Good Food - Ralph Kyte Powell

2012 Oxford Landing Estates Chardonnay

oxford landing estates

This is very good wine at the price.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Tue Nov 27 14:56:11 EST 2012

2012 Montevecchio Rosato

Rosato

A fascinating pink wine made from the obscure lagrein grape grown at Heathcote, it is fragrant, complex and intense, with a riot of aromas reminiscent of berries, florals and spicy fruit mince.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 08 16:09:41 EST 2012

2010 Turkey Flat Shiraz

Turkey Flat Shiraz

Barossa shiraz need not be a blockbuster to have richness and personality. Turkey Flat 2010 has elegant balance and finesse without losing impact.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 08 16:09:32 EST 2012

2010 Cimicky Trumps Shiraz

Cimicky Trumps Shiraz

This is a deeply coloured Barossa shiraz displaying hearty personality without excessive alcohol or overripeness.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 08 16:09:11 EST 2012

2011 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay

Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay

A refined, complex young wine from Nelson, this has white peach, citrus, struck flint, mealy and nutty aromas.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 08 16:08:56 EST 2012

2010 Mount Mary Quintet

Mount Mary Quintet

This Yarra Valley cabernet flagship grows with air, evolving redcurrant, blackcurrant, smoky cedar and clove aromas of purity and delicacy.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 08 16:08:33 EST 2012

Best bottles of bubbly for the festive season

Champagne.

There are plenty of reasons to pop a cork during the weeks and months ahead. Whatever your budget, here are some sparkling wines guaranteed to make you smile.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:35:10 EST 2012

NV Biancavigna Prosecco Brut DOC

Blanca Vigna Prosecco Brut NV

Pale and lightly foaming, this is Italian prosecco at its best.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:31:45 EST 2012

2008 Jane Ventura Reserva de la Musica Cava Brut

This modern, zero-dosage Spanish cava is unusually light and delicate for an example of Spain's premier sparkling wine.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:30:53 EST 2012

NV Toi Toi Marlborough Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Toi Toi has passionfruit, guava and lightly grassy aromas that are zesty and appealing.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:30:09 EST 2012

NV Dominique Portet LD Brut Rosé

This stylish Yarra Valley pinot noir-chardonnay sparkler is a delicate pale-pink drop smelling of raspberries and stone fruits with a Vegemite hint.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:24:48 EST 2012

NV Thorn-Clarke Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut Reserve

Thorn-Clarke Pinot Noir Chardonnay

The strawberryish aroma of this brut leads the way across the smooth, creaming palate.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:16:32 EST 2012

NV Taittinger Prelude Brut

Sourced only from Grand Cru vineyards — Champagne's best — this smooth wine sums up Taittinger's house style.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 16:08:23 EST 2012

NV Jacob's Creek Trilogy Cuvee Rosé

Cuvee Rose

Smooth and ripe-tasting, this cuvee's direct, appetising refreshment makes it a cut above most at this price.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:30:22 EST 2012

2005 Louis Roederer Cristal

Cristal Brut

This champagne is perfectly balanced with gorgeous flow in the mouth, subtly complex and refined.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:30:36 EST 2012

Lindauer Brut Cuvee NV

Lindauer Brut Cuvee

This outstanding-value wine offers surprising complexity across a sweep of apple crumble, toasty and yeasty notes, with smooth texture, a dab of sweetness.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:28:56 EST 2012

McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut NV

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

A perennial bargain, this fresh, clean sparkler has appealing candied apple, citrus and subliminal yeast input on the nose.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Thu Nov 01 15:27:49 EST 2012

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