|MUST for the long-term investor|
– or a prize wine cellar.
First made in 1997, with that release going on to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy the following year, this wine has been a consistent trophy and medal winner ever since.
Sourced from a small single vineyard within Katnook's Coonawarra property, the 2006 enjoyed ideal conditions with slightly above-average temperatures that resulted in fruit of outstanding varietal flavour, good palate structure and subtle richness.
It certainly vindicates winemaker Wayne Stehbens belief that while Shiraz may be more challenging in Coonawarra than Cabernet Sauvignon, ultimately Coonawarra Shiraz comes into its own.
This 2006 has loads of dark berry and liquorice flavours with hints of raspberry, together with pepper and spice notes and balanced new oak. A good investment for the future at $95, or to enjoy with close family or friends over the Christmas turkey.
ONE FOR LUNCH: IF you are already starting the shopping list for the Festive Season, jot down Logan's Weemala Brut NV in the bubbly column.
This celebration drink has fragrant pear, crisp apple and citrus flavours from it's predominantly Chardonnay component, and there's a smaller amount of Pinot. Pay $22 and bring it out with an antipasto platter of white anchovies, olives, artichokes, salami, pecorino and goat cheese – or a summery seafood salad.
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 BUBBLY idea for this year's Festive Season.