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What is food without a great wine? Here are a few of our favourites...
28th Apr 2017

Our top 5's:

Dave and Alicia's Best :
  1 : Tetsuya's
  2 : Attica
  3 : Vue de Monde
  4 : Bistro Guillaume
  5 : Rockpool Bar and Grill
Lachie & Sarah's Picks :
  1 : Attica
  2 : Jacques Reymond
  3 : The Lake House
  4 : Pearl
  5 : Matteo's

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Macedon LD Extended Lees aged Cuvée VII NV


Sparkling wine
Possibly Australia's best sparkling. On lees for around 9 years, it is a stunning wine. I put it on equal footing to French champagnes in the same price range. If you're not a real sparkling fan and can't really justify the expense then the cheaper Macedon NV Brut Cuvée XII NV is a great option at $49 cellar door (though seen much cheaper at some bottleshops).
Write-up by Lachie

Variety: Brut Cuvée
Price range: $115
Tahbilk 2008 Riesling


White wine
Surprised me. I'm generally not a fan of Victorian riesling (without a recommendation I tend not to try them, I've been hurt too many times), but this one is great value and extremely drinkable.
Write-up by Lachie

Variety: Riesling
Price range: $12.95 cellar door
2007 Mandala Chardonnay


White wine
This Yarra Valley chardonnay has hints of citrus and melon, and a touch of oak. Not the big honey, butter, oak variety of chardonnay from others in the area; but with enough substance to make the purchase worthwhile.
Write-up by Lachie

Variety: Chardonnay
Price range: $25
William Downie 2006 Mornington Pinot Noir


Red Wine
Bill Downie was named young wine maker of the year in 2007 (I think it was '07) and with good reason: he only makes Pinot, and it's good stuff. The Mornington version is a more fruit driven wine than his Yarra Valley wine, but don't dismiss it as a "watery pinot" - it's got plenty of spine to back it up. Bright berry flavours on the palate go well with gamey foods, or rich sauces - we enjoyed it with the Stuffed chicken with truffle and pomegranate that we did on the first podcast. Highly recommended, and worth watching in the future.
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Pinot Noir
Price range: around $50/bottle
Dominique Portet 2007 Fontaine Rose


Sarah's favourite rose. A dry yet refreshing summer wine.
Write-up by Lachie

Variety: Rose
Price range: $24



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