Tuesday 28 June 2022

Eddystone Point 2021 Pinot Gris

This is one of my favourite pinots gris from anywhere in Australia. If you enjoy your whites dry but with delightful sweet fruit then this might be right up your alley. A melange of pear, melon, peach and spice hints with plenty of length and vibrant acidity that has settled with a few months in bottle. This is ideal for post-work enjoyment or paired with poultry and vegetarian dishes. Lip-smackingly good. $32. www.eddystonepoint.com

Monday 20 June 2022

Domaine A 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


Here is a treat for lovers of red wines with serious age and complexity. This was made by Domaine A founder the late Peter Althaus from cabernet grapes grown on the unique "hotspot" Stoney Vineyard sight in the Coal River Valley. Althaus's passion was Bordeaux-style reds and this is a wine of intrigue with a serious point of difference. Very savoury with secondary characters coming into play. It has been released when it is considered to be at its peak by Domaine A's new custodians at Moorilla and needs to be treated with respect - and preferably matched with food. $110.  https://domaine-a.com.au/

Monday 13 June 2022

Bay of Fires 2021 Riesling


Bay of Fires winemaker Penny Jones is one of Tasmania's most consistent producers of excellence; and riesling is perhaps the most under-rated grape variety on the cool Apple Isle, producing dry white wines of style and substance. A blend of handpicked fruit sourced from across the Tamar, Coal River and Derwent valleys, this is very pure and linear, with floral and citrus notes allied to brilliant minerality. Long, lovely and refreshing, it is an ideal partner for pan-fried flathead, or Bruny Island oysters. $46. www.bayoffireswines.com.au    

Monday 6 June 2022

Stefano Lubiana 2021 Primavera Chardonnay


Biodynamic, organic, vegan-friendly and seriously delicious - this new-release Tasmanian chardonnay is made for immediate enjoyment, and is seriously seductive in its youth. It is blend of fruit from different blocks on the Lubiana family's Derwent Valley estate, just 30 minutes north of Hobart. The fruit melange has seen some fruit given Austrian and French oak treatment, and some that was stainless steel fermented. This offers both citrus and stone fruit notes and surprisingly complexity for such a youngster. Pair this with an old school roast chicken for a palate-pleasing pairing. $38. https://www.slw.com.au/