New highs for wine
AUSTRALIAN wine has never been better.
Winemakers of the past could never have envisioned the quality and the pleasure that winemakers today can provide to consumers.
Below is a tiny cross-section of the finest tasted recently. Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling 2016
It doesn’t make any difference whether you look at James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion or the fine wine stores’ shelves, Larry Cherubino has cemented his place as a craftsman of many of Australia’s best and best value wines in almost every style.
At $21, and less on special, this is one of the finest rieslings.
18 points. Angove Long Row Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling NV
Angove consistently produces a cross-section of table wines in most varieties that are among Australia’s best in the $7 to $15 range. Now this Angove Long Row Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling NV joins them.
Fine, soft, fresh, modern, creamy and easy.
17.5 points and $10. Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The rebadged and re-blended version of the Cabernet Merlot.
Soft, juicy, and while rich and appealing, retains a degree of classy restraint.
One of Australia’s and Margaret River’s great value cabernets.
$28 and 18.4 points. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Rosé NV
I challenge you to put this in to a line-up with the world’s great sparklers to see what you think.
Creamy, mellow, long and seamless. Brilliant finish.
$160 and 19 points. Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay 2015
Runner-up to a couple of Champion Chardonnay trophy winners, this is wonderfully balanced with marvellous length, finish and aftertaste.
Fuller in style, but also with low keyed restraint.
$46.50 and 18.8 points. Flametree SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Full flavoured cabernet, densely and intensely flavoured and of enormous length. Delicious and satisfying. Brilliant finish and aftertaste – drink or cellar.
18.8 points. Cullen Kevin John Legacy Series Chardonnay ‘Moon Opposite Saturn Harvest’ 2014
Full, complex, textural, enormous length and while obviously very young, is stunning. Just 82 dozen made. The greatest Australian white wine that I have tasted.
$295 and 19.3 points.
Cullen Wines managing director and chief winemaker Vanya Cullen among the vines.