Bill Stobbs is a modern-day Renaissance man. He reads poetry and quotes classic literature. He travels the world and takes chances on exotic dishes. He listens to music from every decade and will drink just about any cocktail, wine or beer you hand him. And that’s lucky for guests of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits because that means we get an expert’s opinion on the new, the rare, the underestimated and the offbeat grapes of the wine world. This month he’s taking us on a tour of six different wines you never knew you wanted to try. Get them all at an ABC Fine Wine & Spirits near you!
From one of the most renowned wineries in one of the most respected wine regions in Australia, Margaret River, this is classic Cabernet Sauvignon, loaded with vibrant blackcurrant fruit and an enticing minerality. Fragrant spices and a touch of oak and cedar offer a woodsy feel. Vasse Felix was the first winery to be based in Margaret River and their preeminence to this day is undeniable.
A very delicious example of the grape variety that people love to mispronounce! (For the record, it's guh-vert-struh-mee-ner.) This is a full-bodied, off-dry white wine with aromas of roses and flavors of ripe peaches and litchi. The gewürz, or spiciness of the grape, is apparent in its hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. A great wine to break your Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio rut!
This beautifully structured Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry, anise, leather and tobacco. The firm tannins are softened with a touch of silky Syrah and juicy Petite Verdot. We won’t tell you how the name came about, but you can have fun guessing. Or you can check their website.
From Sonoma Coast, this is an elegant and refined Chardonnay with complex layers of lemon, apple and caramel. The fruit is handpicked and whole-cluster pressed, with no malolactic fermentation, and then aged in neutral oak. This is a Chardonnay that the connoisseur will appreciate. The 2013 and 2014 vintages were both rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast.
Dry rosé wine has become a big thing in this country and deservedly so! Gorgeous by name and gorgeous in nature, this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is the kind of easy-drinking wine that defines a lifestyle. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and aged in stainless steel. The wine offers delicate layers of raspberry, grapefruit, lime and honeydew melon, and has a juicy acidity.
A very satisfying Argentinian red blend (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Syrah and Merlot) from the Cuvelier family, who also own the renowned Ch Léoville-Poyferré in Bordeaux. This is a great natural wine. The Cuvelier family believe in using a minimum of treatment in the vineyards and only organic friendly products. The wine is complex, has a pleasing minerality, a mouth-filling roundness, and a long finish.