Angove 2013 Long Row Riesling
Looking for a really good white wine that won’t break the bank? Look no further.
This is a lip-smackingly good, cheap-and-cheerful dry white wine with some nice fruit sweetness balanced by zingy, refreshing acidity. Fresh and aromatic, it has citrus and sweet apple flavours and crunchy crispness.
It would be an excellent match for spicy Asian stir fries, salt and pepper calamari or simply for sipping on the back deck on a Friday afternoon. $10.
Forester Estate 2011 Cabernet Merlot
While many regions of Australia found the 2011 vintage a difficult one, Western Australia enjoyed yet another ripper season.
This is a classic WA take on Bordeaux blends, very well put together with cabernet sauvignon and merlot blended with small amounts of other varieties.
This is a very easy drinking style of red wine; think plum and dark berry fruit notes aided by savoury characters and cedary oak. Soft and smooth and great with a barbecue. $24.
Gartelmann 2013 Jessica Verdelho
The Portuguese grape variety ‘verdelho’ shines in the Hunter, but is often overshadowed because the local winemakers prefer to push semillon and shiraz.
That’s a great pity as verdelho is a terrific style for the warm Australian climate with a nice balance between vibrant citrus and intense white peach notes.
This is a lovely, food-friendly wine best enjoyed chilled and in its youth – it would be great with chicken dishes or Asian noodles. $20.