Released with ‘no frills’ labels, Australia’s ‘cleanskin’ wines allow you to enjoy first-rate quality without paying a big-name premium – and help the winery to shift stock in a hurry. Sold at the cellar door, they’re usually snapped up by locals, but (when he can) our man Down Under, Dan Parrott, likes to secure them for you, too. We can’t tell you everything, but here’s what we can share:
This deliciously rich Cabernet hails from a famous boutique that has won major international awards and sky-high point ratings from the likes of The Wine Advocate. In addition to a top-notch winemaking team and superb growing region (see below), it also benefits from an outstanding vintage. Across Australia, 2015 is being hailed as a fantastic year, in which “Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon show intense tannins and deep colors, with good cellaring potential” (Wine Spectator). A splash of Shiraz (5%) adds spicy, berry-oomph to the rich, black-fruit core, while time in barrel imparts subtle oak and chocolaty notes. Try it with hearty barbecue or pasta dishes.