On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Australia Up Close: June, 13, 2017

31 Oct 2017

 

Time to dive into the diversity of Australian wine as 15 Aussie wineries descended upon Toronto to pour and allow those in attendance to experience more than just Shiraz (although she was there as well) and discover a variety of different region within Australia through these wines.

Below is a list of the wines that impressed – any wine rated 4 stars and above will be linked to a full review on the website.

Alpha Box & Dice 2015 Dead Winemakers Society (*** ½)
Adelaide Hills – Dolcetto

Alpha Crucis Wines 2015 Titan (*** ½+)
McLaren Vale – Shiraz

Barossa Valley Estate 2015 GSM (****+)
Barossa Valley – Red Blend

Dalrymple 2015 Pinot Noir (****)
Tasmania – Pinot Noir

Jansz NV Premium Cuvee (*** ½+)
Tasmania – Sparkling

Kilikanoon Wines 2015 Killerman’s Run (****)
Clare Valley – Shiraz  

Kilikanoon Wines 2014 Prodigal (****)
Clare Valley – Grenache

Kilikanoon Wines 2014 Covenant (*** ½+)
Clare Valley – Shiraz

Kilikanoon Wines 2014 Blocks Road (****)
Clare Valley – Cabernet Sauvignon

Lake Breeze 2013 Arthur’s Reserve (****)
Langhorne Creek – Red Blend

Penley Estate 2015 Aradia (****)
Coonawarra – Chardonnay

Penley Estate 2015 Phoenix (*** ½+)
Coonawarra – Cabernet Sauvignon

Pepper Tree Wines 2014 Varietal Range (*** ½+)
Wrattonbully – Merlot

Pepper Tree Wines 2014 Single Vineyard Coquun (*** ½+)
Hunter Valley – Shiraz

Peter Lehman 2015 The Barossan (****)
Barossa Valley – Shiraz

Peter Lehman 2014 Portrait (****)
Barossa Valley – Shiraz

Rockford 2016 Rosé (*** ½)
Barossa Valley – Alicante Bouchet

Thorn-Clark 2016 Grenache-Shiraz (****)
   Barossa Valley – Red Blend

Thorn-Clark 2015 Terra Barossa (****+)
Barossa Valley – Shiraz

Two Hands 2015 Gnarly Dude (****)
Barossa Valley – Shiraz

Voyager  Estate 2014 Broadvale Block 6 (*** ½+)
Margaret River - Chardonnay

Voyager Estate 2014 Chardonnay (*** ½+)
Margaret River – Chardonnay

Yalumba 2015 Old Bush Vine (*** ½+)
Barossa Valley – Grenache

 

All Canadian Wine Championships – The BC Wines

27 Oct 2017

 

During the ACWC I get a chance to try wines from all across Canada (blind of course) but after the judging is completed I consult my list of the best wines I tried (I don't try them all) and ask the organizers to tell me which wines they are … this is a list of the wine I was wowed by. 

Click on the wine name to be linked to the full review:  All Canadians

Bench 1775 Winery 2016 Viognier ... (*** ½+)
Cedar Creek 2016 Rosé, Platinum Block 1 ... (****)
Church & State Wines 2015 Trebella ... (****)
Clos du Soleil 2015 Capella ... (*** ½)
Daydreamer Wines 2016 Riesling ... (*** ½+)
Desert Hills 2016 Gamay ... (*** ½+)

Enrico Winery 2014 King’s Council ... (****+)
Forbidden Fruit Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Earth Series ... (****)
Gold Hill Winery 2013 Merlot ... (****)
Gold Hill Winery 2014 Meritage ... (****+)
Harper’s Trail Estate 2016 Riesling, Pioneer Block ... (*** ½+)
Hillside Winery 2016 Viognier Reserve ... (****)

Intrigue Wines 2016 Pinot Gris ... (*** ½+)
Monte Creek Ranch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ... (****+)
Nk’Mip Cellars 2016 Riesling, Qwam Qwmt ... (****)
Oliver Twist Estate 2016 Viognier ... (****)
Perseus Winery 2015 Cabernet-Merlot ... (*** ½+)
River Stone 2014 Merlot ... (*** ½+)

All Canadians AwardRuby Blues Winery 2016 Viognier ... (*** ½+)
Sandhill Estate 2014 Howard Soon Red ... (****)
Savard Vines 2015 5 Turns ... (*** ½+)
See Ya Later Ranch 2014 Ping ... (*** ½+)
Stag’s Hollow 2014 Merlot ... (*** ½+)
Volcanic Hills 2013 Merlot ... (*** ½+)

 

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