Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2019 Sparkling Wine

Yes this is a picture of an empty bottle 😉

What can I say, I enjoy the wine and then I think about blogging about. If you’ve read this blog for awhile then you’ll know that I don’t leave scathing reviews about wines, instead I opt to share with you the wines I really enjoy whether they are samples or not.

If I don’t enjoy a wine, that’s my personal opinion and it’s doing no good for anyone if I then moan about it here. I’d just rather not post anything.

This bottle of bubbles I bought for about $20. It’s a local tipple from here in the Bellarine Peninsula. Introducing the Scotchman’s Hill 2019 Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling Wine from their Swan Bay range.

The Swan Bay range is fun and informal. It’s for everyday drinking around the bbq, catching up with friends and is deliciously casual.

We tried another Victorian bubbles at the same time which was also around the $20 mark and this Swan Bay sparkling was more suited to my palate.

In the glass it’s a pale yellow peachy colour. Soft strawberries, raspberries, red liquorice, stonefruits and baking spice notes rise from the glass. In the mouth it has a super soft mousse (mouthfeel) with strawberry and cream notes and a lick of grapefruit peel.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

BAIE Wines 2020 Rose – Bellarine Peninsula

We had perfect weather on the weekend for a bit of paddling pool & Rosé action in the backyard. Baby TC was happy, I was happy, it was win-win.

The Rosé I decided to crack into was this BAIE Wines 2020 Rosé from here on the Bellarine Peninsula in VIC. Being a cool climate region, Pinot Noir thrives which is why this Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir.

I found it a pale pinky peach colour on the eye. On the nose it’s fresh and gives me a bit of a punch vibe with aromas of fresh strawberries, mandarins and lemons. That elegant punch, summer garden party vibe flows through to the palate where it’s a little tropical, a little bit berry-filled and a little bit citrusy. Super easy drinking and thirst quenching.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

BAIE Wines 2019 Shiraz – Bellarine Peninsula

We recently tried our first BAIE wines from here in the Bellarine Peninsula. They had an epic Christmas sale on and I just couldn’t resist.

BAIE is a small batch family owned, operated and ‘orientated’ winery. The BAIE vineyard was established in 2000 and they started their own label in 2006.

The climate here is cool (to give you an idea of where the Bellarine is, it’s across the bay from Melbourne city). So if you like cool climate wines, pop BAIE on your list to try.

I posted about the BAIE Sauv Blanc a few weeks back (scroll back to the post about dinosaur pasta wine matching). And recently we cracked into this 2019 Shiraz. It’s wild fermented and matured in premium French oak for 16 months. $30/bottle.

We really enjoyed how delicious and juicy this Shiraz is. So many yummy berry and plum notes with a lick of spice and elegant tannins on the finish. Yum!

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

Scotchmans Hill Cornelius Blanc de Blanc 2016

We recently visited Scotchmans Hill here in the Bellarine. It’s long been on my list of cellar doors to visit as when I used to work in wine retail in both NZ and Dubai, I used to sell some of their wines.

It was also our first trip out just the 2 of us since Baby TC was born, so it’s safe to say we were rather excited to be baby-free for a couple of hours.

It was a sit down tasting, obviously due to Covid, however I like the format. It’s a lot more relaxed and un-rushed. We tried through a range of the wines and also ordered a couple of platters. It was a lovely tasting experience once it got going (initially we were a bit forgotten about – but they made up for it).

This here was one of my favourites from the tasting – the Cornelius 2016 Blanc de Blanc made from 100% Chardonnay.

It’s up there in price, $60 (or $54 if you join their ‘friends of Scotchmans’ club) however if you’re looking for a quality local sparkling wine, it really is worth the price tag.

We bought a couple of bottles and they were gone in a matter of days. Oops!

It’s a pretty effervescent yellow in the glass. With a creamy nearly silky brioche and butter aroma to it alongside whiffs of fresh apples and lemons. In the mouth it’s super smooth with elegant bubbles and flavours of stonefruit + citrus. Pass the oysters and serve me up this and I’ll be one happy lady!

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! 

Scotchmans Hill 2005 Shiraz – Geelong

15 year old Shiraz – yes please!

We recently had family friends around for dinner and they brought this beauty from their cellar – a Scotchsman Hill 2005 Shiraz from Geelong, VIC.

We also recently visited the Scotchmans Hill cellar door where we tried some of the younger vintages of this wine!

I made a 10-hour slow cooked pulled pork and it went pretty well with the wine.

It’s definitely showing it’s age in the glass with a red-brown brick like colour. The aromas were lovely, think black fruits, spice and aromatic wood. Black cherry and plums comes through on the palate with fine tannins and a lovely lick of vanilla. It’s drinking beautifully right now.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!