Clyde Park Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Geelong, AUD $40
The Rhône Valley white varieties are so well-suited to Australian conditions, it’s surprising we don’t see more of them.
Doug Neal has been the winemaker at Paradise IV near Geelong for 13 years and in recent years has been associated with the Del Rios winery at Anakie.
In my latest tasting of nearly 100 pinot noirs, the regions that dominated were – no surprises – Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.
Dinny Goonan Riesling 2017, Geelong, AUD $25
Oakdene Bernard’s Cabernets 2016, Bellarine Peninsula, AUD $30
Brown Magpie Modewarre Mud Shiraz 2014, Geelong, AUD $60
The latest Bindi and By Farr pinot noirs are exceptional, as we have come to expect.
For a vintage that has been somewhat maligned, 2016 has produced some stunning chardonnays.
Pinot noir prefers a cool climate, and there are two ways to achieve that in Australia: go up or go south. Altitude or latitude … but which is best?