Having recently visited Mandala Wines in the Yarra Valley and learning more about it from owner Charles Smedley, I eagerly anticipate samples of new vintages to look at on Let’s Taste. The varieties that made these wines are ubiquitous in Australia, but as always it’s exciting to see what certain regions have to say through the grape. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, as always many thanks for the samples Mandala.
Mandala Shiraz 2016 – RRP $30.00
Mandala Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $30.00
d’Arenberg wines are back on Let’s Taste, and perfect timing as we head towards Winter, we are looking at some red wines. This is the first in a series of three videos I’ll be recording looking at d’Arenberg wines. I’ve also updated my tasting room with some lovely maps of Burgundy! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
d’Arenberg ‘The Laughing Magpie’ Shiraz Viognier 2013 – RRP $29.00
Another new producer for the Let’s Taste series, this time from a very familiar region. Mandala Wines are a Yarra Valley based producer that focuses on classic varieties for the region. I was thrilled to have a chance to look at their premium reds across three varieties, unfortunately there was a technical problem with the initial record and I lost one of the wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Mandala ‘The Prophet’ Pinot Noir 2014 – RRP $50.00
Mandala ‘The Rock’ Shiraz 2014 – RRP $50.00
Mandala ‘The Butterfly’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $50.00
This is the final in a three-part series looking at wines from Mitchell Winery in the Clare Valley. On previous editions I have looked at current release Mitchell wines compared with museum releases, but they also have a specific late release range under the McNicol branding. Here I look at the riesling and shiraz from this range. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Mitchell McNicol Riesling 2009 – RRP $45.00
Mitchell McNicol Shiraz 2007 – RRP $50.00
An intriguing tasting of d’Arenberg wines on this edition of Let’s Taste, comparing a classic blend for the McLaren Vale, and a variety that has recently gained a new following. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
d’Arenberg ‘The Anthropocene Epoch’ Mencia 2017 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015 – RRP $29.00
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
I’ve tasted some wines from Shaw Vineyard Estate on Let’s Taste before, and was keen to see some new wines from them. I don’t often get the opportunity to try wines from Canberra District so this was a treat. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2017 – RRP $30.00
Shaw Vineyard Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2015 – RRP $30.00
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
Certainly not for the first time I’m looking at some wines from iconic McLaren Vale-based producer d’Arenberg, from a box of samples sent to me recently. Let me know your thoughts about these wines in the comments below!
d’Arenberg “d’Arry’s Original” 2014 – LUC $18.00
d’Arenberg “The Footbolt” 2015 – LUC $18.00
d’Arenberg “The High Trellis” 2014 – LUC $18.00
It’s always a pleasure to look at some d’Arenberg samples, and fortunately that’s something I can do regularly as they release a lot of different wines!. Some of the latest batch of wines are tasted on this edition, let me know what you think in the comments below!
d’Arenberg “The Dry Dam” Riesling 2017 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg “Stephanie the Gnome with Rose Tinted Glasses” Rosé 2017 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg “The Derelict Vineyard” Grenache 2013 – RRP $29.00