Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Hahndorf Hill 2021 White Mischief

Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson at Hahndorf Hill in the Adelaide Hills are the Australian trendsetters when it comes to the Austrian white wine variety gruner veltliner, making several different styles from the aromatic variety. This is a brand-new release of their "New World" style of gruner; fresh, vibrant and full of the joys of youth. Exuberant aromatics are followed up by a panoply of different fruit flavours from guava to grapefruit, a dry finish and juicy acidity, along with textural interest and intensity. This is dangerously drinkable, both on its own and paired with dishes ranging from Thai stir fries to fish and chips. $25.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Kirrihill 2020 Regional Series Riesling


This may just be on one of the best wine bargains around at the moment. Quality zingy and zippy dry riesling from the Clare Valley for under $20. I loved the refreshment value here; a  fragrant fresh and crisp young wine with delicious citrus fruit flavours and bright acidity. This would be terrific with pan-fried whiting, or maybe a prawn salad. It has already picked up a show gold medal. Vegan friendly and low in alcohol at 11..5%. Seriously yummy this one. $19. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Hay Shed Hill 2020 Vineyard Series Chardonnay


This is just one of a range of impressive, stylish and well-priced wines from Hay Shed HIll winemaker Michael Kerrigan and his team in Margaret River. The Block Six and Morrison's Gift also shine brightly. It is a beautifully balanced wine with bright citrus and stone fruit notes, impressive layers of flavours and understated oak. The quality fruit does all the talking. This paired impressively with a roast chicken dinner. Fresh, lively, crisp and delicious.$28.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Yangarra 2019 Ovitelli Grenache


The perfect winter warmer wine from Pete Fraser and his team of biodynamic and organic dynamos at Yangarra in McLaren Vale: juicy, fruit and absolutely delicious. Sip it, or quaff it, either way will work. Dark in colour, aromatic and full of plummy, dark berry goodness, this would pair well with a warming game casserole. Certified organic.$60.