Saturday, February 28, 2015

Audrey Wilkinson 2014 Winemakers Selection Semillon

Crisp, fresh Hunter semillon is a quintessentially summer drink, full of vibrancy and intense citrus and green apple characters. There’s plenty of zesty mineral acidity here as well, making this a very refreshing drop whether you pair it with some freshly shucked oysters, fritto misto or some basic fish fingers and chips on a sunny lunchtime. Either way, this is a lovely wine from a cracker vintage made from fruit grown in one of the oldest vineyards in the Hunter Valley. $27.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ad Hoc 2014 Wallflower Riesling

There are a bewildering number of wines and ranges made by Larry Cherubino from all corners of West Australia but they all have two things in common: quality and value for money. Now labelled Great Southern rather than Mount Barker, this riesling can often be found for under $20 - which makes it hard to beat. Very floral with bright citrus flavours on the crisp, dry palate, this is a wine designed for immediate enjoyment and would be a lovely post-work soother, or terrific paired with spicy Thai food. With riesling this good it is a wonder the variety is still struggling for popularity. $20. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dog Point 2012 Pinot Noir

This is a multiple award winner from a Marlborough, New Zealand, winery owned by former Cloudy Bay grape growers and winemakers who favour organic farming methods. It is a delightfully complex and interesting pinot noir with violets and savoury notes on the nose leading on to a palate on which bright red fruit takes the lead with well-integrated French oak and soft tannin structure. A serious wine of immediate drinkability that would be great matched with game meats or mushroom dishes. $45.