Red Wine

Levantine Hill

If you are a fan of those huge big and bold Barossa reds, then you should stop reading now. On the other hand if you have got to that stage where you are chasing wines that are more about elegance, finesse and restrained power then have I got a winery for you. Levantine Hill winery in Yarra Valley’s Coldstream has been knocking out wines for only a handful of years now, but already they have built...

West Cape Howe

A few weeks ago, just as I was packing our camper trailer to head off for the long weekend, I received a call from Gavin Berry, Winemaker/Owner of West Cape Howe Wines in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. He was in town and wanted to swing past to show his new vintages of his fantastic wines. It was stinking hot in the shed, I was covered in sweat, had just realised I had mistakenly rewir...

Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

A few weeks ago, while out for lunch with a mate, I snuck into a wine tasting for Yalumba’s Rare and Fine wines, and learnt two things. The first was that Yalumba’s 2008 The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon is going to be winning a few wine medals this year, and the second was that it’s not a good idea to take somebody else’s glass when you’re not even supposed to be there in the first place……...

Penfolds Bin 389 and 407 2010 releases

I was looking at the Port Douglas Carnivale website the other day and noticed that it mentioned they will feature the first ever North Queensland release of the Penfolds Bin 389 and Bin 407 wines. This will be Queensland’s first public release of the “baby Grange” outside of Brisbane. This would be an awesome way of trying these wines along with several others all matched to fine food…..I’d book a...

Gotham Wines

Just to prove to everyone that I’m not all about jibes and jokes, I thought I’d write this weeks’ review without making even one reference to the obvious Batman jokes that are there. Good, quality cheaper reds are few and far between. A few weeks ago I managed to get some of Gotham’s new vintage. The 2008 Gotham McLaren Vale Shiraz is not available locally, it can be sourced on the net (try Get Wi...

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