Sandalford 2014 Margaret River Chardonnay
A terrific fresh, young chardonnay from one of the premier producers in Western Australia, this is a wine for those who enjoy their chardonnays fruit-driven and food friendly.
Stone fruit characters lead the palate charge in this unoaked, drink-now style, which is medium-bodied and has some delicious crisp acid that makes it very refreshing.
Best enjoyed chilled with a traditional pork roast, or maybe some Portuguese chicken. $20.
Wild Red 2013 by Krinklewood
Rod Windrim of Krinklewood leads the way in the Hunter Valley when it comes to organic and biodynamic winemaking.
Made from shiraz grapes (with small amounts of tempranillo and durif) this is made in the regional style with plummy/blackcurrant fruit, earthiness, spice and some well integrated savoury older oak.
Stylish rather than a blockbuster, this is a terrific midweek drink that would pair with everything from shepherd’s pie to a sausage roll. $20.
Claymore 2014 Joshua Tree Riesling
A ripping little Clare Valley wine this one; made by the team of Donna Stephens and Marnie Roberts, who used to craft the stellar Kirrihill rieslings.
This is vibrantly fresh with citrus and floral aromas and is all about zingy, zesty grapefruit and lime juice notes on the power palate, which is crisp, clean and a perfect match for char-grilled prawns or fresh oysters.
By the way, all the Claymore wines are named after classic rock tunes. $20-22.