Thursday, April 10, 2014

Swirl Sniff Spit - Session 32 - April 2015

April's tasting sees us explore a number of wines that utilise different techniques - some new, most old - in which to express themselves and their terroir.

Wines such as Yelland & Papp's Roussanne made as many a Chardonnay is, to build texture and complexity; Brash Higgins' Zibibbo (ZBO) fermented in clay amphorae again to build texture but also to aid in longevity; The Lane Vineyard's Block 14 Shiraz and its inclusion of a portion of whole berries to aid in aromatics; Dandelion Vineyard's Lion's Tooth Shiraz Riesling, why add acid when Riesling can do the same naturally? You get the idea...we hope.

The unifying element is that each wine must stand up to what you have come to expect from Swirl, Sniff, Spit - and that is for a wine to be a quality drinking proposition.

The wines here are a diverse bunch, from across the country, from producers young and old. As ever, you be the judge.

Tickets are available here:

1) Ar Fion 'Field Blend' 2012 @Salo1978
2) Best's Foudré Riesling 2013 @BestsWines
3) Y&P 2nd Take Roussanne 2013 @YellandAndPapps
4) Andrew Seppelt Wines Esparté 2013 @Barossandrew
5) BK Skin & Bones White 2013 @BKWines
6) Brash Higgins ZBO 2013 @BrashHiggins

7) The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Shiraz 2012 @TheLaneVineyard
8) Topper's Mountain Earth Child 2011 @ToppersMtnWines

9) Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand Petit Verdot - Boovability and Basket Range Vineyards Multi-Vintage
10) Dandelion Vineyards Lion's Tooth of Mclaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2010 @DandelionWines
12) Timo Meyer Close Planted Pinot Noir 2013 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Swirl Sniff Spit - Session 30 - Tasmania

Brisbane boy Dave Cush was studying law when, working in a bottle shop, he was smitten. It was love. Love in a bottle.

After twelve years at the helm of leading Tasmanian producer Spring Vale, Dave has returned home to Brisbane – and naturally jumped at the chance to show to the #SwirlSniffSpit crowd the vinous delights of Tasmania at our 18th February tasting.

We’ll be looking at Tasmania through the lens that is Pinot Noir – a grape variety very reflective of terroir – and unarguably Tasmania’s signature grape variety.

This is a paid tasting ($20/ticket) and tickets are available now through Eventbrite.

All wines are from the 2012 vintage.

Bracket 1 - Tamar
Holyman @StoneyRise
Holm Oak @HolmOakWinesTas

Bracket 2 - Pipers Brook
Delamere @DelamereWine
Sinapius @Sinapius

Bracket 3 - East Coast
Spring Vale @SpringValeWines
Freycinet Twitter n/a

Bracket 4 - Coal Valley
Pressing Matters @PressingMatters @VineyardPaul
Glaetzer-Dixon Twitter n/a

Bracket 5 - Derwent Valley (Granton Sub-Region)
Derwent Estate @DerwentEstate
Stefano Lubiana Primavera @StefanoLubiana

Bracket 6 - Huon Valley
Home Hill @HomeHillWines
Sailor Seeks Horse @SSHWine