Ask the wine guy: Do I need to give up wine to get in shape?

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Photo: iStock

Q. I want to get in shape for spring. Does it mean I have to give up wine altogether?

A. Maybe not altogether, but you’re looking at between 110 and 300 calories for a glass of wine. Interestingly it’s the alcohol that contains most of the calories – almost twice the calories of any sugar that may be present in the wine.

If you’re a sucker for a sticky or have a penchant for port, you’ll need to give them up. If you’re going to have a glass of wine, make it a good one that will drink well over a few days or keep the bottle fresh with Winesave, a can of argon gas that keeps the wine from oxidising.

Wines to try this week:

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Photo: supplied

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Craggy Range Sophia 2014

  • Hawke’s Bay; $105; 13.5%
  • Enjoy with: Lamb and artichoke ragu
  • Score: 94/100

 

It drank well immediately, but this took three days to really hit its straps, revealing a bouquet of dark berries, redcurrants, bay and pencil-scented oak.

It’s dense and concentrated, but balanced and really well composed – it’s a rock-star wine, but not showy. Tannins are excellent, structure really good and there’s a sweet vanilla oak character on the impressive finish.

Foxeys Hangout Shiraz 2015

  • Mornington Peninsula; $45; 13.5%
  • Enjoy with: Spicy char-grilled quail
  • Score: 92/100

 

If you haven’t been down to Foxeys’ restaurant and cellar door, do yourself a favour. I’ve long been a fan of this shiraz.

It’s always spicy and perfumed, with dark cherry and plum flavours. It is on top form this year – there’s all of that plus a bright, fresh acid, fine tannins and loads of energy. It’s concentrated, juicy and delicious.

Tibooburra Wines Solitude Shiraz 2015

  • Yarra Valley; $30; 13%
  • Enjoy with: Peking duck and pancakes
  • Score: 93/100

 

This is a perfumed, funky beast and one that I adored drinking over three nights. Satin-smooth, this is a complex cool-climate shiraz that’s filled with stalky whole-bunch perfume, pepper and spice, plus concentrated blue fruits and cherry flavours.

Fresh and bright, it finishes with a burst of perfumed flavour.

WE LOVE

De Bortoli Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015

  • Yarra Valley; $25; 12.5%
  • Enjoy with: Brie de Meaux
  • Score: 92/100

 

Made from several parcels of chardonnay at Dixons Creek, this is delightfully delicate chardonnay – fine-boned and structured. It smells teriffic, with white blossom, peach and gentle spice aromas.

The mineral-laced acid and chalky tannins support stonefruit, citrus and spice flavours.

We say: De Bortoli’s chardonnay never misses a beat.

 

GOT A QUESTION?

EMAIL: bthomas@theweeklyreview.com.au

Photo: Scott McNaughton

Photo: Scott McNaughton

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