Late picked Loire chenin blanc - dry, large and formidable. It's certainly bold and distinct, pear and quince and glue on the nose, I found it clunkier and harder than expected, oxidative with little fruit and lots of texture and shape. 14.5% alcohol.


Macedon pinot noir, 13%, Diam. A beautiful label, a soft red wax seal and inside something unfiltered and natural. . . It's perfumed and beautiful, a surprisingly spiced mid palate and lovely grip and length. Fast and fleshy in all the right spots with pepper stems and playful tannins. Yes.

E for Egbert. . .

I've always loved the labels, the Gothic lettering and the muted olive green. . . It's a curious and quite wonderful wine. Gold beyond it's age, the nose, serious and stony, has a suggestion of botrytis - marzipan and fabric softener. . . There's citrus but it's preserved and cut with spice. . . Wax and honey in the mouth, but it still feels mostly tea leaf dry - the acids are particularly impressive and dominant. . .

I think I was a little heavy handed with my use of matcha - using 4 heaped teaspoons for my kilogram of ice cream. . .

I tend to use few egg yolks and a little more cream, I like the resultant texture. So 500g of full cream milk, 300g of whipping cream, 2 egg yolks, and about 120-140g (13-15% of the weight of the preceding three ingredients) of sugar, and the matcha. Cook like a custard, though for less time. 5 minutes at 80 degrees while stirring (thermomix speed 4, 80 degrees, 5 minutes).

Gris is one of the colour mutations of blanc. Prior to opening this, I had wondered, foolishly, whether there might be a slight blush.

Aromatically overt and typical. Green bean and cut grass, sharp, citric and salty.

19 months on, this has changed, but mostly I find my words are the same. It still has a beautiful nose - delicate, perfumed, satisfying. Again I can find flint and curry leaf, though not immediately. It's well paced in the mouth, still brisk and accented with stems. This bottle has more ginger heat than I can recall, making it fractionally hot. Still rewarding and fine.

My daughter kindly repurposed a clutch of corks for an invented board game that never ends. . .

The gamay is fragrant and true. It's recognisable and conforms to the latest style guides - rose petal and perfume, a suggestion of stem, a medium body, slippery and poised in the mouth. It's very good, I just found it hard to locate any distinguishing marks or scars that might be used for identification.

Also tasted - the 2012 Mt Difficulty Pinot noir, with it's exaggerated cursive label.

Unexpected. A wall of scent - ginger bread, hops, baking spices and musk. Crisp and textured, imposing and flamboyant. A gew├╝rz on ice-skates, in the process of falling.

A gift and a blind taste test from New York.

It's stylistically distinct, bold and sweet; round, full and warming. Plump raisins, the true identity of the grapes hidden by the method. Yes.

This version of heaven on earth a red blend of Zweigelt and Caberent sauvignon. 12.5% in a skinny riesling bottle. A very curious and delicious wine - quick and sharp, tannic but light and nimble. Pepper and streak of boldness in the mouth, grip and a smudge of lavender to conclude. Yes.