best buys

imports $25 & over

2015 Château Ferran Bordeaux Blanc Entre-Deux-Mers Tradition, Entre-Deux-Mers, A$30

Winemaker and importer Tom Munro is shipping some deliciously unusual and adventurous wines at the moment from the Bordeaux region - not normally associated with organic viticulture or natural wine or maverick vignerons. This lovely, fragrant, grape-pulpy wine is a blend of muscadelle, sauvignon gris, semillon and sauvignon blanc grown biodynamically and made without the usual (for the region) barrel ageing.  MA

2008 Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Savagnin, Jura, France, A$75

Many white wines would be reaching peak maturity at eight years old, but savagnin made in the traditional Jura way, is still in its youth. This wine is rich in perfume offering curry spice and fino sherry aromas. The palate spreads on mouth-watering, saline acidity, but tightens up with pleasingly bitter green apple flavours. It’s tightly wound and yet effortless to drink. Complex, savoury and salty, and with another 10 to 15 years before it’s hitting its stride. Drink with Comté cheese.  MB

2014 Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cassis Blanc, Provence, France, A$53

Cassis is a single appellation created in 1936 within the Provence region of France. It remains a tiny region of 215 hectares clinging to the steep hills above the Mediterranean fishing port of Cassis. Marsanne leads the way here, supported by clairette, ugni blanc and a splash of bourboulenc. Lemon-like aromas and flavours with honeysuckle and acacia. The texture is opulent yet the wine is tight, the finish refreshing. Perfect with shellfish.  PB

Taylor’s 40 Year Old Tawny Port, Porto, Portugal, A$467

I’ve always been a big fan of aged vintage Port but have recently begun to appreciate the delicate complexity of good aged tawny Ports. Green-tinged and very pale. Crème brûlée on the nose with butterscotch and toffee. No fruit left – it’s been replaced by delicately appealing rancio characters. Smooth-textured Port with a very lengthy finish. Subtle yet with obvious power. What a treat.  BC

2015 La Vie en Rose Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France, A$30

Summer is here and so is the weather for drinking vast draughts of rosé. The colour of this typical Provençal rosé is light salmon pink with purple tints; the bouquet is discreet but peppery, fresh and subtle, without the shrill grapiness of many rosés. In the mouth, it’s light and crisp, dry and savoury, with a finish that is appetizing and leaves you wanting more. A real charmer. It’s best enjoyed young; certainly within two years.  HH

2014 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris, Alsace, France, A$36

This pinot gris is an early-drinking, sweeter-than-average, botrytis-affected wine that ischarming. A tropical, brulée-like bouquet of apricot, apple and pear precedes a luscious, mouth-watering palate whose expansive fruit salad flavours finish with a lemon rind note and pleasing balance. Almost a dessert wine, but perfect with a platter of cheese and fruits. Drink now.  JO