Good Food - Ralph Kyte Powell

NV Sathenay Cremant de Bourgogne Brut

Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV

Stone fruit, shortbread and yeasty characters mark a smooth wine of good depth and richness.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:25:16 EST 2012

NV Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc

Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV

This brut has good depth and texture, finishing dry and savoury.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:24:19 EST 2012

NV Brown Brothers Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

This non-vintage blend opens with candied fruit and integrated bready yeast aromas.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:23:21 EST 2012

2008 Clover Hill Vintage Brut

Clover Hill

Clover Hill's 2008 is a very fine, quietly complex example — apple, citrus and biscuity notes are woven through a lightly creamy, tangy mouthful.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:22:22 EST 2012

2008 Heemskerk Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Heemskerk Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Heemskerk is a sherbetty, delicate wine, driven by white peach, citrus and custardy chardonnay fruit.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:21:27 EST 2012

NV Cave de Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs

Sparkling chardonnay

This pale chardonnay sparkler from Burgundy has apple and stone-fruit aromas, a nutty thread, some patisserie notes and a fine, foaming mouth-feel ahead of a tangy finish.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:20:51 EST 2012

2006 Veuve Fourny et Fils Millesime Blanc de Blancs Brut 1er Cru

Top vintage champagne from a small family-owned producer in Vertus, this elegant chardonnay-based wine has citrus, apple-sauce and bready aromas.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:19:48 EST 2012

2004 Drappier Grande Sendree Brut

Grande Sendree Brut

Grande Sendree is very complex and full-bodied, with nutty, vanilla cream, peach and spice characters.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:17:24 EST 2012

NV Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz

Black Bubbles

Black Bubbles sums up Australian sparkling shiraz beautifully with ripe berry and chocolatey qualities and mellow flavours.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:05:15 EST 2012

2010 Criminal Minds Clyde Shiraz

Pinot Noir

The Byrne family's Riverland-Clare Valley shiraz blend is ripe, earthy and straightforward.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 11:02:10 EST 2012

2011 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis

Chardonnay

This chardonnay's nose has white stone fruit, citrus, wild honey and flinty aromas of subtle savoury appeal.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 11:00:18 EST 2012

Blandy's 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira

Madeira wine

Real Portuguese madeira — walnut brown, with a nose of burnt toffee, raisins, toasted nuts and marzipan icing.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 10:59:52 EST 2012

2012 Berton Vineyards The Vermentino

The Vermentino

Based on Riverina fruit, Berton's has citrus and tropical fruit aromas, a plump, slightly fruit-sweet palate, and a finish that combines ripeness with bone-dry phenolics.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 10:59:28 EST 2012

Innocent Bystander Moscato

Moscato

Innocent Bystander's lightly bubbly, sweet, low-alcohol, Italian-inspired moscato is consistently one of the best.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 10:59:24 EST 2012

2008 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

This Barossa-Eden Valley blend is very traditional. A concentrated palate is backed up by drying tannins.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:58:46 EST 2012

2011 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir

Felton Road Pinot Noir

This rare Central Otago pinot noir is a great of modern New Zealand wine and, given the generally poor 2011 NZ vintage, it's a triumph.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:57:03 EST 2012

2011 Parnasse Sauvignon Blanc

French sauvignon blanc is a different creature to the sauvignons of New Zealand — more subdued and savoury, as this drop from the south of France shows.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:56:13 EST 2012

2012 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc

This blend of grapes works well in the Margaret River region, as long as the two varieties are harvested at optimum ripeness.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Oct 25 16:53:48 EST 2012

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