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.

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.