Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
This particular wine is about a 60:40 ratio of Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and is sourced from the Eden Valley in SA. This particular wine has a straw/gold colour to it. A good delicate nose The Chardonnay component here has provided the wine with a lightness and lengthy acidity. This has a good richness of flavours with nutty, yeasty character. Another cracking good value sparkling like the Houghtons from yesterday. Definitely worth a punt!
Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009
I’m not normally one that is in to Marlborough Savvie’s, but I’m often asked to recommend a goodie. And I think you can’t really go past the Wither Hills in that respect. It has those typical Marlborough characters - passionfruit, green capsicum - but not so much of that horrendous eau de cats piss. What I like most about this vintage is that it’s a little greener, not overloaded with sugar like some of it’s contemporaries. It’s a little pricier than your Oyster Bays and Stoneleighs, and probably not as ‘trendy’. But at the end of the day, I think it’s a great wine, and one that’s consistently great! Take it with you to your local Thai on Friday night and kick off the weekend with some zing!
Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz 2008
This is an absolute monster from the Barossa Valley. This has 15% alcohol and is not for the faint hearted. This has a colour that is as dark as night. Squid Ink wouldn’t really cut it. This is a dark and intense wine. This is classic barossa; dark full-bodied with a nose of dark fruits cherries and blackcurrants. This has a good richness of flavour to it but it does drop away relatively quickly but you do get a touch of cigar box or tobacco flavour at the end. Truly Delicious. Drink now or over the next four years.
Kiss Chasey Red 2008
This wine’s name itself suggests it might be one for those ‘young at heart’ - but those young in general will enjoy it. And old too! Just to be clear, this is a wine that goes down far too easily and just about anyone can quietly (or not so quietly) sup and enjoy! It’s a cheap and cheerful Cab/Shiraz/Merlot blend and is rich with fruitiness and berry flavours, with a nice hint of Margaret River pepper from the Shiraz. It’s quite juicy on the palate but finishes very smoothly. A very approachable wine indeed. If you hunt around you can find it for just under $10 in some places - bargain! It’s a good little number to just have ‘on hand’. I’ll be taking mine along to a barbecue on the weekend to have with some tasty pork and fennel sausages.
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