Wow. It's September and winter is on the downward trend - hopefully. It's AFL finals time too and Jeremy is no doubt cock-a-hoot with the mighty Blue boys sending the Yellow & Black out and effectively putting them in their comfort zone. NINTH!!! What a NINTHmare I tell ya. With that, here are a few wines, and a beer, to get you through the finals and what is turning out to be a very blowy Spring
Ar Fion Pinot Grigio 2013, Yarra Valley, Vic - Dave MaK knows how to get the best out of the Valley and his first release Pinot Grigio is a ripper; subtle pear and jasmine on the nose, the wine lifts in the palate with more pear notes and a lick of custard apple to boot. A gorgeous wine but here for a short time only I'm afraid. $26 and drink with fatty pork chops.
Bodegas Pittacum 'Tres Obispos' Mencia Rosé 2011, Bierzo, Spain - Geez! That was a mouthful, and what a gorgeous mouthful indeed. The grape variety is Mencia, Bierzo is in the North West of Spain and this is awesome. That's it really. Just get it!!! $32 and drink with salty charcuterie.
Mount Monument Pinot Noir 2011, Macedon Ranges, Vic - If Jack Watts is the most maligned #1 draft pick, then 2011 must be the most maligned vintage in a long time, and this wine is yet another from 2011 that sends the bird to the so-called experts who wrote the year off for everyone. Full of dark fruit on the nose, the wine opens up with loads of spice, toffee and game in the palate and justifies Macedon as 'Pinot Power' region. $35 and needs a fatty duck breast to sing.
Ippolito 'Res Dei' Greco Bianco 2012, Campania, Italy - A truly funky little number this one. The aroma jumps out toot-sweet with loads briney minerality and preserved lemon with more funky stuff in the palate in the way of fennel seed, more minerality and wonderfully balance acid. $26 and a no-brainer with shallow fried white bait.
BK 'Skin n' Bones' Pinot Noir 2012, Adelaide Hills, SA - Yep, its Pinot season, and this is another beauty from BK - Brendon Keys - and the crew from the RADelaide Hills. Crunchy tart raspberries and cranberries on the nose, the wine opens up in the palate with lovely prickly acid that is effortlessly followed by brown spice, earth and a fair lick of game. Just Bonza!!! $32 and drink with BBQ duck.
Founders 'All Day' IPA, Grand Rapids, Michigan - We are helping out our friends from the Motor City now they are bankrupt, and what better way to do it by knocking the top off one of these. Yes, Jeremy and I love Pale Ale, and this one has certainly endeared itself to us with a great mix of marmalade and green edgy hoppyness. Hoppy Happiness indeed. $3.80/21.50