IF you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out.
Medium-bodied and full of cool climate red berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high altitude regions such as Orange, and particularly so in the hands of makers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with the variety.
“It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” Peter says, adding that at the same time the variety all but makes itself in the vineyard. “It requires minimal intervention in the winery, and is fairly consistent year in and year out,” he says. “The optimal result is a wine like this one that’s a straight-up delivery of the succulent red fruits and spice of cold climate, high country Shiraz.”
And interestingly while it bursts with that juicy, cool climate red fruits and spice, it has a lovely soft mouth-filling texture, and at $28 makes for a great companion at this time of year with a hearty beef pie.
ONE TO NOTE: A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during Summer time’s heat, but in reality is one to savour all year round.
With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples that lead to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime juice finish and really does reward with being served well chilled. And while a great drop to simply enjoy on its own anytime, it makes an excellent companion with fried whitebait.
The quirky-named Fifth Leg, by the way, got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a near-half century ago – and with a fifth leg laying nearby.
DON’T look beyond matching this one with a hearty Winter’s beef pie.
A SUMMER time’s white from Western Australia to savour year-round.
Written by David Ellis