There are some wine producers who seem to manage to hit the bullseye every time; no matter how tough the vintage. Franco d'Anna from Hoddles Creek in the Yarra Valley is one such vigneron, as is evidenced by this stunning and decidedly Chablis-like cool-climate chardonnay from the winery's flagship range. Weighing in at just 13.2% alcohol, this is a white wine of both concentration and finesse with immense immediate appeal. Made using minimal intervention (its spends more time in tank than in oak), the fruit shows taut, flinty nuances alongside tangy citrus notes, green apple with just a hint of mealiness and superb acid. This has so much length and purity and is beautifully composed and light on its toes - like a world-class fencer. $40. www.hoddlescreekestate.com.au.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Orange region, just over three hours west of Sydney, is fast emerging as one of the most exciting wine producing districts in the country; chardonnay and sauvignon blanc do particularly well in its cool climes. This is a stunner from a small family winery that has built up a formidable reputation for quality. This has a real Wow! factor with grapefruit and mandarine notes, some nutty nuances and restrained spicy oak. Extremely elegant with terrific length and balance. $36. www.printhiewines.com.au
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I recently tasted a batch of wines from Queensland, largely from the Granite Belt, and while several of the whites shone, this was the standout red. The Costanzo family craft some excellent wines at their Ballandean facility and this is a delightful take on the Sicilian grape Nero d'Avola, which is growing in popularity in Australia. It has a delightful freshness and drinkability to it, with a bright mixed berry and smoky nose followed by zingy ripe fruit, good structure, spicy intensity and plenty of lively acid. Very food friendly and a great lunchtime red at just 13.5% alcohol. $24. www.goldengroveestate.com.au.