Wine review: McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

Shortlist is a range of individually numbered and limited release wines from McGuigan.

The small print:

Adelaide Hills – 13% abv – Grape: chardonnay – Buy: Tesco online –  Price:  £15   – screwcap – 2011 – Tasted Feb 23 2014 – Drink in 5 years of vintage

Food matches

Creamy pasta, poultry dishes, shellfish, grilled beef, steamed mussels

What it says on the vin:

Fruit: Schuberts Vineyard Adelaide Hills
Fermentation: Natural yeast in oak
Oak: New French hogsheads
Maturation: Lees stirred once a week for 8 months
Analysis: 13.0% Alc/Vol

On McGuigan website … This award-winning Chardonnay benefits from the cool climate of Schubert’s Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and wild-yeast fermentation in French oak barrels. It is superbly rich, elegant and complex wine with flavours of peach, melon, lemon and delicate oak and a refreshing zippy aftertaste.

McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay wine 2011, Adelaide Hills
McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

In my glass:

Subtle honeyed oak with grilled pineapple and vanilla pods. Loved it; a lively lasting taste of spritely acidity  with zippy lemon and more creamy vanilla.

Find out more about McGuigan wines on their website here 

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In my glass: Pongracz Sparkling Rosé wine review

Pongracz Sparkling Rosé wine review

Pongracz Sparkling Rosé

Pongracz Sparkling Rosé bottle

In my glass:

A fine bubble tinkles away after the excited pouring fizz dies down. There’s fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, brioche and rhubarb crumble on the nose;  sweet sultanas too. Fresh red fruits and strawberries bedazzle on the tastebuds as a good balanced acidity comes along to woosh everything along. As a treat before dinner it can’t be beaten. It  revives, refreshes, teases and flirts with those tastebuds.

How it’s made

The wine is made in South Africa using  the methode cap classique. That is the same traditional way Champagne is made. Remember – if it’s not made in Champagne, a sparkling wine can’t be called Champagne.

Hungarian Desiderius Pongracz whose passion and vision notably changed viticulture in the CapeHungarian Desiderius Pongracz whose passion and vision notably changed viticulture in the CapeThat doesn’t mean there aren’t some  sparkling wines which come wonderfully up to the mark in terms of  taste and style compared to those made in the famous Burgundy heartland.

Just like Champagne, Pongracz wines undergo two fermentations – first in tanks, then the second in the bottle. The contact of the bottled wine with the fermenting yeast gives these methode cap classique sparkling wines a familiar taste and aroma of brioche.

Pongracz Sparkling Rosé wine review
Pongracz Sparkling Rosé

What it says on the vin:

This elegant methode cap classique was inspired by Desiderius Pongracz whose passion and vision notably changed viticulture in the Cape. Composed of noble varietals in the classic French tradition, Pongracz offers delicate yeasty tones, layered with toast and ripe fruit, enlivened by a firm, creamy mousse.

The small print:

Western Cape, South Africa – 12% abv –   blend of  pinot noir (40%) and chardonnay (60%) – Buy: Morrisons –  Price: £14.99 – popping cork – non-vintage  – Tasted Feb 23 2014

  • Find out more about Pongracz rosé wine here

 

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