Monday 23 August 2010


THE Head Girl's choice: drizzle this
over fresh-shucked oysters


David Ellis

IF you enjoy seafood, you love Riesling, and you find nothing nicer than putting the two together, a wine you are going to have to write away for – or give them a call – is the delightfully-named Good Catholic Girl 2009 Teresa Riesling from South Australia's Clare Valley.

This is because just 107 cases were made of this drop that was handcrafted by winemaker (and self-titled company Head Girl,) Julie Barry – daughter of the late and legendary Jim Barry. Julie sourced fruit from the vineyards of grower Barry Marsson for two reasons: his vineyards are in the renowned Riesling town of Watervale, and she reckons he's a good Catholic boy.

Her wine is a stunner of mouth-watering proportions: ripe apple dominated by classic lime-tinged fruit and a zesty, acid finish are all to the fore here, and put the nostrils near the glass and it's all about apples and limes again, plus lemons and nectarines.

VERY moreish with barramundi foil-baked
with garlic, parsley, shallots and white wine…

You can order direct from Julie on 0419 822 909 or email her at  Pay $25 a bottle (plus freight) and as she  suggests, drizzle a small amount chilled over fresh-shucked oysters in the shell, sipping a glass or three as well as you go along.

If you don't enjoy that, go stand in the naughty corner. The Head Girl said so.

ONE FOR LUNCH: AFTER successfully selling out of the whole production run of their 2009 Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rosé, Adelaide Hills maker Longview Vineyard has released their 2010 version of this wine – and if anything its as good as, if not better, than the sell-out 2009.

A wine of moreish mouth-tingling acid, cherry and anise flavours, this is one to enjoy with barramundi oven-baked in foil with olive oil, garlic, parsley, shallots and white wine, and served with boiled baby potatoes; pay $18.99.


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