I love the packaging of the First Drop wines. The labels seem to resonate with the wines.
And while I’m all for elegance, sometimes it’s great to have full-flavoured Aussie wines from regions like the Barossa and McLaren Vale, when the bigness is allied to freshness and definition, and appropriate oak use. Big can, of course, [...]
A short film, set to music, of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show judging. Ever wondered what an Australian wine show is like? Here’s your chance to find out, although I am told that this is not exactly typical.
Laithwaites have unearthed a gem here. It’s a wine that surprised me: I’m not a fan of Zinfandel normally, but this is really elegant and utterly delicious, and it’s at a good price. It was sourced by well known consultant and ex-LVMH dude Dr Tony Jordan, and Laithwaites aren’t allowed to say which winery it [...]
James Suckling, David Bicknell and PJ Charteris
Sunday night in Melbourne. Just before the beginning of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, which I am here to judge.
The evening started off in the City Wine Shop, Spring Street (http://www.citywineshop.net.au/). A brilliant place – sells wine, and is also a wine bar, with an amazing selection that’s [...]
After the Semillon tasting I reported on a couple of days ago, a few of us retired to nearby restaurant 28 50 for dinner, with some interesting Australian wines. I love experiencing wine the way it is meant to be enjoyed: in good company, with tasty food, in a relaxed atmosphere.
We began with Jeffrey Grosset’s Polish [...]
Yesterday evening I took part in a tasting at Australia house, focused on Semillon. It’s a variety that hides in the shadows, but which excels in Australia, and specifically in the Hunter Valley. Here, it makes tremendously long lived white wines that start out life crisp, fresh and lemony. Give them a decade [...]
Two beautiful wines. The Grosset 2012 Polish Hill and Springvale Rieslings. Here I taste them on camera.
Aussie wine producer First Drop are fast becoming one of the cleverest at marketing their wines – even outdoing D’Arenberg. The good news is that the content of the bottle matches up to the ambitions of the packaging. This is a lovely Chardonnay, and the front and back labels are just brilliant.
First Drop Mere et [...]
Pleasantly surprised by this Aussie red from Laithwaites. It’s made by their RedHeads studio winery in McLaren Vale, and winemaker Steve Grimley has cobbled together some Coonawarra Shiraz and some Rutherglen Durif. The combination works really well, and at a penny under a tenner, this is pretty good value for money. As with most Laithwaites [...]
Very nice wine, this. Hunter Valley Semillon is a unique style of wine. Pale, fresh, light in youth, yet ages brilliantly. And it comes from a very warm wine region. A vinous paradox. This is a good one at a nice price, ready to drink now.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bottle-Aged Semillon 2006 Hunter Valley, Australia