Briar Ridge 2012 Trio
For those days when you want a wine that is cool, clean and refreshing, try this; a blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon and chardonnay from the Hunter Valley and Orange regions. Unwooded and weighing in at a modest 12% alcohol, this is not a wine that encourages contemplation. It is simply a very enjoyable drink that demands very little of the drinker. It’s a light, earlier drinking style in which all the elements have gelled brilliantly.
Stoney Rise 2012 Pinot Noir
Joe Holyman is one of the great characters of the wine industry – and his wines are always also full of character. If you want to know what all the fuss is about when it comes to Tasmanian pinot noir, open a bottle of this. It is a cracking new release from Holyman’s Stoney Rise vineyard overlooking the Tamar Valley and offers a beautifully balanced melange of bright cherry, delicatessen and earthy notes along with well-integrated French oak. Lovely stuff.
Crisp and fresh
David Hook 2012 Pinot Grigio
David Hook is one of the unsung heroes of the Hunter Valley. His wines are always well made and reasonably priced – and this is an absolute cracker in the fresh, crisp, unoaked northern Italian pinot grigio style. Floral aromatics lead on to a fruity, refreshing palate (think rock melon and mandarines) that is extremely food friendly with a refreshing acid finish. I’d chill this and pair it with a spicy prawn dish.