The Family 2015 Nero d’Avola
Looking for a spicy, savoury red quaffer that offers terrific value for money?
Look no further than this new release from Trentham Estate, made from the increasingly popular Nero d’Avola grape, which originates from Sicily.
This has sweet plum and restrained pepper notes, along with mellow tannins.
Medium-bodied, long and soft, it is extremely quaffable and would be a perfect partner for pizzas, pasta dishes and grilled red meats. $15.
Chandon S Sparkling
Aficionados may be appalled by this new release from Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley, who have twisted the rule book to produce a sparkling wine blended with orange bitters to create a fun take on the Champagne cocktail.
This release is designed to be served over ice and winemaker Dan Buckle is on a winner with a zingy, zesty and tangy wine.
An excellent aperitif for the holiday season and sure to be a hit in cocktail bars. $29.
Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate 2015 Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
Sue Hodder and her winemaking team at Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate make some of Australia’s most celebrated reds and the entry level Wynn’s wines offer excellent drinking at bargain basement prices.
This is a beautifully constructed blend of three red grapes that thrive in Coonawarra and the red and black fruit intensity here is matched by black olive and forest floor notes.
Very soft, balanced, plush and hugely impressive given that it can often be found on special for well under the RRP of $25.
Winsor Dobbin, www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com