Monday 26 January 2009



david ellis

THREE years ago the Hunter Valley's Andrew Margan from Margan Family Wines, and Hamish MacGowan, the brains behind Angus the Bull – that exceptional and aptly-named carnivores' blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Victoria and South Australia – decided on another bit of blending.

But it was to be one with a difference, marrying-up Andrew's lip-smacking Hunter Valley Semillon with a Sauvignon Blanc from one of the best makers in New Zealand's famed Marlborough Region.

It was an instant success, and as they'd seen it as something of a neat balancing act, they labelled their new venture the See Saw Wine Company. Now they've released another such blend, this one from the 2008 vintage on either side of the Tasman, a wine they say was made "purely and simply to enjoy at any time."

Andrew's Semillon component has given the 2008 See Saw concentrated lime and citrus characters, while the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has added tropical characters, intense aromatics and a steely acidity.

A great drop while summer is still with us to enjoy with seafood salads or BBQ'd salmon tails; and at $19.95 you'll find it equally great value for money.

ONE FOR LUNCH: As a one-time professional chef and corporate caterer in Sydney, it was not surprising that when Lynne Derwin and engineer husband John decided to go into the winemaking business, they'd agree that the wines they would create would have food foremost in mind.

The Derwin's planted 8ha to vines in Victoria's Yarra Valley and now produce just 2000 cases a year; at $22 and served well-chilled, their refreshingly dry, hand-crafted 2008 Rosé lives up well to their food-match criteria, particularly Asian dishes or roast chicken. (Phone (03) 9730 1181 for supplies if you can't find it on the shelves – it's worth the effort.)



Photo Captions:

[] BRINGING together our Hunter Valley and New Zealand's Marlborough Region

[] CHILL out with this Rosé and your favourite Asian dishes

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