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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Cool-Climate Australia at Waitrose

Four cool-climate Australian wines from Waitrose, recommended by Anne Jones

If you thought Australian wine was all fruit-bombs and dubious half-price bulk-wine offers, then try these sensibly-priced European-style, cool-climate examples from Waitrose.

See Saw Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (£9.49) thrilling Hunter Valley white; aromatic, zesty-limey white Bordeaux blend with piercing, linear acidity. Long, fresh and precise.


Plantagenet Samson Sauv Blanc/Sem 2012 (£9.99) waxy white Bordeaux blend; hedgerow and melon aromas; pure, clean citrus freshness, waxy honey and minerality.


Rolf Binder ‘Highness’ Riesling 2013 Eden Valley, S Australia (£10.99) Made by Noel Young's partner-in-wine, Rolf Binder, this is a ripe, Germanic style Riesling with New World attention to detail. As brawny and expressive as Paul Hogan in lederhosen.

Classic dieselly nose, ripe pear and citrus fruit, minerality and pure, linear acidity.


Stonier Pinot Noir 2013 Mornington Peninsula, Victoria (£14.99) Burgundian Pinot from Mornington Crescent Peninsula; pale cherry red, cherries, mushrooms and woodsiness with oaky roasted spices; fresh cherry fruit, supple texture and fine tannins with some firmness on the finish. Fresh, pure and precise.


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