I’ve looked at wines from Tahbilk on a number of occasions, and I have also interviewed owner and CEO Alister Purbrick for The Vincast (https://intrepidwino.com/2015/10/02/the-vincast-episode-069-alister-purbrick-from-tahbilk-winery/). On this edition of Let’s Taste I open the first wines from the 2018 vintage from Tahbilk, and share my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Tahbilk Marsanne 2018 – RRP $19.50
Tahbilk Pinot Gris 2018 – RRP $21.50
Tahbilk Rosé 2018 – RRP $21.50
Website – http://tahbilk.com.au
Completing a series looking at new releases from Topper’s Mountain are two reds that are quite intriguing. I’m excited to look at Topper’s Mountain wines for a number of regions. Firstly they are from a wine region that you don’t see very often. Secondly they are working with some very interesting alternative varieties. Thirdly they are making the wines in sometimes experimental ways, and blending varieties that don’t often get blended together. Let me know what you think of my impressions of these wines below, and please get in contact if you’d like to submit samples.
Topper’s Mountain ‘Bricolage Rouge’ 2014 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2014 – RRP $38.00
The impact that husband and wife-team Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy have had on the Mornington Peninsula and Australian wine industries is pretty hard to quantify. They are pioneers in so many respects it’s kind of hard to believe. The wine opened on this edition of Let’s Taste is one of the more pioneering from Quealy Wines as I explain. Let me know what you think in the comments below, don’t forget to subscribe!
Quealy Wines ‘Turbul’ Friulano 2016 – RRP $30.00
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
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
I’ve only recently been introduced to the wines of Mandala in the Victorian region of the Yarra Valley, and I was thrilled to have a chance to look at the 2017 vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Mandala Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $30.00
Mandala Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $30.00
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
Though Jonathan Ross always had competitive tendencies, it wasn’t until he discovered hospitality and wine that he truly applied himself and found his passion. From growing up in New Jersey to working at one of the top restaurants in the world, his career has always had an upward trajectory. Soon after relocating to Australia with his fiancée Jane Lopes (who is also a top sommelier), he became a Master Sommelier of which there are currently only 249 in the world. He joins me on this episode of The Vincast to talk about his journey, and his new-found love of Australian wine.
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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