One of the great things about being based in South Australia for a few weeks is this area is well known for being Australia’s wine capital. Here they showcase their excellence in wine, gourmet cheese and local produce. Over the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to visit most of the major wine regions.
I know that most of my girl friends and my mother will be on the edge of their seat at the shear mention of wine and cheese, I thought it would be appropriate to share in the delights I have found across the region. I hope I can locate some of this back home.
- McLaren Vale
- Adelaide Hills
- Barossa Valley
- Clare Valley
- Kangaroo Island
With over 200 cellar doors in the region, I would love to have sampled them all and believe me, I gave it a good try, so here are some highlights.
Kangaroo Island at Two Wheeler Creek 2011 – Chardonnay – Unwooded. Now I am generally not a Chardonnay fan but with this being unwooded it was soft, full of flavour and fresh. This wine had a lovely natural acidity giving it a great balance.
Chain of Ponds Wines is a boutique winery established in 1985 in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region.I loved their Sunning hill Sangiovese 2011 which is soft with generous red fruits, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg to give complexity. Also highly recommend their Island Sting Honey Liqueur.
In the Barossa Valley at the Seppeltsfield cellar door as specialist in fortified wines, we were presented with Grand Tawny, Rare Tawny at different ages as tasters, a sniff of the 21 year old Tawny Port was all we were allowed but the rich, sticky sweetness oozed out of the bottle, unfortunately it was well out of my price range.
Jacobs Creek definitely had the most interactive cellar door with full explanations and demos of the flavours and complexities that make up the wine varieties. Well worth a visit, plus you are allowed to pick grape varietals to taste the difference between a Reisling, Pinot Gris, Shiraz and Grenache grape.
Fruit for the Annie’s Lane Quelltaler wines are sourced from Watervale, a unique area within the Clare Valley. Their Riesling 2011 was darker than a normal Reisling, zesty with lemon lime blossom and subtle hints of clove. I loved this wine, we were told this Watervale Riesling is crafted to age gracefully. We also bought a 2011 Shiraz / Cabernet Plums, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, mulberries, and spices can’t wait to drink this bottle.
My favourite winery without a doubt is Gemtree Wines in McLaren Vale. This is a family run organic and bio dynamic vineyard. Bio dynamics certification is about soil fertility and the recognition of a relationship between plant growth and the cycle of the moon. Farming in this way provides a way to retain the health and the welfare the environment by the non usage of chemicals on the land. Their we found an excellent Luna Temprana Tempranillo bright, fleshy, early drinking wine, naturally fermented, with no filtration this wine emphasises the true characteristics of the vineyard.
Cheese & Local Produce
Island Pure Sheep Dairy Manchego – buttery, smooth & richly flavored great by itself or crumbled over risotto, pasta.
SpiceGirlz Jamato – a spicy tomato and ginger relish which is excellent with both soft and hard cheeses. Leaves you wanting more
Beerenberg Caramilsed Fig Jam – a jam to fall in love with any cheese platter
That’s all for now, I’m off to see some Naked Magicians.