Friday, May 23, 2008

Hamelin Bay 2007 Five Ashes Vineyard Rosé

We opened 24 different rosés (as you do) and this was a runaway winner. You'll find lovely sweet berry aromas and delicious fruit and spice, with hints of barrel-ferment character, on the bone-dry palate. Perfect with Lebanese dishes. $20.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Claiault 2007 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

This Margaret River winery is making some excellent wines; and this is one of the best, with appealing gooseberry, lemon/lime and herbaceous characters. Fresh and lively with nice balance, this would be gorgeous with some grilled shellfish. $24.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Shottesbrooke 2006 Merlot

It's rare to stumble across an Australian merlot that is exciting, but this is such a beast. From a reliably good McLaren Vale winery, it offers nice rich berry flavours, softness and persistence with plenty happening on the palate. A real find! $19.95.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thomas 2006 Kiss Shiraz

Andrew Thomas is one of the most talented winemakers in the Hunter and this new release is stellar, so you'll need to be quick. There's great depth of flavour, lovely savoury characters, elegance and potential for ageing. Absolutely stunning. $50.