Tag Archives: South Eastern Australia

2008 De Bortoli DB Family Selection Shiraz

When in Australia, I had the opportunity to visit De Bortoli’s vineyard.  While this wine wasn’t one of the one’s I sampled, De Bortoli is a large wine group, and they tend to make good wines for the money.  With that in mind, it seemed like there might be something of a gem in 2008 De Bortoli DB Family Selection Shiraz.  Can this 2008 break South Eastern Australia’s mould, or is it cut from the same cloth as all the rest?  Continue reading

2008 Yellow Tail Shiraz Grenache [Revisited]

It’s been a while since I last enjoyed Yellow Tail’s Shiraz Grenache.  Way back before the First Pour Wine got rolling, this way the wine of choice for those cheap and late college nights.  A little fruity, a little spicy, and way better than it seemed to have any right to be for the under $5 price tag.  Having been chilling our for almost a year in the cellar, and now going on it’s 3rd birthday, how does 2008 Yellow Tail Shiraz Grenache hold up?  Crypt Keeper

Sparkling Rosé: A New Years Eve Alternative

The time to crack open the bubbly is only a few days away, lets take a look at a couple of bottles that might fill-in for Champagne, namely Sparkling Rosé:


Yellow Tail Sparkling Rosé

Yellow Tail made one of the best Sparkling White Wine’s I’ve ever had about 2 years ago, and since switching their branding to Yellow Tail Sparkling, it hasn’t been quite right since.  Given that some people like a drier style of wine, it seemed like it might be worth a shot to have a dry Rosé on for under $10, but is it any good?

Sight:  It’s an orange sort of color, quite a bit more than it’s pink.

Smell:  Not a lot of anything.  It’s strongest characteristics are semi-sour tangerine and a bit of earth.  Maybe a hint of raspberry.

Sip:  The fizz is light compared to the white, and the flavor profile isn’t particularly powerful.  The mouth feel is also moderate.  The weak flavors are primarily orange and tangerine, on the sour side, with hints of minerality.  A touch of strawberry, but mostly not much. [A.B.V. 12.5%]

Savor:  There’s minimal activity here too, just hints of tangerine and raspberry that disappear faster than seems possible.

Overall, Yellow Tail Sparkling Rosé commits the most mortal sin of wine, it’s boring.  It’s an inoffensive, orange tinged, dry bottle. It’s completely unmemorable.  If you buy this wine, no one is going to remember it (but they might remember you as the person that showed up on New Years with that boring bottle of Yellow Tail).  Do yourself a favor, if you must have something dry and sparkly from Yellow Tail, buy their white.

Verdict:  A Rosé By Any Other Name Might Smell Like Something
Price: $7.99
South Eastern Australia

[Disclaimer: This wine has been stored for 2 – 3 months, and there is a new style of bottle out. At the time, the newer bottle was not available. The newer bottling may have better results, and is at least resealable, so now you could take home this wonderful bottle.]

Can you guess which was more popular?

Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato

Disclaimer: This bottle was sent to us by the folks over at Hunter PR, not purchased by the First Pour Wine. The opinions expressed are solely those of First Pour Wine.

Sure, the folks at Barefoot still seem to be missing the message that the wine isn’t from Champagne.  What the marketing department is lacking, the winemaker is making up for, shipping out simple, fun, and enjoyable wines.  Without a doubt, the Moscato Spumante earlier was one of the most fun and tasty sparkling wines this year, and so it only seemed right to give their Pink Moscato a go as well.  Does it live up to it’s kin, or is it the black (pink) sheep of the family?

Sight:  A bright fun soda like pink, reminiscent of raspberry ginger ale.

Smell:  How much strawberry can you pack in one glass?  How about tons, with a lot of rose, and some light touches of citrus.

