For the Christmas table or summer feast with friends.
Food and wine matching in the holiday season is always a challenge, with so many beautiful dishes on the table - often served all at once. Fear not, we have you covered. Whether you’re looking for a perfect partner to prawns or crayfish, Christmas ham, your favourite roast, or perhaps a well-stocked cheese board – this selection of wines will hold you in good stead for the year’s greatest feasts!
Tom has chosen these six wines from our cellar, selected because they are drinking beautifully right now. Whilst they will continue to reward careful cellaring for years to come, they are ‘in the zone’ and ready to crack open this summer.
A cool, elegant year produced some of our most pristine and detailed chardonnay to date. Now three years old, this wine is showing wonderful expression of fruit - a beautiful way to start lunch – serve it with oysters or cured ocean trout.
James Halliday rated it 96 points on release and said “There's not a solitary hair out of place in this perfectly delineated and balanced wine, the fusion between fruit, oak and acidity absolute. All of that said, it is the white peach and cashew fruit that sits at the heart of the wine, and will always remain so.”
Made from 100% Mendoza clone, this chardonnay is a step up in concentration from the previous wine – with incredible depth of flavour and texture, tightly wound together with a precise mineral intensity. Four years in bottle has added richness and many layers of complexity, making it a perfect partner to traditional baked ham.
James Halliday: “….An exquisitely balanced wine. 97 points”
The cool and mild 2014 vintage had a decidedly positive effect on this wine, super fragrant and detailed aromas lead to a finely detailed palate that just rolls on and on.
Halliday: 96 points “A perfectly manicured pinot, as are all the wines made by Tom Carson. The bouquet is highly fragrant, with red fruits, rose petal and spice all in play; the palate has immaculate balance, the fruit purity retained even though there are savoury crosscuts that build texture and complexity.”
Made using 100% whole bunches, this Block 1 Pinot Noir has started to unfurl in the past few months and it’s really beginning to sing! Fragrant and fine, it’s a wine to linger over.
The Australian’s Nick Ryan reviewed it earlier this week (28.11.17) saying: “The Yabby Lake “Block” wines typify the vineyard’s responsive approach … Block 1 makes the grade often and in 2012 it produced the first Jimmy Watson-winning pinot noir. This (2015) is better. Exuberantly fragrant, energetic and bright, it’s like a kind of berry tonic, moving lithely across the palate and finishing long and tight with super fine tannins.”
Two exceptionally different vintages of this silky, medium-bodied style, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy them side-by-side with friends and family.
2014 was mild and cool, and the wines are classically proportioned. The vintage to follow delivered one of the greatest seasons to date – 2015 brought warmer conditions and exceptional balance in the wines.
Open them side-by-side, compare the subtle nuances and see which you prefer - the silky fragrant 2014 version or the tightly structured and powerfully long 2015.
James Halliday couldn’t split them, awarding them 96 points each when tasted:
2014: “…this is a syrah of quite exceptional intensity that takes no prisoners, yet does so from a medium-bodied base of black fruits, spice, pepper and licorice.”
2015: “The fragrant, spicy fruit-driven bouquet opens the door to the immaculately crafted medium-bodied palate, where spicy red and black cherry fruit is draped on a scaffold of fine-grained tannins and integrated French oak. As usual, a lovely wine.”