Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010
I bought a case of this for my (favourite) son’s birthday party in April (who was born in 2010), after originally tasting a bottle back in December last year. However instead of having a garden party as I imagined we would, he had a joint party with one of his friends where we barely drank ...

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon, 2005

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon, 2005
Considering how much I can’t face Sauvignon Blancs right now, it surprises me how much I love a Semillon/Sauvignon blend – usually in the form of a white Bordeaux. They are NOTHING like a 100% Sauvignon blanc; full and round with an oily body, and none of that raspy Sauvignon finish. This Margaret River blend ...

Running With Bulls Tempranillo, 2011

Running With Bulls Tempranillo, 2011
I have always had a particular interest in the old world grape, new world wine combination which was borne out on Personal Wine Buyers, see New Zealand Montepulciano, and Australian Sangiovese. I was made aware of this new world/old world example from Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week article, which is worth reading and explains the story ...

Mitchelton Estate Marsanne, 1996

Mitchelton Estate Marsanne, 1996
I remember drinking Mitchelton’s oak aged Marsanne for my 30th birthday, this bottle is from that time and has survived amazingly well. Another bottle from my friend Geoff’s abandoned collection I was happy to discover. As the back label says after 10 years of age it develops the rich gold colour and rich honeyed characters ...