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What is food without a great wine? Here are a few of our favourites...
28th May 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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Punter's Corner 2002 and 2003 Chardonnay


White wine
These Coonawarra whites are great value - have a listen to our second podcast for a bit of a rant about them during a vertical tasting. The '02 is a bit more refined, with higher acid on the finish, while the '03 brings out the malolactic fermentation for a more creamy, buttery palate. Interestingly, these were both matured in Russian oak, supposedly quite similar to French, but much cheaper. Tastes pretty good in my book!
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Chardonnay
Price range: Under $30 a 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
Skillogalee 2008 Clare Valley Riesling


White wine
A particularly good example of what Clare does best, it went very well with the Thai spiced quail we had on podcast number 10. Slightly floral on the nose with lime and citrus flavours on the palate, but not so much that you feel like you're drinking lemon juice! One to keep an eye out for.
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Riesling
Price range: Around the $20 mark
Petaluma 2005 Chardonnay - Piccadilly Valley


White wine
Peach, nectarine and stone fruit on the mid palate, but a fresher nose hinting towards underlying complexity. Long dry finish with plenty of stick, but not overpowering by any means. Well integrated oak leaves you wanting another glass. Great wine, surprisingly good value.
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Chardonnay
Price range: $40/bottle
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



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