Best Wines in Australia

  1. This is such an outstanding skin contact wine. Impressive in colour, detail in scent and flavour, wonderful and serious in texture. It offers drinkers the full flex of the variety with length, persistence and deliciousness on its side. It kicks off with cranberry, rhubarb and Campari scents while the palate drives long and deep with chalky texture bitter orange and cranberry flavours, licks of sour cherry fruit and a weave of puckering, Italianate tannins. Superb stuff.

    01. Garden Gris - Pinot Gris

    State: Victoria Category: Skin-Contact / Orange
  2. Bright, almost zesty, nose, with great acid and structure, a tightly-wound wine of intensity and vibrancy, good amount of grip holds the deep red fruit all the way through. This is quite a statement wine, brilliant and detailed, savoury and fruit-driven at once. A modern Australian wine of its own voice.

    02. Koerner Wine - 'Niellucccio' - Sangiovese

    State: South Australia Category: Red
  3. Pretty perfume, there's nice acidity holding it together with the palate tight and racy. As a drinker, you're sort of waiting for something to happen; a really exciting, slow-burner of a wine, delicate in style, finely detailed, and has super attractive fruit character. Lots of details, lots of interest, texture and general excitement in understatement. Superb white wine.

    03. Mewstone - Riesling

    State: Tasmania Category: White
  4. What an incredible wine this is. So much detail, character and yet full thrust of charm. Saline, nutty, sherry-like in aromas with salty nutty character to taste across an epic length of flavour. It's Australia via Jura, a very special wine that nails the brief of freshness, power and concentration of fruit flavour, the saline personality of flor with general intrigue. Superb wine in any book.

    04. Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur - Savagnin

    State: Victoria Category: White
  5. Saline oyster shell nose, salty, some berry fruits, earthy and smokey too. Sits perfectly at medium weight, almost a little sloshy in texture though a smudge of dusty tannins chimes in. Moreish, soft and juicy, bright too. Just so delicious.

    05. Aziza's Shiraz 2018 - Shiraz

    State: New South Wales Category: Red
  6. 06. Mallaluka - 2019 Sangiovese Rose

    State: Victoria Category: Rosé
  7. Attractive red fruits on the nose, good tension on the palate. A refreshing and well-crafted expression that delivers bright fruit, savouriness, zesty acidity and joyous bubbles. This is fun but also kind of serious, showing some real skill in getting so much interest and personality into this wild-edged drink. Bravo.

    07. Brave New Wine - Nat Daddy

    State: Western Australia Category: Sparkling
  8. A floral, fruit-driven orange wine of just-ripe stone fruit scents, floral notes, vermouth-like lift. The palate is juicy then firmly puckering and dry. Shows tang of acidity for freshness and compelling trim of chalky-mineral charm. Great drinking here.

    08. smallfry wines - Tangerine Dream

    State: South Australia Category: Skin-Contact / Orange
  9. Muscat flowers, neroli, curry leaf - really heady aroma. Well-defined wormwood - brilliant carry across the palate with exquisite balance between the acidity, sweetness and bitterness - on a very clean wine base. Utterly impressive.

    09. Maidenii - Maidenii Kina Quinquina

    State: Victoria Category: Vermouth / Aromatised
  10. A beautiful wine from hello, offering a subtle exchange between the floral, cherry-fruited and savoury nose. Fine, refreshing acidity and building tannins are a feature. It drives with energy and freshness. It's a stunning wine.

    10. NGERINGA - Uncultured Pinot Noir

    State: South Australia Category: Red

Pet-Nat

  1. 01.

    Brave New Wine - Nat Daddy

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Attractive red fruits on the nose, good tension on the palate. A refreshing and well-crafted expression that delivers bright fruit, savouriness, zesty acidity and joyous bubbles. This is fun but also kind of serious, showing some real skill in getting so much interest and personality into this wild-edged drink. Bravo.

  2. 02.

    Gilbert - 2019 gilbert Pet Nat Riesling

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light straw in colour with brisk bead. Really zesty citrus notes, clean with light lees, more persistent bubbles than expected with lovely texture. A light very refreshing version of the style.

  3. 03.

    Blind Corner - Petillant / Chenin Blanc 99.5% + Shiraz 0.5%

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A complex nose with golden fruit, honey and spiced apples. A pleasing viscosity is found in the palate, balanced with minerality, frisky bubbles and a zing of crunchy acidity. Has quality enough to stand alone or with food. Feels like a well-crafted pet nat.

