Zonte’s Footstep 2010 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
A big red, but still nicely in balance, from McLaren Vale in South Australia. There’s plenty of rich dark berry flavours here, ripe red plums, too, with some definite chocolate notes and restrained cedary oak. It’s soft, juicy and round on the palate, pleasantly plump, with soft, lush tannins. I’d say this is a red for immediate enjoyment, quite forceful at 14.5% alcohol and an excellent choice to accompany grilled or roasted red meat dishes.
Lillypilly 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
A lovely bright, fresh and affordable sauvignon blanc from the Fiumara family at Leeton, who are probably best known for their dessert wines. This is deliberately made with lower alcohol levels, as is currently very fashionable, weighing in at just 10 per cent alcohol. It’s a pleasing wine for everyday drinking, crisp and dry with lashings of tropical fruit flavours. A good partner for everything from salads to Thai stir fries.
Tim Adams 2008 Cabernet Malbec
Veteran Clare Valley winemaker Tim Adams has come up with the goods with this new-release mature blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% malbec. This is a very classy wine that has spent 24 months in French oak to add complexity and structure. Vibrant and beautifully balanced, it is drinking superbly now but will also cellar well. This is a wine that tastes a lot more expensive than its price tag of $29.