Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, fermented over Moscato lees, actually 80% white, but drinks like a light red.
McLaren Vale, South Australia $15 glass You all know James Erskine, still for me one of the most consistent and excellent producers in the Australian new-school. He’s had a couple of French oenology students with him this past vintage, originally from the Beaujolais, so has played around with carbonic maceration for this wine (which… Continue reading Jaume Fairygarden Carbonic Shiraz 2016
Beechworth $150 Dark berries pulse across the bouquet and palate, with fine vanillin/cedary oak, dried herbs and sweet spices. Wonderful length, primary dark fruits and vibrant acidity endure throughout the complex finish.
Barossa Sa $97 Syrah dominant, mature and grenache. Crunchy acidity, elegant red and blue fruit and a lengthy spicy finish.
Hunter Valley NSW $85 named in homage to the Hermitage hill in northern Rhone (not to be confused with Grange Hermitage) Textural, slightly rustic, dark fruits and spices. Not too weird for an aussie shiraz drinker, but its lighter and juicier so they may find it a little lacking.
Pyrenees, VIC $100 100% whole bunch. Fine tannins and enormous savoury energy. Very mineral, crunchy, red cherry, musk and indian spice. Generous and lively.
Grampians, VIC $95 Black fruit surrounded by spice, close and pepper. Controlled tannins and long finish. Tamara Irish – biodynamic farm also keeps rare-breed pigs, bees and chickens.