Friday, July 30, 2021

Carillion 2021 ‘Lovable Rogue’ Fiano

Looking for a perfect partner for some spicy Asian dishes? Look no further. Made from the Italian grape fiano and grown at the Tallavera Grove vineyard in the Hunter Valley, this has been crafted as a slightly ‘off-dry’ style, with five grams per litre residual sugar. That hint of sweetness would be a perfect foil for some chilli spice from Thailand or Malaysia. This is appealing and aromatic with thirst-quenching acidity on the finish. $30.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

NX Gen 2020 McLaren Vale Grenache


The new generation of juicy, drink-now grenaches are an ideal choice for winter quaffing with their lively bright fruit and soft, juicy palate. A floral nose leads on to a berry-fuelled palate that finishes with a smoothness that encourages a second glass. And a third. This is made by Shingleback Wines as an exclusive for Dan Murphy's stores. Enjoy while young and pair with a burger with the lot. $25.    

Sunday, July 11, 2021

L'Artisan 2019 Le Grenache Noir


There's a whole lot of juicy vinous pleasure to be found here for under $20. A new release from Languedoc value master Jean-Claude Mas, this has striking packaging to match what is in the bottle. This Pays d'Oc wine is made from quite young vines but speaks with a loud voice with plenty of youthful energy. It is all about the fruit with French and American oak very much in the background behind black fruit flavours and some dark pepper notes. Pair with a steak and kidney casserole or pie for maximum drinking gratification. You'll find it at Dan Murphy stores. $19.95.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Pewsey Vale 2021 Riesling

You simply cannot go past Pewsey Vale for high-quality Eden Valley riesling at a sensible price. The Pewsey Vale vineyard was planted high in the Eden Valley in South Australia in 1847 and is now owned by the Hill-Smith family of Yalumba renown. Winemaker Louisa Rose delivers a classic cool-climate riesling; dry with elegance, drive and finesse. Floral with citrus flavours to the fore, this is fresh, minerally and very drinkable. Pair with seafood dishes or Vietnamese cuisine. $26.