Five wines, all south of $20, and all great drinking right now.
The star of the show is probably the
Morton Estate 2009 Black Label Merlot
Aged by the winery just for us, this wine delivers plums and blackcurrant on the nose, with hints of smokey leather and sweet vanilla also evident. Dark plums and blackcurrants again dominate the palate, inter-mingled with dark, high-cocoa chocolate and some subtle cedar characters. The experience is extended with a long vanillin- oak, soft tannin finish. Superb with rich red meat dishes. Merlot is an easy wine to match with food, but I'd drink this with a hearty steak or lamb offering myself. The experts open it right up and say that it's the perfect rd for matching with white meat dishes. ONLY $19.99 for this amazing wine that can be up to $29.99 elsewhere.
Grant Burge Fifth Generation Barossa Shiraz
This lovely wine is intense red with bright purple hues. The nose reveals a highly aromatic bouquet of red cherries, lifted orals and subtle vanilla, while the palate displays ripe red fruits such as raspberries and strawberries. Fine tannins and acidity complement the ripe fruits and provide a freshness to the wine. Match with aromatic foods such as Moroccan Lamb Tagine or authentic Shish Kebabs. Only $15.99 for a great Barossa Shiraz.
SOHO Stella Sauvignon Blanc
This is, quite simply, one of the top Savvies you will ever taste. Multiple top score reviews attest to its magificence. It's a truly classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 2015 was an extremely dry vintage producing a wine with exceptional power & concentration. Lifted aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit & nettles. The palate is lively & focused with beautiful mineral acidity & amazing texture. It's only $19.99 here at Manly Liquor, it can be $24 and more elsewhere.
Matahiwi Estate Pinot Gris
Here's a more Alsace style of Pinot Gris that is richer and more complex. A portion has therefore been barrel fermented to develop texture and complexity in the final wine. The palate displays aromas of pear, nectarine and toasted almonds leading to a lingering dry finish. This wine is best enjoyed in its youth but will further develop over the next 4 years. It's great with food matches such as white meats like chicken or veal with creamy sauces (especially with mushrooms) and fresh noodles, Hot pâté en croûte, Foie gras, Veal kidneys in cream sauce, and any slightly smokey foods or sauces. Magnificent value at $14.99.
Matahiwi Late Harvest Holly (a "sticky" for dessert on a cold winter's night)
We've tried this before and it's a really classic dessert wine. Full, treacly and decadent, a delicious combination of botrytised Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling that delivers a not sickly sweet, just right sweet treat. It's an absolute bargain at $14.99, almost half the price at the vineyard cellar door...and VERY hard to find elsewhere!