Monday 4 November 2013


HERB and garlic lamb loin chops
off the BBQ simply ideal with this.
David Ellis

LATEST Aussie maker to come out with a Tempranillo – that wonderful red whose homeland is the Rioja region of Spain and which is now one of the fastest-growing "new" varietals in Australia – is Logan at Mudgee in the NSW Central Ranges.

Peter Logan's exceptionally-rewarding 2012 Tempranillo under his Logan Weemala label is one he says has been an equally-rewarding journey in the making. "It's a Tempranillo that I think captures the Mudgee terroir to a 'T,' from its savoury varietal characters to flavours of sarsaparilla and earthiness, and even the coal dust of Mudgee," he says.

"It's a rustic beauty that fills a void in our Weemala line-up for a red that is both age-worthy – and steak-worthy."

Well-priced at $19 this is a great drop to enjoy with a steak as Peter suggests, herb and garlic lamb loin chops off the BBQ, or with traditional Spanish cured ham and roasted vegetables.

PEARLER of a come-back idea
when partying is to the fore.

ONE TO NOTE: YELLOWGLEN has enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a maker of Australian sparkling wines for some forty years now, and a re-launch of its Vintage Perle is, well, a pearler of an idea.

Chief Winemaker Trina Smith blended classic sparkling varieties from across our leading sparkling regions to create this 2009 Yellowglen Vintage Perle, a drop that's sure to impress on any occasion when a celebratory bubbly is called for.

Nicely priced at $24.99 it has lovely layers of complex flavours, a delicate bead and a fresh and lingering finish, red-berry fruit flavours reflecting the high Pinot Noir component and its Chardonnay component adding lightness and elegance.

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