TUCKER TIME RED AND WHITE TWOSOME
THERE were plenty of reasons for smiles in South Australia's Clare Valley this 2017 vintage, amongst grape-growers because of highest prices they'd enjoyed for years – coupled with above-average quantities of fruit off their vines – and amongst winemakers in having fruit they've lauded as the best in three decades.
Plus there'll be smiles to come amongst wine buffs too, as the outstanding wines of this vintage start coming onto the market.
And one you'll find already on the shelves is Tim Adams' 2017 Clare Valley Pinot Gris, a drop of outstanding structure, flavour and acid profile, and reflecting a vintage that Tim ranks in the Top Five in his 40-odd years as a winemaker and vigneron.
With rich and robust fruit characters on the palate and bright acidity, pair this one with fish, prawns, lobster or oven-roasted chicken.
And at $22, there's reason to smile at the price, too.
WINESPEAK: When a winemaker refers to a wine as being "Big" they're not referring to the bottle size, but to the wine being high in alcohol content, or in intensity of flavour.
 HERE'S a drop that makes for a great pairing on the table with fish, prawns or lobster, or with oven-roasted chicken.