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Sydney is filled with great wine shops, but Best Cellars manages to stand out. Owner David Matters focuses on independent and boutique Australian winemakers, and his long-held relationships with vineyards and distributors mean many bottles can’t be found elsewhere.
New Zealand wines are another speciality, but you’ll also find a fantastic selection of French Chablis and Burgundy as well as a healthy selection of natural and orange varietals from Australia and abroad, and in particular an impressive selection of champagne.
His staff runs tastings every Friday and Saturday afternoon, to help find the right wine for you. Best Cellars also offers delivery for parties and functions. Handy if you have a Christmas function coming up, right?
This prize is a nice taster of what’s in store, and a guaranteed way to improve any Christmas party.
Rita and Rudolf Trossen Trossecco Trocken (750 millilitres) from Mosel, Germany. This is a certified-biodynamic sparkling riesling is made in the pét-nat method. The sugar and acid are beautifully balanced; this is a flinty, aromatic and refreshing wine, showing the typical lemon-lime characteristic of riesling.
Garden of Earthly Delights 2016 riesling (750 millilitres) from Heathcote, Victoria. The bouquet is refreshing, floral and citrus. On the palate, it’s mellow, licked with honey and spice, ginger. There’s some chalkiness among the bustle of acidity. It’s complex in nature and layered in texture.
Goon Tycoons 2016 chenin blanc (750 millilitres), from Margaret River, Western Australia. A single-vineyard, 100 per cent barrel-fermented wine with flinty funk on the nose. Think gunsmoke and chipped shell, with a lasting, acid-driven structure.
Ngeringa 2016 JE chardonnay (750 millilitres) from Adelaide Hills, South Australia. A highly balanced, light on its feet biodynamic wine that shows just-ripe stone fruit, mandarin, ginger and nougat. Squeaky, slightly waxy texture, lightly chalky, juicy core, playful and delicious.
Coup de Genie 2016 rosé (750 millilitres), from Provençe, France. A generous and creamy pale rosé with aromas of lychee, pear, mango and pineapple.
Somos 2017 mazuelo-cinsault (750 millilitres), from McLaren Vale, South Australia. Mazuelo (carignan) and cinsault grow side by side on this relatively young block. The fruit was all picked together; the Mazuelo left as whole bunches and the Carignan de-stemmed. A light and fresh red wine. Raspberry and watermelon, a hint of bunchy smoke and some savoury notes.
Bondar Violet Hour 2016 shiraz (750 millilitres), from McClaren Vale, South Australia. The name Violet Hour refers to the fading light owners Adrian Bondar and Selina Kelly saw on the horizon as they picked the last bunches of shiraz for their first ever release, the 2012 edition of this wine. This vintage has notes of dark fruit, saltbush, new leather, anise and clove. Lush, long and supple.
A copy of Broadsheet Sydney Food.
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Total value $241.95.