Wine o’clock is a pleasant 6pm ritual involving a leftover wine of the day, a light snack and the six o’clock news.
Another fantastic night was had for our second Vinosocial 2021. This time the theme was Anything But Chardonnay.
Christmas approaches, and there is no better time to enjoy all three of these uniquely Australian wines.
Spinifex Lola 2018, Barossa Valley, AUD $28
Stuart Knox was recently lucky enough to be invited to a comparative tasting of Hunter Valley wines at Quay restaurant.
Poonawatta: best known for old-vine Eden Valley shiraz is the specialty, The Centenarian and 1880 shirazes both from the estate vineyard. Silkman: best known for multi-award-winning winemaker Liz Silkman. She excels at shiraz, semillon and chardonnay, especially the Reserve labels, but her Reserve Shiraz Pinot Noir (current vintage 2017) is a ground-breaker. Vinden Estate: best known for regional favourites. Shiraz and semillon are the standard-bearers, although tempranillo and chardonnay also wowed us. Mount Mary Vineyard: best known for the magnificent five-variety cabernet blend Quintet, a Yarra benchmark. The 2017 scored well but the 2017 chardonnay is at least as impressive.
Crittenden Estate: best known for pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. Pepper Tree: best known for Coquun, the first nations name for the Hunter River, is Pepper Tree’s top shiraz and the 2018 is their highest-scoring wine. Soumah: best known for pinot noir, chardonnay and viognier from their Hexham Vineyard, the top label being Equilibrio, the 2018 chardonnay the star act. Stonier: best known for chardonnay and pinot noir, appearing each year under a varied array of single-vineyard labels.
Rising Small Batch White 2018, Yarra Valley, AUD $30
Vasse Felix Classic Dry White 2019, Margaret River, AUD $19
A mixed case of Brokenwood’s famous Cricket Pitch blend landed on my doorstep, including a number of releases from the early 2000s, with the current 2017 release the youngest wine.