David Franz Sticky Botrytis Semillon 2011 (500ml), Barossa Valley, AUD $20
Domaine Rewa Riesling 2014, Central Otago, NZD $25
Michael Hall Greenock Roussanne, Barossa Valley 2014 $38 The deep-yellow colour indicates a very forward but also complex wine, with a bouquet of toasty, nutty barrel-ferment and honey, malt, almond-like nuances. The taste is full and rich, dry and slightly firm to finish. A good
Sam Coverdale of Polperro and Even Keel wines is one of the exciting young winemakers plying his trade in southern Victoria. He’s based on the Mornington Peninsula but also buys grapes further afield. Specialising in pinot noir and chardonnay – no surprises there – he
If you’ve got a “significant” birthday looming it’s fun to celebrate the occasion with a bottle of wine that was made from grapes picked in your birth year. It’s easier and cheaper than you might think. Simply log on to the website www.wine-searcher.com, type your year of birth in “vintage”, set the search area to “all countries” (you could try searching New Zealand and Australia before doing a global search), choose NZ Dollar as your currency of choice and press the search button.