Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

2012 was a cool, wet and cloudy vintage, so it’s interesting to see what this does to the flavour profiles. The flavour spectrum has edged away from the tropical passionfruit in these circumstances, and more towards cut grass and citrus. There’s still the tell-tale gooseberry, but it’s a little raw. Finish is a little short,…

Planeta La Segreta 2012

Chardonnay pretending to be Sauvignon Blanc, my husband said. He’s no dummy. There’s Chardonnay in it (a little), and it’s very aromatic. The main variety however is Grecanico, which is also known as Garganega, the main variety in Soave. However it’s got an entirely different flavour spectrum when produced in the warm and sunny region…

Le Clos and “En Primeur”

“Bordeaux.” It’s one of those words, isn’t it. I say it, and am immediately taken from the place I’m standing to somewhere ethereal and swathed in red velvet. Even my mouth puckers beautifully when I pronounce it, turning me into the Australian equivilent of Béatrice Dalle (remember, we’re still in my mind here, so give…

Zohar Fiano 2011 by Susana Balbo

Argentina’s first certified oenologist is making me happy. This really is a lovely little wine, and it’s a damn shame I’ve only seen it on the shelf at Rootsock. If only I could convince Asado or Gaucho to pop it on their winelists… It’s incredibly good value. Firstly, it’s a chic grape -beautifully boutique, originating…