Explore some exciting new releases and wine bargains recommended by Winsor Dobbin.
Pewsey Vale 2021 Riesling
You cannot go past Pewsey Vale for high quality Eden Valley riesling at a sensible price. The Pewsey Vale vineyard was planted high in the Eden Valley in South Australia in 1847 and is now owned by the Hill-Smith family of Yalumba renown. Winemaker Louisa Rose delivers a classic cool-climate riesling; dry with elegance, drive and finesse. Floral with citrus flavours to the fore, this is fresh, minerally and very drinkable. Pair with seafood dishes or Vietnamese cuisine. $26.
Schild Estate 2018 Narrow Road Vineyard
A classic Australian blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from a family estate in the Barossa Valley that has access to some of the oldest vines in the country. The blend here is two-thirds shiraz and one-third cabernet and that combination delivers big and bold flavours with a dash of style. This one is soft and mouth-filling with plenty of dark fruit flavours and subtle oak. $70.
Hurley Vineyard 2019 Lodestone Pinot Noir
For over 20 years now, Hurley Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula has been producing pinots – and only pinots – with an individualistic swagger. This one just edged out the Garamond as my favourite from the 2019 vintage, offering concentrated dark fruit flavours but also floral and earthy elements and a certain lightness of being. Be warned; this is dangerously drinkable. $65.
La Prova 2021 Pinot Grigio
Sam Scott produces a range of outstanding wines using Italian varietals grown in the Adelaide Hills. This is a brand-new La Prova release; full of freshness and vibrancy with flavours that dance on the tongue with a deftness of a ballerina. This is a wine for enjoying its youth, made in the classic Italian Grigio style with pear and green apple flavours and sparky acidity, the raciness of this wine makes it a delightful match with fritto misto, or fish and chips. $26.
Taltarni 2020 Sangiovese Cabernet
This new-release red blend made in the style of Super Tuscans offers a lot of drinking pleasure for a minimal amount of cash. This is mainly Sangiovese with a splash of cabernet from the Pyrenees in Victoria. Twelve months in French oak has added palate interest to a medium-bodied red with good length and a pleasing tannin structure. Pair with pizza, pasta or anything really. $26.
Hahndorf Hill 2021 White Mischief
The team at Hahndorf Hill in the Adelaide Hills are the Australian trendsetters when it comes to the Austrian white wine variety gruner veltliner, making several different styles from the aromatic variety. This is a brand-new release of their “New World” style of gruner; fresh, vibrant and full of the joys of youth. Exuberant aromatics are followed up by a panoply of different fruit flavours from guava to grapefruit, a dry finish and juicy acidity, along with textural interest and intensity. $25.
See Winsor’s work at www.gourmetontheroad.com.