Wines Issue 20

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12387997_10207250794204015_1172692965_nThese are the wines that didn’t make it into our list of Top Drops, but were enjoyed nevertheless while doing various reviews. The slight notes of soft oak on the 2014 Howard Park Flint Rock Chardonnay from Mount Barker were a complement to the sweet, salty and smokey elements of the Crispy Pork Belly from White Salt. The Fire Gully and Pierro wines were sent to our office for tasting, so we took them along to a few¬†BYO venues we were reviewing. The 2015 Pierro Semillon Sauvignon Blanc L.T.C. is a fresh lively wine that seems to sparkle and dance in the glass. Its restrained aromatics, lemon citrus notes, dried herb complexities and subtle and delicate palate made this a superb match with the seafood from D’s Authentic Japanese. The 2014 Fire Gully Chardonnay is fresh, fruity and aromatic, with ripe melon and white peach characters, and was an ideal accompaniment to the pizza from Giorgio’s. The 2012 Fire Gully Shiraz is a very attractive, harmonious wine with spicy red berries and cedar oak aromas, excellent balance and a clean gentle finish, perfectly offsetting the Field Bruschetta from Sensations en Ardross.

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