Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pipers Brook Vineyard 2008 Riesling

It's always a good sign when guests clamour for a second glass; as happened with this beautifully aromatic Tasmanian offering. The palate is more tropical than citrus, but the wine finishes delightfully steely and dry with crisp, refreshing acid. $27.50.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Claymore 2008 Deja Vu Rosé

Made from grenache grapes at a small winery in the Clare Valley, this is a lovely summer drink. Off-dry with nice juicy fruit on the palate, but also some lovely savoury characters. Serve well chilled with Lebanese cuisine. $18.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jacob's Creek 2007 Chardonnay

Everyone wants a bargain and this blew several higher-priced chardys out of the water at a recent tasting. A terrific medium-bodied chardonnay with nice stone fruit characters and subtle oak. Great with fish or chicken and costs under $12.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Helm 2008 Classic Dry Riesling

Ken Helm, who makes wines at Murrumbateman, outside Canberra, is a maestro with riesling; producing three diverse styles. This is my favorite; a dry riesling, relatively low in alcohol, full of flavour and with lovely crisp acid. A stunner! $28.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mitolo 2006 G.A.M Shiraz

Rich, ripe fruit is the key here; this is a bold red with plenty of personality, but also with finesse and layers of flavours. Plum and dark berry characters to the fore with savoury hints and soft tannins. A serious wine that will cellar well. $55.