Opawa are a range of wines made by Nautilus Estate in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Meaning ‘Smoky River’ in Maori, the ‘Opawa’ vineyard is 25 hectares planted on stony soil, ripening earlier and producing an ‘intensely fruity and fragrant style of wine’, blended with fruit purchased from other vineyards. On this edition of Let’s Taste I am tasting the entire range currently available, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – RRP $23.00
Opawa Pinot Gris 2017 – RRP $24.00
Opawa Rosé 2017 – RRP $24.00
Opawa Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $27.00
Website – https://www.opawawine.com
Nine months after opening the 2017 vintage of the Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ white and rosé wines, I’m looking at the 2018 vintages. For me this is some of the best value on the market as far as Australian wine goes, and as always it is a privilege to be able to share my impressions. Similar to the 2017 wines there are some that stand out over the others, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Riesling 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Pinot Grigio 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Viognier 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2018 – RRP $15.00
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