Good Food - Ralph Kyte Powell

2011 La Vendetta Tuscany Sangiovese

You hear a lot about Italian wine in Australia these days, but it's still a niche market. Some wines are fantastic, some overrated, some awful, some are incredible bargains.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:53:10 EST 2012

2011 Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Chandon

Quality Australian chardonnays easily top $40 these days, so it's welcome to see this, in the same league, and less than $30.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:01:00 EST 2012

2012 De Bortoli La Boheme Act Two Dry Pinot Noir Rose

La Boheme Rose

This Yarra Valley pinot sums up the contemporary dry style better than many.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:00:59 EST 2012

2010 Chalkboard Barossa Shiraz

Chalkboard Shiraz.

This Peter Lehmann shiraz has berry and plum fruit, a touch of spice and a whisper of oak folded together in a soft, agreeable red.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 15:36:38 EST 2012

2012 Leo Buring DWP18 Leonay Watervale Riesling

Watervale Riesling

This very young Clare Valley riesling is in the best Buring tradition: pale, delicate in flavour, yet with steely backbone. Lime, florals, spice and slate on the nose lead through a fragrant palate.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 15:33:49 EST 2012

2011 Dragonfly Cabernet Merlot

Willow bridge.

This young cabernet from the Geographe region of Western Australia kicks off with true purity of varietal character, via aromas of blackcurrants, tapenade and cedary oak.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:53:06 EST 2012

2011 Chalkboard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Chalkboard

Made by Peregrine winery, this moderately priced offering has classical pinot aromas of cherry, spice and undergrowth, followed by a lightish but intense palate of supple fruit, elegant structure and...

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:53:01 EST 2012

2011 Four Winds Vineyard Riesling

Four Winds Vineyard Riesling

A delicate Canberra-region riesling with a decidedly Germanic feel.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:53:08 EST 2012

2012 Barking Owl Sauvingnon Blanc Semillon

Barking Owl Sauvignon Blanc

This super-appetising young white has zesty passionfruit and lime aromas and flavours reminiscent of tropical fruit and citrus.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:52:46 EST 2012

2010 Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay

Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay

Farrago highlights the evolution of Mornington Peninsula chardonnay..

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:52:59 EST 2012

2011 Mandoleto Nero d'Avola Sicilia

Previous vintages of this red spoke of sunburnt Sicilia — raisined fruit and stony ground dissolved in a glass.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:52:47 EST 2012

2009 La Croix de l'Ermite Les Marches Saint Joseph

La Croix de l'Ermite Les Marches Saint Joseph

From Vincent Paris, a good producer in the north of France's Rhone region, this syrah (shiraz) has lots of complexity in its mix of ironstone-earth, pepper and meaty overtones to blackberry fruit.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:52:57 EST 2012

2010 Caillard Mataro

Caillard Mataro

Some old-vine mataro (mourvedre) reds from South Australia are big, tough, macho wines, but Caillard's version is much more refined.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 12:52:45 EST 2012