Derwent Estate 2012 Chardonnay
The vast majority of the fruit that goes into Penfolds’ flagship Yattarna Chardonnay comes from Derwent Estate, overlooking the Derwent River at Granton, north of Hobart.
And while the Yattarna sells at $120+ a bottle, Derwent Estate owners, the Hanigan family, also keep a small amount of fruit to release under their own label.
A thoroughly modern chardonnay with stone fruit/citrus flavours, bright acid, judiciously judged oak, minerality and palate interest.
d’Arenberg 2011 d’Arry’s Original
A lot of wine drinkers are avoiding South Australian wines from the 2011 vintage, which was a difficult one in many regions, but there is nothing at all wrong with this old favourite; an appealing blend of shiraz and grenache from one of McLaren Vale’s best family owned and operated wineries.
The wine is more elegant and minerally than in other years but still has an expressive panoply of dark fruit flavours.
Harewood Estate 2013 Frankland River Riesling
Harewood Estate is a name to watch with a range of outstanding wines from the Great Southern region of Western Australia and some stunning rieslings in particular.
This is one of four regional rieslings made by former Howard Park winemaker James Kellie and it certainly rang my bell with its forward citrus and tropical fruit notes, dryish finish and crisp, refreshing acidity.
A great match for seafood or spicy Asian dishes.