Sorry this month is a touch late, we’ve been so busy this month with Anisa getting back into the swing of work and Ash getting married – Exciting!
Keep your glass at the ready – because we are committed to bringing you the best australian wines every month.
I hope you like this month’s picks & don’t forget to hashtag #winewiththemacadames when you try our wine recommendations. We’d love to get a peek at what’s in your glass. Cheers!
Canberra Region from Anisa
Lark Hill is a Biodynamic winery, in operation since 1978. Since 2003 they have adopted biodynamic principles, and are now certified by NASAA. They received certification to label as “Certified Biodynamic” in 2008. According to their website Biodynamic farming seeks to replace conventional methods with natural alternatives. In some cases, this is as simple as replacing chemical controls with manual labour. However, Biodynamics go far further than this, treating the farm as a huge interconnected web of organisms – with the knowledge that a healthy, balanced, biodiverse farm will sustainably produce wonderful crops. Lark Hill use composting and mulching to control weeds and improve soil structure – recycling all of their farm and winery waste into compost to return nutrients, minerals and organic matter to the soil. It’s essentially permaculture on a larger scale. They use the Biodynamic “Preparations” to stimulate soil and vine health, as well as control fungi on the vines themselves. This includes the well-known “500” – made up from composted cow manure: which acts as a pro-fungi culture for the soil, encouraging positive fungi growth and symbiotic relationships to help the vines grow. This holistic, closed-loop farming practice means their vineyard is very sustainable – with few inputs and fewer outputs. A similar process is used in a few vineyards in Chianti – more on these in this article.
Vineyard: Lark Hill
Wine: 2013 Chardonnay
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: From the vineyard – Wild yeast fermented in a mix of older and 10% new French oak, giving complexity, spice & funk behind the pure grapefruit characters. 2013 is said to be one of the best Canberra vintages with a warm Summer & cool Autumn – which means perfect ripening conditions.
My thoughts: It’s no secret that I love a good oaked Chardonnay. Although this one isn’t super woody, it’s silky smooth and complex.
I’d drink it with: Blue cheese or pasta.
Margaret River from Ash
Vineyard: Swings & Roundabouts
Wine: Chenin Blanc
Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc
Tasting Notes: From the vineyard – Pungent grassy fruit with some smoked and herbal scents and some light oak complexity over layers of flint and macadamia. Very intense initial flavours of grass like minerality, deceptive in its depth of fruit, with a very long and persistently tight flint-acid driven finish.
My thoughts: I love this wine, it has a old world style, mineral-ly with fruity flavours. It’s very easy to drink.
I’d drink it with: Asian food, Indian curries or with a antipasto plate.
Anisa & Ash – The Macadames. xx