Friday drinks with the FWO

This week’s review of some of the best we have tasted recently – have a look – you may be inspired!


Amato Vino 2016 Rosso

Another very impressive wine from Margaret River based Amato Vino – who source grapes from around the country. This blend of Nero D’Avola, Tinta Berroca and Negroamaro from the Riverland has a bouquet of plums and blueberries with a spot of cinnamon. Some mid palate juicy fruit gives way to flavours of prunes and sour cherries, finishing with dusty liquorice notes. Loved it. Another one picked up from the range at Gooseberry Hill Cellars.

Brookland Valley 2016 Small Batch Rosé

This delightful Small Batch rosé is made from an unnamed mix of varieties, and is vibrantly bright pink with an aromatic nose of cherries and crushed rose petals and just a hint of gingery spice. The palate is all crackingly crisp flavours of raspberries, sour cherries and pomegranate. From the cellar.

Podere Pradorolo Vej 2014

Made from Malvasia and with significant skin contact this is dark orange/amber with a bouquet showing hints of marzipan, flor and jasmine. The tannic palate coats the mouth with flavours of dried peel, bitter orange, almonds and salt. Tasted this natural wine at the fabulous Shadow Wine Bar – they consistently have excellent wines to try.

Nikkal 2017 Rosé

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir from Goodman Wines. Named for Nikkal the Phoenician goddess of orchards and flowers it has a delicate pale hue reminiscent of pristine Tasmanian salmon; the bouquet is all cherries and strawberries while the palate has notes of red delicious apples, drifting to toffee apples in the mid palate and finishing clean, crisp and dry. Lovely. Sample sent by Kate Goodman to review.

Lights Out 2017 Orange Wine

Lights Out made by Ben Gould from Blind Corner for Emma and Dan from No Mafia and Balthazar. It has a cloudy tangerine hue with a fragrant aroma reminiscent of bruised apples and orange sherbet. The palate has a complex amalgam of flavours rolling across the tongue – saltiness, oiliness, crunchy and savoury, sour apricot, guava and some delicate herbal notes. At the end of the day just bloody delicious. Tried this at Balthazar and liked it enough to buy a couple of bottles to take home.

Long Road 2017 Pinot Gris

This Pinot Gris from Canberra District’s Eden Road Wines has had a little skin contact imparting a pale coppery pink blush. Aromas of pears predominate on the nose while the palate begins with a touch of red apple before sliding oilily along to a crisp cranberry finish. Refreshing? You bet! Another pick up from a favourite bottle shop, Gooseberry Hill Cellars.

Sittella 2017 Avant-Garde Field Blend

A 50/50 blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from Pemberton; it is lightly golden with a bouquet of pears and apples with some earthy flavours showing on a buttery palate. Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, wild fermentation and minimal filtration; a complex wine showing all of the commitment of the winery to a celebration of single vineyard styles. Tried this at the Sittella Harvest event in March.

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