  4. 04.

    Express Winemakers - Foamo

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    An earthier, dry expression. Savoury notes, toast and nuts, dried apple, bruised apple, saline hints. Lots going on here, wild. Would work well with cheese or as a late night pet nat. Likeable for its eccentricity and well-made.

  5. 05.

    Quealy Winemakers - SeccoSplendido Metodo Ancestrale 2019

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Nicely done sparkling wine here. Kicks off with lemon, grapefruit and light yeasty-leesy notes. The palate is very fresh though it leans toward simplicity and is quite firm. Good texture emerges with time and generally a positive experience with an interesting/delicious drink.

  6. 06.

    Small Island Wines - Pet Nat / 50% Pinot Noir 50% Chard

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light rose petal notes then yeasty characters in the bouquet. The palate is more tangy strawberry with faint nuttiness, generally feeling super lively and delicate, yet a nice bite and crunch. Ticks lots of boxes.

  7. 07.

    Dormilona - House Pet - 100% Grenache

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright, youthful and energetic glass of wine with fantastic rainbow of citrus characters and high-toned floral notes. There's some sweet citrus and green mango going on; bright, tight bubbles and a starburst of grapefruity tang to close. A perfect pre-midday drink.

  8. 08.

    Voyager Estate - Project Pet Nat Rouge

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Something feels very posh about this pet nat - very primp and preen. White peach and pink grapefruit on the nose. A nice journey of textures with great aperitif qualities: bitter, sweet and refreshing to taste. Persistent bubbles are a feature. Classy gear.

  9. 09.

    Delinquente Wine Co - "Weeping Juan" Pink Pet Nat

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    This is a good drink, simply done well, bright and friendly. Offers light pink peachy-strawberry skin contact fruit and savouriness. There's sweet floral and interesting aromatics. The mousse and bubbles pop well in the palate and the wine finishes tart and firm-refreshing.

  10. 10.

    NGERINGA - Uncultured Pet Nat

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Good drinking, easy drinking. This is a tart-meets-savoury number that shows citrus and bruised apple with walnut and cashew notes, creamy bubble, tangy-tart finish. The wine has a wild streak but tames up well in its finish. An excellent rendition of the pet nat vibe.


Light & Refreshing White Wines

  1. 01.

    Mewstone - Riesling

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pretty perfume, there's nice acidity holding it together with the palate tight and racy. As a drinker, you're sort of waiting for something to happen; a really exciting, slow-burner of a wine, delicate in style, finely detailed, and has super attractive fruit character. Lots of details, lots of interest, texture and general excitement in understatement. Superb white wine.

  2. 02.

    Meadowbank - 2019 Meadowbank Riesling

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    An absolutely brilliant, scintillating white of fragrance, precision and racy nature. Opens with talcum and floral aromas, mouthwatering apple-y palate, and presents as a more textural riesling. There's plenty going on in the fruit, minerality, texture and velocity departments here. Ultra tasty, is the assessment.

  3. 03.

    Eden Road Wines - Eden Road Canberra Riesling 2018

    State: Australian Capital Territory

    TASTING NOTES:
    Delicate perfume of grapefruit, citrus blossom and apple. A squeaky-textured wine of intensity, high tensile freshness, tight finish and some textural detail. A brilliant light white of summery vitality.

  4. 04.

    Aziza's Semillon 2018 - Semillon

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    A beautiful wine, distinct and original, opens with rich lemon and lemon curd scents, faint savoury nuttiness and some almond croissant character. The palate is opulent but fresh, loose-knit in a way but covers the palate beautifully. Light but savoury and yet refreshing.

  5. 05.

    Mac Forbes Wines - 2019 EB47 Concrete Riesling

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    A scintillating white of high velocity, and though it feels austere and lean, delivers minerally-slate character, good concentration in its sleek frame and a juicy, bright finish. Feels limey to taste too. Very good, restrained style here.

  6. 06.

    Pewsey Vale Vineyard - Pewsey Vale Vineyard Prima Riesling

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Attractive wine of jasmine blossoms and white lily scents with whiffs of pomelo and Calippo ice block. Nicely handled feel of fruit sweetness, giving an extra dimension to the palate. Great drinking to be had here.

