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March 11, 2017 Beverage No Comments Email Email

TALTARNI have wrapped a Fume Blanc label around a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, a lovely wine whose 56 per cent fruit from Tasmania’s Coal Valley and the remainder out of Victoria’s Pyrenees, makes for a really cracker stand-out drop.

With no such thing as a Fume Blanc grape, makers stick the Fume Blanc moniker on Sauvignon Blanc that they’ve aged in oak, the wine taking up a nice touch of smokiness from that oak.

And this Taltarni’s got that touch, along with luscious, mouth-filling flavours ranging from ideas of passionfruit to white peaches, citrus and acidity, and all making for a great lip-smacker on its own, or as a rewarding accompaniment to a whole diversity of lighter food options.

At $26 its good-value buying for such food match ideas as easy garlic prawns to chicken saltimbocca, dolmas to simple fish and chips, lemon-herbed pork chops or flavoursome crab cakes.

ONE TO NOTE:  RYMILL Coonawarra have released just the third vintage of their Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, a moreish wine from 2015 that’s showing all indications of being another bolter like its 2013 and 2014 predecessors.

One of those reds to buy now and enjoy now – although its showing plenty of signs of hanging in there to give rewarding drinking over the next five to seven years – this one’s all about forward dark cherries and mint on the palate, and dusty, chocolatey tannins.

Overall smooth and with just a delicate showing of oak, it’s a drop that at $23 its maker, Sandrine Gimon suggests will go really well with roast pork and plum sauce, or equally ravioli with mushrooms and pecorino.

ONE to match with roast pork and plum sauce, or ravioli with mushrooms and pecorino.

MOUTH-filling in flavour on its own, or enjoy with a wide range of light food options.

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Written by David Ellis

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