Flat out delicious!

Our recent Italian pizza pairings proved to be a master stroke for everyone who ordered earlier this month and we feel like we have hit the jackpot again this week with three cracking Aussie wines.

We offered a couple of these bargains late last year, however, the way these wines have developed in 6-12 months is nothing short of spectacular. The newsletter headline says it all!

Whilst I don’t drink much Aussie Shiraz these days, the 2021 Bondar Violet Hour (McLaren Vale) will change that. Rich, full bodied, yet elegant and silky it is sensational for a Shiraz lover, perfect for a Pinot lover, all in one bottle! Last year’s Violet Hour scored a crazy 97pts from James Halliday and whilst he hasn’t rated the 2021 yet, we can certainly vouch for it. The ‘keeping-it-real’ scoring team at Winefront rate both the 2020 & 2021 Violet Hour an all-time best 94pts, in their eyes the finest back-to-back vintages of this sub $30 wonder ever produced.

The #1 Pinot of the 2022 Yarra Valley Wine Show (2021 Oakridge Hazeldene) sold out in a heartbeat last year. With some restaurants doing it tough at present and not taking up allocations we have been lucky enough to secure a small parcel of leftovers from interstate. It was my first time tasting it this week and whilst I didn’t take any mental notes, I did note my disappointment when I realized the bottle had run dry…

Last but not least, we’re big fans of Stargazer Vineyards from Tasmania and had the good fortune to taste the recently released 2022 Rada this week. This Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir blend is a marriage of Pipers Brook and Coal River Valley fruit and delivers a real sense of whimsy with its light cranberry and sour cherry character and just enough weight and texture to pull it all together. It really is another delicious winner from Samantha Connew.

One thing’s for certain, wines that deliver value and sheer drinkability such as these don’t cross the tasting bench every day! Salut!