Top Drops: February 2018

Author: Max Allen
Photography: Chris Janses and Rodney Macuja

Numbered from top to bottom, left to right.

1. TROPHY WINNER

2017 Hither & Yon Nero d'Avola, McLaren Vale, $25

Winner of three trophies at last year's Alternative Varieties Wine Show and no surprise: deep-purple colour, loads of seductive voluptuous fruit, supple but firm, grippy tannins. 
hitherandyon.com.au

2. NEW VINES

2017 Ricca Terra Arinto, Riverland, $30

The Portuguese white grape arinto obviously loves the hot, dry growing conditions in South Australia's Riverland because this wine is full of life: bright, lemony and delicately textural.
riccaterrafarms.com.au

3. CHARDY FROM HERE

2016 Fraser Gallop Chardonnay, Margaret River, $39

This gorgeous, scintillating chardonnay is as refreshing as a well-made G&T: lovely hints of sweet fragrant botanicals, some bright lemony cut, and a chalky, savoury finish. 
frasergallopestate.com.au

4. ISLAND WHITE

2016 Rose Kentish Vermentinu, Corsica, $38

SA winemaker Rose Kentish has visited Corsica to produce this delicious, green-melon-scented white and Provence to make a savoury, spicy rosé.
rosekentishwines.com.au

5. CHARDY FROM THERE

2015 Roland Lavantureaux Vieilles Vignes, Chablis, $49

If you like classic Chablis - hints of wild flowers and honey floating through the perfume, a sensation of licking pebbles on the tongue - you'll love this great-value, old-vine wine.
euanmckay.com.au

6. MODERN CLASSIC

2017 Pewsey Vale 1961 Block Riesling, Eden Valley, $32

A new wine from old vines in a great site high in the Eden Valley. It's as crisp as biting into a cold green Granny Smith now; 20 years in the cellar will see it develop a toasty richness.
pewseyvale.com

7. WILD THING

2017 Bertrand Bespoke Mouvèdre, Heathcote, $40

A brilliant example of the wild flavours that can be found in red wines made from mouvèdre - prickly hedgerow berries, a Campari-like tanginess - at a 12.9 per cent.
@bertrandbesopke







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