Oxford Landing via The Co-op
First I was sniffy about Australian wines, then incredulous.
Later I found them too lean and austere.
Finally it all fell into place at an Australia Day tasting.
These two are Big Brands and none the worse for it. Well-made, well-presented, easy-drinking; what's not to like? For me, the gently-oaked Chardie is the more enjoyable wine; the Shiraz I find a little fruit-forward.
Oxford Landing River Crossing Chardonnay 2017 (£8) toasty-oaky with lemon-lime and melon fruit; ripe and honeyed, saline and mineral; supple and savoury with no rough edges.
Thoroughly enjoyable and good value.
A versatile food wine, match with chicken, hard cheese or meaty white fish.
Oxford Landing River Crossing Shiraz 2017 (£8) ripe dark fruit, inky pencil shavings and spice with menthol. Fresh with no rough edges. Fruited and easy-drinking.
Match with herby sausages, salami or bolognese.