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An unashamed wine quaffer who tries to grow his own wine in Australia and tries to shop sensibly for downunder wines in Singapore

Mayer Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015


Timo Mayer has retired from being joint winemaker at Gembrook Hill and is now focussing solely on his own vineyard at “Bloody Hill”, his family’s property on the slopes of Mt Toolebewong near Healesville.

I brought this wine up in the second half of 2016 but I’m only now getting around to promoting it. I guess the advantage of that is that it sits in my cellars in Singapore getting some nice age on it rather than cluttering up space in your wine fridge. It’s now smack bang in the middle of its drinking window.

Other Mayer Chardonnay’s to try: (both in Melbourne)

2014 S$71 – Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) 95
2017 S$73 – not yet rated


David Boxall



CRAIGLEE, Sunbury:
2014 Shiraz – 10 bottles – S$70 – Gary Walsh (TWF) 95

KATE HILL, Tasmania:
2014 Pinot Noir – 9 bottles – S$55 – Halliday 94

POONAWATTA, Eden Valley:
2018 “The Eden” Riesling – 11 bottles – S$47 – not yet rated

ROB HALL, Yarra Valley:
2017 Cabernets – 9 bottles – S$46 – Halliday 96
2017 Pinot Noir – 10 bottles – S$47 – Halliday 95
2017 “Harriet’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir – 9 bottles – S$57 – Halliday 962015 Chardonnay 2


Alkimi “Good Earth” Yarra Valley Syrah Rosé 2017


If you go to the Alkimi website ( you won’t find a picture of Yarra Valley vineyards on the opening page but instead a picture of the Rhone Valley.

Stuart Dudine is unapologetically pursuing a Rhone style in the making of his wines. His varieties are Syrah, Grenache Noir, Marsanne and Roussanne. I like his approach and decided to give his wines a try here. A refreshing approach from an up and coming winemaker.

First cab off the rank is the 2017 Good Earth Syrah Rosé, a single vineyard wine from the Rising Vineyard in the Yarra Valley.

“Although light and easy drinking, the wine is layered and full on the palate. Made in a dry provencal style, this wine can be drunk with whatever you please, but the best serving suggestion is late on a sunny afternoon with friends and a Charcuterie board” says Stuart.

It’s offered here at S$47.


David Boxall

********************2017 Good Earth Syrah Rosé 2