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Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Drinks -

2016 Rose Ken­tish Ver­mentinu, Cor­sica, $38

SA wine­maker Rose Ken­tish has vis­ited Cor­sica to pro­duce this de­li­cious, green-mel­on­scented white and Provence to make a savoury, spicy rosé. roseken­tish­wines.com.au

2017 Bertrand Be­spoke Mourvè­dre, Heath­cote, $40

A bril­liant ex­am­ple of the wild flavours that can be found in red wines made from mourvè­dre – prickly hedgerow berries, a Cam­pari-like tangi­ness – at a 12.9 per cent. @bertrandbe­spoke

2016 Fraser Gal­lop Chardon­nay, Mar­garet River, $39

This gor­geous, scin­til­lat­ing chardon­nay is as re­fresh­ing as a well-made G&T: lovely hints of sweet fra­grant botan­i­cals, some bright lemony cut, and a chalky, savoury fin­ish. fraser­gal­lopes­tate.com.au

2017 Pewsey Vale 1961 Block Ries­ling, Eden Val­ley, $32

A new wine from old vines in a great site high in the Eden Val­ley. It’s as crisp as bit­ing into a cold green Granny Smith now; 20 years in the cel­lar will see it de­velop a toasty rich­ness. pewsey­vale.com

2015 Roland La­van­tureux Vieilles Vignes, Ch­ablis, $49

If you like clas­sic Ch­ablis – hints of wild flow­ers and honey float­ing through the per­fume, a sen­sa­tion of lick­ing peb­bles on the tongue – you’ll love this great-value, old-vine wine. eu­an­m­ckay.com.au

2017 Ricca Terra Arinto, River­land, $30

The Por­tuguese white grape arinto ob­vi­ously loves the hot, dry grow­ing con­di­tions in South Aus­tralia’s River­land be­cause this wine is full of life: bright, lemony and del­i­cately tex­tu­ral. ric­cater­ra­farms.com.au

2017 Hither & Yon Nero d’Avola, McLaren Vale, $25

Win­ner of three tro­phies at last year’s Al­ter­na­tive Va­ri­eties Wine Show and no sur­prise: deep-pur­ple colour, loads of se­duc­tive volup­tuous fruit, sup­ple but firm, grippy tan­nins. hith­erandyon.com.au

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