Chateau Acid Rosato 2020
Raspberries and watermelon. Right on. Fruity as. Fresh as. Tangy and very tart, zesty, zingy, balsamic tang finishing the wine peaky and puckering. Very refreshing, zingy and brisk. It's super summery, incredibly bright. Edgy wine, but in a good way. One for guzzling with gusto. All from Canowindra, Rosnay vineyard. This is grenache with a little bit of shiraz in it. Grenache whole bunch berries floating in Shiraz juice, quasi-carbonic infusion is the idea. Nothing added here at all.
Benjamin Taillandier Laguzelle 2016
WARNING: VIN DE SOIF BONJOUR!! In France, that's a wine you drink with your main course, around a huge table, with your mates around. Everyone is loud, most probably having an argument about the new government measures or simply because the weather is crap outside. Then the music gets louder, the argument is forgotten and another bottle pops open. The same wine, cause it was bity and yummy. Well, this is it. That's the wine you want to make you feel like you're in Minervois, sitting with Benjamin Tailladier. He's not ashamed of calling his wines "wines of thirst", because it is exactly what they are. This one is a cinsault, syrah and carignan. It's wild, it's got rustic charm, it's dark fruited but fresh feeling. It screams of South of France. Get it while it lasts!!
Cirelli Rosso 2019
Montepulciano can often go the wrong way – gluggy, soft, sweetish – but in the hands of great producers comes out spicy, imbued with herbal detail, swished with fine tannins, bright and lighter than expected but with good flavour and perfume in tow. Here’s one that ticks boxes. From organic farmed vines comes this savoury, just shy of medium bodied red wine that hosts pleasing sour cherry, truffley-undergrowth characters and brambly-berry. Straight up delicious drinking, is the message. You’re going to bust this one out first, we wager, it’s got that skol factor and general ambience of good times.
Continental Platter Shiraz 2020
Yarra Valley wine from Puncheon Bottles team in Victoria. Juicy, just shy of medium weight, nice dose of peppery spice, green herb, web of fine, lacy tannins. Vibrant, thirst-quenching shiraz, if that is a thing. This is delightful drinking and though exuberant, sits well as a shy-ish style of wine. I like it.
Little Frances Classic Dry Red 2020
From the Knights Family vineyard. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz from a vineyard in Light Pass. This wine feels informed by a slightly different sensibility than is normal with Barossa wines. Crushed blackcurrant and blackberry, a fine leafy and floral perfume too. Medium-bodied, juicy, but full of fleshy shale-like tannin, no discernable oak, black olives, freshness and energy, and a ripe small berried finish of excellent length. What a delight to drink. Beautiful wine. Highly recommended.
Ciu Ciu Piceno 2020
If you're looking for a Tuesday night pizza delivery wine, look no further. A satisfying combo of sangiovese and montepulciano marries the rustic charms of the former with the latter's plummy juiciness. Incredibly smooth and well-rounded, approachable and fun. Organic, too.