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    Coriole Fiano 2021 13%
    McLaren Vale, SA RRP: $28

    If you asked me what my favourite winery is, I’d have to say Coriole. There’s something so magical and romantic about the stunning cellar door nestled in the heart of Mclaren Vale.

    Coriole delivers all the popular SA reds of Shiraz and Cab Sav that us Aussies can’t get enough of, but where they excel has to be in their Italian varietals. From Sangio to Nero; Negroamaro to Montepulciano your senses are awakened to the wonders of old world wine made with an approachable and modern spin; deliciousness is always front of mind.

    This cheeky Fiano (another variety indigenous to Italy and ever growing in popularity across our country) is the answer to every early autumnal evening as we say farewell to a long hot summer.

    Enjoy aromatics of green tea, white jasmine, bitter almond and ripe pear. The palate has a creamy and pillowy texture and a saline note which serves to broaden out the flavour. As the wine warms to room temperature, I noticed a surprising lemon sorbet note coupled with an oiliness which paired perfectly with my dinner and the NBA game on the telly, my puppy’s blissful snoozing provided the soothing soundtrack.

    I’d highly recommend getting in touch with Coriole and arranging a mixed case to be sent to your front door. You will not regret it.

    Pair with Lemon and herb chicken, baked potato fries and a leafy salad with pear and white wine vinegar.

    RICHARD SAYS:

    Tamar Ridge Riesling 2021 13%
    Tamar Valley, Tasmania RRP $28

    Is there any wine style Tasmania can’t do? Sparklings, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and even some Shiraz and Cabernet. Quality is there; problems are the relatively modest total production and numerous tiny makers with limited – if any – distribution to the mainland. But many Tamar Ridge wines are readily available, and prices are fair.

    13% is generally too much ripeness in a Riesling…but here’s an exception. It’s youthful, bright and pale. Floral red apple, and tropical notes held my interest, then just a ripping, rounded palate, with lime flavours plus mineral tanginess with Goldilocks “just right” acidity. It will perform for another ten years, but what a lovely wine to drink right now!

    For this fragrant wine, why go past pan-fried salmon – or other white fish? But then there’s grilled pork chops, or chicken stirfry, or many vegetarian options for this crunchy, punchy performer.

     

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