Bowled over: Raise a glass to the Ashes series with Terry Kirby's pick of Australian wines
Sunday 17 November 2013
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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