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What we're drinking: our favourite wines of the month

Our top drops from the month of May, as selected by our consummate wine expert Max Allen.

By Max Allen
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Ever wondered which wines Gourmet Traveller likes to kick back with at the end of the day? White, red or orange, here are our favourite wines (and spirits) of the month.

Our top drops for May

2017 GD Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba, Piedmont, $39
2017 GD Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba, Piedmont, $39
This gorgeous unoaked dolcetto is bottled early to capture all the grape's trademark sour cherry fruit and lipsmacking freshness. Drink with cotechino and mustard fruits. Imported by cellarhand.com.au
2018 Smallfry Stella Luna, Barossa Valley, $28
2018 Smallfry Stella Luna, Barossa Valley, $28
A blend of cinsault and shiraz, and containing a refreshingly low 12 per cent alcohol, this medium-bodied, supple and spicy red is best drunk slightly chilled. smallfrywines.com.au
Larrikin Gin Sunburnt Country Bush Tucker Gin (Photo: Chris Jansen)
Larrikin Gin Sunburnt Country Bush Tucker Gin, Ballarat, $100
Fabulous new Australian native botanical-heavy gin with heaps of flavour, pumped up by a robust ABV (a smidge over 50 per cent). I love the savoury quality of it: try it in a Dirty Martini. larrikingin.com.au
2017 Tasmanian Organic Wines Bye's Pinot Noir (Photo: Chris Jansen)
2017 Tasmanian Organic Wines Bye's Pinot Noir, Tasmania, $34.50
This wine, from a tiny vineyard south-west of Launceston, is beautifully earthy, with autumnal undergrowth aromatics, ethereal red-berry fruit, and long sinewy tannins. tasorganicwines.com.au
2016 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay (Photo: Chris Jansen)
2016 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges, $55
Bucking the modern trend for lean, minerally chardonnay, this intense, flavourful expression of the grape delivers rich white nectarine fruit and fine, nutty complexity. cobawridge.com.au
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  • Author: Max Allen