By Leigh O’Connor.
After working nine until wine, we all need an Easter break…everything happens for a Riesling, right?
White wine is the ideal accompaniment to the fresh fish and seafood that appears on our plates every Easter. It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty – there’s clearly room for more wine!
When it comes to matching seafood and wine, the style of vino you choose is dictated by its delicacy.
From the classic combination of crisp Australian sparkling with freshly shucked oysters, to grilled shellfish with a modern Chardonnay, there are a vast array of wine and seafood-matching opportunities.
Here are four wines to make your Easter extra special:
If you have time this Easter journey to the Bellarine Peninsula to find Banks Road Vineyard
, a boutique, hands-on facility established in Marcus Hill. Sleek and contemporary, the Banks Road Vineyard cellar door sits at the top of a gently sloping hill, with walls of glass allowing visitors to soak up panoramic views across fruitful landscapes from the comfort of a spacious venue.
The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc
is a zesty, cool-climate white wine with crisp citrus and passionfruit aromas and subtle white peach notes. High acidity leads to a vibrant finish, balanced with partial fermentation in oak barriques – order online and have your wine delivered for the Easter break.
Nestled in the heart of King Valley in northeast Victoria, La Cantina
on Honeys Lane is the home of the Corsini family vineyard and winery. Built from Glenrowan granite in traditional Tuscan style, the winery and cellar door offer a unique tasting experience of cool climate wines, made following family traditions of no added preservatives, retaining the full characteristics of each drop and vegan-friendly.
Pinot Grigio is widely planted throughout King valley as the area's cool climate is ideal for growing the variety – try La Cantina’s 2022 Pinot Grigio
with your Easter lobster, or simply by itself. Retaining its natural acidity right up to harvest, this crisp, well-balanced wine is perfect for any occasion.
Delicate with a floral nose, softly balanced acidity and a complex palate of stone fruit characteristics, Wombat Forest Vineyard’s 2020 Pinot Gris
is crisp, clean and vibrant with citrus notes. Nestled on the edge of Wombat State Forest on Springhill Road in Denver, this family-owned and operated vineyard blends seamlessly into the natural environment with abundant native wildlife on the doorstep.
Using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, sample cool climate boutique wines and seasonal local produce platters at the cellar door before deciding which bottle to take home with you, or order online.
Looking for vegan Chardonnay for Easter? Look no further than Sarabah Estate Vineyards 2020 Private Reserve Chardonnay
– grown on mature vines, this Chardonnay opens with pale straw-gold colour and aromas of white peach tropical fruits. The refreshing palate has lively stone fruit and melon, balanced by a creamy mouthfeel and lingering finish.
Situated in the beauty of the Scenic Rim, good food and wine, magic views, peace and quiet await at Sarabah
on Rymera Road in Canungra. Set on 50 acres with just on 10 under grapes, this hidden gem boasts not only a cellar door, but also Chalet Bistro for dining among the lush vines and the Smoke & Vine Bar for pizza and a glass of estate wine.
Whatever wine you serve this Easter, we hope it pairs with a memorable family meal and get-together!