Monday 3 March 2008



YOUR WEEKLY WINE COLUMN for week beginning 3 March 08

wine with david ellis

TIM Adams has done it again with his 2007 Clare Valley Riesling, crafting once more a wine that to our palate is a seafood-lover's delight.

Tim used only the very best 500 litres per tonne of grapes from a near-dozen vineyards in the Clare to create this wine that's intensely flavoured with typically Riesling characters, and has a lovely limey/lemon bouquet.

Like most Clare Valley Rieslings this one can be enjoyed while young and zesty, or popped away to develop over the next five years or so; Tim's bottled it with a screw cap, so you can be assured it'll retain its freshness in the cellar.

And while enjoyable as an aperitif, think more along the lines of matching it with good seafoods; a nice touch of acidity helps it go particularly well with baked barramundi you should try stuffed with breadcrumbs, pinenuts and a hearty handful of chopped olives, onion and parsley.

Well worth the $22 asking price.

ONE FOR LUNCH: Rosemount have broken new ground with their first-ever wine made from fruit sourced outside of Australia.

Their 2007 New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was made by winemakers Charles Whish and Matt Koch from 100% Marlborough fruit; it's quite tropical on both the palate and the nose, and has plenty of typical Marlborough mineral notes and acidity.

Good value at $20.99 with a Sunday brunch of asparagus quiche and salad.

BUY OF THE WEEK: McWilliam's always over-deliver with their Hanwood Estate Chardonnay, and the 2006 is no exception: great stone fruit and melon flavours, coupled with peach and grapefruit characters, make it ideal on the table with roast chicken stuffed with an apricot seasoning. Even better its just $12.


SHARE Tim Adams' 2007 Clare Valley Riesling with baked stuffed Barramundi.

A FIRST for Rosemount: a Sauvignon Blanc from 100% New Zealand fruit.

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