Monday 5 January 2009



david ellis

PUT together a low-yielding vineyard on the very spine of Coonawarra's famed terra rossa strip, a perfect vintage, and over 150 years of winemaking experience, and what you've done is bottle-up Lindemans 2005 St George Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 12ha St George Vineyard was planted back in 1967 and since then has produced vintage after vintage of superlative wines, with the 2005 one of the best – a dry and slightly warmer than usual summer with no rain gave winemaker Brett Sharpe the fruit to create a truly classic Cabernet Sauvignon.

Full bodied and complex with sweet blackberry fruit and a touch of licorice on the palate, this is an ideal wine to match with premium beef dishes, or to sip lovingly over a platter of hard after-dinner cheeses.

Not inexpensive at $54.99 it will reward now for a special occasion dinner, and all the more so with eight to ten years graceful aging.

ONE FOR LUNCH: Unusually warm and dry conditions in the first two months of 2008 resulted in ideal fully-flavoured fruit for Roundstone's 2008 Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Typically grassy and tropical fruit characters make this wine a perfect match with seafoods, a plate of fresh-cooked asparagus shared with warm crusty baguettes, or a warm salad.

Well priced to enjoy now at $25, it will also reward well with two or three years cellaring that will see it soften and develop more complexity.

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