Hugel & Fils Gentil, Alsace 2012 $19-$20 A multi-variety blend of classic Alsace grapes, this is a spicy floral muscat-scented white wine with peach and nectarine nuances. The palate is rich and full yet also delicate and refined. There’s a tickle of sweetness before a
Purple Hen Phillip Island Viognier, Gippsland 2013 $28 This superb wine was made by Pip Farr, which may explain the style (and quality) link with the outstanding By Farr viogniers. Mid-yellow, it has a complex bouquet of spices, stone-fruits, smoky sulfides and nutty echoes of
Tenafeate Creek Basket Pressed Montepulciano, One Tree Hill 2011 $25 This promising vineyard is just half an hour from Adelaide in the Mt Lofty Ranges. The wine is dark red-purple and the blackberry, blackcurrant aromas are joined by briar and pencil-wood notes. It tastes very
Deen De Bortoli Vat Series All Rounder Dry Botrytis Semillon, Riverina 2002 $15 Like the dry botrytis wines of the famous Sauternes chateaux, this is a superb wine of great complexity. I assume it’s so cheap because no-one knows of it. Deep golden with toast,
Ferngrove King Malbec, Frankland River 2010 $32 An ironstone-like mineral note is the motif of this, the top Ferngrove malbec label. It also has bayleaf, dried-herb aromas, savoury and ripe, with a rich, smooth palate filled with fine, supple tannins. Good length and harmony. An effortlessly
Blason d’Aussieres Corbieres, South-West France 2010 $27.80 Corbieres is usually a rustic red blended from south-west France blended from syrah, mourvedre, grenache and carignan. This one, from the Domaines Barons de Rothschild, makers of Chateau Lafite, has a touch of class. The aromas are as=savur
Torbreck The Steading Blanc, Barossa Valley 2012 $39 This marsanne, viognier, roussanne blend is partner to the famous Steading red. The colour is medium yellow; the rich bouquet is loaded with spice and floral scents together with yeast-lees characters and nutty echoes of barrel fermentation.
Geyerhof Hoher Rain Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal 2011 $39 A terrific food wine, with a rich but elegant, driving palate and an emphatic and very long finish. Plenty of fruit concentration here. The aromas are of pepper and other spices; lifted, clean and fragrant. Totally dry,