This month we have a great Shiraz for you from the Canberra region, perfect for the chilly Canberra winters, and a delicious Chardonnay from Margaret River, because lets face it, it’s always warm enough in Perth to drink white!
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Canberra Region from Anisa
Clonakilla is one of my favourite Canberra region wineries and given it’s the depths of winter at the moment, I thought their O’Riada Shiraz was the perfect pick for this month. You can buy it directly from the cellar online here (cheapest) or from Dan Murphy’s.
Wine: O’Riada Shiraz (2012)
Grape: 100% Shiraz
Tasting Notes: From James Halliday: black fruits, spice, pepper, licorice and sweet, fresh earth that fills the senses.
My thoughts: I first tried the O’Riada Shiraz last year and loved it. Although I haven’t tried the 2012 version but given the reviews, Clonakilla seem to have backed up this year’s vintage well. I loved the flavour of black berries and spices which marries well with the subtle nutty tannins.
I’d eat it with: A big bowl of fresh pasta or a steak.
Margaret River from Ash
This Laurance Chardonnay is one of my absolute favourites! You can buy it from their online store here.
Vineyard: Laurance Wines
Wine: Chardonnay (2011)
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: From the vineyard: A tightly wound jasmine flower bud. The initial aromatics of lemon verbena and nectarine are supported by background notes of toasted French and freshly baked bread. The minerally palate opens with pure white fruit flavours which are reminiscent of nashi pear and lychee. Hints of vanillin, butterscotch and crème brule are carried by a fine acid backbone which refreshes the senses and restrains the generous textures.
My thoughts: This is a heavily oaked Chardonnay with over 9 months in French oak barrels, so if you’re not big on wooded Chardonnay, this probably isn’t for you. I love the rich and buttery flavour.
I’d eat it with: Antipasto or cheese.
Anisa & Ash – The Macadames. xx
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