MMI’s Top 100 Wines – March 2012

Shaw and Smith Shiraz AED 140

When Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith MW first started producing wine together in 1989, there could have been little doubt that the venture would succeed. The winery has exceeded all expectations and as well as making the benchmark Sauvignon Blanc against which all Australian Sauvignon Blanc’s are judged, they can claim to be responsible for wines such as the incredible M3 Chardonnay and this wine. The Shaw and Smith Shiraz would easily beat wines twice its price in blind tastings. It is always top-notch, the fruit is from hillside vineyards in the cooler Adelaide Hills which adds character and a herbal touch to the ripe blackberry Shiraz flavours. A personal favourite.

Drink: 5-8 years      Food:Kangaroo

Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Riesling AED 61

The Peter Lehmann Winery in the Barossa Valley is probably better known for its reds rather than its whites. The reds are big and bold, very succulent and very, very good. This wine is probably as far away from those juicy reds as it could possibly be. Coming from the Eden Valley which is to the north of the Barossa with a little elevation that creates a slightly cooler climate than on the valley floor, it is a light and elegant wine. Fruity yet fresh notes with hints of lime and grapefruit and a touch of honeysuckle balance beautifully to make a very easy drinking wine which appeals to both the novice and connoisseur.

Drink: Now – 7 years      Food: Asian & spicy foods

 

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