Tapanappa from South Australia

Established in 2002, Tapanappa wines are owned by Brian Croser (famous for distinguished winemaking and formerly of Petaluma), Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages in Pauillac and Société Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne Bollinger. As you can imagine such expertise coming together quickly reached icon status in this 5-star (from Halliday) winery venture (http://www.tapanappawines.com.au/). Tapanappa… Read More Tapanappa from South Australia

Rymill, Coonawarra

   Rymill wines (http://www.rymill.com.au/) present great value, seamless ageing, and plenty of flavour across their range. In particular I’m mentioning the mc2 wines – a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that’s rich, elegant and silky smooth. Rymill’s mc2 was stated “best buy under $20. Highly recommended” by Gourmet Traveller Wine last year (Peter… Read More Rymill, Coonawarra

Emmilou’s ‘Taste of Autumn’ wine dinner with Stockman’s Ridge Wines

Last week Emmilou  hosted another wine dinner (http://www.emmilou.com.au/), matched to Stockman’s Ridge Wines from Orange (http://www.stockmansridge.com.au/). As people turned up we started trying the wines immediately and got some quiet time with the winemaker, Jonathan, before the place filled up. He makes wine without formal winemaking education and lab testings, and instead just uses his primal wine instincts.… Read More Emmilou’s ‘Taste of Autumn’ wine dinner with Stockman’s Ridge Wines

Paxton Wines from McLaren Vale

On a recent Wine Ark tasting (http://www.wine-ark.com.au/), winemaker David Paxton presented his wines with witty humour and a great response. As they say, “You can never go wrong with McLaren Vale” – yet he goes further than just good wine, exporting to many countries overseas and already grabbing 5 stars from Halliday’s winery ratings.  For the greenies,… Read More Paxton Wines from McLaren Vale

SVS tasting: Dandelion Vineyards and Paddy Borthwick

Recently went to Single Vineyard Sellers’ (http://www.singlevineyards.com/) tasting at the Hilton hotel, Sydney. With nearly 200 wines on tasting, there was a lot to taste with properly tasting each wine – 3 hours into the tasting I realised I wasn’t even halfway through! Many wines showed this and that, but one of the wineries I noticed was Dandelion Vineyards (www.dandelionvineyards.com.au/). I… Read More SVS tasting: Dandelion Vineyards and Paddy Borthwick