The name of this wine (plus the recommended retail price) clearly indicates that this is the top wine for Heartland, a blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from the Langhorne Creek in South Australia. I was honoured to be able to taste this wine, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Heartland ‘one’ 2015 – RRP $72.00
The next wine in a series looking at Heartland Wines from Langhorne Creek in South Australia, this time it is an estate wine, and arguably the most important variety that Ben Glaetzer works with. Let me know what you think in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!
Heartland Shiraz 2015 – RRP $19.00
This isn’t the first time I’ve looked at a wine from Heartland Wines, nor is it the first time I’ve looked at this wine, though it was the previous vintage. Ben Glaetzer is doing an incredible job in the Langhorne Creek, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to see what he can craft to a particular price point. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $17.00
I always appreciate a winery that supports what I do and continues to send me samples to open on camera. Topper’s Mountain Wines is one of these wineries; they have continued to send me bottles since I was the Fellow for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in 2016. Gewürztraminer is an important grape for Topper’s Mountain, as they make several different varietal wines with it. Here are two from the 2016 vintage, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer 2016 – LUC $35.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Gewürztraminer 2016 – LUC $35.00
This past year, not unlike the previous one, was both momentous and often challenging. There were a number of life-changing events in 2017, most importantly the birth of my son which put a hold on podcast episodes and Let’s Taste videos. What his birth couldn’t change was the second vintage of the now named and released Vino Intrepido brand, and it was very difficult to leave home in the months after to visit the winery. Balancing work and personal became even more challenging starting a new position with importer Enoteca Sydney, and I was contemplating putting the podcast on indefinite hiatus. That was until I was invited to be part of the Melbourne podcast network Ear Buds, which saw me get The Vincast out to a bigger audience, and also hold the first ever live recording at Noisy Ritual in Brunswick East. I’ve got big plans for 2018; more wine, more podcast episodes, more live events, more everything!
Of course many more bottles were opened on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel, and as always I feel incredibly privileged to share my impressions of how awesome Australian wine is. Many thanks to those individuals and companies who submitted samples, and thanks to the growers and winemakers who put in so much hard work to get such incredible booze into the bottle. The following wines were some of the most impactful that I opened for Let’s Taste in 2017, please let me know what you think in the comments below.
The newest addition to the Let’s Taste couch!
I’ve been friends with Sam Jorgensen (aka Old Mate Wine) on social media for a few years, and was thrilled to finally meet him in person over in Perth two years ago. He’s been working in the industry for a while and gave me a bottle of his first wine to taste. Two years later his approach to riesling has changed a bit, and while he and his partner were over for dinner I thought I would open his 2016 riesling with him, to discuss how he made it last year. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.
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
A bottle from the cellar, in celebration for my beloved Western Bulldogs being in the Grand Final (recorded before the game), my bottle of the Yeringberg Chardonnay 2004. As mentioned on this and other episodes, Guill de Pury from Yeringberg was my very special guest on Episode 100 of The Vincast wine podcast. Unfortunately this bottle had experienced premature oxidation (cork fault that lets air into the bottle and rapidly increases the ageing), so it wasn’t in the best shape. But I hope to taste some more recent releases of Yeringberg here very soon!
Please visit the Yeringberg website to find out more about this historic producer, and follow me on social media!
Yeringberg Chardonnay 2004
On part two of my tasting expedition through Glenguin Estate wines, I look at their three shiraz wines from 2014. The Hunter Valley is synonymous with the shiraz variety, and vigneron Robin Tedder MW is extremely proud of his, having received outstanding reviews this year from the likes of James Halliday. Here are my impressions of the following wines;
Glenguin Stonybroke Shiraz 2014 – RRP $27.50
Glenguin Schoolhouse Block Shiraz 2014 – RRP $45.00
Glenguin Aristea Shiraz 2014 – RRP $80.00 (not $60.00)
Let me know what you think in the comments below, visit the Glenguin website to find out more!
Glenguin Estate 2014 Shiraz Wines
Phil Jones is the Cellar Door Manager at Glenguin Estate in the Hunter Valley, and is also a listener of my podcast The Vincast. He generously sent me some samples from the winery, which is based in the area of Broke Forwich, and are made by vigneron Robin Tedder MW. On part one of two, I tasted the following wines (apologies for not getting bottle shots);
Glenguin Estate Semillon 2015 – RRP $27.50
Glenguin Estate ‘Ironbark’ Tannat 2013 – RRP $30.00
Glenguin Estate ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon 2014 – RRP $27.50 (375ml)
Let me know what you thought in the comments below, and be sure to visit the Glenguin Estate website to find out more. Please follow me on social media and head to my website to get in touch!