June/July travel Journal

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It is winter here in Australia and the shorter, colder days have meant a lot less travel for the walkabout crew but surprisingly not a lot less wine tasting and debate. We have finally had time to look back at some of our single bottle purchases over the last few months (of which there are admittedly quite a lot…) and put in some bulk orders to stock our cellars.

Some really nice South Australian Shiraz has been recently released, along with some truly excellent West Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of our favourites have been Wills Domain Cabernet Sauvignon, Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz (the 2015 has reached a nice age but is still a few years away from optimum) and Elderton 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Being cold and wet downunder, we have also found ourselves indoors a bit more than in the warmer months, planning some larger walkabout trips, but we have also been making a few notes about restaurant wine lists and feel this is something that could be a source of regular commentary here. We were recently out at a lovely restaurant for a birthday celebration for one of the founding members of the crew, so there may well be a review soon.

Our wine of the month has been a difficult choice but here are our monthly winners:

Best White: 2016 Friends of Punch Semillon. From St Andrews in the upper Yarra Valley region, this is a really interesting wine and not a commonly known variety in the region.

Best Red: Windowrie 2016 Family Reserve Shiraz. Despite a soft nose and some lingering sharpness than needs some time to soften, the layers on flavour in this wine make it a real drinking pleasure.

Best Sparkling: Chandon 2015 Vintage Brut. The golden colour is simply mesmerising in the glass of this wine. The nose is a bit sweet for a Brut, but still within reason. The layers of complexity and length of finish make this a really, really special vintage sparkling wine at a price that is quite reasonably given the quality.

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