Thrilled to open my first ever sample from New Zealand on this edition of Let’s Taste! Yealands Estate is a prominent Marlborough based wine producer, one that I’ve only ever had one other experience with, tasting their Gruner Veltliner on an early episode of The Vincast (https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/vincast-episode-012-gruner-veltliner-in-new-world-james/id712047040?i=1000357479947&mt=2). Here I taste the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from their ‘Baby Doll’ range, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Yealands Estate ‘Baby Doll’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP NZ $17.99
I was thrilled to be introduced to a new producer on this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino. Michael Hall – originally from the United Kingdon – produces wine from fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. The three white wines tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste are all from the Adelaide Hills. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $35.00
Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Blanc de Pigeon 2016 – RRP $28.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $50.00
The last recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2017 was on New Year’s Eve, and it was for two 2017 white wines from Moss Wood. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are varieties that have a rich and important history in Margaret River, but possibly don’t get as much love as other grapes. I was very interested to see what the 2017 vintage offered in the west, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 – RRP $32.00
Moss Wood Semillon 2017 – RRP $35.00
The d’Arenberg sample party continues with some 2017 white wines. What can be said about d’Arenberg that I haven’t said already? I just it just remains for me to interview Chester Osborne at some point for The Vincast.
d’Arenberg ‘The Broken Fishplate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $20.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Money Spider’ Rousanne 2017 – RRP $20.00
Hill-Smith Family Vineyards is one of Australia’s largest family owned wine business, incorporating some legendary historic brands and many new ones as well. Oxford Landing is an entry-level brand that has a sustainable focus, and I was interested to look at these samples submitted by the company to see what they could do with wine for people on a budget. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $8.99
Oxford Landing Merlot 2017 – RRP $8.99
John Harris – winemaker for Mitchell Harris Wines – was my guest on Episode 122 of The Vincast wine podcast. We chatted about his journey and all the exciting things he and his in-laws have been doing with their wine brand and wine bar in Ballarat. He generously brought a long a few bottles of his wine, and I was glad to open and share my experiences here on the Intrepid Wino channel!
Mitchell Harris ‘Sabre’ 2013 – RRP $42.00
Mitchell Harris Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2016 – RRP $27.00
Mitchell Harris Shiraz 2016 – RRP $35.00
I’m always thrilled when I get an email from David Chatfield letting me know there are some new Out of Step Wine Co. releases. This is probably even more the case since I was privileged enough to share winery space with Dave this year, and see some of the wines in their early developments. One of those wines is tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste, accompanied by a few 2016 wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Out of Step “Catbird” 2017 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Willowlake Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $33.00
Out of Step Malakoff Estate Shiraz 2016 – RRP $32.00
Shaw Vineyard was a producer I wasn’t familiar with, but to be honest I’m pretty unfamiliar with a lot of wines from New South Wales. The Canberra area is one of the states most premium wine-producing regions, so I was intrigued to look at the Shaw Vineyard wines. Here are my thoughts.
Shaw Vineyard Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – RRP $22.00
Shaw Vineyard Estate Shiraz 2014 – RRP $34.00
Deviation Road is an artisan producer based in the Adelaide Hills region. Last year I opened two of their sparkling wines here on Let’s Taste, and I’ve again been sent some samples to share my impressions. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below, don’t forget to like share and subscribe to the channel!
Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut 2014 – RRP $45.00
Deivation Road Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $25.00
On the day that I tasted my first Topper’s Mountain wine while at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016, I also received an email from the winery asking if I’d be keen to try some recent releases of their wines, which I was very keen to do. Topper’s Mountain is based in the New England region of Northern New South Wales, the most recently recognised Geographic Indicator in Australia. They are working with quite a few different grape varieties, including many emerging examples like tannat. On this edition of Let’s Taste I looked at two of their white wines which are more in the realm of alternative style rather than variety.
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2015 – RRP $35.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2013