Michael Hall Wine

The interesting backstory of Michael Hall

People come to winemaking in many ways. Michael Hall’s journey is maybe one of the more unusual ones. From valuing the finest rubies (the “sang de pigeon’ ) in Switzerland, to making thoughtfully produced wines in the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, and Eden Valley, is quite a story indeed.

So it’s a privilege to be meeting the winemaker and sampling the wines with a very small group of people in the always brilliant Love Tilly Devine.

We start with a rousanne and a chardonnay, both lightly oaked with some real texture to them, I like these a lot. Love Tilly Devine’s kitchen serves us up some roast pumpkin slathered in ricotta, pine nuts and currants. Next up ¬†are a Sauv Blanc, and the Sang de Pigeon Blanc de Pigeon, a 75% chardonnay/25% sauv blanc mix, both barrel fermented. Both would make a decent ‘drink now’ summer drop but are not particular standouts for me. But I’m loving the beautiful prosciutto that comes with them.

 

Michael Hall Roussanne 2015 tasting
Michael Hall Roussanne 2015 tasting
roast pumpkin, ricotta, sultanas and pinenuts
roast pumpkin, ricotta, sultanas and pinenuts
Michael Hall Sang de pigeon Blanc de Pigeon 2015
Michael Hall Sang de pigeon Blanc de Pigeon 2015
prosciutto @ the Michael Hall Wines tasting at Love Tilly Devine
prosciutto @ the Michael Hall Wines tasting at Love Tilly Devine

And then the Red Wines

The pinot noir has some lovely complexity and earthiness to it, albeit not quite as boggy as I would really like, and the charcuterie is delicious with it. We finish with two shiraz, a Sang de Pigeon and the Stonewall Shiraz. Both are classically delicious peppery shiraz’s that I could drink all night, or at least until the cheese platter runs out.

Michael Hall Pinot Noir 2014 Adelaide Hills
Michael Hall Pinot Noir 2014 Adelaide Hills
brie, crisps, grape & dried apricots, @ Love Tilly Devine Michael Hall wine tasting
brie, crisps, grape & dried apricots, @ Love Tilly Devine Michael Hall wine tasting

It’s always great to discover a winery that I haven’t tried before, and can enjoy so much, I’m fairly sure some of these will be popping up in my cellar soon. This is a winemaker to follow, I suspect there is so much more to come.

Where am I? Love Tilly Devine, 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

 

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