Follow the young guns
The young guns of wine represent the newer generation of winemakers. It seems like they are shaking up the industry and doing things their way and producing some gorgeous modern wines. So when about fifty of them are turning up with their wines for a tasting, I’m so there! It seems like here are too many interesting wines so I’ve decided to drink only reds tonight. Now let me introduce you to twenty or so delicious reds that I want to drink more of.
So many good bottles of Shiraz, with probably more from the Barossa that anywhere else.
Spinifex has it’s focus on making regional wines from the traditional Mediterranean grape varieties, including this delicious shiraz. Head Wines I’ve loved for their shiraz and GSM for a few years now. First Drop Mothers Milk are clearly meeting their commitment to making kick arse booze and they also make a mean Montepulciano.
I discovered Gundog Estate earlier this year at their Hunter Valley cellar door with a wonderful range of shiraz, even though this Marksman’s Shiraz is grown in the Canberra district. As is the Polperro by Even Keel, although their base is in Mornington Peninsular. Taltarni in the Pyrenees is a classic brought up to date by the next generation. Cordaroy wines in the Adelaide Hills are “matching place and variety to good effect” (says James Halliday). And it’s good to drink de Iullius again, a recent discovery for me at their cellar door in the Hunter.
And that’s without counting the blends. I’m very taken with the Eperosa mature/shiraz/grenache blend from the Barossa, the All Saints grenache/mourvedre/shiraz blend from Victoria and the Parous shiraz/mataro from the McLaren Vale. Also from the Mclaren Vale is a lovely MVG Grenache.
The Pinot Noir, the Malbec and the Italians.
I’ve meet some great Italian’s today. Firstly there are the two delicious Nebbiolo’s, Born & Raised small batch wines from Heathcote, and the Italian heritage plus cool high altitude climate of Dal Zotto in the King Valley. Then theres the A. Rodda Tempranillo from Beechworth, who also do a mean cabernet sauvignon/merlot/petit verdot/malbec blend. Samu produce a yummy Nero d’Avola / Langrein blend in Adelaide and the Vanguardist MVG Grenache is a thing of beauty.
Sailor seeks Horse makes a complex Pinot Noir in the Huon Valley, probably the coolest wine region in Australia, perfect for Pinot Noir (and Chardonnay). And finally, Bremerton in South Australia are making a spot on Malbec.
As much as the space in the Ivy makes for a good wine tasting venue, there’s no food with the tasting, not a single cracker. Therefore we have to go downstairs to Palings and buy a meal if we want any food with the wine tasting.
Best bits: all these wonderfully diverse modern reds
Worst bits: no bread, no crackers, nothing!
Where am I: Ivy Lounge, Level 2, 330 George Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000. The entrance to Ivy Lounge is located on Ash Street