Let’s be Franc

Cabernet Franc is probably not a common choice when someone asks, “what do you want to drink?” Here down-under in particular, our wine stores are dominated by Shiraz, Chardonnay and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (which is not the best Sauvignon Blanc available, nor the best value for money, nor the best value for money white…

Diagonal Debate #1 – Roussanne

If a horizontal tasting is different wines of the same variety from the same year but different vineyards and a vertical tasting is different years of the same wine then to taste different years and different producers of the same grape variety could logically be described as a diagonal tasting. A few of the walkabout…

Chasing the Unicorns

Helen and Joey Estate in the Yarra Valley have chosen the Unicorn as their symbol. Drive up their driveway and you will meet multiple unicorns guiding you to the cellar door, where there is a unicorn to greet you. The view over the valley from the cellar door is amazing, but arrive early if you…

Stag Party

With a number of the walkabout crew doing their own thing this month, two of us decided to retrace some of our old favourite wine trails and check on the progress of some of our favourite drops. St Huberts winery is easily distinguished by the giant stag head logo (plus the fact that it is…

A fitting tribute

Coombe Farm has named a number of its premium wines after Dame Nellie Melba and the quality of these offerings makes for a fitting tribute – especially the sparkling varieties. NV Sparkling: OUR PICK FOR BEST VALUE WINE. After averaging our scores for this wine, we decided it was just shy of the score we…

February Favourites

Looking back over another month of tasting notes, some regions seem to appear quite regularly: Yarra Valley, McLaren Vale, Bendigo/Heathcote and Barossa Valley have been frequently on the menu at our homes. One region though that repeatedly comes up in conversation as a must revisit is Rutherglen. For a (relatively) small region, the variety and…

January jottings

Another very busy month of wine tasting has passed and the walkabout crew has experienced many lovely new cellar doors. Here are some of the conclusions/realisations we have come to this month: Travel is worth it. We have managed to find some real gems on our travels but in some cases we have had to…