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 [...]

Two Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos: Billaud Simon and Louis Michel

Over the last couple of years I have grown to love Chablis. Its appeal is a little less obvious than many other expressions of Chardonnay, but the best wines are definitely ones that repay cellaring. Indeed, one way to waste money is to drink Grand Cru Chablis young. What I love in good Chablis is [...]

Neudorf Rosie's Block Chardonnay 2015, with video

This is the latest release from Nelson winery Neudorf, and it’s a new name for an old wine. Rosie’s Block is named after Judy and Tim Finn’s daughter Rosie, and used to be known simply as Neudorf Chardonnay. They also make a more expensive Moutere Chardonnay.

The wine comes from a block overlooking the home vineyard [...]

Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2012

Neudorf are one of New Zealand’s most famous wineries. They’re based in the Nelson region, where the first vines of the modern era were planted on South Island, and of late they’ve had some hugely positive press, including Bob Campbell’s first 100 point score (Bob is probably the most famous Kiwi wine journalist).

I like their [...]

California, day 1, in Santa Barbara County

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills

I’m in California again. This time for a press trip, with some fellow UK journos: Oz Clarke, Anne Krebhiel, Jane Parkinson and Erin Smith. We arrived on Tuesday evening, and so yesterday, Wednesday, was our first full day. We spent it in Santa Barbara County, which is the [...]

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 [...]

The Ruinart Lighthouse: a tasting of Champagne and Chardonnay with Frédéric Panaïotis

Yesterday I visited the Ruinart Lighthouse, which is an exhibition and tasting being held at the Violin Factory near London’s South Bank. The focus of the three-storey exhibition space is on Chardonnay, with various exhibits and art works beautifully displayed.

The Lighthouse is open to consumers and tickets are still available for the next two days [...]

In NZ, day 4 - Waikari, North Canterbury, with Pyramid Valley and Bell Hill

Mike Weersing

The fourth day. By this stage, jet lag has dissipated and I’m fully into the itinerary. So I started the day with a quick run, had some poached eggs, and hit the road. The destination? The Waikari region of North Canterbury, which is home to two of New Zealand’s top producers: Pyramid Valley [...]

Mark Haisma's 2014s

Mark Haisma, Aussie ex-pat Burgundy micro-negoce showed his new releases yesterday. Here are my notes. As usual, please treat these scores as a very approximate indication of how much I liked the wines: they are baby wines and it’s hard to be precise at this early stage. He’s expanded his range to take in some [...]

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 [...]