  7. 07.

    Pewsey Vale Vineyard - Pewsey Vale Vineyard 1961 Block Riesling

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Classic lines. Bright perfume of red apple skin, citrus and citrus blossom with a faint steely element. Palate is bone dry, offers some grip and delivers appealing, lean apple flavour. Tightly wound, laser-like style. Great for cellaring, one could assume.

  8. 08.

    LA VIOLETTA - YÉ-YÉ BLANC

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Distinctly fun, expressive white wine that shows good-time sour-sweet stone-fruit aromas, a touch of grassiness and green herbs. Persistent flavours with bright, tangy finish. Very summery kind of style with detail.

  9. 09.

    Market Series - The Spruiker Pinot Gris

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Tropical fruit scents meet light herb and citrus. Really soft and silky palate but some structure holds it together. Almost tonic water kind of vibe to taste with fruit, freshness and botanical detail in the mix. Feels like a good quality wine from an unfamiliar grape variety in the best possible sense.

  10. 10.

    d'Arenberg - The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Simple wine done well. This shows with good concentration and neat grip and acidity. That sense of a wine with everything nicely balanced emerges with bright fruit, fresh acidity and some depth to texture. A very complete wine that seems weighted to both sipping and food.


Medium Bodied & Textural White Wines

  1. 01.

    Sigurd Wines - Hoyde Chardonnay

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    An exciting expression here. Opens with orchard fruits, freshness, ripeness and softness in the mix. Good balance on the palate, with freshness and primary stone fruit character coupled to saline mineral notes and a fine creamy finish. There's plenty of energy and vivacity here. It's a complex yet compelling wine.

  2. 02.

    Worlds Apart Wines - Oakbank Sauvignon Blanc

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Hits the curiosity button. Shows perfume of dried, preserved and fresh stone fruit and citrus character. The palate is flavourful and grippy/chewy, with apple and citrus to the fore. There's structure, detail and interest through and through. Lots to explore in this wine. And it is delicious, straight up.

  3. 03.

    Vinteloper - Urban Winery Project #5 Pinot Gris/ Gewurztraminer / Riesling

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A wine imbued with high drinkability and ease of drinking mainlining apple-y fruitiness, some floral character and a touch of honey-toast detail. Washy texture, bright finish. Fun wine, for sunny days and general ease of consumption.

  4. 04.

    Jordy Kay - 2018 Chèvre Henty Field Blend

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Straight up cracker. Shows with cider apple-y scents; pretty and savoury at once. Some ripeness and a distinct fino sherry lift. Chewy, grippy palate offers more of the apple and saline character, feels tightly wound and yet gently floral. High praise here - upgrade your picnic wine at once.

  5. 05.

    Gilbert - 2017 gilbert Chardonnay

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    A wine of delicacy and substance, with a tussle between fruit, mineral and savoury character the mainstay. Shows some floral and peachy fruit scents, whiffs of biscuit dough. The palate is similar but shows good chewy grip through the finish. A wine of some detail and distinction.

  6. 06.

    Unico Zelo - 'Jade + Jasper' Fiano

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A wine of freshness and simplicity. Pleasing style of dry tropical fruity scents, brisk acidity, general crispness and lolling textural lilt. A sense of funk and friskiness in spades. Guzzle with impunity.

  7. 07.

    S.C.Pannell - 2019 S.C.Pannell Pinot Gris

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Totally smashable white wine style built for pouring liberally at BBQs and other assorted feasts. Kicks off with vibrant jasmine and lifted grapefruit scents. Fine in the palate with brisk, citrusy freshness coupled to sweet spice, soft fennel notes and a wrap of fine, minerally-chalky tannins. Brilliant wine in general with early complexity to the fore.

  8. 08.

    Rose Kentish Wines - Pinot Gris

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Floral and a light bounce of acid here, a pretty and light wine - easy breezy. A good pair for summer foods.

  9. 09.

    Single Vineyard Series - La Francesa Savagnin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fresh, fruity, refreshing. A brisk and brilliant white wine that marries a strong stone fruit vibe with a general sense of prettiness and power. Bright acid, mouth-watering tang, vivacity in spades. Delivers a lot here.

  10. 10.

