All Saints – Fine wine, Fine dining

With lawns and hedges beautifully maintained and a main building designed to look like the keep of a British castle, All Saints winery in Wagunyah (just north of Rutherglen and very well sign-posted) is a beautiful experience if the weather plays its part. The wine: Excellent range, including an exceptional array of fortified wines to…

Morris – a “must see” when visiting Rutherglen

Depending on the route you take to Rutherglen, Morris Wines is either on the right as you drive into town or a short drive East from the centre of town. Either way, this winery has a few surprises to reward the newcomer and a flight of world class fortified wines for those who know what…

Campbells – home of the Bobby Burns Shiraz (plus many, many others)

A quote from 1870 when Campbells of Rutherglen was founded starts “Dig, gentlemen, dig” but it was not gold, but wine in which the Campbell family saw their fortunes being made. 150 years later and you can appreciate the foresight. A visit to Campbells cellar door is almost a must when visiting Rutherglen. Light lunch…

Chambers Rosewood – Value and Variety

On a back road near the main township of Rutherglen sits Chambers Rosewood winery. From the outside it looks like a very boutique producer. From the inside it looks like a factory with a few benches and stools. What the cellar door lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in value and variety and is…

Destination: Coal Valley (Tasmania)

Tasmania for some is one giant wine region. To other writers it is two regions: North and South. If you really want to enjoy all that Tasmania has to offer to a wine lover, you need to break it down a bit further and here we are going to look at the Coal Valley. Getting…

Destination: Nagambie

Nagambie itself is a small town in the North Central district of Victoria. The region itself is home to the wineries of Tahbilk, Mitchelton and McPherson Wines (currently no cellar door to visit). For the next installment in our Destinations series of posts, we will look at one of our favourite wine regions, albeit with…

Destination: Rutherglen

This year, we are hoping to get out and visit cellar doors again and the planning has well and truly begun. Typically, we try to report on experiences after we have visited and rate wines and winery experiences, but with 2021 still being very much in the “plans may change” situation, we have decided to…

Fresh off the Boat

Two new releases from Boat O’ Craigo in the Yarra Valley. Both single vineyard wines. One is an excellent example of a fairly common red grape and the second is a white we had to go and look up, and we pride ourselves on knowing a lot of varieties/clones! Boat O’ Craigo has released a…

Chandon Autumn/Winter 2020

The Autumn Winter Chandon sparkling showcase arrived recently with some old favourites and some new offerings. Our reviews are given here: 2015 Cuvee 205 – A new wine to us, named after the 205 litre oak barrels the wine is matured in. The colour is soft-gold and the bubbles are strong. The nose is yeasty,…

The bargain hunt continues…

We admit it. We have a thing for Western Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. We think WA makes some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world (Coonawarra in South Australia is our second choice). We also admit not being able to walk past a bargain at the bottle shop… So when we found Byron and Harold…