Category: Tasting Notes

SG on the 5OS Project Pinot Gris Rose 2020

The 5OS Project Pinot Gris Rose 2020

Mark: ‘We were supposed to get 10t of PG off our Mt Gambier Vineyard and we’ve just picked it and ended up with about 2… any chance you’re up for it?’ 20 years ago I planted heaps of this down that way, thinking it was going to be awesome. After a few years faffing about…

SG on the 4G

Sausage = Sizzle We don’t often get to say that, but beyond the medium in which we’re presenting this, today we’re in some seriously rarefied territory.  For a (relatively) short time we were custodians of one of Australia’s oldest Shiraz blocks which, by the time we sold it to fund our recycled red brick driveway…

SG on the 2013 Sang

Tasting note 2/17… this one should be easy, fresh from watching Tony Abbott (thankfully) implode, I’ve gone to the masses and called for ‘collective thoughts’ on this wine. I started with the impeccably resourced (and talented) winemaking team at MVW, can’t get any closer to the source than these guys… the ‘man’ on the ground…

SG on the ’12 Saperavi

Even if this tasted like shit, we’d still be happy to have made this wine… and we’re only half joking. It’s just such a cool variety to say you make, especially for an old bloke like me who’s grasping at whatever he can to keep relevant in the post-Madonna Material World. Who even knew they…

SG on the ’14 Nero Blend

Nero D’Avola Touriga Sagrantino Montepulciano Shiraz…surprisingly easy to say. Two 5 varietal wines in a row… must be the time of the year when winemakers pretend to be artists and come up with these concoctions under the guise of ‘intrigue’, ‘complexity’, ‘layers’ and any other assortment of blah. It’s a particularly tough one to write…

SG on the ’14 Grenache Rosé

My mate Dean loves his Rosé, he even refers to it as if it was the flower, so after nailing the ess&see Grenache no.1 and 2 he needed only the slightest of prods to have a crack at growing the fruit for everyone’s favourite label. V12 of this was a cracker, the style, the creative,…

SG on the ’13 5OS Project White Blend

  It’s a Chameleon, a cool reptile that, besides the changing colour trick, also has the ability to independently rotate its eyes to focus simultaneously on different objects. This would be an easily justified link if we’d blended two batches together and said something about how we kept them separate, waiting for the right time…

SG on the ess&see ’10 Cabernet Sauvignon

If this wine was a bloke, he’d be drifting along in life, somewhere in his late 30s before waking up one morning busted and finally asking himself how the flaming f88k did he end up here? Who was he, how did he come to be… there are unmistakable characteristics of origin and gene, the tattooed…

SG on the 5OS Project ’14 Vermentino

I read in one of Jancis’s books that Vermentino ‘seems to benefit from proximity to the sea,’ which got me off on a tangent trying to think of who and what doesn’t enjoy the ocean? Mild steel is probably not much of a fan, nor are your car windscreen wipers… people of English pedigree can…

Sg on the ’14 5OS Project White Blend

  Obviously Starfish have 5 legs (or arms?) and the Pentagon is named for its 5 sides. On the Periodic Table of Elements, Boron sits in the 5 box and it didn’t take me long to work through the 5 known senses that are thought to add up to perception. Moving a little further on…