Raise Your Glass
This deep ruby, purple red Mark Day McLaren Vale shiraz has jam on the palate with some gravity from plums. It’s light and smooth, finishing relatively fast but with a warm, peppery mouthfill: something like roasted black ants. Yes, as on dog days, expect the unexpected – like health, wealth and a civil society from Lismore’s proposed Margaret Olley Gallery – otherwise you’ll miss out. Sophisticated, elegant and well judged, but very easy consumption (that’s the wine and the gallery). The Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron) for $16.99.
2005 Wellington Vale Wooded Reserve Semillon
Local artistry is displayed and surprising but invisible couplings appear in this $15 Tenterfield-region wine (wvwines@
northnet.com.au). The viticultural couple, David and Deirdri Robertson-
Cuninghame, couple again with their winemaker. Like the above-mentioned gallery, this is a world-class local product. A beautifully clear light gold, with lemon, pine, ice-cream and a touch of spice in its perfume, its dryness and subtle wood would couple with sweet juicy prawns or absolutely fresh whiting. Not a frivolous wine, it would suit lively talk about positioning projects for success. And the gallery could serve up this semillon as a nearby regional wine, along with similar food, music, poetry and performance.