Tim Adams 2016 Pinot Gris
This is one of Australia’s best-value pinot gris; stylish, immediately enjoyable and very food friendly.
Tim Adams is a veteran winemaker in the Clare Valley, a region which is best-known for its stellar rieslings, but this is a very good alternative with fresh, crisp acidity and with just a hint of sweetness on a palate where pear drop and white peach flavours lead the charge.
A terrific companion for spicy Asian dishes. $22.
Terre a Terre 2014 Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Terre a Terre is the joint venture between Lucy Croser, daughter of one Australia’s most famous winemakers, and her husband Xavier Bizot, whose family part owns Bollinger Champagne.
They have great credentials and this, their first release of this wine, is an outstanding example of cabernet franc, the fragrant, lighter-bodied little brother of cabernet sauvignon.
A delightful red for summer enjoyment. It is elegant, varietal and well structured. $38.
Flametree 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
A classic West Australian blend of two grape varieties that thrive in Margaret River, this is bright and lively with plenty of refreshment value.
It is very lightly oaked with citrus and stone fruit flavours taking the lead roles along with crisp acid on the finish.
Its youthful charm would see it pair well with seafood dishes, salads or summer picnics. Best served chilled, but not over-chilled. $20.