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What is food without a great wine? Here are a few of our favourites...
12th Dec 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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Coldstream Hills 2004 Reserve Chardonnay


White wine
The $50 price tag is a tad more than what I would generally spend on Chardonnay, but this one I think is worth the money. The beautifully toasty oak nose, and the lingering buttery finish make this an outstanding wine in my book.
Write-up by Lachie

Variety: Chardonnay
Price range: $50
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
Agusti Torello Mata 2005 Brut Reserva


Sparkling wine
This was a stab in the dark that really paid off. After tasting some great Spanish sparkling at Anada, I asked around in King and Godfrey and was pointed towards this. Having never heard of the grapes, I can't tell you any more than wikipedia, but the palate is rich and creamy, with just a hint of fruit on the nose. A great drop, well worth the price.
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada
Price range: $40/bottle
Claymore 2005 Shiraz - Dark side of the moon


Red Wine
Claymore wines is one of the smaller producers in the Clare region, but recently their wines have been distributed into more of the mainstream retailers - definitely a good thing. This wine is fruit driven, with good structure and a solid finish. Not as big and heavy as those from the Barossa, this (and it's Cabernet Sauvignon brother, "Graceland") are great food wines, and won't break the budget, either. Highly recommended for this price bracket, I've seen it in Dan Murphy's and King and Godfrey usually have a good supply.
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Shiraz
Price range: Around $20
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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