Fox Creek McLaren Vale Sauvignon Blanc 2006.
Fox Creek is a McLaren Vale South Australian producer more renown for their reds than whites. This Savvy Blanc is a youthful fresh light lemon colour. Minerally overtones as well as citrus lemons and crisp green apples abound with a hint of gooseberry. Fragrant with soft acidity makes for a well rounded white wine that drinks nice and easily. Try this with herb crusted barramundi fillets.
Drink Now. About $16.
Hope Estate Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2005
Michael Hope has established this Hunter Valley based winery from the former Rothbury Estate infrastructure. This white blend is sourced from grapes grown in his Western Australian Margaret River vineyard and is pale straw in colour and light, fresh and breezy in nature. Made in a dry style with soft lively acidity, you get classic savoury aromas such as asparagus, green peas, tomato bush, as well as citrus lemon and limes along with tropical fruit undertones. Well blended and nice easy drinking. Try this with a Chicken Caesar salad.
Drink Now. About $20.
Adinfern Merlot 2004
This one also comes from the Margaret River region in Western Australia. It is a pleasant easy drinking velvety smooth red that is food friendly as well. Plums, blackberry and a hint of rhubarb on the nose, with smooth soft fruit flavours on the palate. The oak is well integrated and fine tannins indicate it should hold for a while yet. Try this with lasagna.
Drink Now to 2010. About $25.
Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache 2005
Deep dark reddish crimson. Alluring and concentrated aromas - think cherry, raspberry, earthy mushrooms, aniseed - all quite distinct. Smooth and delicious in mouthfeel - the red fruits dominate, with noticeable alcohol, silky fine tannins and integrated oak. Some gameyness and crush black pepper nuances as well. A lovely medium bodied wine that should cellar well and gain further complexity. Try this with spaghetti with gourmet meatballs (I did!).
Drink Now to 2017. About $23.
Lillydale Estate Cabernet Merlot 2002
Dark reddish in colour. Well blended with good age development. Classically varietal Cabernet with full upfront blackcurrant characters, cedary oak, spiciness, black pepper and ripe plums from the Merlot. Intense and complex aromas with good alcohol. Medium bodied and soft in style, with a good structure, fine tannins and a lovely long finish. A very nice easy drinking well developed red from a quality Yarra Valley producer under the McWilliams stable of wines, and a wine that shows why these two red varietals are so perfectly matched together. Try it with gourmet beef pie.
Drink Now to 2012. About $22.
Rutherglen Estates Viognier 2006
From a winery based in Rutherglen, Victoria as you would rightly expect from the name. Greeny straw and youthfully vibrant. Citrussy lemon, honeysuckle, apricots along with minerally and slatey characters off the aroma. Lively acidity with a crisp finish that lingers long and with a medium dry finish. A pleasant dry white wine. Try it with grilled baby calamari.
Drink Now to 2009. About $20.
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