Dash Rum­ble

Som­me­lier, Eightysix, Can­berra

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What wine sums up the Can­berra Dis­trict in a bot­tle?

The 2013 Clon­akilla Shi­raz Viog­nier shows our ter­roir and is such an el­e­gant drop. I also like the 2011 Helm Caber­net Sauvi­gnon with its aroma of eu­ca­lyp­tus.

Which wine would you cel­lar?

The 2014 Lark Hill Mr V, a Rhône-style blend of viog­nier, marsanne and rous­sanne, is com­plex and tex­tured but has some pri­mary fruits so it will de­velop hon­eyed char­ac­ter­is­tics with a cou­ple more years in bot­tle.

What’s good to drink now?

Any of the re­gion’s ries­lings, es­pe­cially Bryan Martin’s Ravensworth pét-nat [sparkling] ries­ling. He has a very unique ap­proach to wine­mak­ing, ex­per­i­ment­ing with odd grapes, yet all of his wines are ap­proach­able. The ries­ling is fresh and easy to drink – flo­ral, light and acidic.

What’s the re­gion’s most sur­pris­ing wine?

I was blown away when I tried the 2017 Ravensworth The Tin­derry caber­net franc and sauvi­gnon blanc blend. It’s com­plex, fruit-for­ward and great value for money.

And what’s the best wine in Aus­tralia right now?

I’m so into La Vi­o­letta’s wines from the Great South­ern re­gion in West­ern Aus­tralia. The Almi­rante y Obispo and Yé-Yé Grisé have great char­ac­ter and struc­ture.

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