Bream Creek 2016 Pinot Noir
The quality of Tasmanian pinot noir just keeps soaring – and Bream Creek is one of the most reliable labels to look out for. Overlooking Maria Island in the south-east of the island state, Bream Creek vineyards are meticulously farmed. This is a classic Bream Creek pinot, both elegant and complex with dark cherry and spice notes, soft tannin structure and plenty of length. Just lovely. $38.
Hoddles Creek 2018 Pinot Gris
The d’Anna family produce some of the best-value wines in the Yarra Valley under their Wickhams Road and Hoddles Creek labels. This is excellent drinking; a textural whole-bunch fermented pinot gris that is salmon pink in colour and is essentially made like a red wine. Winemaker Franco d’Anna admits pinot gris is not his favourite grape, but he’s found a nice balance here between aromatics and tannin ripeness. Try it with goat cheese. $22.
Pizzini 2017 La Volpe Nebbiolo
The Pizzini family in the King Valley in north-east Victoria produce a wide range of stylish examples of Italian grape varieties designed to appeal to Australian palates. This is a winner with classic tar and roses nebbiolo aromas leading on to a lively, fresh palate with red fruit flavours to the fore. Pair this with a savoury pasta dish, perhaps a ragu of rabbit would do the trick. $28.