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Is it beer? Is it the wine? Is it both? Does it really matter? Not at all. All that matters is it’s delicious. Australian Wild Ale from Wildflower aged for six months with Zibbibo skins from Brash Higgins in McLaren Vale. The result is something fruity and fresh, with great tropical undertones. Perfect place to start a meal or drink in the sun. A gateway drug for those who aren’t so into beers.
Part of Hamish’s Sui Generis series, which means that once it’s gone, it’s never coming back. I love this wine because Hamish Young really gets to play by no rules. Riverland Vermentino sees six weeks on skins with no additions or filtration. It’s really cool that Mada engages a new local artist for each of these special releases to design the label. Plus, Hamish is just a good bloke with great hair.
Samuel Smith from VHS wines zigs when everyone else zags. While so many try to ensure that nothing is added to their wines, Samuel uses sour cherries, sage and cherrywood smoke in this Bonvedro and Cabernet Blend. A customer once angrily told me “Well it’s not a wine then.” Who cares? It’s a great drink. Once they stopped trying to categorize it, they ended up loving it and ordering another bottle. 500ml, so perfect for solo drinkers.
Technically an American wine, but made by Aussies, so it counts. Mike Bennie and friends create an homage to Jura. A Riesling has been allowed to develop a layer of flor (yeast), which oxidises the wine leaving it salty, nutty and fresh. This reminds me of Fino Sherry. I would drink it for breakfast if I could.