Eden Road 2013 Canberra Riesling
The Canberra region has a reputation for producing standout rieslings with Helm and Clonakilla among the star names, but Nick Spencer at Eden Road hits a home run with the sheer drinkability of this wine, made from fruit grown on decomposed granite soils at high altitude.
This is the complete package in its youth; impressive clean, crisp fruit with lime juice and Asian herb notes and a backbone of zingy mineral acidity.
There’s plenty of liveliness here, oodles of refreshment and great value.
Cape Mentelle 2012 Trinders Cabernet Merlot
This is one of the more affordable wines in the Cape Mentelle range from Margaret River – but it’s an absolute belter.
Nicely balanced with just 13.5 per cent alcohol, it has the intensity of cabernet paired with the softness of merlot, along with restrained use of French oak, to create a wine that is ridiculously easy to drink.
It’s in the style of Bordeaux with length and structure, however it is unmistakeably Aussie with its bold blackcurrant flavours.
Villa Maria 2013 Early Release Sauvignon Blanc
There is still a lot of love for bright and shiny Marlborough sauvignon blanc – and this is one of the best around; a flighty young thing with tons of freshness and acid.
There is tropical pungency on the nose and fruit salad/citrus notes on the palate, which has a nice zingy, zesty finish.
Ignore what the wine snobs say about Kiwi savvy blanc – this is a darn fine drink and would be great with seafood dishes.