New South Wales


Blind Spot Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Margaret River, Australia (£7.75 The Wine Society) They’ve done this really well. Some Margaret River SSBs can be too angular, but this sees the slightly catty/citrussy Sauvignon character in with a richer, muskier guava note. Great for this price, and no sign that it’s going […]

Four(-ish) Semillons from Australia


Verdelho doesn’t seem to be as popular as it was a few years ago – a shame when there are wines like this… Tyrrell’s Old Winery Verdelho 2012, Hunter Valley, Australia (£11.99 The Wine Society, House of Menzies, Amathus, vintagemarque.com) Imagine a wine that has the peachy weight of Chardonnay in […]

Tyrrell’s Old Winery Verdelho 2012, Hunter Valley, Australia


A potent blend of Shiraz, Durif & Petit Verdot, none of which could be described as ‘shy’… Deen de Bortoli Vat 184 Master Blend 2010, Riverina, Australia (£10.80 Australian Wines Online) A full, fleshy style, with bold jammy berry fruit and notes of liquorice, mint and eucalyptus. But despite the […]

De Bortoli Vat 184 Master Blend 2010



You know those Tom & Jerry cartoons when Tom has an angel on one shoulder whispering something in one ear and a demon on the other telling him the opposite? That’s how I used to feel about wine and Christmas. Yes, I know it’s the season of peace on earth […]

Three wines for Christmas


Tesco Finest Denman Vineyard Semillon 2012, Hunter Valley (£8.99 Tesco) Starts off rather lean and green, with Grannie Smiths, greengage and green pepper flavours and noticeable acidity, but then a richer custard edge comes through – good but needs more time to lose that shrieking edge. B+ Moss Wood Semillon […]

Wine Tasting Video: Australian Semillon


McWilliams Mount Pleasant Isabelle Chardonnay 2010 Tumbarumba, New South Wales (£9.99 Waitrose) Refreshing, fruity style, a mix of citrus (tangerine/clementine) with stone fruit (apricot/nectarine/plum) with a light veneer of smoky toasty oak, ripe but sleek, with a slightly briny tang on the finish. B+ Thorn Clarke Mount Crawford Chardonnay 2010, […]

Wine Tasting Video: South Australian Chardonnay + a NSW interloper