Pertaringa 2013 Scarecrow Sauvignon Blanc
The first wines from the recent vintage are starting to make their way into the stores; and this a beauty.
Made from fruit grown in the cool Adelaide Hills, this is a deliciously crisp and fresh sauvignon blanc with tropical fruit salad notes.
It is not as overt as some of its Kiwi cousins but is extremely approachable and very refreshing.
I’d pair this with salt and pepper calamari. $18.
Mr Mick 2010 Tempranillo
Mr Mick is the bargain label of Clare Valley winemaker Tim Adams; and tempranillo is the most famous red grape variety in Spain.
It’s a ripping wine for everyday enjoyment, savoury and spicy with subtle oak treatment, plenty of length and soft and smooth on the finish.
This would be terrific paired with grilled red meat dishes, or with a gourmet hamburger, and it certainly won’t break the bank. $16.
Gundog Estate 2013 Poacher’s Semillon
Matt Burton of Gundog Estate is one of the Hunter Valley’s most talented young winemakers; and young, lively Hunter semillon is one of Australia’s finest wine styles.
The end result here is a cracking individual vineyard new-vintage semillon with lots of zingy citrus on the palate, along with some fresh Asian spice notes.
This is a lovely drink right now, but it will also cellar well for several years. $30.