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What is food without a great wine? Here are a few of our favourites...
20th Nov 2017
   

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

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Tahbilk 2008 Riesling

Type:

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.

https://www.tahbilk.com.au/wines/index.php?view=detail&id=17
Write-up by Lachie

Variety: Riesling
Price range: $12.95 cellar door
Agusti Torello Mata 2005 Brut Reserva

Type:

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.

http://www.agustitorellomata.com/torello3.html
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada
Price range: $40/bottle
William Downie 2006 Mornington Pinot Noir

Type:

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.

http://www.williamdownie.com.au/
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Pinot Noir
Price range: around $50/bottle
Petaluma 2005 Chardonnay - Piccadilly Valley

Type:

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.

http://www.petaluma.com.au/
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Chardonnay
Price range: $40/bottle
Moss Wood 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Type:

Red Wine
Certainly in the handful of "great" Australian wines, this is a bottle which will benefit from a good few years in the cellar. Big full fruit flavours on the palate, with a finish that never seems to end. Mind you, at this price, it'd want to be pretty awesome. This is one of the few wines in this price range which is worth it. Forget Grange - buy a couple of bottles of this instead!

http://www.mosswood.com.au/
Write-up by Dave

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price range: $100/bottle from cellar door

 

 

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