On our recent trip to New Zealand we stopped into the Jolly Farmer Wholesale bottleshop in Drury where we were treated to a tasting of the Nautilus 2017 Chardonnay from Marlborough. I didn’t write a tasting note at the time however it had a distinct creaminess with a wonderful peachiness.
As the owner of the Jolly Farmer is friends with the family he also tasked me with tasting this sample of the Opawa 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough.
Arlewood Wines are located in Margaret River and I’ve been lucky enough to try a few of their wines and really enjoyed them. These guys started up shop in 1984 and are also known for their sheep farming.
This 2015 La Bratta Bianco is part of the Vino Bambino portfolio and I couldn’t wait to try the sample they sent me. It’s made from mainly Sauvignon Blanc (79%) with a hint of Semillon (16%) and a splash of Chardonnay (5%). French oak and extended time on the yeast lees were part of the making of this wine. Continue reading →
Introducing the new Mandala Wines 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Victoria’s Yarra Valley which Mr Spittoon and I tried recently over a sunny bbq dinner.
The Sauv Blanc grapes for this white wine were handpicked from a single vineyard (Orchard Block) at Mandala’s Dixon Creek vineyard. The fruit was fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks before being moved to old French oak barrels to build texture and complexity. Continue reading →