By JOHN ROZENTALS
WINE: 20 APRIL 2016
Yellowglen Yellow Rainbow Celebration Brut Cuvée ($13): A limited-edition sparkling wine that showcases the pride flag and places the brand firmly in range of the pink dollar. A fresh, clean bubbly with persistent bead.
“This limited edition is a bright and colourful reflection of our values and our celebration of equality and inclusion,” said Yellowglen’s Creative Director, Samantha Wills.
Centennial 2014 Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir ($30): This premium pinot noir hails from one of the oldest wineries in the NSW Southern Highlands but the fruit comes from the Rowlee Vineyard in the Orange district.
About a quarter of the wine was fermented by wild yeasts. Maturation was in a mix of new and seasoned French oak. The wine won a trophy and gold medal at the 2015 Highlands Wine Show.
Cooler weather heralds the tabling of dishes such as duck and venison, which are ably supported by wines such as this medium-bodied dry red with its distinctively spicy cherry-like flavours.
821 South Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (This is an on-premise-only line so price will depend on mark-ups but it should be somewhere in the $20s): New Zealand’s Marlborough is the world’s leading producer of sauvignon blanc and this wine highlights its strengths pungent herbaceous aromas and crisp, crunchy palate.
The wine is named after New Zealand’s Southern Alps, a range of 821 snow-capped mountains that dominate the South Island. These mountains funnel the air over Marlborough, in the island’s north-east, shielding it from the harshest winds and easily allow the grapes to develop their distinctive flavours over a series of warm days and cool nights.
Produced by Treasury Wine Estates (http://www.treasurywineestates.com).
Cassegrain 2015 Edition Noir Sangiovese ($28): I really enjoy tasting Cassegrain’s Edition Noir because the label allows Chief Winemaker John Cassegrain and his son Alex, the company’s Senior Winemaker, to create boldly flavoured releases that are usually a bit edgy in style.
And so it is with this medium-bodied dry red made from one of Italy’s premium grape varieties. It shows bright flavours reminiscent of berry fruits, tempered by nearly a year maturing in French and Hungarian oak.
The winemakers’ notes suggest matching it with game meats, spicy dishes and chocolate. I’ll certainly agree with the former but leave it to somebody else to check out the chocolate connection.