Raise your Glass
2008 Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir
I’ve realised that while the Mornington Peninsula specialises in pinot noir (along with Tasmania), it is Gippsland that I think of with wonder for this variety. Still, I was expecting much, but I drank disappointedly. It’s dense and opaque in colour: ruby with a whiteish, yellow rim. Sharp and deep in its pepper-plum aroma, it tastes young and tanniny and is sticky but unsweet high in the mouth. Finishes quickly. Perhaps it’s still too early for winterish reds. The Cellars on special for $23.99 (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron).
2009 Rascals Prayer Verdelho
You think summer is on the wain, and you’re okay about it because, well, change is inevitable and you’ll willingly go abroad with cardies for a while. But when you drink this highly drinkable verdelho you want to hold on to summer just that bit longer. We finished the bottle so easily we were surprised to see it looking back at us empty on the lounge-room table. A beautiful hue of pale lime underscores pine in the perfume, with a slightly sweetish edge. On the palate it’s dry and mustardy with a little piquancy. From Beelgara estate, Riverina grapes, at Mary Gilhooley’s for $11.99.