The Mornington Peninsula was the first wine region I fell in love with as a newbie wino, and undoubtedly the most important white variety here in this maritime climate is chardonnay. Scorpo Wines is located in Merricks North, established in 1997, and this bottle of their reserve chardonnay was gifted to me a few years ago by their Victorian distributor Cellarhand. Let me know what your thoughts are, have you enjoyed a premium Mornington chardonnay lately?
Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010 – RRP $65.00 (current vintage)
Most Australian wine lovers would have heard of family owned wine producer De Bortoli, and if they have there’s a good chance they’ve heard of Noble One. This is Australia’s most famous dessert wine, created back in 1982, which coincidentally was the year I was born. Further coincidentally I was given this 750ml bottle of the 2003 vintage for my birthday by my older sister, and I’ve had it in my cellar for the past eight years or so. Here are my impressions of an iconic Australian sweet wine with some age.
De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2003 – RRP $64.00 (current vintage)
Many years ago when I was sourcing wine on the auction market, I was looking for iconic examples of Australian wines, and there are few more iconic rieslings in this country than the Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling from the Clare Valley. I’ve been holding onto this 2004 vintage for as long as I could, and today is the day. Have you had some memorable experiences drinking mature Clare Valley riesling?
I’ve been sitting on this second bottle for a few years now, and thought it was about time to open it. The Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz has one of the best modern pedigrees for shiraz in Australia, and it is richly deserved, as it is one of the most consistent and age-able. Former guest of the podcast Dan Buckle was the winemaker when this 2004 vintage was made, and I was excited to see how it was travelling. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2004 – RRP $120.00 (current vintage)
There is a soft spot in my vinous heart for Tahbilk, due in some part for the historical significance of the winery, and also the fact that CEO and owner Alister Purbrick was a guest on The Vincast wine podcast. The lovely team at Fireworks PR sent me some samples to taste, and these are my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Tahbilk Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Shiraz 2014 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $25.70
Website – http://tahbilk.com.au
I’ve long been a supporter of the Out of Step Wine Co wines made by former guests of The Vincast wine podcast, Nathan Reeves and David Chatfield. When Dave recently got in touch to let me know that they had released their first chardonnay since 2014, I was thrilled to have a chance to taste it. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!
Not for the first time, I’m tasting wine made by Brad Wehr from Amato Vino, who was a guest on Episode 58 of my wine podcast The Vincast. Unlike last time, I’m tasting wine Brad made from Margaret River fruit, but they are both Italian grape varieties. Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to check out the episode of The Vincast with Brad!
Amato Teroldego 2014 – RRP $40.00
Amato Nebbiolo 2014 – RRP $40.00
After a pretty crazy 2016 that saw some of the most incredibly creative individuals in the world taken from us, it seems pertinent to reflect on my own somewhat auspicious year. I released 36 episodes of The Vincast wine podcast with incredible guests like Max Allen, Viv Thomson, Jane Faulkner, Guill de Pury and Iain Riggs. On my YouTube channel I chronicled the making of my first wine – a Heathcote Sangiovese – which I will be releasing early next year under the brand Vino Intrepido. I was named the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellow and got a behind the scenes look at Australia’s most exciting wine show. In addition I was as a finalist for Digital Wine Communicator of the Year with Wine Communicators of Australia (the award was won by The Vincast guest Jane Thomson). Most importantly of all, I have a son arriving next year around the same time that I will hopefully be making my next wine(s)!
In 2016 I also tasted some incredible wines, and released almost 70 video tasting reviews under the Let’s Taste series on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel. Some of the wines were from my cellar, some were submitted by wineries, and some were gifts. The wines below are the ones that had the biggest impact on me this year!
The Intrepid Wino with his tasting partner Milly
On this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, I open another bottle from my personal cellar. This is the third episode looking at wines from well-known Yarra Valley producer Yering Station, and the second looking at their Reserve Shiraz Viognier. In this case it is the 2005 – under scew-cap this time – let me know what you think in the comments below!