Great Southern and Bordeaux wines from On the Vine

For this weekend, Stef recommends three wines from the Winter issue of On the Vine.

Ad Hoc ‘Hen & Chicken’ Chardonnay, Pemberton, 2017: Produced by Larry Cherubino, the wines that make up the “Ad Hoc” are wines for “any occasion” sourced from WA. They refer to it as “go-to dependable wines for any occasion, as characterful as their labels.” We couldn’t agree more!

Rod Properjohn, chair of the Panel adds; “Although not as fruit generous as Margaret River chardonnay, this Pemberton wine identifies its cooler climate by its fine mineral notes, tart acidity and very good length. Toss in a little grapefruit, stone fruit, smoky oak and mealy characters and you have a serious wine. Drink now and over the next three years.”

$21.99 single, $19.99 each in any six


Château L’Eglise, Bordeaux (Fr), 2016: This wine sourced from Bordeaux, in the south west of France is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Owned by the Dieuxyssies family, the 29 hectares consist of growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and only making red wines.

About the wine, Rod adds, “this drinks well and importantly, you don’t have to sell your car to buy a bottle. Good depth of colour, it oozes dark cherry, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, has a sizeable dollop of vanillin oak, gritty cabernet tannins and overall balance. Santé!”

$21.99 single, $19.99 each in any six


Apostrophe ‘Possessive Reds’, Great Southern, 2017: Described on as “Stylistic blends from our Great Southern vineyards and are made to drink now with food.”

The wine is a blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre and as Rod describes, “it’s simply delicious. There’s raspberry, cranberry and floral notes with the finest of tannins, all packaged in a medium body with a dry cleansing finish. We ravished it with some spicy Hunan food, but you’ll enjoy it with just about anything.”

$17.99 single  $15.99 each in any six