Hi there!! Happy new year and gong xi fa cai! Sorry it’s been a while since I shared here but I aim to try and remedy that! The start of the year has been a whirlwind of family emergencies and lockdowns but I’m back!
To start off the year here’s some of what I’ve been drinking this 2021 so far and some drops you should definitely taste!
Margaret River, WA
From a mysterious clone of Chardonnay discovered in the Vasse Felix wine estate in Karridale in the Margaret River region comes this gorgeous Blanc de Blanc. It has beautiful mousse and fine bubbles, apple and lemon pith, almond notes. So beautiful and it was the perfect New Years Eve bubbles! Definitely going to be my favourite bubbles for the year!
Long Way Around
From Ravensworth in Murrumbateman comes 2020 ‘Long Way Around’ Bianco.
Ravensworth made no wine from their vineyard last year due to the impact of smoke taint on their fruit from the bushfires. Friends in wine from WA helped out including Dormilona wines , Forest Hill, and viticulturist Lee Haselgrove with some fruit to make this delicious blend. Fruit travelled 4500 km across from WA, five trucks, one train and a boat carried eight varieties, from five regions to Murrumbateman.
This is mostly Trebbiano from the Swan Valley with some time on skins and barrel fermented blended with Gewurztraminer from Frankland River and Riesling from Porongorups.
Smells like apricot and ginger, with peach, almond and citrus on the palate, it’s textural and complex with hint of spice. A beautiful example of the wine community coming together to create something special.
2018 CHN Chenin Blanc
Blewitt Springs, South Australia
Chenin love from Brash Higgins, the 2018 ‘CHN’ Chenin Blanc is gorgeous. I’m a huge fan of Chenin. This is made from fruit in the Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale, and was fermented wild in barrel for 12 months. Gorgeous gold in the glass, with aromas of honey and apricot, notes of lemon and peach on the palate with a delicate saline finish. Matches perfect with Thai food!
2020 Highbury Fields Sauvignon Blanc
Forest Hill Vineyard
Mount Barker, Western Australia
Summer in a bottle is the best descriptor for Forest Hill Vineyard 2020 Highbury Fields Sauvignon Blanc. This is a cool climate Sauvignon Blanc from Mt Barker. The aromas of citrus and passionfruit waft from your glass into a balmy summer evening. Fresh and bright with passionfruit, citrus and herbs on the palate. Quite textural, so delicious and was given 90 points by Ray Jordan and in his Top 100 whites for 2020. Purchased on visit to their gorgeous cellar door in September last year. One of my favourite wine regions.