Bernard Schurr 2017 Dry Riesling
Bernard Schurr is one of the rising stars of the French region of Alsace, famous for its aromatic white wines. Using fruit sourced from the foothills of the Vosges mountain range, this is a different take on dry riesling with elegance, racy minerality and plenty of length. An excellent companion for poultry dishes, particularly roast chicken, this is one of an impressive range imported into Australia by Fourth Wave Wines. Try Camperdown Cellars. $27.
La La Land 2017 Garnacha
Garnacha is the Spanish spelling of the wine we more commonly call grenache. This offering from Mildura in Victoria is a more savoury take on a grape that can often be simple, with herb and spice notes allied to the ripe red berry flavours. This is one of a new wave of Australian reds that can easily be chilled on a warm day, and finishes with a pleasing smoothness. A terrific pizza or pasta companion. $18.
Yalumba 2018 Samuel’s Collection Chardonnay
The Samuel’s Selection range is a new offering from Yalumba and features elegant, stylish wines like this deliciously drinkable cool-climate chardonnay made from fruit grown in the Eden Valley, where the elevation helps create wines that are lively and fine. Wild ferment and judicious use of French oak have added complexity and palate interest to zesty citrus and stone fruit flavours. There is plenty of lively acid here and this would pair brilliantly with roast pork. $28.
Paxton 2018 Tempranillo
Paxton Wines have been producing an impressive selection from McLaren Vale in South Australia since 1979 and the wines are all organic and biodynamic. The Spanish grape variety tempranillo, originally from Rioja, has been a huge success story in Australia in recent years. This an aromatic and vibrant style, fruit-driven with just a hint of oak and a perfect partner for the Mediterranean dishes that are popular right now. $25.