Sidewood Isabella Rosé Methode Traditionnelle Adelaide Hills

Here’s proof that Tash Mooney is truly multi-talented (though we knew this already). Her first ever fizz is gently elegant, softly savoury and beautifully textured. Pinot noir’s red berries and chardonnay’s lemons are underlined by delightful chalk minerality of this exciting site between Woodside and Oakbank. Stylish packaging, sophisticated contents and great value at $20 […]

St Hallett Touriga Nacional

Late last year I sat down with a Barossa and an Adelaide Hills grower and we assembled between the three of us the most interesting alternative variety reds that we could lay our hands on. This was my pick of them. Winemaking gun Toby Barlow’s craftsmanship is on show here, though he gives all the […]

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This is hands-down the best cabernet from Mount Horrocks yet. It sings with exacting varietal distinction of cassis, crunchy blackcurrants, red capsicum and tobacco leaf, at once ripe and sumptuous and at the same time well structured with firm, fine, chewy tannins and taut acid. It’s long and intense yet eminently medium-bodied. Outstanding. $30 at […]

Cape Mentelle Shiraz

To achieve delicate perfume and bright, crunchy fruit vibrancy while upholding depth and determination is a red winemaking dream rarely realised as emphatically as this. Radiant elegance of crunchy red and dark berry/cherry/plum fruit meets layers of spice, pepper and pretty, lifted rose petal fragrance. The mouth feel is finely textured and impeccably poised, infused […]

Jansz Vineyard Rosé

My respect for the Jansz vineyard derives purely from years of tasting its wines, but my understanding of this site only came when I had the chance to join the pickers for a day during harvest this year. I was little help – I probably ate more than I picked. Every nuance of magnificence in […]

Jansz Late Disgorged Cuvée

This is no simple apéritif tipple, the cool, dry, low-cropping 2005 season has yielded a full-bodied, full-throttle sparkling white wine of sumptuous generosity, enduring persistence and creamy, silky mouth feel. There is real power and generosity on display here – think fig, grilled pineapple, honey on toast, even notes of truffle. Its true pedigree is […]

Cape Mentelle Zinfandel

Zinfandel must rank among the most challenging varieties of all to tame to any semblance of elegance, too often overstepping the mark into hedonistic raptures of exotic complexity. To tone it to such levels of restraint and sophistication as Rob Mann has achieved in 2012 is nothing short of astonishing. In my memory, unprecedented in […]