Aussie Wines Of The Month {July}

By July 15, 2014 recipes, wine

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It’s no secret that we Macadames love wine.

And if you’re reading this with a half empty glass of Pinot then we’re guessing you do too.

It’s a pretty well known fact that the French make some of the best wine in the world.

Now we’re not saying that they don’t make an excellent drop (check out Anisa’s time in the Burgundy wine region and Champagne wine region), but so do us Aussies.

From the Margaret River to the Hunter Valley and even smaller regions like my local Canberra Region, Australia is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world with an international export market of over 400 million litres annually, in addition to an equivalent domestic market.

That’s a hell of a lot of wine.

So if you’re new to Australian wine, here’s a great map to get your bearings on the different regions from Wine Folly.


By now you’re probably rather thirsty, so without further delay, we’d like announce that Ash & I will be bringing you monthly picks of wine from our regions, showcasing to you just how good Australian wine can be. Tegan is on a health kick at the minute but Ash & I will try get around to tasting some Victoria region wines sometime soon. Shouldn’t take us long 😉

Apologies in advance, we won’t be using wanky terms such as “dewey forest floor moss after recent rain” or “seasoned oak supported by the floral scent of musky black roses”. Truth be told, our palettes are not that highly developed.

But we like wine, and we hope you will like these wines too.

Don’t forget to hashtag #winewiththemacadames when you try our wine recommendations. We’d love to hear what you think and get a peek at what’s in your glass. Cheers!


Canberra Region from Anisa

This month I’d like to kick off our wine series with one of my favourites, Mount Majura Vineyard’s Chardonnay. You can pick it up from the cellar door or buy it online here.

Vineyard: Mount Majura Vineyard

Wine: Chardonnay (current vintage 2013)

Grape: 100% Chardonnay

Tasting Notes: From the vineyard: A complex & beguiling Chardonnay, the citrus/grapefruit character meshes with barrel fermented savouriness. One the palate it has a fruity purity and drive, complemented by creaminess from less contact and a grilled nuts savouriness from solids fermentation.

My thoughts: As I’m overseas, I have only tasted the 2010, 11 and 12 versions so going from those vintages, I personally I love the flavour; it’s crisp, fresh and has a subtle oakiness that I love. I usually like a heavily oaked white wine, but if you’re not that way inclined, this Chardonnay is very subtle and definitely not overpowering.

I’d eat it with: Fish, salad, Asian food and cheese of course. Or just on it’s own. It’s a perfect summer wine.


Margaret River from Ash

This month I’d like to highlight one of my favourite Malbecs from a family owned Italian vineyard, Carpe Diem, in Margaret River. You can pick it up at the cellar door or check this list of stockists. Unfortunately they only supply WA and VIC for the time being.

Vineyard: Carpe Diem

Wine: Malbec (Platinum Selection) 

Grape: 100% Malbec

Tasting Notes: Delicious! It looks like it tastes – as a very dark red almost purple black this is a full-bodied and rich red wine. 

My thoughts: This is a wine for a special occassion – or if you want to impress friends at a dinner party. 

I’d eat it with: Anything hearty! A nice casserole or roast dinner. Or cheese. Everything goes with cheese. You could drink this on it’s own but I feel as though it is perfect with a hearty meal!  

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Bottoms up!

Anisa & Ash – The Macadames. xx

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  • Reply Eileen July 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Great reviews Anisa and Ash!

  • Reply Anisa July 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks Eileen!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking July 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    So fun! I’m looking forward to this series so I have an excuse to buy more wine! For taste testing purposes, of course. If you girls would liked to play along, Kelly and I nominated you for a Liebster Award! It’s something bloggers pass on to one another, and we’ve really enjoyed learning more about you all and following all your adventures! Here’s more info if you’re interested:

    • Reply Anisa July 23, 2014 at 2:25 am

      Thanks so much! Aussie Wine is really the best! We would love to learn more about wine from where you live, you guys should pop some recommendations into the comments 🙂 also I will try to include stockists for overseas purchasers.

      Thanks so much for nominating us for the Liebster Award, what a great idea! We will definitely answer your questions and I will definitely do a nomination on behalf of The Macadames. Looking forward to getting to know you.

      We will get working on our questions now.


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