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
A little late to the party (vintage 2018 is almost over already), but I got there eventually. Here’s the fourth and final video on the 2017 vintage for Vino Intrepido, finishing the wine and getting it into bottle.
The vermentino and nero d’avola components were racked and blended in September 2017, and bottled not long after that. The nebbiolo was racked and blended in October, returned to barrel, then racked and bottled in January 2018.
Find out more about all of the 2017 wines here!
On a recent edition of Let’s Taste I looked at a few wines from the Vanguardist range, made by Michael John Corbett in South Australia. Sanglier is a different brand they make, slightly wilder in style, and he gave me a bottle of the 2016 Shiraz to taste. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Sanglier Shiraz 2016 – RRP $30.00
I recently bumped into Michael John Corbett in Melbourne as we happen to share some warehouse space. I’d seen the Vanguardist wines out and about in my travels as a wine rep, and had noticed them not far from mine tucked away in inner Melbourne ready for delivery. Michale mentioned that he would love to be involved with The Vincast, and generously offered me some wines to taste. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!
Vanguardist ‘CVR’ Riesling 2016 – RRP $40.00
La Petite Vanguard Grenache 2017 – RRP $27.00
Website – https://www.vanguardistwines.com
The third and final in another series of Let’s Taste d’Arenberg wines, this time looking at two chardonnays from the 2016 vintage. McLaren Vale, although considered a warmer climate ideal for red varieties, still has a lot of chardonnay, as there are cooler parts of the region suited to white varieties. The Adelaide Hills is possibly considered the best region in South Australia for chardonnay, so it makes sense they should use fruit from here. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
d’Arenberg ‘The Olive Grove’ Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Lucky Lizard’ Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $25.00
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
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
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
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
Recently I was in Geelong and paid a visit to the amiable Andy and Lewis at Union Street Wine. While showing my now available Vino Intrepido wines, we chatted about the incredible work being down by Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region. The mentioned that they had bought some montepulciano fruit in the 2016 vintage, and offered me a bottle of the wine they made. Here are my impressions!
Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016 – $23.00 at Union Street Wine