Shaw Vineyard Estate Riscato – ($15) made in the style of moscato however Shaw from Murrumbateman have used a pleasing blend of semillon, riesling and a tint of shiraz. Instead of the floral, Turkish delight of the muscat family that is the normal realm of moscato expect to find orange blossom and fresh citrus. Sweet and frothy, a refreshing quaffer for sharing with friends or unwinding the stress of the day.
919 Dry Apera – ($29) A pale dry Apera created in the style of Fino Sherry from Spain via the Barossa Valley, Australia. This is a well styled wine with yeasty apple and nut characters in abundance. A little rounder than its Spanish counterparts but offers length and structure to enjoy with tapas, antipasta or just a bowl of warm almonds with flaked salt.
Pizzini Nebbiolo 2009 – ($48) The Northern Italian Nebbiolo is still finding its feet in Australia, however in the hands of families such as the Pizzinis it will find its niche. This Nebbi is rich with cherry, exotic spice and perfume while remaining elegantly bodied & lingers along the palate. The varietal tannins are ripe and provide structure to flesh out the palate. One to savour as the weather gets cooler and enjoy with venison and truffled mash.
Krinklewood Wild White 2012 – ($16) Set in the gorgeous Broke Fordwich region, the gardens and the cellar door is a like a little slice of Provence in the Hunter Valley….. a little slice of Biodynamic Hunter Valley. It definitely should be on your visit list. The Wild White has some spicy floral character coming from a dollop of fragrant gewurwtraminer to the ripe tropical stonefruit verdelho making up this year’s blend. Fresh, dry & fleshy on the palate. A wine made for crisp summer drinking – right now.
Meerea Park Indie Shiraz Pinot 2010 – ($36) There are very few pockets of Hunter Pinot left and the brothers Eather at Meerea Park have put this batch to good use. The Pinot Noir gives the blend a lightness & freshness as well as some raspberry fruit and lemon thyme herbs. The shiraz adds its juicy cherry fruit. The Indie is densely packed with complex and soft fruit with a hint of firmness on the spicy cinnamon finish. Try it for yourself. It is enjoyable now or in seven odd years.