Bowled over: Raise a glass to the Ashes series with Terry Kirby's pick of Australian wines

 

The greatest contest in cricket – the Ashes series between England and Australia – starts this week; the perfect excuse to try some exceptional Aussie wines from vineyards near the Test venues…

Second Test, Adelaide

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2013

South Australia's Eden and Clare Valleys has great Rieslings, such as this superb example: aromatic, but bone-dry, steely and mineral on the palate, with flavours of lemon zest and hints of pear. Wonderful with roast chicken or crustacea. £25.95, slurp.co.uk; £26.95, winedirect.co.uk

Third Test, Perth

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011

The Mediterranean climate of the Margaret River region makes it home to the most Bordeaux-like of Aussie reds. Warming, complex, robust – a great partner for roast meats. £12.78 (each, for two bottles as part of a purchase of six mixed bottles; normally £15.99), majestic.co.uk

Fifth Test, Sydney

Brokenwood Cricket Pitch 2011

The Hunter Valley north of Sydney produces unique, long-aged wines from the Sémillon grape. Here, its creamy, peachy flavours balance the ebullient, grassy Sauvignon Blanc to create a zingy mix suitable for seafood. £13.99, henningswine.co.uk; £17.25, bbr.com

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