Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Red wine + a delicious home cooked meal = my kind of Saturday night in.

Brand's Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

After drooling over A Secluded Foodie’s recent Turkish-style spicy lamb pide, I was very keen to try the recipe out.

I was also keen to try out this bottle of Brand’s Laira Coonawarra ‘Blockers’ 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. I added a smidge to the mince as it was cooking too. Keen to learn more about Cabernet Sauvignon? Click here!

‘Blockers’ are what the landholders who sold their grapes to larger wineries in the 1950s and 60s were called. Brand’s Laira’s founder Eric Brand was one of the first Blockers and therefore this range is inspired by him. Continue reading

Brand’s Laira Blockers Shiraz 2014

Brand's Laira Blockers Shiraz 2014Any guesses what ‘blockers’ may mean?

I wasn’t too sure, so after a bit of Googling I found this explanation on the Brand’s Laira website:

Named in honour of founder Eric Brand, one of the original ‘Blockers’ (landholders who sold their grapes to larger wineries in the 1950s and 60s). The wines have developed a name for their bold fruit flavour, and trademark powerful yet elegant style.”

Well, there you go! Continue reading

Riddoch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Riddoch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot CoonawarraWow I just had 3 AFDs (alcohol free days) in a row. I think I needed the recovery time after my parents visit. I got back on the bandwagon last night though to celebrate #winewednesday of course.

I recently received this sample of the Riddoch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from Coonawarra to taste. It’s $20 from Dan Murphy’s and BWS and comes in a lovely plywood round box – perfect for a gift! Continue reading