Here’s what’s in our ‘By The Glass’ dispenser at the moment….and there’s some really nice stuff from the other side of the planet….. 8 fab Aussie wines…
1. Ben Glaetzer Amon Ra, Unfiltered Shiraz, 2010. Dense purple crimson colour, lots of black sharply flavoured fruits and hints of liquorice. Very full bodie, rich and quite textured, long savoury notes on the finish. This is £66.95 a bottle, and you can sample it from £2.70.
2. The Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” CabSauv/Syrah, 2010. Homage to Amarone. Incredibly rich and complex, revealing multi-layers of dark fruit and spice. Spice and perfume on the nose, rum and raisin, fruit cake (without being jammy), black fruits on the palate, supple fruit on the mid palate, long smooth and incredibly persistent. This is £29.95 a bottle and you can sample it from £1.20 or buy a 125ml glass for £6.
3. Tapanappa Wrattonbully, Merlot 2006. Love the name! Excellent crimson hue, really potent merlot fruits, strawberry, plum and blackberry. Hints of savoury herb flavours, still some drying tannin towards the end. £43.95 a bottle, you can sample it for £1.80.
4. Best’s Great Western Young Vine Pinot Meunier, 2010. An unuasual red wine as the grape concerned is usually one of the three used in Champagne! Clean, fresh, and lively with savoury red fruits and integrated oak. Fine grain tannin structure and good acid balance. Medium body and great length and persistence. £22.95 a bottle, sample it for just £1.
5. Fraser Gallup Wilyabrup Chardonnay, 2010. Bright aromas of white peach, citrus, struck flint and white toast are followed by a fresh, full bodied, structured palate that offers both richness of mouthfeel and crystalline purity. A benchmark modern Chardonnay. It’s £24.95 a bottle, sample it for £1, or buy a glass for £5.
6. Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon, 2004. Classic vintage. Shows a tight structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. Shows hints of toasty bottle aged complexity, an iconic Aussie wine. £34.95 a bottle, sample it for £1.50.
7. Best’s Great Western Concongella Blanc, 2011. Interesting. A field blend of up to 39 grape varieties, 8 of which are unknown! Light straw in colour with a green hue. A bouquet of tropical fruit and lifted spice. A generous palate, buckets of frsh fruit, nice lime and mineral edge to bring things to a balanced finish. £34.95 a bottle, sample it for £1.50.
8. Skilogallee Trevarrick, Single Contour Riesling, 2010. Handpicked from the highest altitude, earliest ripening contour on the estate. A typical hint of petrol on the initial nose, but overtaken by floral nots and orange blossom, Stone fruits on the palate with a little lemon/lime hint. Good acidity throughout. £26.95 a bottle, sample it for £1.10.
There you have it, 8 fine wines at £23 plus a bottle. If you don’t regularly buy wines over £20 a bottle, then this is a fantastic way to sample them and see which ones you like. You might just discover your new favourite wine!