The Burch family know Margaret Rover better than most. The vineyards at the southern end of Margs (that is what the locals cool it), provide the pristine fruit fro this classic expression of chardonnay. As the temperature drops, the food gets richer and we need some weight to handle that richness. Not exactly a wine for corn chips, think scallops, bugs and pasta with cream sauce.
Vanya Cullen is the custodian of this brand, and one of the greatest people in the Australian wine game. Her dedication to biodynamics and her enthusiasm in sharing all her knowledge is legendary. This wine is about balance. It’s layered and complex, and will age very well, but we just can’t help but drink it right now. Perfect for a winter BBQ or some slow braised beef cheeks.
As much as clean crisp beers are refreshing, over winter, a little more flavour can help in warming the nights. Local Brisbane brewery, Aether, have provided the perfect stepping stone with their Pit Stop Pale Ale. Clean and malty with just enough hops to keep you interested without it being a complete fruit salad. This is a perfect foray in to craft beer for those just getting started.
The espresso martini is a guilty pleasure of some of us. We say embrace it. What better way than with an Australian produced espresso liqueur. The team at Applewood, located in Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills, have combined a brandy based spirit, produced from winemaking experiments gone awry, with cold brewed coffee to produce this nectar of the gods. Mix with your favourite vodka and shake or for pure decadence, simply pour over vanilla bean ice cream. You are welcome.