Friday Drinks with the FWO

Another week – another chance to try some lovely wines…..


Nikkal 2017 Chardonnay

Another excellent wine in the Nikkal Wines range from Yarra Valley producer Goodman Wines. The 2017 Chardonnay is translucent with a touch of gold; the bouquet all citrus and pears with a hint of ripe nectarines. The crisp and creamy palate shows flavours of lemons, green apples and peaches. Lovely lingering finish. Thanks to Kate Goodman for the sample to taste!

Fairbrossen 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from their Margaret River vineyard it has a whispy aroma of blackcurrants, mulberries with an up note of dried herbs. The palate is rich with flavours of plums and chocolate, oaky notes and fine tannins. Great drinking with some years ahead of it. Bought at the Perth Hills winery.

White Young Thing 2017 Pet-Nat

Another day another top notch Pet Nat. This one a chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills by The Other Right winery. White Young Thing is cloudy with lots of yeasty bready aromas and zippy acid on the palate, flavours of citrus and a waft of pineapple. Top drinking. Picked this up from Mane Liquor.

Tbilvino 2013 Saperavi Rosé

Darker than many rosés around but it does have a few years age. A bouquet of red apples and toffee belies the very dry palate. This is all tart red fruit, think cranberries and pomegranates. Quite lovely. Could drink a lot of this. Purchased through Dan Murphys.

Pinelli Estate 2016 La Tavola Merlot

The 2016 La Tavola is bright crimson with aromas of redcurrants and plums. The medium bodied palate has notes of chocolate, prunes and liquorice. Easy drinking on these autumn nights. Purchased from the Caversham based winery which also boasts a fabulous new restaurant where you can drink this and other of their wines alongside some top class Italian nosh.

Lights Out 2017 Pinot Noir

Lights Out Pinot Noir – a collaboration between Bianca Nelson from Paul Nelson Wines and Emma Ferguson of the fab little Northbridge bar No Mafia. Slightly cloudy with pristine Pinot bouquet and flavours, all cherries, raspberries, mushrooms and wet leaves. It’s on the list at No Mafia where I tried it, and a must if you are into Pinot and natural wines.

Whistler Dry as a Bone 2017 Rosé

A beautifully dry rosé from Josh Pfeiffer of Whistler Wines from the Barossa. A blend of Grenache and Mataro it is translucent pale pink with a bouquet of raspberries and cherries, a little spice. The palate is elegantly crisp and dry with sharp notes of cranberries and pomegranate. Picked up from the fabulous Mane Liquor who have, as well as a stunning range of beer, an exceptional selection from new wave Australian wineries.

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