Ferngrove 2013 Symbols Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
What a super little wine this is for enjoying well chilled as summer descends upon us.
It’s fresh and vibrant with some fresh tropical fruit characters, hints of fresh herbaceousness and really lively zingy acidity.
There’s nothing too complicated here, but this blend of two grapes from Western Australia’s Frankland River offers fun drinking at an affordable price.
Match this with salt and pepper calamari.
Sanguine Estate 2012 Progeny Shiraz
This is a cracking cool-climate shiraz made with care and attention.
The fruit is hand-picked, the juice gravity fed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in open-topped tanks and matured in mainly old French barriques for 14 months before release.
This won the trophy for best shiraz at the recent Heathcote Wine Show and tastes like a luxury wine, bold but elegant with ballsy dark fruit, pepper and spice and beautifully balanced toasty oak.
Cheap and Cheerful
Hardy’s 2012 Nottage Hill Pinot Grigio
There is some very decent budget drinking to be found in the Nottage Hill range; the 2012 sauvignon blanc is also a very fresh and lively drop for the price.
Made in the style of the northern Italian grigios of Friuli and Alto Adige, this wine is all about the bright, vibrant fruit flavours.
It’s a crisp, easy drinking style (think green apple and fresh pear characters with a zesty, flinty finish).
A perfect warm weather thirst quencher.