Friday, November 27, 2009

Grant Burge 2009 Lily Farm Frontignac

Sweet wines are often derided as daggy and unfashionable, but there are exceptions to every “rule” and this little gem makes for superb summer drinking. With floral/musk aromas, the palate is full of bright citrus, refreshing acid and unashamed sweetness. It is lip-smackingly good. This would be great as an aperitif on a warm afternoon, or paired with fresh fruits or blue cheeses. Doubt me? Try it. $16.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Krinklewood 2009 Semillon

Krinklewood is a biodynamic vineyard on the Hunter fringes, outside Broke, that produces a range of outstanding wines at realistic prices. This is a case in point; a really lovely wine for summer with just 9.8% alcohol. You'll find citrus and tropical fruit flavours and crunchy acidity – drinking this dry and refreshing little beauty is just like biting into a fresh green apple. $22.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Angoves Brightlands 2007 Limestone Coast Cabernet Merlot

Sometimes it is nice to open a bottle of affordable red, then sit back and quaff it without bothering with too much analysis. This is a case in point; a fresh red wine that offers juicy berry fruit flavours, hints of chocolate, laidback oak and impressive structure. It's a well-balanced red for drinking rather than pontificating on. Terrific value and great for a summer barbecue. $13.95.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Greywacke 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Kevin Judd, formerly chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay, is one of the men we can blame for the rise and rise of Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Judd has now struck out on his own and this is the first release from his new label. It's aromatic, beautifully textured with herbal, slate and mineral characters on the palate and has lovely balance - if only all Marlborough savvys were this good. $25.