Apr 162014
 

This wine promised a great deal and certainly delivered when opened for a dinner with friends.

A strong darkish red colour with an initial crisp almost bitey sensation on first tasting, this proved a popular accompaniment to a red meat dinner. 

The 18 months maturation in French oak showed through in the rather complex body of the wine and its fine balance of berry flavours and light tannins. The initial taste sensation gave way to a more elegant and smooother feel which caused everyone to ask for more please.

I have no doubt that this wine will cellar well for quite a few more years. My only complaint is that I have no more bottles to enjoy.

Mar 122014
 

  Over the holiday period, back in January, we opened a bottle from South Australian producer d’Arenberg – a 2009 Sticks & Stones – made up of Tempranillo (54%), Grenache (25%) Tinta Cao (17%), Souzao (4%). Here’s the background on the name of the bottle: The Story Behind The Name The inspiration behind this name [...]

Mar 032014
 

On the weekend we unscrewed the cap on a lovely bottle of the 2008 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier.  A wine of this pedigree is found rarely, so we have nearly a case on hand; it is always a joy to experience – and to review. In fact, we drank the entire bottle in a single session, [...]