Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River 2013 $29 This wild-yeast barrel-fermented wine is a more complex rendition of the classic regional blend. The pungent bouquet shows overt oak and herbal fruit, including cedary, snow pea-like regional overtones. It has more palate weight and
Equipo Navazos ‘I Think’ Manzanilla Sherry, Spain $27 / 375ml Value: excellent An especially character-filled manzanilla because of its age (four and a half years under flor) and unfiltered cask bottling. Golden amber coloured; fresh, nutty aldehyde bouquet, complex and loaded with character. Rich and
Amelia Park Chardonnay, Margaret River 2012 $29 Value: good The colour is bright light to mid-yellow and there are restrained grapefruit, nettle aromas with hints of nougat and candle-wax. It’s lean and reserved on the palate, tight yet nicely proportioned, with refined structure. An appealingly
Kangarilla Road Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2013 $20 It’s rare to find such excellent chardonnay at this price these days. Like many McLaren Vale wineries Kangarilla Road has been increasingly sourcing its chardonnay from the Hills. The colour is light-medium straw-yellow; the bouquet is impressively complex
Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo Godello lias finas, Valdeorras, Spain, 2011 $36 The colour is bright medium-yellow and it smells creamy and nutty with a touch of spicy oak among the yeasty lees-derived aromas. Soft, rich and intense in the mouth, with density and fleshy texture.