Georgie Orbach 2017 Merlot – Riverina

Georgie Orbach 2017 Merlot - Riverina

“Georgie’s collection references the pop-rock sounds of the 80’s – sophisticated labels with an underlying punk attitude.”

Music and wine lovers you need to check out Georgie Orbach Wines. These wallet-friendly wines made from Riverina (NSW) fruit are fantastic for easy weekday drinking.

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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

Shottesbrooke Limited Release 2018 Merlot

Shottesbrooke Limited Release 2018 Merlot

April is looking mighty tasty in the Wine Selectors 2020 Calendar! At the start of the year I was gifted this years Chef & The Cellar Calendar Collection case (thank you!) and it’s safe to say the wines and recipes have me drooling.

April’s wine and recipe comes from Shottesbrooke Wines in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Merlot is one of their signature varieties which made us very eager to get stuck into this Limited Release 2018 Merlot.

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3drops Great Southern Merlot 2017 & 2018

3drops 2018 Merlot - Great Southern, WA

2018 Merlot

Tasted 21 February 2020

Last night we crackled into this new release from 3drops. Introducing their 2018 Merlot from WA’s Great Southern wine region.

A big thanks to 3drops wine and olive oil for sending this sample over and a big congratulations to the team who are celebrating their 20th vintage this year.

If you didn’t catch the 3drops newsletter yesterday, they have started to use vegan friendly fining agents for some of their 2019 releases (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). These will be released in April and will be using a pea based protein, and a yeast derived protein.

Now back to the merlot which went so well with our kalamata olive rich dinner dish last night.

In the glass it’s a beautiful deep black cherry red. On the nose it oozes elegance with dark berries, vanilla oak and a bit of earthiness in there. While in the mouth those berries and vanilla oak flow through with fruitiness across the palate and finishing with a nice touch of silky tannins.

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!

2017 Merlot

Tasted 7 November 2018

Last night Mr Spittoon and I thought we’d crack this award-winning beauty to toast the wonderful 3drops wine and olive oil owner-operator – Jo – who completed the NYC marathon on the weekend.

3drops Great Southern Merlot 2017This 2017 Merlot from Western Australia’s Great Southern Wine Region picked up gold at the Wine Show of Western Australia and a gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge. It had me and Mr Spittoon arguing over who would have the last few drops so it’s fair to say it lives up to its accolades.

In the glass, it’s a red shade with magenta tinge. It has a lovely brightness to the colour. We found the nose full of creamy oak, leather, cigars and fresh boysenberry. While in the mouth it’s bold and confident with an elegant clean structure and cigar/cedar, juicy black plums, spiced cherries and mouth covering tannins coming through. After the first glass, we popped it into the decanter. I can see this one really evolving over the coming years.

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