Wine with Winsor – 218

Shining white
Oliver’s Taranga 2013 Small Batch Vermentino

Vermentino is an aromatic white Italian grape variety that’s making a big impact in Australia – and this is one of the best so far.

It’s fresh, vibrant and dangerously drinkable and went down a treat with pan-fried blue eye. There’s some refreshing zesty lemon rind notes here and appealing crunchy crispness, too.

A McLaren Vale winner from talented young winemaker Corrina Wright.




Affordable luxury
Redbank 2012 The Long Paddock Shiraz

I’m a fan of wines that don’t demand too much. This is a red that sits companionably beside you, offering easy drinking and lots of pleasure without being in the slightest bit challenging.

There’s nothing to frighten the horses here; it is clean, well made, flavoursome, spicy and medium weight and can often be found on special around the $10 mark.

An excellent barbecue wine or a good budget choice to pair with pizza and pasta dishes.





Tasmanian tiger
Barringwood Park 2012 Pinot Gris

Tasmanian wines are all the rage right now – and the pinot gris vines at Barringwood are 10 years old and are producing some top-notch fruit.

With the 2012 vintage a standout for aromatic whites in Tasmania, this shines with its bright pear and lemon citrus notes. There’s some soft, textural mouthfeel and there’s great vitality with excellent acid. P

air it with salmon dishes and you won’t go wrong. Try Annandale Cellars.




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