Wine & Spirits
In addition, the Giants Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 has featured as one of the publication’s Best Wines of the Year, and the d’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 as a Best Buy of the Year.
Best Wines of the Year: Pinot Noir
2012 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley – 95 pts
Whole-cluster fermentation gives this pinot scents of juniper and woodland spice, along with delicate fruit and earth details that make the wine seductive. There’s dense fruit concentration, but it’s handled with a graceful touch, the tannins an essence of flavor. If you don’t believe Australia can produce compelling pinot noir, prepare for this Yarra beauty to melt your resistance.
Best Buy of the Year: Sauvignon Blanc
2012 d’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills – 92 pts
A refreshing sauvignon for a fish stew or roast barramundi, this brings the cool of the Adelaide Hills in its tangy scents of lime and parsley. It’s smooth, with rich citrus flavors that last in a clean line.