Suilven Chardonnay 2015 Adelaide Hills

This is the latest release from Thistledown, a collaboration between Giles Cooke, Fergal Tynan and Peter Leske, based in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Suilven is a beautifully packaged, sophisticated Chardonnay with potential for development, and this is its debut vintage.

Thistledown Suilven Chardonnay 2015 Adelaide Hills, Australia
13% alcohol. Very fine and expressive with nice [...]

Extended tasting note: Domaine Lucci Spring Red 2015, natural goodness from Anton

I haven’t done an extended tasting note for a while. These are notes that attempt to look a little deeper at a wine, putting the drinking experience in context. This was a wine that I thought deserved such a note.

Domaine Lucci Spring Red 2015 Adelaide Hills, Australia

This is an unusual wine. It’s made by Anton [...]

Some reflections on ProWein 2016: bubbly Brits, grower Champagne, Canada, Provence and Grenache

ProWein is a massive wine and spirits fair, held each year in Dusseldorf, Germany. It’s enormous. 6200 exhibitors, and 55 000 trade visitors. I’ve just returned, and these are some of my impressions. But it’s impossible for any one person to be able to give anything more than a personal perspective gained by merely scratching [...]

Our Fathers Barossa Shiraz 2014

Our Fathers is a small production Barossa Shiraz made by Giles Cooke MW of Alliance wine. The inspiration for this wine was that Giles wanted to give something back. In 2013 his father died, and the idea behind his label was to donate the profits to appropriate charitable causes. Then, in 2014 Giles’ mother died, [...]

Tolpuddle Vineyard 2014 Pinot and 2013 Chardonnay

I wrote up the first releases of these wines – the 2012s – just over two years ago. Now it’s time to look at some more recent releases. Seriously impressive wines. Not cheap, but very, very good.

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Tasmania, Australia
Aromatic, linear and very pure with nice citrus fruit. Bright and very direct with [...]

L.A.S. Vino: alternative wines from Margaret River

Caught up with this pair yesterday at the Liberty tasting. Strikingly labelled, they are interesting wines from Margaret River.  LAS Vino (LAS standing for luck, art and science) is the label of Nic Peterkin, who has quite a few good wine genes. His father is Mike Peterkin of Pierro fame and his mother is Shelley [...]

Australian wine: my new perspective

[A word of explanation: I wrote this on the plane on the way home from Australia. I've held off publishing it until I'd finished my blogging about the trip, for the sake of continuity.]

I’m on my way home from a memorable visit to Australia. I often find it useful just to capture some of my [...]

In the Macedon Ranges

The final day of my Australian adventure took me to the Macedon Ranges. This is a cool-climate area, about an hour’s drive from Melbourne. In the past, Macedon was properly marginal for vineyards; now a bit of global warming has made it less of a crazy place for growing wine grapes, but it’s [...]

In the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley. It was almost a decade ago that I first visited, back in March 2006. It was a lovely trip owing much to the generosity of Tony Jordan, who hosted me and arranged my appointments, Now, it was time to revisit.

I started off right in the south of the region, at Gembrook Hill, [...]

Negociants Lunch with Armagh, Contours, Nautilus Pinot and others

I’ve kind of got out of the habit of lunching well. You know: old school wine trade lunches where you leave your desk before noon and write off the rest of the day. So it was nice to have a chance to lunch properly, and in good company, at 8 Hoxton Square with Negociants. Their [...]