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…

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,…