Got a giant lamb shoulder slowly roasting in the oven? Thought you might. Chew on these three bad boys alongside for maximum pleasure...
2018 Jilly Lone Ranger touriga nacional, Clunes, NSW
Jared Dixon is now a firmly established name in the biz, creating wines that offer intriguing twists on everyday table wines and applying a fair bit of know-how to his craft. This is his take on touriga nacional, the not-so-everyday Portuguese variety. Wildly expressive this, overflowing with purple flowers and supremely ripe, velvety plums. Insanely expressive, lucious and just completely moreish. Rich without being cloying, bold without being overpowering. A high-wire balancing act done in fine fine style.
2018 Mallaluka sangiovese, Canberra District, ACT/NSW
Our appreciation for what Sam Leyshon brings to the table is unending. Direct, uncomplicated wines that are responsibly farmed, made with care and bring the variety's natural personality to life without an nonsense attached. Simple as that. Fine-boned, feather light and gentle sangiovese, a rather fruit-foward take on the style, but with requisite notes of terraotta, pipe tobacco and spice to back it up. Versatile as heck, plays nice over ice, too.
2018 Jauma Birdsey cabernet franc, McLaren Vale, SA
Is there anyone out there better suited to making a convincing case for cabernet franc than James Erskine? The grape's rustic, leafy, stemmy qualities so effortlessly lend themselves to the Jauma touch the hands-off approach that always yields wines that have an effortlessly slick and smooth mouthfeel, that place a value on drinkability and aim for subtley and finnesse rather than the hit-you-over-the-head intensity and brawn for which South Australia is often celebrated.