The one that (nearly) got away

Drive through Healesville in the Eastern part of the Yarra Valley and when you come out the other side, there is a rather unassuming winery cellar door – Boat O’Craigo. The Walkabout Crew first discovered this winery by accident in 2016 and were super impressed by the 2015 Pinot Noir. When the 2016 Black Spur…

Hallowed Ground is not so earthy

From the outset we should make it clear that we LOVE Barossa Valley Shiraz and Langmeil is one of our favourite producers. So when we were sent a bottle of the 2016 Hallowed Ground Shiraz to review we jumped at the opportunity. Except… it wasn’t quite what we were hoping for. Firstly, the viscosity was…

Sweet, sweet Riesling

Dessert wines are a relatively new phenomenon in Australia, with De Bortoli having success in 1982 with their Noble One Botritis Semillon. A number of other winemakers produce dessert wines, but very few reach the level of complexity and have difficulty correctly balancing the sweet flavours. While a lot of the really good dessert wines…

Big, Bigger, Parola’s

At 10.1 standard drinks per bottle, this is not a light red by any definition. It is, however one of the best red wines the Walkabout Crew has ever had the pleasure of discovering and at $37 for a bottle it is also arguably the best red wine around. Aged in NEW American oak barrels…

A tall tale (or two)

With a big, black steel gate, a long winding driveway and a pond with a rather odd looking island in the middle, Yarrawood Estate is a very picturesque winery. The croquet lawn at the café and cellar door was a bit of a surprise too. 2017 Verdelho: we are always surprised to find Verdelho in…

Back to Jack

Many years ago now, we found ourselves on a driving tour of South Australia and quickly filled the car with boxes of wine. Late on the first day of our trip, we chanced upon Saltram of the Barossa and their wine Pepperjack Shiraz. Once back home, a dozen bottles disappeared in just over a week…

When is a winery not a winery?

Occasionally, the walkabout crew have been known to visit bottle shops. We do this for a few different reasons, but one reason is to get some inspiration for new cellar doors to visit that we may not have considered before. We have travelled the Barossa Valley in South Australia at length, but anyone who knows…