With one of the best wine lists around town, the Shadow Wine Bar, part of the trendy Northbridge Hotel, the Alex, is an essential destination for any wine lover – especially if you are looking for some wines a little out of the ordinary.
It is also hard to go past the food here – the menu lists a great, and changing array of dishes, showing originality, talent and not a little élan.
I dropped in this week, as is often the case, with a chum to have a drink while we came to a decision about a dining destination.
I spotted a new inclusion on the list since last I stopped by, and as I have become quite fond of so-called orange wines, decided to give it a go.
From the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, the 2013 Denavolo “Dinavolino” is an interesting blend of Malvasia, Ortuga and Marsanne grapes, it is dark yellow/orange showing a degree of oxidation on the nose, reminiscent of fino sherry, intermingling with aromas of honey and green apples. Strong and evident tannins create a chewy palate with intense acidity supporting honeyed citrus and sharp Granny Smith apple flavours. Definitely a food wine – would go beautifully with matured cheese I reckon.
Well that was that – we had finished our planning meeting in excellent surrounds, with great wine to assist. Shadow really is at the pinnacle of wine bars around Perth – you should give it a go – and don’t forget the food!