Fledgling Label a Sterling Performer

By David Ellis from vintnews.

Fledgling Label a Sterling Performer

The unusually named Stage Door Wine Co in South Australia’s Eden Valley was given the moniker by owner Graeme Thredgold, who founded the exceptional little family-owned business just three years ago.

And he so-named it for not only having a long history himself in the brewing and wine games but in the music industry as well, and like any good stage hoofer his wine company is already putting on a sterling performance despite its youth.

A 2015 The Green Room Riesling is a particularly good example of what can come out of such small family shows, and was thankfully helped along by a growing season that started with above average winter rains, a stint of dry weather followed by some extreme heat, 30mm of rain in early January, and then near-perfect ripening conditions that lead to an earlier than usual harvest.

The whole Thredgold extended family then pitched-in to handpick the fruit that was crafted into a drop that in true Stage Door tradition almost belts out “look at me.”

With a palate of full-on citrus flavours – lemon, lime, mandarin and orange – this is a great Riesling at $25 to enjoy with seafoods (crab cakes immediately spring to mind,) roast chicken, or simply chilled on its own on a warm autumn day.

One to note: it’s not just the cooler months we turn our thoughts to good old “stickies” – those wonderful botrytis wines that make such marvellous companions with baked desserts on colder nights.

For they’re just as wonderful drizzled over seasonal fruits with ice-cream, or offered with a platter of creamy blue cheese, dried fruits and nuts any time of year.

Look for Calabria Family Wines’ 3 Bridges Botrytis Semillon 2013 from the NSW Riverina that has an added 10% Botrytised Sauvignon Blanc component, and is an absolute delight with the above suggestions…. and at just $25 for a 375ml bottle.