White Wine – Australia
Patterson Private Reserve Chardonnay 2015, South Australia (Our House White Wine)
Something a bit different for our new house wine – it’s not French! ‘Renowned Aussie wine experts help source the fruit in this – partly from premium Coonawarra vineyards – and it’s produced in a fresh and aromatic style with a small amount of well-balanced oak influence. Natural fruit notes typical of Chardonnay come through resulting in a clean and crisp wine with amazing fruit and acidity’. It’s bottled in the UK, just like many Australian wines these days but it won over six other wines in our taste off – really rather good!
Crooked Mick Viognier 2015, Spee’wah Estate, Murray River, (13.5% abv) Gold medal Sommelier Awards 2013
Among Australia’s oldest Viognier vineyards in the Murray Darling wine growing region. Fresh peachy varietal characteristics, taut fruit on the palate with sweet, ripe lychee flavours and a citrus twist on the finish. Crooked Mick is one of one of Australia’s most popular mythical heroes, apparently! Wine maker Elizabeth Richardson has a trophy cabinet stuffed full of medals from her stint at Capel Vale in WA. A really good, tasty and fresh viognier.
Chardonnay 2015, Battle of Bosworth, Maclaren Vale (13.0% abv)
One of the most exciting producers in McLaren Vale, Joch Bosworth makes single vineyard, organically grown wines from the family vineyards. Expressive and delicious with citrus and tree-fruit flavours. Impressive fruit and well-integrated oak. A great alternative to a French Burgundy without being overly oaky.