McWilliams Stolen Colt 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

McWilliams Stolen Colt 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

I left this tasting note up to the boys in the house seeing as this new range from McWilliam’s Wines has a male focus.

“Stolen Colt is a celebration of the tenacious spirit of founder Samuel McWilliam, who overcame the hardship of having his horses taken during the bandit county of 1877 and establishing an eight-acre vineyard from which these delicious wines are made.”

There’s this Cab Sauv and also a Shiraz in the range, both retailing for $16. The grapes are sourced from the Riverina region in New South Wales.

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Hardy’s Char No.3 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hardy's Char No.3 Cabernet Sauvignon

If you haven’t come across Hardys Wines Char No.3 yet, then you need to add it to your ‘to drink list’ ASAP. Jeeze even Mr Spittoon (who’s not a big red drinker) is still going on about how much he loved both this 2018 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon and the Shiraz I posted about a little while ago.

A big thanks to Hardy’s for sending us samples.

What sets the Char No.3 wines apart is that they’re aged in charred oak barrels. This helps ‘mature the wine to a new depth’ and ‘enhances the roasted coffee and chocolate characteristics’. Both wines in the range retail for only $26.

What is also cool about these bottles is that they have special augmented reality labels which you can use an app to experience – it’s the best AR wine label I’ve seen to date! See the video on my Instagram page.

Plus the labels were designed by fire artist Steven Spazuk who has done an amazing job – check out the video above to see what I mean.

Here are our notes:

Deep velvet red colour in the glass. Aromas literally jump out of glass, think cassis, dark fruits, forest scents and black jelly beans. While in the mouth it’s rich and smoky, with notes of pomegranate, black currant, leather, cigar, smoke and cedar. As Mr Spittoon put it, it’s got ‘those big yum flavours’.

This wine was given to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

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

Tea & Wine Infusions – 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon with Chai Tea


Tea and Wine Infusions - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon with Chai Tea

Cabernet Sauvignon infused with chai tea!

Yes you read that right and if you’re anything like me, then you probably immediately think of a sort of mulled wine concoction.

This Cabernet Sauvignon subtly infused with Chai Tea is one of two wines in the brand new Tea & Wine range. The other is an Unoaked Chardonnay infused with Camomile. I was lucky enough to receive samples of both to give them a whirl. Continue reading

Taylors One Small Step 2017 Cabernet Merlot


Taylors One Small Step 2017 Cabernet Merlot
The 20th of July 2019 signifies two momentous milestones in history:

  • It was the day man took one small step on the surface of the moon 50 years ago (1969).
  • And on that same day in 1969 Bill Taylor first stepped foot on the now renowned Taylors Wines estate in South Australia’s Clare Valley.

This ‘One Small Step’ 2017 Cabernet Merlot also has an older brother, the ‘One Giant Leap’ 2017 Shiraz. I was lucky enough to receive samples of both (thank you!) alongside some gorgeous MakMak moon macaroons. What a treat! Continue reading

Baily & Baily Silhouette Series 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (1 Litre)


Baily & Baily Silhouette Series 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (1 Litre)Last month, Mr Spittoon and I had a Bingo party thanks to the team at Baily & Baily.

To help celebrate the release of their new 1 Litre bottles, we were sent an ultimate party pack full of all sorts of goodies. We had a really fun night, playing Bingo and eating and drinking of course. Since the new 1 litre bottles only retail for $10, they are the perfect accompaniment for a cheap and cheerful evening. Continue reading