Sip:  Lots of strawberry and roses here in a glass full of sugar and a lot of brightness.   Slightly floral as well,  this wine make sure to keep a balanced mouth feel between sugar and acid, while having nice moderate bubbles.   Light and fun [A.B.V. 9%]

Savor:  While not the longest finish, there’s a nice musky ending with plenty of fresh strawberries.  It doesn’t last long, but long enough to be pleasant and ask for a bit more.

Overall, Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato is stepping in perfect rhythm for sweet drinkers.  It’s balanced enough to not be overwhelming, but has enough Moscato floral notes to not seem like a cloying soda.  The acidity is fun as well.  This wine doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is a great way to ring in the new year.

Verdict:  Two Step from Barefoot Bubbly
Price: $9.99

Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling White Wine

Welcome to the first First Pour Wine Holiday Sparkler. For the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at some options for under $10 to kick off your holiday celebration, or close out the old year while bringing in the new one.  Leading us off is Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling White Wine.  While Yellow Tail’s previous version of sparkling wine managed to fool at least a few champagne judges, this new one is anyone guess.  Most people don’t care about Champagne judges, so the question is, should you serve this wine?  POP goes the Kangaroo

2010 Yellowtail Merlot

It’s been a while since the last yellowtail, it hard to say much has changed with the iconic brand.  As usual, they’re trucking away, making boatloads of wine and money, and all to keep people happily quaffed for less than most 6 packs.  The last wine was Sauvignon Blanc, something South Eastern Australia isn’t that renowned for, so they sought help from the kiwis.  This time around, the 2010 Yellowtail Merlot is 100% from Oz, but can it pull a wallaby out of it’s neck?

More of a Gob

2010 The Little Penguin Pinot Grigio

The Little Penguin has three distinct attributes on First Pour Wine.  First, it’s connection to South Eastern Australia’s value priced, mass produced wine segment has been noted multiple times.  Second, it’s cute critter marketing has come up with almost every bottle with an animal on it. Third, despite these two facts, there’s yet to be a bottle of it reviewed.  While not specific to the brand itself, there’s also the little fact that a Pinot Grigio still hasn’t managed to capture a recommendation.  Can 2010 The Little Penguin Pinot Grigio waddle in for the win, or is it just an overpriced chicken?  Waddle Waddle Cluck

2010 Fish Eye Sauvignon Blanc

There’s a lot to be said for comparing a wine to a fish.  While in previous experience, fish analogies work better with dating, Fish Eye suggests you might try them with wine.  2010 Fish Eye Sauvignon Blanc will supposedly leap right out of the glass.  While the Merlot sort of flopped out of the glass, the Sauvignon Blanc might have a shot, especially with Sauv. Blanc’s rep. Up the creek

2010 Fish Eye Merlot

Sometimes nostalgia gets the better of all of us.  Back before I perhaps was allowed to enjoy wine in the normal capacity, I happened to find bottle from time to time.  When I was living in New Hampshire, a bottle of 2010 Fish Eye Merlot just happened to find it’s way into my possession.   It also happened to find its way into my glass and into my braised beef.  While this left some fond memories, it worth taking a trip down memory lane to see if it holds up.
Swimming upstream

Lucky Duck Chardonnay


1. A noise made by ducks
2. An individual who pretends to have certain skills, most commonly medical.

The first definition is part of the charm that the Lucky Duck marketing has brought the party.  The upside down duck is particularly plucky looking duck!  The second definition is more what I feared I might be purchasing upon picking up Lucky Duck Chardonnay.  After all, the Riesling hadn’t gone so well, so could it’s down-under upside down duck labeled Chardonnay make up for the German defeat?
Duck Duck Goose

2010 Yellow Tail Pinot Noir

It’s been a fairly rough run for Pinot Noirs on First Pour Wine.  Despite the best efforts to find good value under $10, it’s proven one of the few noble grape wines to not receive a recommended status (the other being Merlot).  This will be the 3rd pinot from a 3rd continent.  While Yellow Tail generally brings cheap wine to the masses, Pinot can be a tricky problem.  Do they rise to the challenge?
Pop The Cork!