Friday 22 February 2019

Home Hill 2018 Unwooded Chardonnay

The Bennett family at Home Hill in the Huon Valley are best known for their stellar pinot noirs, which win swags of serious awards, particularly for the flagship Kelly's Reserve. This is a very different beast to those complex wines, a simple drink-now chardonnay that is fruit-driven and made from some of the oldest vineyards on the family estate, planted in 1993. You'll find delightful floral aromas and then citrus and stone fruit flavours on a super-refreshing palate. I bought a glass of this, then a bottle. Excellent with a mild Indian vegetable curry. $24.

Sunday 17 February 2019

Winter Brook 2018 Riesling

Hard work has helped make Dutch immigrants Frank and Nicole Huisman a success story in the booming Tasmanian wine industry. The couple quit city life in Amsterdam and bought a small vineyard at Loira in the Tamar Valley in 2000. They have expanded from using a consultant to making their own wines from scratch. This is dryish riesling is made from 100% free-run juice and has floral and citrus notes to the fore with hints of candied fruits. Beautifully balanced and very easy to drink. $28.     

Friday 8 February 2019

Holm Oak 2018 The Protege Pinot Noir

Affordable pinot noir is an increasingly elusive beast. Affordable cool-climate pinot noir from Tasmania is even rarer. Cheap pinots often seem to be soft dry reds without a hint of pinosity. Under $20 - forget it. This one is five bucks above the line, but well worth sampling. It's bright and juicy with plenty of bright red fruit flavours, probably not destined for for the long haul, but who cares? This is a terrific summer quaffer that can be enjoyed chilled. Good work from husband and wife team Tim and Bec Duffy. $25.  

Friday 1 February 2019

Hughes & Hughes 2018 Rosé

Brothers Jonny and Matthew Hughes are making some intriguing wines under both the Newstone and Hughes & Hughes labels; wines that make a statement and are little rough around the edges - but all the better for that. Think a vinous equivalent of the Ramones. This blend of 90% merlot and 10% pinot noir from the Coal River Valley was barrel fermented with five different yeasts, matured on lees in tank and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Chill; drink. Repeat. Dangerously drinkable this one. $30.