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Chapel Hill ‘il Vescovo’ White 2012Chapel hill il

Style: Dry white

Region: McLaren Vale, SA

Overview: Summer is here. Forget the other side of the world, and their complaints of polar vortexes, for we are in God’s own oven, roasting, frying and begging for relief. Wine slakes our thirst but now is not when we crave the oak and body of a Chardonnay, nor even the racy acidity of Riesling or Semillon. What we crave is tropical and balanced, refreshing yet flavoursome. Our saviour comes in the form of Chapel Hill’s il Vescovo White, an innovative blend of Verdelho, Savagnin and Rousanne. These varieties are very different in origin yet, here in this blend, they complement each other to make an impressive summer wine.

Tasting note: Pineapple aromas leap from the glass, followed by elegant tones of lemon, talc and jasmine. The lemon character on the palate is slightly waxy and rind-like. It’s crisp and fresh too with lovely texture and acidity.          

Final Say: When not throwing it down to combat the heat, this wine is best enjoyed with food. $15.99 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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Domaine Pinchinat Côtes de Provence Blanc 2011DomPin

Style: Dry white

Region: Provence, France

Tasting note: The nose is a delicate combination of straw, candied pineapple and crushed herbs. The palate is surprisingly robust compared to the nose, with flavours of apricot and sandalwood, and a lemon pith mouthfeel. A touch of oiliness on the finish completes this wine.

Final Say: A fantastic white blend that makes me wish I was at a quiet beach, just me and this bottle. $27.99 a bottle.

Score: 17 out of 20

Montvalley Shiraz 2004Montvalley

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Shiraz as quintessentially Hunter Valley as this one. A dusty and leathery nose with subtle hints of blackberry and spicy oak. Nice aged plum and spice characters on the palate with just a bit of game.

Final Say: A good example of the Hunter Valley of old. $19.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

Latitude 35 degrees South Cabernet Merlot 2009latitude

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Western Australia

Tasting note: All you would expect from the union of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: blackcurrant, plum, black olives and chocolate with a velvety mouth-feel and a soft, pleasant finish.

Final Say: Great value BBQ wine. $13.99 a bottle

Score: 16 out of 20

Handpicked Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 HP

Style: Full-bodied red

Region: Coonawarra, SA

Tasting note: Dark and brooding, one sniff and this wine is undeniably Coonawarra Cabernet. Menthol, black cherries and cassis with slight hints of raspberry and grainy tannins. Powerful, rich and ripe.

Final Say: A steal for the price, perfect as a cellar-dweller. $16.99 a bottle.

Score: 17 out of 20