    Murdoch Hill - Murdoch Hill Chardonnay

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Classy wine this. Things start with fine, toasty oak characters married to fresh citrus and green apple. There's more of that savoury depth to taste but the overwhelming rush of frisky, Granny Smith apple acidity and just-ripe nectarine fruitiness does a trick. Very well made and premium with everything beautifully balanced. Would be well received by all.


Full Flavoured White Wines

  1. 01.

    Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur - Savagnin

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    What an incredible wine this is. So much detail, character and yet full thrust of charm. Saline, nutty, sherry-like in aromas with salty nutty character to taste across an epic length of flavour. It's Australia via Jura, a very special wine that nails the brief of freshness, power and concentration of fruit flavour, the saline personality of flor with general intrigue. Superb wine in any book.

  2. 02.

    Silverstream Wines - Chardonnay

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Restrained and elegent, baked apple danish, fresh lemon, honey suckle all jostling. The palate is very pretty, it's a relatively simple fresh style with just a hint of autolysis. Neat.

  3. 03.

    Voyager Estate - Voyager Estate Chardonnay

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    An inwardly concentrated white that shows with juiciness of fruit but tightly kept with chalky pucker and a sheath of sweet spice. Strong perfume of glazed nuts, ripe apple and sea spray too. A powerful, potent style with superb balance.

  4. 04.

    Kangarilla Road - The Veil Savagnin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A flor-influenced wine reminscent of fino sherry but with more body and nuttiness. Lemon balm scents with cashew and sea spray, the palate is similar, very long in flavour, finishing freshy and saline tangy. An intriguing style done very well.

  5. 05.

    Chain of Ponds - Corkscrew Rd Chardonnay

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bold, bright, flavoursome white of fresh grapefruit-like scents and flavours with high-tone herbal notes, chiseled edges in texture, joyous vibrant fruit character and a general ease of drinking and ready charm. Doesn't reinvent the wheel but does what it does well - lots of pleasure.


Rosé

  1. 01.

    Mallaluka - 2019 Sangiovese Rose

    State: Victoria
  2. 02.

    Brothers Koerner - Rosé - 90% Merlot, 10% Chardonnay

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    This opens with a high-tone fruit spectrum - watermelon and cranberry, green herbs and Campari-like things. The palate offers crunchy freshness, brightness, pleasing bitter elements and surprising persistence and length. It's wholly excellent stuff, though it's far from a 'classic rosé'. Strap in for the refreshment factor.

  3. 03.

    La Prova - Aglianico Rosato

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Delicate and lifted, strawberry and sour cherry, rose water and gentle spice. Good perfume. The perfume matches the palate - you'll find fine structure and good freshness, length and succulence. Perhaps the rosé could do with a little more complexity but the overwhelming drinkability makes this soar through the pack.

  4. 04.

    Express Winemakers - Rose

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    One of the more interesting rosés with a blend of soft red fruits, savoury hints, chompy tannins, sour-refreshing acidity, Aperol-like characters, herbs and general crunch and bite. Better structure than found in so many other rosés, and better vivacity and general vibe. Cool wine.

  5. 05.

    Hither & Yon - Rosé

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Well-structured dry rosé with scents of fresh strawberries, raspberries, red currants and cherries, a mix of redness wedded to rose petal and some light vermouth-botanical notes. Texture and finish is dry, though there is a light juiciness somewhere in there too. Lovely stuff.

  6. 06.

    El Desperado - Rose

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    So very pleasing, easy to like and get into. Texture is quite crunchy and brisk, some prettiness of red berry fruits between bouquet and palate, an inherent delicacy to the fruit spectrum. Not bad at all.

  7. 07.

    Bone Dry Drinks - Bone Dry Rosé

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Juicy then swerves to dry. Red cherries married to blood orange tang. Scents of rose water and watermelon. Ticks lots of boxes. While relatively simple, the pleasure factor is through the roof. Summery stuff.

  8. 08.

    Bondar - Rosé

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Richer style of dry rosé with some concentrated red cherry characteristics, Amaro notes, sweet spice and fresh redcurrant finish. It feels like quality fruit is the motif and it's exciting to see it on full display. Great style here.

  9. 09.

    Silent Noise - Nero Rose

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fun-lovin' rosé style with rose water, cranberry and pomegranate shooting through the bouquet and palate. Seems to be slightly riper in style, not sweet per se, but with good concentration. There's a suggestion of red wine grip and, hence, ends up feeling like a more serious style.

  10. 10.

