ROYAL OAK – GUEST SELECTOR – LAUREN’S MIXED SIX
2017 Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut
Even in COVID times, there’s always something that needs celebrating (and all celebrations require bubbles, right?) I’m certainly one to keep a bottle cold in case of unexpected celebrations… Kate Laurie, owner and winemaker at Deviation Road, is crafting some of the best sparkling in the country – so what shall we celebrate?
2019 Melva by KT Watervale Riesling
Before moving to Coonawarra, I spent 12 months working in the Clare Valley – where I fell in love with Riesling. Meeting Bunny Peglidis, the grower of these Riesling grapes, was a day I look back on fondly. He’s a true character of the Clare Valley. I love all of KT’s Rizzas, but the Melva is up there – off dry, wild fermented in oak, and very delicious.
2019 Mulline Portarlington Chardonnay
I’m a big lover of Chardonnay, and a big believer in supporting the ventures of mates. Studying alongside Ben Mullen, I was always envious of his palate and knew he’d go on to create plenty of tasty goodness. Mulline is a venture between two Ben’s. Ben Mullen and Ben Hine. Get on board!
2018 Pooley Pinot Noir
I’m a big fan of Tasmanian Pinot, particularly Pooley. Its bright, vibrant and full of crunchy red fruit. This is the kind of bottle I would open with only a couple of others – one glass is not enough!
2018 Reed Alexia Grenache
I was introduced to the wines of Sierra Reed by Kate Goodman when hosted a dinner at Pipers, and poured this Grenache in a bracket alongside one of our own wines. It’s a slightly different side to Barossa Grenache – elegant, fragrant & textural. A wine that has quickly become a favourite in the Hansen family.
2019 Penley Project “egg” Cabernet
Last, but not least. One of my own. Working at Penley Estate, our project series of wines are some of the most fun, and interesting to make – but also the wines that cause the most sleep loss and grey hairs. This was no exception. We left this Cabernet parcel on skins, in a concrete egg fermenter, for 201 days. Serious nerve required, but we think it has paid off. Not your typical Coonawarra Cabernet, open it with your wine nerd friends! Read more here: penley.com.au/blogs