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Reader lunch: Fred's, Sydney
24.01.2017

Beat the queues to Sydney's most sought-after table and join us for a knockout summery lunch at Fred's.

Greg Malouf returns to Dubai
24.01.2017

After spending the past 12 months writing books and doing one-off dinners the Australian chef is poised to open an exciting new restaurant in the Middle Eastern capital.

Merivale’s The Chicken Shop opens this week
24.01.2017

Ben Greeno’s long-awaited side-hustle, The Chicken Shop, is opening on Australia Day, right next to The Paddington.

Nour Sydney kicks off guest chef series
23.01.2017

Ghostboy Cantina did it with Temp Taquero in Dixon House and at Tio's. Automata did it with Auto.Lab. And now Nour, the powder-pink themed modern Lebanese eatery in Surry Hills, is joining the club with a guest chef series, too.

Our third Chinese-language edition is out now
23.01.2017

Dedicated to being the best guide to Australia, our latest Chinese-language edition includes a checklist of the country's essential new restaurants, our most beautiful beaches, and much more.

Blanca Bar & Dining to open in Bondi this week
23.01.2017

Bjorck describes the food as "European-style," but with "nice fresh Japanese flavours".

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula
20.01.2017

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

Stokehouse, Melbourne Review
19.01.2017

An Australian dining landmark rises from the ashes: the Stokehouse is back ready to please the crowds for at least another generation to come, writes Michael Harden.

Top Drops: July 2016

Numbered from left to right, down the image.

 

1. SUPER SAKE

Miyako-Bijin "White Label" Junmai Yamahai, Awaji-shima, Japan, $75

After importing and wholesaling for years, Black Market Sake are now retailing through their website, making it easier to get hold of stunning drinks like this: aromas of radish and apple, slinky texture, deep and complex umami-rich finish.

Imported by blackmarketsake.com

 

2. SINEWY SYRAH

2012 Cobaw Ridge Syrah, Macedon Ranges, Vic, $50

If you like medium-bodied, intensely flavoursome shiraz grown in cool, high-altitude vineyards, try this beauty: subtle but seductive scents of pepper and dark humus lead to a sinewy mouthful of glossy blackberries and powdery tannin.

cobawridge.com.au

 

3. TONGUE HUGGER

2012 Celler Escoda-Sanahuja, Nas del Gegant, Conca de Barbera, Spain, $41.95

This bold Spanish red sits at the far end of "natural wine" production - biodynamic farming, no additions - but, thanks to its sturdy tannic backbone, tastes bold and youthful: superbly rich purple fruit, meaty, earthy, glorious.

Imported by apostrophewine.com.au

 

4. RICH WHITE

2014 Rutherglen Estates Renaissance VRM, Rutherglen, Vic, $32

The more blends of viognier, roussanne and marsanne I taste, the more I think how well-suited these grapes are to warm-climate regions like Rutherglen: this wine is ripe, complex and generously proportioned, but long and savoury, too.

rutherglenestates.com.au

 

5. COUNTRY WINE

2014 Pyramid Valley Howell Cabernet Franc, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, $54

Slice some chunky terrine and crusty baguette and pour yourself a glass of this deliciously rustic, medium-bodied red with its wild hedgerow berries and touch of earthy funk. You might still find the 2013 around the traps: it's also superb.

Imported by imbibo.com.au

 

6. BONZA VINO

2015 Giovanni Armani Giorgio Bianco Superiore, SA, $25

Love the fake cheesy Italian name; love the daggy, early-'90s computer design (check out the website for a giggle); love the mouthful of melon-pulpy deliciousness delivered by garganega and sauvignon blanc grapes. Bravo!

gag.pizza

 

7. MID-LIFE TINNIE

Pirate Life Throwback IPA, Adelaide, SA, $5

Brewing mid-strength (3.5 per cent alcohol) beer without sacrificing flavour is a challenge, but the Pirates have risen handsomely to the call: there's loads of fragrant hoppy goodness and refreshing bitterness in this lovely little tinnie.

piratelife.com.au

 

8. SPANISH BOTANIC

Cillar de Silos Golfo Vermut, Ribera del Duero, Spain, $75

This fabulous vermouth comes from one of my favourite producers of red wine in Ribera del Duero. At its heart is a base of super-rich tempranillo grapes, over which are draped layers of dark, swirling botanical complexity.

Imported by thespanishacquisition.com

 

9. NEW NERO

2015 Eldorado Road Luminoso Rosé, North-East Victoria, $25

This terrifically dry, spicy and satisfying rosé is made from the black nero d'Avola grape variety, originally from Sicily, but now thriving in Australia's warmer regions. Eldorado Road also makes a bold, slurpy $35 red from the same grapes.

eldoradoroad.com.au

 

10. TOP PET NAT

2014 Brave New Wine Little Sister Pet Nat, Mount Barker, WA, $28

This little beauty from WA is one of the best Australian pet nats - naturally sparkling wines that finish fermentation in the bottle - I've tasted: it's full of juicy little red berries, cascading and snapping and popping across your tongue.

bravenewwine.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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