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
Recently I interviewed both halves of Cultivar Vinos on Episode 137 of The Vincast wine podcast – Lucy Kendall and Alice L’Estrange – and some time ago Alice gave me some bottles they have imported from Chile. Here are my notes on the wines I tasted over a few weeks. Continue reading
I’ve been following the incredible work of Lucy Kendall and Alice L’Estrange recently, particularly their work importing some awesome and authentic wines from the South of Chile. I recently invited them each onto episodes of my wine podcast The Vincast, to chat about their backgrounds, and to talk about the launch of their own locally made wines under the George branding. Here are my pre-release impressions of 80% of the wines now available.
George ‘Lilac Wine’ Gently Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $30.00
George ‘Golden’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $30.00
George ‘Picnic Wine’ Merlot Cinsault 2017 – RRP $32.00
George Mouvedre Cinsault 2017 – RRP $32.00
Another month, another box of samples from d’Arenberg. Without question the team at d’Arenberg have been the biggest supporters of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino and I always appreciate the opportunity to look at new releases. On this edition we are looking at wines I’ve tasted before, so great to taste new vintages.
d’Arenberg ‘The Hermit Crab’ Viognier Marsanne 2017 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Lucky Lizard’ Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $25.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Sticks & Stones’ Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta Cao 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Custodian’ Grenache 2015 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvèdre 2016 – RRP $29.00
Recently I was down in Geelong for a lovely event at The Hot Chicken Project were I was profiling my own Vino Intrepido wines along with some incredible examples from the Enoteca Sydney portfolio that I represent here in Melbourne. I was joined by my gorgeous fiancé, and before the event we went for a drink at Geelong Cellar Door, owned by John Helmer who I met some years ago when he was working at Corks Crew Cellars in Torquay. John insisted we try his first foray into winemaking, and I was thrilled to open a bottle of his Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017 – RRP $35.000
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
The final in a three-part series on d’Arenberg looking at some of their new releases. On this edition it’s the annual release of their icon reds, something wine reviewers and customers alike wait for with great anticipation. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
d’Arenberg ‘The Ironstone Pressings’ 2015 – RRP $70.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Dead Arm’ 2015 – RRP $70.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Coppermine Road’ 2015 – RRP $70.00
I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the Michael Hall wines around Melbourne of late, and it’s clear to understand why. I was very excited to have an opportunity to taste more wines from the range, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
Michael Hall Barossa Valley Roussanne 2016 – RRP $38.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $47.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Syrah 2016 – RRP $50.00
More d’Arenberg wines, the samples just keep on coming, and I always relish the chance to look at new vintages from one of Australia’s most iconic brands. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ Shiraz 2016 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg ‘The High Trellis’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $18.00
Another wine from a producer new to Let’s Taste – Yarra Valley’s Mandala Wines – this time a sparkling, the Blanc de Blancs 2015. Blanc de Blancs are white wines made from white grapes, in this case 100% Chardonnay. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Mandala Blanc de Blancs 2015 – RRP $35.00