Deakin Estate 2013 Chardonnay
You’ve got to love a chardonnay that offers real flavour and varietal characters but doesn’t cost a motza.
This has some ripe peach and pear fruit characters, citrus zest and some interest on the palate thanks to smart winemaking.
It’s clean and elegant given the price tag, well balanced – and extremely drinkable, too.
Chill and enjoy with chicken dishes, spicy prawns or just on the back deck with a picnic.
Eldridge Estate 2012 Gamay
Here’s something different and interesting.
David and Wendy Lloyd at Eldridge Estate on the Mornington Peninsula have a lot of love for the rare gamay grape, used in the wines of Beaujolais in France.
This is a really aromatic and vibrant red designed for those who enjoy fruit and savoury spice rather than oak and power.
It’s a firm, beautifully constructed lighter-bodied red that can stand being chilled and would be great with Middle Eastern dishes. Lovely stuff.
Longview 2013 Red Bucket Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Here’s a serious white wine at a fun price – the perfect drop for enjoying well chilled while watching some cricket or tennis.
From a family winery with vineyards on the fringes of the Adelaide Hills, it is a blend of two varieties which combine exceptionally well.
With just 12 percent alcohol, this is a very refreshing drop showing grapefruit zest and minerality but no shortage of flavour and intensity on the palate.
Very nice and often on special at Dan Murphy’s.