    Sherrah Wine Co. - 2019 Grenache Rose

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    This is a more confected rosé with slippery texture and juiciness but the finish is so very dry, chalky and bright that you get the picture this is a good alternative style that pushes red grape flavour to the fore. Pretty feel all up, and built for summery consumption.


Skin Contact & Orange Wines

  1. 01.

    Garden Gris - Pinot Gris

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    This is such an outstanding skin contact wine. Impressive in colour, detail in scent and flavour, wonderful and serious in texture. It offers drinkers the full flex of the variety with length, persistence and deliciousness on its side. It kicks off with cranberry, rhubarb and Campari scents while the palate drives long and deep with chalky texture bitter orange and cranberry flavours, licks of sour cherry fruit and a weave of puckering, Italianate tannins. Superb stuff.

  2. 02.

    smallfry wines - Tangerine Dream

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A floral, fruit-driven orange wine of just-ripe stone fruit scents, floral notes, vermouth-like lift. The palate is juicy then firmly puckering and dry. Shows tang of acidity for freshness and compelling trim of chalky-mineral charm. Great drinking here.

  3. 03.

    Edenflo - 19 Eden Valley Gewürtztraminer Riesling Pinot

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A superb skin-fermented white wine that will impress for its fruitiness but almost impressive structure. A serious orange wine but has a wild streak and general drinkability in tow. Smells like peach tea and floral-ginger spice. There's really nice chalky grip in the palate, good length, great dart-like shape and a brilliant, fresh but chewy finish. Fantastic.

  4. 04.

    La Madrina - 2018 Arneis

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Compelling and eccentric orange wine but feels quite 'authentic' to many of the world's great, more extreme examples, running with full, tropical fruit character, bitter orange, apple juice, but also a nutty, oxidative edge. There are saline notes in the mix too. So much going on, so much to sink into and enjoy.

  5. 05.

    Koerner Wine - 'Pigato' Vermentino

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A stellar example of skin contact white wine: tangy, taut, brilliantly minerally and chalky, zesty in citrus and dry nashi pear flavours. Similar in bouquet with sea spray chiming in. Races across the palate and finishes in a tight pucker. Such good drinking.

  6. 06.

    Handpicked Wines - 2019 Handpicked Trial Batch Skin-Contact Riesling

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    This has some exotic character but is readily enjoyable. Opens with wet tea leaf, dried apricot, green apple scents, following through to the palate with jucy acid and bitter but grippy tannins. Flavours are more apple and citrusy with brisk acidity and a light, talc-like mineral thing going on. Nicely done.

  7. 07.

    Unico Zelo - 'Esoterico' Spiced Blend

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pretty wine of rounded texture, ripe seeming citrus fruit, bright acidity, long flavours of fresh peach tea and amaro with a slightly bitter finish. All up this is a charming skin fermented white wine, joyous and frisky, fun and lively. Get stuck in.

  8. 08.

    Sigurd Wines - White Blend Riesling/Sauv Blanc/Semillon/Vermentino/Gewurtz

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lots going on in this wine. Starts savoury, slight herbal, faint saline notes appear, then to taste, a little waxy and textured - it feels like a great food wine. Flavours and scents of dry, green apple, a lick of bitter, white vermouth-like tang, some citrus going on. Charisma plus.

  9. 09.

    Brave New Wine - Klusterphunk - Chardonnay

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lots going on, a kind of oddball wine but in the best possible sense. Starts with whiffs of pickled ginger, sour plum, umeboshi, mustard fruits. The palate is similarly exotic with tangy citrus, green apple, some yuzu and a herbal note. There's brisk acidity and a pucker of tannin in the mix. It's unfettered and intriguing stuff.


Sparkling White & Red Wines

  1. 01.

    Jansz Tasmania - Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light and floral, honey suckle, baked apple nose; delicious, juicy and moreish on the palate. Well-balanced pastry, bread, creaminess. A detailed and vivacious sparkling wine of freshness, bright bead and general interest. Ultra high drinkability.

  2. 02.

    Piccadilly Circus - Blanc de Blancs Sparkling

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Quite a broad and fleshy sparkling wine; good richness with honeycomb, butter, pastry and freshly-baked apple characters. Feels well-balanced but bold with a core of crisp, tight acidity amongst more of the ripe apple, apricot, bricohe, danish pastry things going on. An appealing, lingering finish and good, creamy mousse.

