Domaine Maby – La Fermade Lirac (2015)

Here we have a wonderful example of a Southern Rhone red from the sometimes overlooked Lirac AOC. Often overshadowed by heavyweight neighbour Chateauneuf-du-pape, Lirac wines can offer great value for money, whilst still packing the big, bold yet elegant flavour profiles expected of the Rhone region. A vibrant ruby appearance paves the way for a … Continue reading Domaine Maby – La Fermade Lirac (2015)

Tinpot Hut – Hawkes Bay Syrah (2013)

I first tried this wine at a local tasting event and it completely stole the show. Needless to say, I picked up a bottle and have finally got around to giving this wine the attention it deserves. This is a fantastic Rhone style Syrah from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. A vibrant solid ruby to the … Continue reading Tinpot Hut – Hawkes Bay Syrah (2013)

Chapter 2 – What next…

December in wine... The end to 2018 proved to be very busy, yet highly educational. The Christmas period provided many, many wine orientated event's, with great opportunities to connect with local enthusiasts, not to mention a great excuse to crack open a bottle or two. A number of local wine tasting events has introduced me … Continue reading Chapter 2 – What next…

Festive Reds! Block 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

Block 18 - Cabernet Sauvignon (2016) When I sat down to write this ultimate instalment of my festive reds I had the perfect candidate in mind. A highly recommended full bodied Argentinian blend from the well renowned Mendoza region. I made my initial notes with the full intention of writing this up as festive red … Continue reading Festive Reds! Block 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

Festive Reds! DeLoach – Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015)

DeLoach - Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015) In this instalment of my festive reds were heading across the pond for a Californian Zinfandel. I picked up a few of these earlier in the year, and with this being the last bottle from my cellar it has been a firm favourite. On sight, this wine presents a … Continue reading Festive Reds! DeLoach – Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015)

Festive Reds! San Gregorio – Las Martas Garnacha (2014)

San Gregorio - Las Martas Garnacha (2014) For part two of my festive reds were off to sun-drenched Calatayud, Spain. With high altitudes and hot dry summers this region produces some fantastic big bold reds with juicy ripe fruits. Upon pouring you are greeted with a deep intense dark purple colour, followed by a strong … Continue reading Festive Reds! San Gregorio – Las Martas Garnacha (2014)

Festive Reds! Nero Grande – Appassimento (2016)

Nero Grande - Appassimento (2016)The first installation of my festive reds showcases this fantastic winter warmer from sunny southern Italy. A blend of Negroamaro and Primitovo present a deep ruby red shine, with the nose giving big ripe blackberries. The flavours do not disappoint, with bold dark fruit flavours complimenting creamy vanilla notes. The Apassimento … Continue reading Festive Reds! Nero Grande – Appassimento (2016)

Chapter 1 – Searching for inspiration…

The search for Inspiration can be a personal discovery, derived from the deliberate or accidental pursuit of fulfilment. For me, I have decided to begin this pursuit in the world of wine. For those who stumble across this blog, I hope to provide you with an insight of my journey throughout wine induced meditation, as … Continue reading Chapter 1 – Searching for inspiration…