Monday 11 November 2013


WONDERFULLY food-friendly
and a pedigree to go with it.


David Ellis

NAME-DROP to family or friends that you're inviting them around to Sunday brunch accompanied by a Trophy winner from this year's Melbourne Wine Show, and then surprise them by revealing that your trophy-winning Best Riesling of Show cost you all of a recommended $11.99.

We're talking about the Jacob's Creek 2012 Riesling, a wine that impressed the judges with its sweet floral and citrus flavours, framed by a soft acid backbone. "Our classic Riesling has always punched above its weight in terms of quality, and there's a real passion for it among our winemaking team," said Jacob's Creek Chief Winemaker, Bernard Hickin.

"We had some exceptional fruit from the 2012 vintage in Langhorne Creek, and the Barossa and Clare Valleys," Mr Hickin added, saying: "And already the 2013 vintage is also looking good too."

ONE worth searching out
for special occasion dining.
Always a wonderfully versatile food-friendly wine, Riesling matches a whole diversity of dishes at the table, so match this with brunch-time seafood entrees, mains based on simple barbecued pork chops with apple sauce to spicy Thai, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines, and desserts such as apple and lime zest tarts or fruit flans.

ONE TO NOTE: THIS month sees the 30th annual release of Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, this year's wine coming from the 2011vintage and the first to bear a revamped label based on one the company used back in the 1980s.

Available at selected Vintage Cellars and Dan Murphy stores, or online at, this is a wine worth searching out, particularly as it's one of just 38 listed as "Distinguished" in Langton's V Classification of Australian Wine.

From a vintage highlighted by above-average summer rains that called for extra drive in vineyard management and fruit selection, it's a wine generous with fruit flavours, finely grained tannins and underlying mocha notes; worth the $40 for special occasion dining.

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