With Richard Slater & Grant Foulkes
2017 Tar and Roses Tempranillo (tem-pra-NEE-oh)
14.6% Heathcote, Victoria RRP $24
Tempranillo (a Spanish grape variety) when grown in Australia is
usually unexciting- and worth avoiding-but this wine is a delightful exception. From Central Victoria, its red deep colour, and ripeness are expected. Abundant spices overlay an array of blue, red and black fruit – blueberry, cola, and dark cherry. Medium bodied, with immaculate fine tannins, it presents with a rich mouthfeel, complexity and persistence, Beautifully poised, and completely delicious – especially with lamb dishes. Super drinking over the next few years. Well priced and just murders its varietal rivals. Impress your guests. Patriotically Victorian too!
Conclusion: A particularly smart, serious red wine.
2013 Salinger Vintage Cuvee
11.5% Great Western, Victoria RRP $23
I visited Seppelt’s wonderful cellar door last cup weekend and tasted
every sample available and this was the definite standout. When selecting a sparkling, I’d recommend ensuring it has undergone the ‘Traditional Method’ (it’ll usually say it on the bottle) as it adds greater depth and complexity and is well worth spending the extra few bucks. The Salinger provided a driving citrus acidity of exceptional length surrounded by luscious notes of brioche and butterscotch with an outstanding mousse texture over the palate.
Conclusion: Pair with fresh natural oysters and a simple shallot and red wine vinaigrette. TREAT YO’SELF!