Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Rawsons Retreat



This is a great drop! And won't break the bank

Rawson's Retreat continue to produce great quality, value for money wines across all price points. This Merlot has deep red hues, spiced flavours and raspberries on the nose. Good fruit weight with cherries and oak flavours with a rich mid palate and a smooth tannin finish.

Rating 3/4 Good to dull the nonsense on the ABC on a Monday Night.

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Merlot Grande Sud 1 litre



Translated, Grand Sud means 'Big south', and why not! It comes in a bloody big bottle from the south of France! It's a fruity, ripe style of wine that displays smells of raspberries and red cherries on the nose, whilst the palate is smooth, lush and spicy with plummy flavours, mellow tannins, and a juicy finish.

For a 1 litre "bulk" wine this is one of my favourites and at less than $12 a bottle fantastic value...

Rating 5/5

Thursday, 19 April 2018

When Merlot is served this is a good drop. Houghton's Classic Red

My new favourite steak place - the International on the Water at 1 Epsom Avenue Ascot doesn't server Merlot by the glass... it substitutes its house red the Houghton Classic and although expensive $8 a glass it is a good drop.

Houghton has proudly been established for over 175 years . Their exacting attention to flavour profile and overall balance in their wines that sets Houghton apart .

Named after the 100 year old trademark and sourced from a variety of West Australian vineyards, the Houghton Stripe range epitomises the flavoursome, vibrant style of Houghton . 2013 Vintage The 2013 vintage was another excellent vintage in Western Australia . The south -west experienced below average winter rainfall largely due to mostly dry conditions in both July and August . In the spring that followed, both above average temperatures and rainfall were received .

While the summer of 2012 /13 had above average rainfall this was fortunately all in December and early January . The summer also recorded above average temperatures . These conditions meant that while berry development was rapid there were adequate water reserves to ensure that the fruit retained flavour and freshness . Winemaker’s Notes The fruit was machine harvested when flavour ripe, then crushed and fermented as separate parcels .

Fermentation on skins in static fermenters lasted 10 days . Following fermentation, the wine was gently pressed off skins and then matured on French oak for eight months before selected parcels were blended and bottled . Tasting Notes The colour is a brilliant dark red with a scarlet hue .

The nose displays intensely aromatic primary fruit characters of plums , raspberries and cassis interwoven with dark chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla spice from French oak maturation . T

he flavoursome fruit driven palate showcases red berry fruit flavours combined with hints of wild mint and chocolate . Fine chalky tannins and supple acidity lend structure and length . Vintage 2013 Growing Area Western Australia Winemaker Ross Pamment

Food Suggestion Enjoy with a slow cooked shoulder of lamb or a selection of hard cheeses . [ or medium rare steak. My choice ]

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Jamiesons Run

Growers Notes:

Coonawarra is one of the best places in Australia to grow merlot and Jamiesons Run is a perfect example. There's a hint of richness on the nose, ripe plum and redcurrant flavours, soft, lush, velvety texture and a supple, approachable finish that lingers.

Tasting Notes:

Great drop but not worth twice some of my other favourites

Rating 3 /5



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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Asia and Merlot in Midland Western Australia

Grant Burge Merlot


Wednesday evening - what to do when friends visit from Queensland?? We dined out at Chatters Midland, followed the Aussie ritual at an Asian restaurant and ordered 4 different dishes to share.

And a great time was had by all - thanks you Terry and Elizabeth.

And to wash down the delightful food, Terry ordered a Merlot... for once he didn't have to drive and we had come in Joanne's new car so drinking was OK for me!

The Merlot, Grant Burge Merlot,was a great drop from South Australia and I would rate it a 2.8/3 and the .2 off was only due to the fact Chatters marked up the price so it was more expensive than if it were at a bottle shop.

High recommended - the wine, Grant Burge Merlot and Chatters Midland!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Steak and Merlot in Sydney - remarkable value

Medium Rare Steak washed down with Oyster Bay Merlot

I am in Sydney NSW Australia today and I called in for lunch at the Coronation Hotel in Park Street in the cbd.

My favourite lunch at home in Perth is a medium rare steak [ just steak on a plate ] and a glass of merlot... usually no change out of $ AUS 50 and this is after my favourite lunch haunt has adjusted their prices down!!

So I was a little sceptical when the steak was just $19 and the merlot, a good quality New Zealand Drop Oyster Bay was just $7.50 for a total price of $26.50 we was just a nudge over half my Perth price. What would it be like I wondered.

The steak was perfection... just enough, medium rare and a sharp steak knife. And my Merlot today was, actually is, as I am still sipping it, a delight.

So, lunch in rainy Sydney is a win!!

Wine 3 glasses out of three, steak 9/10 [ The really sharp knife had to be cleaned a bit but that is what happens with dishwashers ] Value 10/10

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Backpack at ready - here I come

My NEW backpack why so long Wayne?
Sometimes change comes hard and takes a while!!

I have walked every morning nearly without exception for a coffee and a walk back - in frozen UK, balmy Italy, near LAX in the USA, amongst the lions in Kenya, in heat and sand in Doha, rain, hail and shine [ mostly shine ] in Perth every major city in Perth [ even Hobart! ] and ideas to write always pop into my head - but my trusty computer [ Now a Microsoft Surface - wow they are good ] has been else where.

The solution has always been staring me in the face - a back pack! [ staring me in the back I should say ] This morning is day 2 of walking with my trusty computer strapped to my back.

And I will - I promise self - write every morning and post it here.