Posts Tagged ‘Adelaide Hills’

This week a wine found in Tesco – normally €23.49 but on offer for €15 (and so it qualifies for our wine of the week slot!)

We had some trepidation over this wine as we are a little biassed against big brands of which Wolf Blass is one – the cheaper level wines tend to be a big and brash and have much less attention to detail and the sense of place the grapes have been grown. We like to see a little individuality and personality in the wines we drink.

The Gold Label signifies a step up from the masses and we agree, this is sophisticated, balanced and not without charm. Would we pay full price – probably not – but for €15 it is a steal.

This would go perfectly with creamy chicken dishes; a full-bodied and yet soft and low-acid wine with flavours of yellow apples and toast. It maintains freshness through well judged winemaking techniques (battonage) and the result is very pleasant. A well balanced, well made, clever wine.


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Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rosé, Adelaide Hills 2010

As recommended by Tony, we tried this Aussie Rosé and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Made from nebbiolo, which is more famous in Barolo from Italy and very rare anywhere else. There is, however, an outpost in the Adelaide Hills in Australia with a handful of producers really working hard to produce good wine. Most of these, and the Barolo’s are expensive (and also red). This is €14.99 from O’Briens, and a Rosé.

The biggest thing about the Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rosé is that it has a very easy drinking cherry and strawberry fruit flavour with hints of rose petals. Very approachable and, dare I say it, gluggable. The other thing is that it has a texture to the palate, and this helps with food: anyone who wants to drink rosé with turkey this Christmas … go for this!

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