Saturday, June 24, 2017

Yarran B Series 2015 Petit Verdot

The Riverina Winemakers' Association recently got in touch with wine writers to highlight the significant number of local producers who are succeeding with wines made from alternative grape varieties. From Saint Macaire to Lagrein, local producers are pushing the boundaries. This lovely wine from talented young winemaker Sam Brewer at Yarran Wines particularly caught my fancy. Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux variety often used in blends but performs well in the warmer local climate. Dark and structured with plenty of palate interest. Also look out for the Warburn Estate 1164 2014 Montepulciano and the McWilliam's Family Winemakers 1913 Touriga 2016, both of which also impressed. The Yarran wine is $24.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sandpiper 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Looking for a red wine with a little bit of style and class that won't break the bank? This little number from Barossa winery Thorn-Clarke will do the business - and leave you with some change from a $20 note. Estate-grown fruit offers up varietal blackcurrant and dark chocolate notes with some well-integrated oak. With some plum and spice notes bringing support, along with some suppleness and length, this was a particular favourite with my wife, who preferred it to several more expensive Barossa offerings because of its astutely judged balance. Very nice indeed. $18.