Thursday 2 December 2010

Your 10 wines for Christmas

Rob Geddes
Rob Geddes' recommendations for Christmas wine this year have been some of the best tasted in 2010. These may be wines for that special dinner or to give as gifts.

Celebration bubbles:

Ayala NV Brut Majeur Champagne

Dry, fine and complex, a truly smart champagne.

Wine for lighter flavours such as seafood, salads, canapes & white meats with lighter sauces:

Wilson Vineyard DJW Riesling 10

In a year of obvious rich Riesling Daniel Wilson has made a truly delicious dry, subtle limes, elegant and appealing Riesling.

Grossett Springvale Riesling 10

The flavours are pineapple and spice of the Watervale sub region, ideal on Christmas day.

Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 08

This wine is extraordinary fresh nettles and herbs dry and crisp, great texture and length I am sure its their best yet.

De Bortoli Pinot Noir Rose, Yarra Valley 10

You have to try this over summer - dry but rich in texture.

Wine for medium flavours such as lighter red meat & white meat with rich sauces:

Freycinet Pinot Noir 08

The sort of wine wife says” remember that one!” East coast Tasmania has great depth of flavour, velvety tannins richness in texture and fruit flavour.

Spring Vale Pinot Noir 07

This is the more affordable and widely available introduction from the neighbours to Freycinet. In the same style if a touch more rustic.

Wine for medium to heavy flavours such as roasted red meat:

Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz 08

Tasted in a line up of wines costing up to $550.00 this shone for its freshness and fine satiny silky tannins Tim Adams really knows Clare Shiraz and this could be his finest to date.

Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc 05

Tasted in a line up of wines costing up to $130.00 it reminds of the subtle elegance, length and power of Bordeuax and only slightly bigger than light medium body.

Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 06

Tasted in a line up of wines costing up to $130.00 I was remdinded that despite sideways Merlot can rock and in the hands of Petaluma it has rolled along consistently for over a decade.

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