Vidal Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $19.99
Does Central Otago produce this country’s best examples of pinot noir? According to my database (and palate), the answer is yes, by a slim margin, although the other pinot noir regions are hot on Central Otago’s heels.
Vino Lascito Rubicone IGT Sangiovese 2016, Italy, NZD $17.95
Burn Cottage’s pinot noir releases are always noteworthy.
Moppity Vineyards Estate Shiraz 2016, Hilltops, AUD $35
Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2016, Margaret River, AUD $25
Mount Majura Vineyard Little Dam Tempranillo 2016, Canberra District, AUD $45
Each year for the past three years Jim Chatto has conducted a blind comparative tasting of his Chatto Tasmanian pinot noirs against top-level Burgundies.
In my latest tasting of alternative red varieties, there were eight nebbiolos, from five regions.
Louis Jadot Chablis 1er Cru Les Fourchaumes 2016, Burgundy, AUD $90-$100