Hanging in that beautiful space...

With the weather hanging in that beautiful space between cool mornings, and sunny afternoons, the wine choices seem infinite.  Cooler night-times can call for heavier reds, or full bodied whites, and meanwhile – the afternoon sunshine is near on perfect for crisp fresh whites, or lighter bodied, nervous and vibrant reds.  So…

2016 Rieslingfreak No 3, Clare Valley

“Tight, austere and unapologetically Clare.  Beautiful length and line.  This is tight.  Cellar it.  Love it.  It’s structured and linear – hints of bath salts, lime blossom, spring florals and ripe citrus.  Fruit for this wine was ‘harvested from the family vineyard… in the White Hutt sub-region’ situated in the northern part of the Clare Valley.  This is a label to look out for each vintage: each ‘number’ indicating a different sub-region or style of riesling.  For the love of riesling – don’t miss it.  93 points, and around $26”

2013 Vietti ‘Perbacco’ Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy DOC

“If you’re not familiar with the great Vietti house of Italy – may I humbly suggest that you do something about this.  If you are – excellent.  The Vietti family have been producing beautiful and age-worthy wine in Castiglione Falletto (Piedmont) since the early 1900’s.  Fermented in Slovenian oak and sourced from pedigree Barolo vineyards, this is bright and fresh: the tannins are fine but assertive, the fruit is spicy, lithe, supple.  Red cherries, rosewater, cracked black pepper.  There is a rusticity here, wrapped in silk… honestly this is an exciting wine.  2013 was an exceptional vintage for nebbiolo, and Barolo. American wine writer Antonio Galloni says of the 2013’s: “The 2013 Barolos I have tasted from cask are aromatically compelling, rich and structured; in other words super-classic. At their best, the 2013s come across as slightly richer versions of the 2010s.” This is a drink-now Barolo, get around it.  Perfect time of year for it! 94 points and $58”