  3. 03.

    Jansz Tasmania - Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    This is a fancy-feeling sparkling wine. It's rich on the nose offering toasted brioche, honey hints, ripe apple and spice. There's proper clean acidty, licks of vanilla, more toasted brioche, baked apple flavours and a sense that the balance of freshness and richness is keenly met. Bubbles are bright, the finish sparkles. Super stuff.

  4. 04.

    Nocton Vineyard - Nocton Vineyard Non Vintage Sparkling

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    This feels classy and rich. Despite that statement there's some restraint from mid palate to the finish, with zesty, green apple acidity and brisk bubbles a feature. Some lovely creaminess to texture upfront, we get baked apple, vanilla, buttery notes with hints of peach and apricot. Top flight sparkling.

  5. 05.

    Jansz Tasmania - Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    A pretty rosé-style sparkling offering obvious strawberries and cream on the nose, though the palate is dry, restrained and feels light and fresh. Very well composed, delicious and vibrant to drink. Fruit-driven but enough savoury, nutty complexity to bring more interest. Cracker.

  6. 06.

    Blok Coonawarra - Blok Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Big, bold style, easy drinking in its nature. Huge bouquet of rich, fresh honeycomb, lemon curd, lemon zest and baked apple. The palate runs with similar flavours, easy drinking sweet-softness and a dry, crackling, citrusy finish. Not overly complex but generally just very good to drink.


Light & Refreshing Red Wines

  1. 01.

    NGERINGA - Uncultured Pinot Noir

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A beautiful wine from hello, offering a subtle exchange between the floral, cherry-fruited and savoury nose. Fine, refreshing acidity and building tannins are a feature. It drives with energy and freshness. It's a stunning wine.

  2. 02.

    Murdoch Hill - Ridley Pinot x Three

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Stemmy, savoury, violet floral and geranium notes are woven through complex, savoury-leaning fruit characters. A racy red but one with tannin, shape and fine structure. Beautifully balanced acid keeps the wine perky and lean. Fantastic drinking.

  3. 03.

    The Lane Vineyard - Pinot Meunier

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fragile, on the edge of ripeness and perky with acidity, this is a racy, lighter red with cranberry crush characters and general brightness a feature. Pleasingly refereshing style.

  4. 04.

    Punt Road - Airlie Bank Franc

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    A gum forest of purple flowers spiced with pine needles - an unusual but compelling start. Bold aromatics, followed by a very refined and elegant palate, with green herbal detail a feature in the sour-sweet cherry fruitiness. Lovely, fine wine.

  5. 05.

    Giant Steps - Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Starts with some good red berry-cherry fruit on the nose, with come-hither savoury notes, clove and cinnamon, some undergrowth too. Similar in the palate, but svelte, flowing beautifully and finishing with a flourish of fruit and spice.  

  6. 06.

    Voyager Estate - Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Seems classic cabernet has found a lighter expression, this wine showing with blueberry fruitiness, cassis scents and strong capsicum/herbal notes. The palate is light in weight but full in flavour, with ripe tannin and a pretty, slightly sour cherry finish. Yum.

  7. 07.

    Koerner Wine - 'La Korse' - 35% Sangiovese, 34% Grenache, 17% Malbec, 9% Sciacarello & 5% Carignan

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Rich and ripe plums, red and black cherries, elegant and crisp acidity. Red currants coming through on the palate, a really enjoyable wine that's worth spending a bit of time thinking about. It's restrained and elegant so it could be easy to miss the complexity and lingering length of this wine.

  8. 08.

    Murdoch Hill - Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A vibrant expression definitively in light red territory; opens with violets, florals berries and vanilla sweet spice. Then there's the nicely shaped palate with fine but puckering tannins and freshness of fruit that is well balanced. Well-made and great drinking wine.

  9. 09.

    Murdoch Hill - Vis-a-Vis

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A unique feel here. Lifts from the glass with crushed leaves, bramble notes, late-ripe berries, some violet and a spearmint-y waft. Lots going on. The palate is shaped by fine tannins, frisky in feel, crunch and pucker to texture with very vibrant and detailed fruit, herb, peppery character. A delight!

  10. 10.

    Blind Corner - Nouveau / Shiraz

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    This is fun to drink. Charming wine of savoury-sweet fruitiness, sweaty herbs, strawberry and spice. Freshness is the motif. Crisp texture, bite to acidity, gorgeous fruitiness in the mix. Drink chilled with impunity.


