Taylor’s 2018 The Hotelier Pinot Gris
The Hotelier is a new range from Clare Valley winery Taylor’s. It pays tribute to business founder Bill Taylor Snr, who owned several Sydney pubs before starting the family wine business in South Australia 50 years ago. This is a lovely easy-drinking style midway between gris and grigio with bright pear flavours and some brisk acidity on the finish. Pair with fresh salads, or maybe a slice of vegetable quiche. $18.
Pepperjack 2017 Scotch Fillet Graded Shiraz
Pepperjack has built a formidable reputation for its big and bold red wines from South Australia. This is a new release using fruit from McLaren Vale that winemaker Richard Mattner crafted to be paired with a quality steak. This is a wine with impressive balance; it is powerful and concentrated but has a soft finish and the bright, ripe fruit is aided and abetted by French and American oak. Delicious. $35.
Once and Well 2017 Chardonnay
A thoroughly modern style of chardonnay from Freya Hohnen, the talented daughter of veteran winemaker David Hohnen (Cape Mentelle/Cloudy Bay). Made from Margaret River fruit, this is a fresh and vibrant style with a melange of tropical fruit and citrus flavours, a hint of oak and a dash on minerality. Plenty of line and length and a terrific companion for pork dishes. Try Dan Murphy’s or BWS. $21.
Xanadu 2017 DJL Cabernet Sauvignon
This might be the best-value red to be found in bottle shops this winter. Named after Dr John Lagan, the founder of the Margaret River winery, it is a wine of quite ridiculous quality given its modest price tag. Bold and beautifully structured, it is a classic cabernet with dark currant flavours, mocha notes and classy oak coming together seamlessly and beguilingly. Great with winter casseroles. $25.
Sandalford 2018 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Another winner from way out west, this is an excellent choice for pairing with anything from grilled whiting to an old school prawn cocktail. Bright, vivacious and zesty, this is a wine for enjoying right now, preferably lightly chilled. There is myriad of fresh fruit salad flavours and a bright, crisp finish. Also check out the equally impressive verdelho from the same range. Very refreshing. $25.
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