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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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