Thursday, September 22, 2022

Brokenwood 2022 Semillon

 

With spring upon us, it is the perfect time to enjoy some of the new-release semillons from the Hunter Valley; wines that are perfect for enjoying chilled, al fresco perhaps with some oysters, or in our case flathead fillets. Floral and Asian spice aromas, zingy green apple freshness on the palate and a load of racy acidity on the long, lean finish make this a real pleasure to drink. No oak or malo, just a short stint in stainless steel and then into bottle. Good stuff. $30. www.brokenwood.com.au/

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Chapel Hill 2021 The MV Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Chapel Hill is probably best known to wine lovers for its terrific-value sub-$20 wines in its The Parson range, but move up a gear and you have some seriously excellent drinking at a realistic price. This is a very stylish, flavoursome red that went a treat with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Think dusty tannins but with a core of generous black fruit flavours. Quintessentially Australian, cocky and confident with its intensity. At 14.5% alcohol, this is not a wine for wimps. It certainly shines with red meat dishes. $33. www.chapelhillwine.com.au/

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Kooyong 2020 Single Block Ferrous Pinot Noir

 

I love this wine. All three of the 2020 single block pinot noirs from Kooyong on the Mornington Peninsula are outstanding but this one is the star turn; made from fruit grown on a site of under a hectare that is full of ironstone pebbles that give the wine its individual character. This is a concentrated, intense pinot with sweet and savoury notes allied to minerality, but it also also has elegance and style. A portion of whole bunch and wild fermentation in old oak have resulted in a magical potion. After fermentation the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (25% new) and underwent malo, adding texture. Unfined, unfiltered and an absolutely marvellous drink that evaporated far too soon. Magical, and 98 points from me. $75. www.portphillipestate.com.au 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Mottura 2020 Negroamaro del Salento

 

Dark bitter. A great name for a chocolate, perhaps, but not so appealing when used as the name of a grape variety. Dark bitter is the literal translation of negroamaro, an Italian grape variety that is rarely seen in Australia but offers terrific value in this iteration. It proved a superb partner in crime for a Friday night mushroom pizza. Negroamaro is native to southern Italy, particularly in Apulia and the Salento peninsula, from which this wine hails. This is deep in colour with a delightful rusticity/earthiness. A terrific taste of rural Italy, it is imported by Single Vineyard Sellers. Pair with grilled or roasted meats, sharp cheeses - or pizza. $30.

     

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Shaw + Smith 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

 

For 33 vintages now, Shaw + Smith has been the "reference" when it comes to Australian sauvignon blanc. It is a model of consistency and style that never disappoints. The new-release 2022 underlines the wine's status as a modern Australian classic, and it remains very affordable. Made in an unashamedly "drink young" style, this Adelaide Hills standout is downright delicious with its brisk grapefruit and lime fruit flavours allied to beguiling floral aromas and zesty fresh acid on the finish. Fermented in stainless steel followed by maturation on lees, this is as fresh as spring breeze and a match made in heaven when paired with crustaceans. $31. www.shawandsmith.com/

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Taltarni 2021 Dynamic Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Meet Taltarni's Australian take on a Super Tuscan blend, an impressive blend of Italian grape sangiovese and long-time favourite cabernet sauvignon that delivers plenty of easy drinking pleasure. This is an ideal pizza, pasta or barbecue wine, being smooth and soft with plenty of length. Think dark cherry and blueberry flavours with hints of Asian spice and just as smidgen of oak to add palate interest. Prenees fruit: sangiovese 64% cabernet 36%. Excellent midweek drinking for under $40. You'll find this for around $28.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A.C. Byrne & Co. 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

 

How do they do it for the price? This is a joyful, youthful sauvignon blanc semillon blend from Margaret River - a classic West Australian white blend that delivers value by the bucket load. If fresh, crisp and lively is your thing with lime. grapefruit and guava/tropical fruit flavours to the fore, then this is an ideal accompaniment to seafood dishes, picnics, quiches or summer days on the beach. So much zingy refreshment here. This is another of those Aldi specials and is absurd value at $8.99 a bottle. Snap up a dozen before they sell out. www.aldi.com.au