6 new release Australian whites

At the table today I tasted through six new release Australian whites, all completely blind. No price exceeded $22, although that was not known either. The average quality was very good and as usual blind tasting leads to a few surprises. Interestingly, the two wines with gold medal stickers on them (the first and third)Continue reading “6 new release Australian whites”

The Rutherglen renaissance

Rutherglen vines in the morning mist. Rutherglen as a tourist destination provides a vision of a rural idyll surrounded by Victorian buildings, vineyards, sheep and intertwined family history.  To borrow a concept from Bernard Salt, at around 300 kilometres from Melbourne and further still from Sydney, it is comfortably out of the orbit of theContinue reading “The Rutherglen renaissance”

d’Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2016

I enjoy southern Rhône style whites, and roussanne (and roussanne blends) deserve a longer hearing in an Australian context.  This is a lovely fresh release from d’Arenberg and the 2016 vintage.  In the glass, saline aromatics give way to a full bodied but fresh palate.  The grapes were picked early and malolactic fermentation suppressed toContinue reading “d’Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2016”

Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites.  This wine is from Château d’Anglès from the La Clape appellation which is actually further south in the Languedoc, but the principle remains the same.  It’s a blend of bourboulenc (50%), white grenache (30%), roussanne (10%) and marsanne (10%).  Bourboulenc you say?  Yes, it’s aContinue reading “Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010”

A few Australian white Rhône style wines

I have grown quite partial to white Rhône blends, and happily, a few local versions have arrived on the doorstep over the past week or so providing quite impressive quality/value propositions.  The grape varieties involved are marsanne, roussanne and viognier in varying styles and proportions, with each satisfying in their own way. But first aContinue reading “A few Australian white Rhône style wines”