Medium Bodied & Textural Red Wines

  1. 01.

    Koerner Wine - 'Niellucccio' - Sangiovese

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright, almost zesty, nose, with great acid and structure, a tightly-wound wine of intensity and vibrancy, good amount of grip holds the deep red fruit all the way through. This is quite a statement wine, brilliant and detailed, savoury and fruit-driven at once. A modern Australian wine of its own voice.

  2. 02.

    Aziza's Shiraz 2018 - Shiraz

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Saline oyster shell nose, salty, some berry fruits, earthy and smokey too. Sits perfectly at medium weight, almost a little sloshy in texture though a smudge of dusty tannins chimes in. Moreish, soft and juicy, bright too. Just so delicious.

  3. 03.

    Cape Jaffa - CJ Shiraz

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A very impressive wine that sits right in the medium-bodied zone yet shows deep brooding, dark berries and a slice of game meat with herbal characters. There's a salty note too, sea spray, the wine feels maritime, dark fruited, slick and firm with a shot of good tannin. This is elegant but personality-filled. A coup.

  4. 04.

    Penley Estate - McLaren Vale Project Shiraz

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A juicy, jovial red of high deliciousness and general vibrancy. Opens with black jelly bean, aniseed and vanilla though there's plummy goodness lurking in that bouquet too. Palate is good, round and anicely wrapped in high-quality fine tannin.

  5. 05.

    Mac Forbes Wines - 2017 EB40 Nebbiolo

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    A coursing, medium-weight red of dark cherry, leather and earth, showing rustic tannins holding burnt orange peel acidity in a shapely flow of dark fruit and ashy savouriness. Superb tannins and a fantastic feel overall. Something special here.

  6. 06.

    Dalrymple Vineyards - Dalrymple Single Site Coal River Valley Pinot Noir

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pleasantly reductive perfume, perhaps slightly volcanic and earthy in scent, shows some autumn leaves and raisinated cherry character in the bouquet. The wine slides effortlessly through the palate, faint game meat in the mix, with medium tannins and acid, lifted herbal detail and effortlessly long in flow.

  7. 07.

    CRE - Pinot Noir

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    An exciting wine for its character and personality, slightly left of centre, red cherry and raspberry, generous feel in the mouth but fresh, too, spiked with vermouth-like botanicals and herbs, zesty through the finish. Lots to like.

  8. 08.

    Guthrie - The Snare Syrah

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Dusty, cedar, jubey red berry fruit, dry velvety tannins slender in the palate but offering good concentration. Drives well, light juiciness to close, a dusting of spice for interest. This is elegant stuff and drinks a treat - get the big glasses.

  9. 09.

    Bleasdale - The Wild Fig

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fresh strawberry with a bit of liquorice in the bouquet - a super pretty and attractive start. Strawberry on palate with concentration in mid palate and reasonable structure with sheets of fine tannin laid down on that fruity vibe. There's a grapey purity here, gentle sweetness and freshness. A simple wine but oh so pleasing.

  10. 10.

    DCB - Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    This feels like a pedigree - dark cherry, sweet spice and a whiff of clove. The palate offers waves of succulent minerality and crunchy bright fruit. It's a wine that layers in detail and interest but feels inherently easy to drink solo, but charm will come with gently spiced dishes.


Full Flavoured Red Wines

  1. 01.

    Bondar - Violet Hour Shiraz

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    This wine offers waves of red and black fruit with liquorice (the black and red kinds) with vibrant ripe fruit a motif. There's sweet earthiness, some light choc-cherry notes, the tannins smooth, even and long. So much goodness. A stellar example of a powerful, potent wine.

  2. 02.

    Silent Noise - Montepulciano

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Really juicy blueberries, blackberries, black cherries and hints of vanilla and smoke. Great start. Well-structured tannin and acidity, perky and bright through the finish. Has an almost Italianate feel to it in lift and spice. Great drinking for now and short-term ageing.

  3. 03.

    Berton Vineyards - Limited Reserve

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    (2017,SA) Herbaceous nose with dark plummy notes, shows some cassis and floral things too. Nicely balanced palate with some blueberry and cassis fruit in the mix, smooth ride until quite a coarse tannin profile in the finish. The gist will please many.

