This summer, a new wine range was launched by The Collective Wine Company. The range sports stylish labels that are contrarily unadorned with art but are rather, simply graceful – like the wine inside. Winemaker, Simon Gilbert (pictured below) has applied his thoughtful style of winemaking to produce their first six wines, all whites that are very foodworthy. In the line-up there is a Pinot Grigio, a Sauvignon Blanc, two Rieslings, a Viognier and a Chardonnay. Reds are in the making now. Read More
Nestled into the Adelaide Hills, such a short drive from the heart of Adelaide, the Drogemuller family make wines from their Paracombe winery, named after the township of the same name, with an eye for detail and freshness. While they produce a range of elegantly textured, fragrant and fruity whites and bold juicy reds, these four wines have stood out in recent tastings. The reds in particular are great value indeed so enjoy them while you can find them.
Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ($21) – With some fragrant herbs and passionfruit, green apple and citrus this is an intriguing wine with soft natural acid giving it a polished texture. Fresh and elegantly shaped and fresh, it delivers good summer drinking. And not only to Sauvignon Blanc lovers either! With such beguiling detail and texture, it will be a crowd pleaser.
Paracombe Holland Creek Riesling 2014 ($20) – A pretty Riesling that delivers perfumed talc and blossom, with ripe peach lightened with zesty lime. The palate is just as concentrated as the nose and the lovely acid balance keeps it refreshing and crisp. Medium bodied with loads of upfront fruit that finishes fresh, clean and savoury with some additional tropical notes. Aperitif or food wine, it will prove its versatility.
Paracombe Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($23) – A ripe chocolate and caramel, cedar and black cherry and currant Cabernet from the Adelaide Hills. Its bold shapely tannins tell a true Cabernet story with fleshy ripe and sweet fruit. A rich mouthful that delivers plenty of fruit for bold red lovers with raspberry and charcuterie on finish. This one will last another few years yet.
Paracombe Shiraz 2010 ($23) – I have tasted this wine twice over the past six months and during this time the wine has settled into a chocolatey depth. Pepper, dark cherry, blueberry combines with dried herbs, sarsaparilla and spice. Plush sweetly ripe berry and sars on the palate with some smooth oak and spice. A bold wine, full bodied and fleshy, it sits shapely in your mouth to the finish. It is looking very good with some maturity and I would enjoy it now. Truly remarkable value.
Note: The Paracombe Shiraz has been awarded the trophy for Best Mature Red at the Royal Sydney Wine Show 2015.
Recently, I tasted three Gruners – two from Australia and one from the US and not a one from the grape’s home Austria. It is Austria’s most common grape but its Australian accent is rare to find as yet. From what I have seen though, it is a variety that will be soon adding its fragrance to the Australian wine scene as one of the most exciting white varietal wines within the next decade as more and more vines come on line.
The biodynamic Lark Hill Gruner Veltliner from Canberra and the Hahndorf Hill GRU from Adelaide Hills are two of Australia’s few Gruners and are perhaps the ones you will find on your local retail shelf or wine list. Read More
As Summer heats up, when the silly season continues to roll through to its Australia Day climax, it is time to chill out and chilling down. One thing that you should not do is get hot and bothered about your wine selection. Or your lack of it so to make things easier, here is a few tips and a selection of wines that will keep even the fussiest friends happy this year.
Remember, the best recipe for summer is to grab a bottle of your favourite wine from the fridge, an ice bucket and some friends and you have a simple recipe for keeping your cool while chilling out.
Tip 5: Try to avoid putting ice cubes in your Read More
That time of year is upon us. And as usual, always sooner than we wanted in our busy lives. While we are decking the halls for whatever you celebrate at this time of year, it is a good time to stock your wine rack. There are the friends dropping round, the parties, the festive dinners, the end of year group break-ups… the list seems endless sometimes. Of course, don’t forget New Year celebrations too.
One of the questions that I do get asked frequently at this time of year, is what my wine picks are to match with traditional Christmas Read More