|SOMETHING new to enjoy with|
pan-fried whiting – and just $12.99.
THE Hunter Valley's Neil McGuigan is without doubt Australia's master-craftsman when it comes to Semillon, and he's now both surprised and delighted his legions of fans by coming up with a virtually total new style that he's labelled The Semillon Blanc.
Because while it's got Semillon's forward lemony/lime flavours, Neil's actually enhanced those vibrant citrus characters, and also coaxed out some wonderfully delicious tropical fruit flavours as well by blending-in fruit from the Murray and Barossa Valleys as well as his home-town Hunter.
It's resulted in an aromatic, flavoursome and crisp wine that could almost be likened to Australian White Burgundy, and which at just 11.5% alcohol is perfect with seafoods such as pan-fried whiting, or to purely enjoy on its own.
|GREAT Australian sparkler for|
when its time to party.
It's a super result, but we have one misgiving: while the $12.99 price tag is great for consumers, does it under-value this wine's uniqueness and quality?
ONE FOR LUNCH: VICTORIA's Domaine Chandon Sparkling Winemaker, Glenn Thompson drew on fruit from no less than eight cool-climate areas in Victoria and South Australia to achieve exactly what he set out to do with the just-released Chandon Vintage Brut Rosé 2008.
A blend of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir, that included a small percentage of Pinot Noir fermented on skins to give the wine its distinct colour, this is a real party-food drop with mouth-filling berry flavours, toasty characters, some savoury spice and a fine creaminess. Good value at $39.95.
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