By David Ellis from Vintnews.
Try Sylvia's salmon with rhubarb and chard over at her website, Feasting at Home.
Jonathon Hambrook is a pretty harsh taskmaster when it comes
to the Pinot Noir vines on his Stockman’s Ridge vineyard at Orange in the high,
cool climate Central West of NSW.
But being that harsh taskmaster has paid off, with vines
planted closer together (around just half the norm in distance between each
vine), pruning reducing each vine to just one cordon (the arm of the vine
extending away from the trunk), and each of those cordons being kept to eight
spurs from which fruit will grow.
"This means that in a good year we’re only asking each vine
to produce eight excellent bunches of fruit after its 50% thinning rate, and in
a bad year we can drop that crop further to ensure the vine produces just four
really good bunches.
"So, it means that essentially, we value quality over
quantity, with each vine having to do less, and putting all its energy into the
fruit and not the vine itself,” says Jonathon.
Jonathon took inspiration for this from many vineyard visits
to France, particularly the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions, where he saw the
advantage of such vineyard management. And, as Pinot Noir is one of the better candidates for high density
planting, it’s all come together very well on his Stockman’s Ridge.
A now-available 2015 Stockman’s Ridge Handcrafted Pinot Noir
has lovely forest floor and berry aromas plus hints of peppery sweet spice, and
on the palate blackberries and plums that coat the mouth beautifully.
Pay $30 and pair perfectly with oven-baked salmon fillets.
One to note: tucked away on a quiet street in suburban Dover
Gardens in Adelaide is historic Patritti winery and cellar door, the last of
what were once many such family-owned suburban wineries in the city.
Established in 1926 they’ve just released a very more-ish
2014 Shiraz made at Dover Gardens from fruit hand-picked off Patritti’s Lot
Three Elliott Road vineyard at Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. With typical
McLaren Vale Shiraz black fruits and dark chocolate notes, this one’s backed-up
with blue fruits and savoury elements that make it quintessentially Blewitt
At a recommended $35 it’s a great match with a Winter’s
beefy stew or with roast beef and a pepper sauce.
WINESPEAK: ZESTY – a
wine with noticeable acidity and citrus notes.