was after Dr. Carrodus passed away. I actually bought them well before they opened their cellar door, on their then annual open days. So I thought I would open them both, and talk about them. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Yarra Yering Pinot Noir & Dry Red No. 1 2006
Neill Robb, owner and founder of Sally’s Paddock Redbank Winery, was my guest on Episode 90 of The Vincast, my wine podcast. He talked about why he chose the site in the Pyrenees region of Victoria, and why he chose to plant the grape varieties he did. He generously brought me a bottle of the 2012 Sally’s Paddock, the top wine from the estate, and I was very excited to open it and share my experiences here on Let’s Taste. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, please like and subscribe!
Sally’s Paddock 2012
Yeringberg is one of the most historic viticultural sites in the Yarra Valley, and is also one of the oldest family owned wineries in Australia. The de Pury family have been in this part of Victoria since the 1860s, and have an incredible connection with their land, farming a number of different agricultural products. They make a number of outstanding wines, and the Yeringberg sits at the top. I opened the 2005 vintage from my cellar and shared my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below.
It was the lure of the exotic that brought Amanda Barnes – a journalist and writer from Hampshire, England – to South America. Surprisingly it wasn’t until she arrived in Argentina that she discovered a passion for wine and food, and was particularly seduced by the Mendoza region. As she discovered Chile and other parts of the continent, she carved a niche in writing about food, wine and travel in Latin America. Now she is embarking on a journey of truly epic proportions, attempting to visit 42 wine-producing countries during their vintages in the space of two years. Every step will be chronicled and communicated extensively, with the idea of subscribers joining the odyssey through a number of different media. On this episode of The Vincast Amanda talks about how she became such an authority of the wines of South America, and how she conceived of this ambitious concept to travel Around the World in 80 Harvests.
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Mendoza gets pretty hot. Wanna know I found this out? The cheapest car I could rent (which isn’t that cheap) has really bad air conditioning. As I drove south from Mendoza city for another day of visits, I was very worried that I would get noticeable sweat stains on my shirt. Similar to Casa Lapostolle in Chile and Newton in Napa Valley, I was familiar with Terrazas de los Andes from my days at Domaine Chandon Australia, as they were part of the group. Having tried the wine and learning a lot about the brand, it was pretty mandatory that I visit to experience it personally. Through a connection back at home I used to work with, I was able to arrange a visit to the winery, which didn’t even come close to disappointing.
Old press at Terrazas