By David Ellis from vintnews.
If you’re thinking of a good Sauvignon Blanc one night with seafood or maybe grilled chicken or pork, and you enjoy a glass or three most nights but don’t want to pay in the upper ’teens dollar-wise, I have a rewarding drop today that will cost you just $10.
It’s a 2014 Lindeman’s Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc, and despite the price, when poured into the glass you’ll find it has lovely aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry and guava, and all of which follow through in lively fashion in the mouth.
Made from fruit from Lindeman’s extensive holdings across South Eastern Australia, this is one in a range of easy-priced wines the company makes for those who enjoy their nightly one glass, two glasses or maybe more.
Ideal with most seafood – we matched it just recently with crab cakes – it’s also a great partner with grilled pork chops or baked chicken. Beaut bang-for-your-buck value at $10.
One to note: Forester Estate in WA’s Margaret River has a more-than-rewarding 2012 Shiraz that’s interesting in that it includes a nine percent Alicante Bouschet component – a quite rare variety grown by possibly no more than a half-dozen or so vignerons in all of Australia.
Created in the mid to late 1800s in southern France by crossing Petit Bouschet with Grenache, it’s helped give Forester’s 2012 Shiraz both some lovely flavours and an attractive buy-me-now, drink-me-now style. You’ll find on the palate it’s got pepper notes blending in nicely with the characteristic Shiraz plum, together with milk chocolate, aniseed and toasty oak.
All these combine to make for a drop the Forester Estate winemaking team tells us they’d match with veal scaloppini with sage, or a traditional Aussie BBQ. Certainly well worth the $24 price tag with these suggestions.