K1 by Geoff Hardy 2013 Gruner Veltiner
Here’s something different – a refreshing new-release white wine made from an Austrian white wine grape that is difficult to pronounce but delicious to drink.
K1, Hahndorf Hill and Lark Hill are among the wineries leading the way with gruner, which is extremely food friendly and a lovely drink when young and vibrant.
This Adelaide Hills wine has fresh apple and citrus notes along with a smidgen of white spice.
Deen de Bortoli 2010 Vat 4 Petit Verdot
A dry, full-bodied and affordable red from the Riverina that’s made from a Bordeaux grape that is more usually used for blending but thrives in warmer regions. In this case it stands alone and impressively so.
Deep purple in colour, it is a lovely everyday red with concentrated, powerful dark fruit flavours, just a hint of oak and some surprising structure.
Pair this with a juicy steak.
Margan 2013 Verdelho
Verdelho is a Portuguese grape that is often used in the fortified wines of Madeira but in Australia it has found a home away from home in the Hunter Valley, where it produces fruity dry white wines that are extremely refreshing.
This is unoaked and has tropical fruit salad flavours along with a crisp, clean and zippy acid finish.
A wine for enjoying in its youth, preferably when well chilled.