The cho­sen ones

Australian House & Garden - - Christmas Entertaining -

A care­fully se­lected wine makes a great gift. The 2016 Phae­drus Pinot Noir, $26, is a fab­u­lous drop, over-de­liv­er­ing on flavour and value. It’s brim­ming with berry fruits, has un­der­tones of bay and thyme and makes a great ad­di­tion to a ham­per.

2015 Bre­mer­ton Bâ­ton­nage Shi­raz Mal­bec, $32, is ideal for a wine lover. Wine­maker

Re­becca Will­son is achiev­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults by stir­ring the lees of the mal­bec dur­ing mat­u­ra­tion, re­sult­ing in a wine brim­ming with fleshy fruit and a hint of dark choco­late.

2015 Howard Park Scots­dale Shi­raz, $46, is a charm­ing medium-bod­ied red with dark cherry flavours, pep­pery spice and cel­lar­ing po­ten­tial. Per­fect for a con­nois­seur. Or­der di­rect from the win­ery.

For that spe­cial some­one, splash out on 2014 Pikes The EWP Shi­raz, $65, pro­duced only in the best years. In­tensely flavoured and medium-bod­ied, it has fra­grant aro­mat­ics of berries and a dash of turk­ish de­light.

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