Raidis Estate – The Red Project (Co-fermented Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot)
It’s quite handy when good friends make super-tasty wines. Steve & Emma Raidis are local wine growers and makers who are always tinkering with tradition. This red field blend is easy drinking and simply delicious.
Matriarch & Rogue – Jean, Malbec, Clare Valley
Mary and I stopped into this cellar door on a trip to the Clare Valley. We were instantly taken with one-man-band winemaker and creator Marnie Roberts warmth and passion. Her wines are interesting and fresh. This Malbec is named after her Great Aunt Jean. Malbec is truly one of the great varieties that grows very well in the Clare Valley climate. Savoury, vibrant with lingering flavour.
Samuels Gorge Grenache, McLaren Vale
Samuel’s Gorge introduced me to the first excellent Australian Tempranillo and Grenache I met. They are still some of my favourites. When we took on the pub, the Samuel’s Gorge crew were mostly servicing restaurants and their own magic cellar door, however they were kind enough to make an exception and send us a dozen of each of their excellent wines for the bottleshop.
Reg & Co – Tank Slap, Riesling, Clare Valley
Reg Barry, formerly viticulturist at Jim Barry wines, has launched his own label with fruit from his own vineyards which previously supplied Jim Barry. We met Reg riding motorbikes in the SA outback, and have thoroughly enjoyed many tasty Rieslings around the campfire in magnificent locations.
Hahndorf Hill – Gru, Gruner Veltliner, Adelaide Hills
White Mischief is an exciting New World version of the more traditional styles of Gruner Veltliner. Perfect for all your seafood treats, white meats and your favourite South East Asian cuisine.
Simon Tolley, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
This was recommended by a friend from the Hills when we hosted a dinner to support Adelaide Hills producers affected by the 2020 fires. A very tasty Adelaide Hills offering for anyone who enjoys flavoursome chardonnay with balanced oak.