Windfall Wine Estate Ivor Reserve Merlot

Windfall Wine Estate 2017 Ivor Reserve Merlot

Tasted: 13th April 2020

Windfall Wine Estate 2017 Ivor Reserve Merlot

I don’t know how the weather is where you are but here in VIC it’s definitely starting to get cooler which has me checking out the red wine rack.

After 9 months of no red wine, this Windfall Wine Estate 2017 Ivor Reserve Merlot from WA’s Geographe wine region was the perfect re-introduction to the world of red wine – it was heaven!

A big thanks to Julie for this sample bottle. This was bottle number 2742 of the 2900 bottles produced.

It’s named after the current owner, Julie Hutton’s grandfather, Ivor Thomas Williams who purchased the Windfall property in 1949. Sadly Ivor passed away and much of the property was sold to pay the death duties.

Yet thanks to a lucky lotto win, Julie and hubby Phil purchased the River Block and were able to plant the vineyard in 1996. As they say, they ‘managed to turn a windfall into a way to work harder’. Running a vineyard is definitely no walk in a park guys!

In the glass it’s a delicious deep red shade with a ruby shine to it. Red berry fruit and sweet spice with some floral notes and charred fragrant wood come to mind when I give it a whiff. While in the mouth it’s literally an utter joy to drink. Think juicy cranberries and red berries with a lick of oak and a lovely lingering finish. $40 per bottle and will cellar well.

This wine was sent 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!


Windfall Wine Estate 2014 Ivor Reserve Merlot

Tasted: 9th August 2018

Windfall Wine Estate 2014 Ivor Reserve MerlotWestern Australia’s Geographe wine region is less than a 2 hours drive south of Perth and is home to a number of fabulous wine producers including Windfall Wine & Bonking Frog who specialise in Merlot.
I recently received a #sample bottle of the Windfall Ivor Reserve 2014 Merlot which was released only last month (thank you Julie). It has since snapped up a 96 point score from James Halliday and I can confirm that the TC taste buds thought it was pretty darn good too.
The wine is named after current owner, Julie Hutton’s grandfather, Ivor Thomas Williams who purchased the Windfall property in 1949. Sadly Ivor passed away and much of the property was sold to pay the death duties. Yet thanks to a lucky lotto win, Julie and hubby Phil purchased the River Block and were able to plant the vineyard in 1996. As they say, they ‘managed to turn a windfall into a way to work harder’. Vineyards are bloody hard work guys!
My tasting note: It’s a wonderful red-y brick shade in the glass. Violets, chocolate and a mixture of blueberry and raspberry notes rise up from the glass. While in the mouth it has a juicy vibrancy with flavours of fresh berries and vanillin oak standing out for me. Have you tried it yet? What did you think?
I visited Windfall (what was then known as Bonking Frog Wines) in 2015. Mr Spittoon and I actually did a day trip from Perth to a number of Geographe wineries which you can read about here. It just goes to show what you can easily do in a day as long as you have a trusty skipper!
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine

Whicher Ridge Elevation 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Whicher Ridge Elevation 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Seriously if you haven’t visited Whicher Ridge Wines and their sensory garden yet, pop it on the to do list for 2020 when you next head down south from Perth. We visited in 2015 and still look back on what a great spot it is.

Plus their wines are so good!

This here is a new release – the Whicher Ridge ‘Elevation’ 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. A big thanks to Cathy for sending us over this sample to try.

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Whicher Ridge Elevage 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Whicher Ridge Elevage 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

To be honest, my Mum is pretty picky when it comes to wine. And that’s fair enough, she knows what she likes and doesn’t waste time on wines that don’t make her palate jump with joy.

This sample bottle (thank you Cathy) of Whicher Ridge Wines 2017 Elevage Sauvignon Blanc did just that. In fact the bottles contents disappeared and barely anyone else got a taste.

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Tour, Taste and Tapas – An Epic Adventure in Mustang Sally

Mr Mustang Hire

Today on the blog we welcome Nicola back! Nicola and her hubby Ralph are sharing with us their Mr Mustang Hire adventures in Australia’s South West recently. The Travelling Corkscrew was kindly invited to experience Mr Mustang Hire free of charge. All opinions are our own.


“Mustang Sally, think you better slow your Mustang down
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your Mustang down
You’ve been running all over the town now
Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride…” Continue reading