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Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2013 $75
  I have never been a fan of the Stelvin closure!   The reason is the wine just don't age the wine the way I expect it to mature.   THEN you open a 2013 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir, 8 years old and still just a baby, under...

Jane Eyre Pinot Noir

jane eyre pinot noir
I love the nose of this wine, its Australian Pinot Noir through and through or is it? There is something there I just can't put my finger on.   Maybe it's the Mornington Peninsula soil poking its nose right in. Then black cherries and bright red...

Leeuwin Estate Art Series

leeuwin estate art series
I got my second jab today, now I am fully vaccinated. So there isn't any real reason to keep opening the good stuff. Other than the fact it's Monday and It's my day off.   Whoops.   The last two bloody weeks has been my day off, "O"...

Akasha Hopsmith IPA

akasha hopsmith ipa
This brewer uses three-hop types, Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial. To make this triple dry-hopped West Coast-style India Pale Ale.   Even with all that triple dry hopping, I enjoyed this beer for its easy-drinking IPA style, which was just right, in the way it was not...

Cote Blanche Champagne Le Brun De Neuville Blanc De Blancs NV Base

cote blanche champagne le brun de neuville blanc de blancs nv base
Lock Down again! What do you drink? Champagne of course!     This Champagne is a golden straw colour with lively small bubbles streaming up the glass, bursting with fresh, lemony, green apple hints on the nose.   Flowing through to the full rich palate of green apples and a...

Mountain Goat Hog’s Head Imperial Stout

mountain goat hog’s head imperial stout
This Imperial Stout is as smooth a silk. Bolstered by rich dark not over sweet but there is a subtle sweetness intertwined with a smokey rum flavour come molasses/oat thing going on here from the ageing in used rum oak barrels. This stout is...

THE KALASH Russian Imperial Stout

the kalash russian imperial stout
The artwork on the craft beer cans nowadays is poster-worthy, this Russian Soldier holding a Kalash machine gun is a ripper. And so is this one of a kind Russian Imperial Stout, that is aged in bourbon barrels for 4 months. And is made...

Bojak Calypso Hazy IPA 6.4%

bojak clypso hazy ipa 6.4%
In-between wines I need a beer and the best beer is a craft beer! And for me, it’s usually a IPA of some sort, just to wash the palate clean well that’s my excuse and Im sticking it. Hazy IPA with generous amounts of oats and...

Mountain Goat Rare Breed

mountain goat rare breed
Mountain Goat Once again has made my day with this Rare Breed: CITRA I was super impressed by the orange citrus flavours of this beer, with the orange aroma finishing in the mouth. Just enough of everything, Wow I really loved this one. Footnote; What...

Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2012

tyrrell’s vat 1 semillon 2012
The nose is quite restrained and not really showing a lot. The same could be said for the colour that was quite pale, giving the impression of youth. However, I think at 8 years old this particular bottle may just be showing at its best. Strange statement...