Pizzini 2016 Arneis
Arneis is a white wine grape from Piedmont in Italy that is increasingly finding favour in Australia, where it produces aromatic, dry and fruity wines that are extremely food friendly.
From an Italian family winery in Victoria’s King Valley, this is a very good example.
Arneis is known as the “little rascal” because it can be difficult to grow but this shines with its citrus, stone fruit and nutty characters.
It finishes with bright, green apple crunchiness and would be perfect with a chicken salad. $24.
Rusden 2014 Driftsand
A classic Barossa blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro grapes; this is an absolute bargain.
The folk at Rusden Wines are old school (they even still use corks) and here they’ve used fruit from bush vines that have been grafted back to these traditional varieties.
This is a powerful wine with lots of personality; the result of a very good vintage that resulted in concentrated but well balanced grapes.
Dark fruit flavours rule here with older oak playing a mere support role. Ridiculously good for the price. $20.
Pitchfork 2016 Semillon Sauvignon
A terrifically fresh and inviting white wine for immediate summer enjoyment.
This is a blend of the two white grapes that star in Margaret River and it offers vibrant zippy tropical fruit flavours alongside fresh grassiness.
It is crisp and dry and it comes in an environmentally-friendly lightweight bottles.
This would be great with fish dishes; think pan-fried whitebait or John Dory and chips, or just as an afternoon quaffer. $16.
Winsor Dobbin, www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com