Monthly Archives: February 2020

Akimi ‘Good Earth’ Warramunda Vineyard (Yarra Valley) Syrah 2016


If you’re looking for a big beefy, jammy shiraz, this is not the place to start (I guess “syrah” should be the first clue to that!)

As Campbell Mattinson says, this wine is “medium-weight-at-most” so if you’re used to drinking Mr. Blacks Concoction or Rusden Black Guts, you’re going to find this light on.

But if you’re looking for something to drink over dinner that slips down oh-so-easily and doesn’t burn your palate on the way through, then this is the ants pants. Medium weight but plenty of flavour and soft tannins, and a modest (for Australian shiraz) 13.2% alc.

Easy, not hard work, exactly as syrah should be.

S$49 all up, can be here late March if ordered, no minimum purchase.

2015 is also available at same price, rated 94 by Halliday.


David Boxall

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Freycinet Vineyards East Coast Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017


This is the current release for Freycinet’s premium pinot. A perennial favourite with my clients and also with me.

Here’s what owner/winemaker Claudio Radenti says about his wine:

“The 2017 vintage is proving to be one of the classic great years alongside 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009. The season was characterised by a cooler, wetter first half which then tapered off into a warmer, drier second half. Overall ripening was delayed by 10 to 12 days which facilitated the development of remarkable flavour and colour intensities. The vineyard’s blood line and pedigree are umistakeable in this classic Freycinet Pinot Noir. Typical hallmarks of power, concentration, fruit purity and complexity all feature in abundance. The wine provides thorough drinking enjoyment as a young wine (decanting and allowing the wine to breathe recommended) but will become truly special when aged in a cool cellar over 5 to 15 years.”

I’ve got 30 bottles in Melbourne (4 bottles went straight to my own cellar) and they can be here late March if ordered. Store price of A$75 downunder but A$65 for a six-pack at Freycinet’s on-line cellar door.

It’s going out here in Singapore at S$75 all up, no minimum purchase.

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