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Six Australian new wave fine wines
Balanced like a high-wire act, this is taut and steely Australian chardonnay, with a delicate hint of beeswax and citrus on the nose. The palate is focused and fine with lemon and green apple, a touch of flint and gooseberry. As with jazz, it's as much about the notes that aren't played as those that are. This is a wine that will pair beautifully with oily fish or shellfish.
Mac Forbes pinot noir is a joy in the 2020 vintage. This is made in a vibrant, red-fruit-dominant style, which many describe as "modern". Modern or otherwise however, this is an Australian wine which is full of life, vivacity and joy. The nose shows lifted, bright strawberry and cherry notes and the palate has lovely freshness. This is delicious served lightly chilled.
At our 2021 Wine Champions tasting this completed a hat-trick of Adelaide Hills chardonnay Champions, ‘M3’ is made in a richer and more generous style with classic oak-begotten structure conducting the fruit. Lovers of this style are in for a treat.
Made up of mostly merlot, with good glug of cabernet sauvignon and a dash of cabernet franc, this could be seen as just a classic right bank Bordeaux blend. This, however, is much more interesting than that! A minimal intervention wine made in the cool-climate Yarra Valley; vivacious, light, juicy and red-fruit driven Australian red.
From a dynamic mother-and-daughter duo, this fresh and textured sauvignon blanc is delightfully unique. Fermented in stainless steel, then matured in French oak puncheons for five months, this is full of nectarine and lime notes, with an attractive flinty, savoury and rounded palate. Enticing top-end sauvignon from a cooler area of South Australia.
At first glance, Aussie shiraz might not appear an exceptionally curious choice, but this delicious example turns many of the genre’s halmarks on its head. Exuding lift, crunch and freshness, this elegant red is all about drinkability, juicy flavours and subtle winemaking.