This is the first ever Top Wine Finds post. These posts will be my way to let you all know what my favourite wines of the previous month were. I started out by writing it as my ‘ Top 5 Wine Finds of the month’ however I don’t want to put a number to it as sometimes I may come across only one wine I would truly recommend and other months maybe 10. I want to make sure that I am truly recommending wines I love.
I love trying new wines, and it’s only those awesome wines that I’ll go back and buy more of!
Before I jump into June’s Top Wine Finds, I just want to let you know that of course the below selection is based on what “I” enjoy, everyone’s taste buds are different. Which I assure you is a good thing!
Do not rule out any wines unless you have tried them, you’ll be surprised at what wines you fall in love with. Seriously, take chances on your wine choices.
Without further adieu.. I’m excited to introduce the very first – Travelling Corkscrew Top Wine Finds for June 2014:
1. Castelli Estate 2010 Botrytis Riesling from the Frankland River, Western Australia.
To be honest with you, I’m not a big fan of dessert wines. But this one has that perfect balance of sweetness and acidity which doesn’t make it sickly sweet. In terms of matching it with food, it’s not a wine for chocolate but more for a fruity dessert. I think @nessaussie has hit the nail on the head with his suggestion of matching it to these delicious Apple Persimmon Pies by Lady and Pups. The wine retails for about $25 for a 375ml bottle.
Castelli Estate are located in Denmark, WA and the family behind the winery have a strong Italian heritage. You can find their range on various restaurant wine lists as well as in a few bottle shops. For further information about where you can pick up Castelli Wines in Perth, contact in Cantina.
2. Chapman Grove 2011 Reserve Chardonnay from the Margaret River, Western Australia.
I found this lovely bottle of Chardy at the City Wine Festival at the start of the month. It was one of the first wines I tried at the festival and immediately i knew I’d be popping back to the stall to pick up a few bottles before I left. I can’t help it, Chardonnay is my weakness!
This one in particular had that lovely oomph of French oak age yet an abundance of fresh, fruity and pretty fruit flavours with a sultry lingering finish. I could drink it all night and day long… If only! You can buy this wine via the Chapman Grove online store for $28.
3. First Drop 2% 2012 Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
This was a complete unplanned buy. I stopped in to by an Old Lira Pizza on Guildford Road and while I was waiting I had a snoop around the Liquor Barons beside it. Teeny, tiny shop but one with so many interesting and out-of-the-box wines to keep me well amused for the 15 minutes I had to wait.
I’d heard a lot about First Drop so as soon as I saw this, I knew I had to buy it. It was about $38 but oh my it was well worth it.
4. Telethon Adventurers 2007 Shiraz from the Margaret River, Western Australia.
It’s no Romanée-Conti, but it is a good wine for $15 a bottle! Plus half of that goes straight to Telethon to help fight the war on Child Cancer. It’s a great wine for the price point and I am considering buying another case..
And that’s a wrap! I’ll look forward to letting you all known my Top Wine Finds of July 2014 so watch this space. If you’ve tried any amazing wines lately, please let me know by commenting below or tag your social media posts with #tcwineblog !