Jacob’s Creek 2014 Classic Riesling
For the past few vintages this label has delivered wine of a quality far in excess of the modest price tag. A blend of fruit from Langhorne Creek, the Clare Valley and Eden Valley, this is fresh, crisp and tightly woven with brisk refreshing acid. It is bone dry with classic citrus notes to the fore and surprising length. Lovely for drinking on its own, or paired with a wide range of fish and shellfish dishes. A bargain buy. $12.
Penny’s Hill 2013 Malpas Road Merlot
A delightfully soft and easy-drinking red that underlines just why merlot is so popular. This has 14.5% alcohol – standard for McLaren Vale nowadays – but carries it lightly, offering finesse and elegance. You’ll find berry and spice notes in abundance, good supple tannins, too. This is a brilliant companion to a Mediterranean-style vegetable tart. A wine with delicious mouthfeel with oak very much in the background. $25.
Fox Gordon 2014 Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio
A recent addition to the Fox Gordon line-up, this Italian-accented white sources grapes from the cool-climate Adelaide Hills and is vibrant and fresh in its youth. A wine for enjoying well chilled, It has lashings of citrus and nectarine notes with crisp, crunchy acid – like biting into a Granny Smith Apple. A versatile food wine, this, that would go well with grilled fish dishes, salt and pepper calamari as well as roasted poultry. $22.