Monday, 24 March 2008

PREMIUM WINES ARE IN THE BOX

Wc24Mar08

YOUR WEEKLY WINE COLUMN for week beginning 24 March 2008

wine with david ellis

PREMIUM WINES ARE IN THE BOX

BEELGARA have created a great new version of the ubiquitous cask – a
budget-friendly job that holds 3-litres (four bottles) of premium
bottle-quality wine rather than vin ordinaire, and is cube-shaped to
save on fridge space.

And their so-called sq3 casks of wines are sure to not only please
those looking for vintage wines at a budget price, but greenies too:
Beelgara say the new casks reduce carbon production in the
manufacturing process by up to 80 per cent through the use of
cardboard and a foil bladder rather than glass.

These 3-litre sq3 cubes can be somewhat deceptive on first appearance,
certainly not seeming capable of having the equivalent of four bottles
tucked away inside; the current range includes a premium 2006 Cabernet
Merlot, 2006 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, a 2006 Chardonnay and a 2007
Rosé.

Each cask costs $24.95, or the equivalent of just $6.25 a bottle, at
select liquor stores and BWS; while all proved their value, the 2006
Cabernet Merlot got the most attention at a recent barbecue, with its
plum and berry fruit flavours and slightly earthy oak a great match
with lamb grillers and salad.

ONE FOR LUNCH: Bidgeebong Wines' Director of Winemaking, Andrew Birks
called on schoolteachers-turned-farmers, Robert and Heather Johansen
for fruit for his very more-ish 2006 Tumbarumba Sauvignon Blanc.

The Johansen's Mountain View Vineyard is just out of Tumbarumba and
their fruit enabled Andrew to create a wine that's got nice zesty lime
and lemon flavours coupled with fragrant passionfruit and herbaceous
aromas; pay $20 and enjoy with stir-fried chicken breast strips, lemon
grass and Asian greens topped with sliced avocado, lime juice and
coriander.

BUY OF THE WEEK: The wallet will appreciate you sharing that next
Sunday roast chicken with De Bortoli's Montage 2006 Chardonnay
Semillon; lovely creamy texture with lifted peach and tropical
characters, and its under $10.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS:

IT's in the box – deceptively looking Beelgara sq3 casks hold the
equivalent of four bottles of premium wines.

MATCH this with stir-fried chicken breast strips, lemon grass and
Asian greens topped with sliced avocado, lime juice and coriander.

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