In times of uncertainty and confusion, having a glass of something delicious and local is a good idea. If you’re bunkered down and keeping good company then you can share a bottle over dinner, or if you’re going it alone stretching over a few nights is easily done. This pack is a selection of Australian wines from around the country which makes us proud to be part of this wild and rugged continent.
2019 Clos Clare Riesling, Clare Valley, SA $31
With the third generation of Barry’s in charge, this pristine riesling goes from strength to strength each vintage. Their prime plot adjoins the regal ‘Florita vineyard’, one of the Clare Valley’s best sites. Its nervy line is tempered by lime blossom, lemon and wet stone flavours which carry through on the palate. Finishing off with a lip-smacking tail of pithy acidity that will wake up the tastebuds for sure.
2019 Sorrenberg Sauv Semillon, Beechworth VIC $44
Winemaker Barry Morey is a humble and down to earth gentleman, so it comes as a surprise to him that his Beechworth winery has a cult following worldwide. His wines are generously flavoured, full of texture and immediate pleasure. This blend is fermented in large oak vessels, creating an extra layer of smoky hazelnut flavours. It’s a lovely nod to a Bordeaux blanc, at a fraction of the price – no surprise to us these wines are so highly regarded!
2019 Lubiana Primavera Chardonnay, Derwent Valley TAS $34
Hailing from the Derwent Valley, just north of Hobart, this is a sophisticated chardonnay armed with poise and power. An early adopter of biodynamics, Stefano Lubiana’s farm is a hive of life and energy. You can taste the purity of the grapes in the wine. Flavours of white stonefruit, grapefruit and ginger intertwine, signing off with penetrating intensity.
2019 Jane Eyre Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley VIC $53
Jane Eyre is based in Burgundy where she makes wine under her own name, sourcing from some of the best Crus. Every year she comes home for vintage to Australia where she makes three different Victorian pinots. Our pick for 2019 is the Yarra Valley – packed with red spiced cherries and fresh undergrowth, its fine lilting tannins frame this graceful wine.
2017 Shaw and Smith Shiraz, Adelaide Hills SA $55
Winemaker Adam Wadewitz threads flavour and texture throughout this extrovert shiraz. There’s a heady ripeness in this wine, giving immediate appeal and a flourish of something extra special. Bramble, cooking spice and fresh leather flavours combine, making it a very fine contemporary Aussie shiraz.
2016 Woodlands Clementine Cabernets, Margaret River WA $45
Margaret River’s reign on cabernet continues strongly with the likes of this blend. Using all the Bordeaux grapes – cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot, this is a lush and heady red. Its deep core of flavour and power holds up to the ripe and grainy tannins, creating an impeccable balance. A great wine for something bubbling away in the slow cooker.