Tast­ing notes

Qantas - - QUISINE. -

TAR & ROSES TEMPRANILLO

2017 / $25

The “tar” is the late le­gendary Don Lewis; the “rose” is Narelle King, a char­tered ac­coun­tant turned wine­maker. Their value-for-money reds in­clude shi­raz, san­giovese, neb­bi­olo and this tempt­ing tempranillo fea­tur­ing aro­mas of rasp­ber­ries and dark cher­ries min­gled with fresh licorice. It’s fine-boned yet full-flavoured with lots of red fruits and ex­otic spices. Serve it with a gutsy paella.

CHALMERS VERMENTINO 2017 / $27

The Chalmers fam­ily up­ended tra­di­tional Aus­tralian wine­grow­ing by in­tro­duc­ing hith­erto un­heard-of grape va­ri­eties from Italy, in­clud­ing vermentino, which hails from Sar­dinia. The 2017 vin­tage smells of sea spray and spring blos­som and has flavours of lemon pith and white nec­tarine. Its chalky tex­ture and zesty fin­ish would suit crumbed flat­head.

HEATH­COTE ES­TATE SIN­GLE VINE­YARD SHI­RAZ

2016 / $52

In 1999, Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula vi­gneron Robert Kirby (of Yabby Lake fame) es­tab­lished a shi­raz vine­yard ad­ja­cent to Jasper Hill. Tom Car­son leads the wine­mak­ing team and this 2016 shi­raz is a stel­lar ex­am­ple of the dis­tinc­tive lo­cal style. It has bold dark-cherry and plum-cake aro­mas with a whiff of clove and fresh aniseed – per­fect with seared kan­ga­roo fil­let.

FOSTER E ROCCO SAN­GIOVESE ROSÉ 2017 / $26

Adam Foster was a wine-lov­ing chef be­fore he turned his hand to wine­mak­ing. While Syrahmi is his main la­bel, this rosé is the prod­uct of a part­ner­ship with for­mer Mel­bourne som­me­lier Lin­coln Ri­ley (aka Rocco). It of­fers dried cran­berry and clove aro­mas with lots of tex­tu­ral in­ter­est, cour­tesy of fer­men­ta­tion in older oak bar­rels. The deep, savoury flavours and firm frame shine with spaghetti von­gole.

JASPER HILL GEOR­GIA’S PAD­DOCK SHI­RAZ

2016 / $90

In 1975, Heath­cote he­roes Ron and Elva Laughton pi­o­neered their bio­dy­namic vine­yards. In 2001, daugh­ter Emily joined her dad to con­tinue the fam­ily’s le­gacy. This shi­raz is all black­ber­ries and mul­ber­ries backed by licorice and dried sour cher­ries. It’s in­tensely flavoured, com­pact and pro­found. The mouth-coat­ing tan­nins de­serve a decade in the cel­lar or a juicy steak now.

You can buy these wines and more at qan­taswine.com.

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