Steve Bird

Bird in Hand

Adelaide Hills Pinot Rosé

Great with a curry! Just do it. — a month ago

Matthiasson

Tendu California Vermentino Blend 2015

Steve Matthiasson, Vermentino and a splash of the Linda Vista Chardonnay…what’s not to like?!? Stands the test of time and not ideal storage conditions. Amazing value and so refreshing on these warm summer evenings. — 7 months ago

S.C. Pannell

Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo 2016

Smells and looks exactly like a good Langhe. Brick red with aromas of dried cherry, menthol, mint and other herbs. Medium weight palate - M plus tannins; M plus acid - typical again. As good as anything I’ve had as a Rosso from Piedmont. Myself and fellow judges made this the Grand Champion of the Toowoomba Wine Show in 2019. Also Trophy, best other variety red, 2018 Adelaide Hills Wine Show. Have written previously about Steve Pannell’s expertise with alternative varieties. — 9 months ago

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Jamie Lauder

Jamie Lauder

Mr. McDonald,
This is why I follow you.
Your insight to wine and tasting notes are second to none.
Thank You.
Bob McDonald

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You are too kind Jamie. We both love wine and like writing about it. Here’s to many good bottles in the future. 👍🍷🍾

Beaulieu Vineyard

Reserve Tapestry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

thx Steve! beautiful wine drinking great now with plenty of grip left — 24 days ago

Matthiasson

Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

A complex Chardonnay from renowned producer Steve Matthiasson. Sourced from Linda Vista vineyard, in the Oak Knoll District, at the southern end of the Napa valley. (Due to its proximity to the San Pablo Bay and the cool winds from the ocean, average summer temperatures are considerably cooler than in the upper valley, making it an ideal area for Chardonnay in Napa). Fermented and aged in neutral oak. Apples, melon, some buttery notes on the nose. Green apple on the palate. Fresh, good acidity. Slightly creamy, rounder and fruitier than the Chablis tasted next to it. Mineral, a hint of salinity
— 8 months ago

Elephant Seven Wine Company

Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah 2018

Black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, licorice and oak. Full-bodied and soft tannins. — a year ago

Giant Steps

Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

After the recent straight entry level Giant Steps Pinot from 2017 which was fruit driven and quite delicious this is one of their individual paddock wines - Applejack which is made in a different style with whole bunch ferment to the fore. Notes of anise and white pepper to the red fruited nose and palate. Hint of clove. Oak is resolved to my palate. Impressive and showing Steve Flamsteed’s ability as a winemaker. Postscript: Jackson Family Wines from the USA has acquired Giant Steps as of a year ago I believe. I would expect Giant Steps to be more readily available in the US now. — a year ago

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Ron R

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Good to know, @Bob McDonald. I’ll keep an eye 👁 out for their portfolio.

MacLaren Wine Company

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

2019. Zesty herbs and minerality, acidity. Sav blanc is Bordeaux but Steve is a Rhone syrah man. Nevertheless he nailed it. — 6 months ago

Lo & Behold

Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Napa White Blend 2020

Always so good — 8 months ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Very nice! Cheers! 🍷How's Baba Looey?🐶

Giant Steps

Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Savoury notes winning out over the fruit on the nose. Whole bunch stalky aromas with bright red fruits. On the palate red cherry and raspberry with that savouriness coming through on the palate. All in balance. Wines like this exemplify how Pinot can vary so much according to the terroir and the skill of the winemaker, in this case the talented Steve Flamsteed. — 10 months ago

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Jeremy Pollard

Jeremy Pollard

Also love their old label. So much character. New one just looks like a Mac Forbes “me too”.
Bob McDonald

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I haven’t seen the new label since Jackson Family Wines bought Giant Steps. Can’t see the point in changing it to be honest.