“Growing up in Europe you get exposed to classic styles of French wine from a young age but having worked in the wine industry out here for almost four years now, I am excited to work with great wines from all over the world. Nowadays Australia is my usual go to country for its fantastic range of well-priced wines that taste great. So, it’s my turn to suggest some wines for you this week – here are my two current favourites from our portfolio: a classic European and a delicious Aussie favourite!” ~ Lizzie Fraser
“This wine has been very popular at tastings recently – I love the elegance and layers this wine brings. It’s subtle yet has a depth of flavour and a wonderful freshness. I’d enjoy this wine with a chicken avocado salad or a salmon steak. It’s Chinese New Year – treat yourself with a French classic!”
Jean-Claude Dagueneau’s vineyards are situated in the terroir called Les Berthiers. This area is composed almost exclusively of hillside vineyards overlooking the Loire river and facing south-southwest. Consequently, these are some of the best-drained soils. The wine itself sees a short period of skin contact before being slowly cold fermented for 3-4 weeks. It is aged on the fine lees to give the wine added richness and some of that distinctive smokiness. Rich and fruity with a touch of grapefruit and red apple.
K Syrah Syrah 2010
“My go-to wine for a classic Aussie Shiraz! From one of Australia’s most premium wine regions, this wine is packed full of flavour. Rich, spicy berry fruits & a wonderful mouthfeel – you can enjoy this wine by the glass or with a juicy steak. I love the name too – wine should be about having a bit of fun!”
From the vineyard that produces Cape Mentelle Margaret River Shiraz. The 2010 vintage produced a dark red Shiraz with a crimson hue. Up front raspberry, plum and blackcurrant combined with savoury tannin, a touch of spice and undertones of oak from a combination of French and American barriques. This wine was aged in oak for 16 months producing a medium bodied and textural wine.