Celebration or despair...


Election wines – what to drink

Let’s assume for the moment that we’re all going to stay in on Saturday night and watch the election results flood in.  This is going to be a particularly interesting election, what with the unprecedented preference arrangement between the Libs and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation; perhaps you’re hoping this leads to failure, so that the contentious Roe 8 project will be permanently diverted.  Whatever your viewpoint, there may be cause for celebration, or despair.  So – what’s on the menu?

Something to start – let’s get the ball rolling:

Amelia Park, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Margaret River

The forecast is warm, so let’s head for WA’s perennial favourite blend – SSB.  The grassy characters that spring from semillon are alive and well in this wine.  Bright and vibrant, redolent with ripe citrus, green apple, sugar snap peas and jasmine florals.  With enough texture and complexity to make this perfectly suited to wide range of foods – it’s recommended to throw some Exmouth King Prawns on the BBQ and watch events unfold.  93 points and $20.”

Something fancy – it case it swings your way:

Martinborough Vineyards, Te Tera Pinot Noir, 2014, New Zealand

State elections have the power to directly influence our daily lives, sometimes even more so than Federal.  So let’s pretend this is going to go the way you want, and you pop into the pantry/wine fridge/cellar to open something… anticipated.   Located on the southern tip of the north island, Martinborough Estate has notable peers in Ata Rangi and Craggy Range.  This wine is right for this occasion – supple, spicy, textured and satisfying.  Ripe red cherry, pomegranate, blood plum and crushed black pepper.  Hailing from a great vintage, this is one to seek out. 94 points and for as little as $32.”

A comfort wine – in case it didn’t swing your way, and you don’t want to talk about it:

Mr Barval Nebbia, 2016, Margaret River

This brings a smile to my face every time I drink it.  “Here’s hoping it works tonight.” 100% nebbiolo picked from a vineyard south of Margs, and made in the lighter, fresher ‘Langhe’ style, this wine shows us that concentration, texture, complexity and vibrancy can come from WA nebbiolo.  After crushing, the juice spent just 5 days on skins, plunged by hand every 2 hours (a hectic schedule for Rob Gherardi the winemaker), and then bottled after 10 months in old oak.  Strawberry, minerality, refreshing acidity, violets and roses; all balanced by drying tannins and spice.  Only two barrels made, and perhaps more traditional in style to the 2015.  Love this for a lighter style red in warm weather.  96 points, and $35.