  4. 04.

    Blind Corner - Bernard / Cabernet

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A beautiful, bigger wine, with softness, suppleness and flow in its favour. Opens with gentle black fruits in a eucalypt forest, the palate echoes the bouquet and there's spice-laden, suede textured tannins shaping the wine well. It's such a lovely red. 

  5. 05.

    Jericho - 2016 Jericho Adelaide Hills Syrah

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fresh but stewed raspberry/strawberry with whiffs of Christmas cake, mulled wine spice and grilled meat. The palate is quite intense, dense, slick and round with soft tannin, good flavour intensity and a satisfying, long, fleshy-sweet finish. Satisfying stuff.

  6. 06.

    HEAD RED - Grenache Shiraz Mataro

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Despite some heft the wine retains a relatively youthful, medium depth. Dark berries jostle with sweet spice, there's an unnamed funk and savoury, sour cherry edge. Lots going on in this wine, a riper style with panache and balance.

  7. 07.

    Samuel's Gorge - Mosaic of Dreams - Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Perfumed, fuller flavoured but fresh red, shows with perfume of sweet turned earth, brambles and blackberries, liquorice and choc-cherry. The palate lands some rose water on forest berry characters, softness with a saltbush and gummy tannin finish. It's a pearler in the fuller style.

  8. 08.

    Express Winemakers - Syrah

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Everything in its right place. Plush, plummy fruit and violet floral character glow on the nose. The palate has some nice tang to acidity, great balance and fine structural tannins, loads the mouth with mulberry, herbal notes, tangy acidity and peppery spice. Geez, this has some charisma.


Vermouth, Aromatised & Fortified

  1. 01.

    Maidenii - Maidenii Kina Quinquina

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Muscat flowers, neroli, curry leaf - really heady aroma. Well-defined wormwood - brilliant carry across the palate with exquisite balance between the acidity, sweetness and bitterness - on a very clean wine base. Utterly impressive.

  2. 02.

    Maidenii - Maidenii Classic Vermouth

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fresh wormwood, amaro bitter herb characters on a fresh rosé base. Amazing execution of this particular style paying great homage to it's traditional home! Lovely balance, and restraint shown in bitter characteristics. Kudos!

  3. 03.

    Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur - Macvin

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Super nutty although very directed, with a pristine clarity - utterly delicious! Evident restraint shown, postively handled aperitif style. Jamon BEAST!

  4. 04.

    Rose Vermouth - Vermouth

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Beautiful Arabic and Cajun spice dominate the aroma in a very, very pleasing way - intriguing! Rocking! Utterly perfect balance between sweetness/bitterness. Gorgeous palate weight, Delicate, aromatic, length, flavour and personality.

  5. 05.

    Rosso Vermouth - Vermouth

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright muscat-type nose, full of dried mandarin and citrus. Ultimate refreshment. Brilliant balance of sweetness with crunchy, crisp acidity. Amazing rancio - very exciting wine.

  6. 06.

    Elixir III - Charmingly Caramel

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Hearty rancio and developed characters, very clean example of the style. Caramel for days. The complexity isn't weighed down, instead shows with a spritely acidity and it's a really great drinking variant of the style. 

  7. 07.

    All Saints Estate - Rutherglen Muscat

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Muscat aromas on high! Bright and fresh! Immense complexity and super-well balanced sweetness, showing remarkable restraint. Lifted and driven acidity. Incredible execution. Complex and compelling. Well done!

  8. 08.

    Maidenii - Maidenii Unfiltered Dry Vermouth

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Beautiful use of fresh wormwood, with an intensity setting it out on the table. Clean, and fresh nose, really pleasing palate weight, broad, perhaps needing a little more acidity, although very impressed with the clarity of botanical use and cleanliness of the base wine. Good drinking.

  9. 09.

    Para - Grand Tawny

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Full, powerful, rich spice and heady sweetness in the bouquet. Warm spirit is a thing here, there's generosity and slickness in the palate too with a dry, bony finish. Fruit is opulent, attractive in the mix, with mature characters in the mix. Quite compelling.

  10. 10.

    Para - Rare Tawny

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Loaded with exotic spice, burnt orange, lovely dried fruit, rancio character with well-judged sweetness. There's a power here, breathiness and direct line to the clean spirit. Spice finishes the wine intensely. Serious stuff here.