Wine Filter: Australia

Ten Minutes by Tractor 2014 10X Pinot Noir

I’ve been in love with this estate ever since I dropped in for impromptu lunch 10 years ago. This Pinot Noir heaves with lush red fruit and a walk-in-the-woods earthiness. Grouse pie, roasted quail, rabbit stew – this is the wine to make these dishes sing. One of my favourite wines of the show.

Some Young Punks Monsters Monsters Attack! Riesling 2014

Thai Curry or pan-Asian spices come alive with this beautifully fresh and limey gem. Don’t be afraid of the phrase ‘off-dry’ – it’s light sweetness that gives the wine’s fresh tang its balance. It’s vibrant, eager, generous and leaves a lovely prickle on your tongue.

Some Young Punks Passion Has Red Lips Shiraz Cabernet 2014

The SYP team mix up the generous, fleshy blend of Shiraz and Cabernet with the funkier, edgier end of fermenting with wild-yeast and a splash of Old World restraint. It’s still an exuberant wine, but more rewarding that any Shiraz-Cab you’ll have tried in a long while. Perfect posh-burger wine.

D’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2013

You’ll have to look up how this wine got its name! But then you’ll see why it has such crisp, fresh apple and nectarine flavours. The whiff of butterscotch oakiness makes this a versatile white. Lovely with fish in sauce, roast chicken or just a night in.

D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2015

Winemaker Chester Osborne won thousands of fans of Austalian wines with his ‘ageing surfer’ looks, mad shirts and fun wine names. They come back because his ripe, fruity, generous reds are so delicious. Like this ripsnorting, curranty and peppery Shiraz.

Vinaceous! Voodoo Moon Malbec 2013

The ‘Voodoo’ name here is no accident. It’s a brooding, mysterious wine with aromas of mulberry and even old-fashioned ink pots. It’s a beefy, hearty wine and that alone tells you what to eat with it.

Vinaceous! Svengali Cabernet Sauvignon 2012/2014

‘Margaret River’ is a magical place. It’s in Western Australia which makes five per cent of Australia’s wine and wins eighty five per cent of its wine medals! That’s because of the precise, pure, Cabernet fruit and integrated vanilla oak in delicious wines like this. Match it with everything from spiced chicken to rich pasta dishes.

Vinaceous! Impavido Vermentino 2014

If you like the sound (and look) of Some Young Punks, try this. The Lemon-lime fruit, sea-shore tang and vivacious character make this wine as fun as its label. Bored of work-a-day Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio? This is the wine to funk up your evening’s drinking. Brilliant with Asian-fusion dishes and aromatic spice.