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…

The Bendigo Benchmark

Continuing our lock-down wine reviews, in this column we are giving our review of Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. More precisely, we are reviewing the 2016 Bendigo Cabernet Sauvignon; a reasonably priced wine that has maintained its quality across multiple vintages. The colour is very nice; the typical red-orange-brown of Cabernet Sauvignon, with this example being…

Moon(light)

A couple of years ago we made a day trip up to Mitchelton Winery in Central Victoria. The restaurant there is absolutely first rate (but gets popular, so make sure you book in advance, especially for weekends). One of the wines we thought might improve with some time in the bottle was the 2016 “Crescent”…

What to serve with… Lamb

A while ago, the Walkabout Crew had a lovely night out at an Indian restaurant with the purpose of deciding what wine goes best with vegetarian curry. This time, since we are not out and about as much, we have decided to focus on eating in, on a budget. Our goal was simple: find a…

Thanks a Million

We are back. Well, sort of. Here in Australia, travel is still quite limited at the moment, and restaurants are quite limited in the number of patrons, so many of our events have had to be cancelled. We have made some new bookings to some of the larger wine regioms for later in the year,…

A wine with a right to show off?

With wine businesses in Australia closing their cellar doors during the COVID-19 saga, it has become easier to find businesses that will offer free delivery on their products and some pretty serious discounts as well. As wine enthusiasts, we thought it only right to take advantage of this while working from home, and so bought…

Tasting in these testing times

Here in Australia, like many places in the world, people are being asked to work from home as much as possible. Unfortunately, in the Walkabout Crew we have health-care workers, educators and animal carers for whom such a luxury just isn’t possible. So what do we do about it? Drink of course! Many wineries have…

Summarising the Australian Summer… of wine

As the Summer down under winds to an inevitable end and the Walkabout crew ready their corkscrews to open some big reds and double check the supply of fortified wines for the cold months ahead, it is time to reflect on what was a really bizarre few months here in Oz and what that means…

A rose by any other name?

We love a good sparkling wine here in the Walkabout Crew and whilst we don’t have anything against any particular region, we find ourselves focussing a lot on French and Australian sparkling wines, predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. But we do know people who think Pink makes a party, so we have to, on…