Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

MIDWINTER WINES

- REGAN DREW

Mid-year tends to be a busy wine time as wineries send out their new babies after spending 12-24 months maturing after their fermentati­on has finished. As we reach midwinter, here’s three new releases that will be hitting the shelves.

DAOSA, BLANC DE BLANCS, 2016

Spends more than four years on lees, in barrel and bottle before release. Exquisite beading. Rich cashew cream, marzipan, peach, citrus, shortcrust pastry and briny depth. Layered, complex with savoury yeasty, flinty lees nuances supporting an incredibly fine, textured long finish. In the top echelon of Aussie sparkling wines. Rating: 96/100

RRP: $90

Alc: 12 per cent

MADAM SASS, PINOT NOIR, 2020

A new import from Chile. Over and under ripe cherry, raspberry with stalky pepper and earthy mulchy forest floor. Lightly bodied: sour tangy cherry fruit and chocorange with a steely frame. Short flavour length and showing simplicity.

Rating: 85/100

RRP: $20

Alc: 14 per cent

SERAFINO, SHIRAZ, 2019

From a consistent McLaren Vale performer. Spice drenched plums (blue and blood), a hint of regional graphite and wrapped with chocolatey oak. Medium-full body. Enjoyable layers of slick fruit over a stony base and fine, firm tannins. Rating: 92/100

RRP: $28

Alc: 14 per cent

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