October Wine & Spirit News
By Franz Scheurer
Travelling in the South West of Western Australia brought us to the Old Kent River winery’s door. To be honest, it was the promise of homegrown marron that made me stop (and it was great, I devoured 1kg) but it was the wine that took us totally by surprise. Old Kent River makes fantastic wines and they deserve exposure. My favourite has to be the Old Kent River ‘Burls’ 2004, a Frankland River Region Pinot Noir; it’s exceptionally good. They also produce an excellent oaked and a terrific un-oaked Chardonnay. A Sydney trade tasting of all their wines is being organized now and a new distributor will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!
Old Kent River, Turpin Road, Rocky Gully, WA 6397
Tel.: 08 9855 1589
d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2005
A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre this is a big and satisfying wine with finesse. Sounds like a contradiction? Well, it’s not. It displays lots of black berries on the nose and is unusually savoury on the palate, but tight and finely textured. It weighs in at 15% a/v and is available from all good bottle stores.
For more information go to: http://www.darenberg.com.au
Penny’s Hill Malpas Road Merlot 2006
If you love rich, savoury pasta then you would normally look for an Italian wine in your cellar. However this Merlot works perfectly as it is not easily intimidated by food flavours but rises above them like star. The wine is bright, full of red berries and some serious forest floor without ever tasting ‘dirty’. At a RRP of $22 this is a steal.
For more information go to: http://www.pennyshill.com.au
The brainchild of Mark Watkins, head distiller of Mt. Uncle Distillers in North Queensland, where they infuse the tart, native Davidson’s plum into clear spirit. The liqueur is sweet but it’s the underlying tartness that is so attractive. Bottled in 500ml bottles this is one Australian spirit worth pursuing. This liqueur is extremely limited and only available from the distillery direct.
For more information go to: http://www.mtuncle.com
Do you really know Sherried Whiskies?
Find out on a tasting without equal where Shane Kalloglian of Premium Scotch Importers will first serve 7 whiskies to taste (1 will be non-sherried), then match 6 different, heavily sherried whiskies with food, selected by myself, at Alio in Surry Hills on 17th November. Details to follow but put the date into your diary NOW!