Opawa 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

Opawa Sauvignon Blanc and Nautilus Chardonnay
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.

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Arlewood 2015 La Bratta Bianco

Arlewood 2015 La Bratta BiancoArlewood 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

Watershed Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017

I remember visiting Watershed Premium Wines on my first trip to Margaret River in 2013. We had a wonderful tasting and lunch.

Watershed Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017This Shades 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (SBS) is part of Wine Selectors 2019 Calendar Collection case – which would make a really great Christmas gift for the wine and food lover in your life.

The matching recipe from Chef Andrea Gasparini is Chargrilled Octopus, Chorizo, Capsicum and Almond Cream – yum! Continue reading

Unico Zelo Magnifique 2018 Rosé

If you’re ever looking for a wine match for peri peri chicken you’ve found the perfect match right here! Thanks for the top recommendation The Wine Gallery.

Unico Zelo Magnifique 2018 RoseThis TC Wine Club Unico Zelo ‘Magnifique’ Rosé hails from South Australia’s Riverland region and is made from an interesting blend of Fiano, Nero d’Avola and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

I also loved the seal on this bottle, cork with bright blue wax over it. Continue reading

Mandala Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Yarra Valley

Mandala Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Yarra ValleyNew Release Alert!

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