New World numbers sniffed, swilled and summed up
2005 Clay Station Viognier
An elegant white from California with peach and jasmine on the nose followed by juicy apricot and tropical fruits on the palate. A creamy, lingering finish.
Trencherman Shiraz 2005
Supplier: Al Fresco Wines
Pre-filled and sealed shatter-proof wine glasses seem a natty idea for the summer picnic season, but it was with trepidation that I tasted the Australian Shiraz , which had worked up an unappealing foam during the journey home in my bag. The purple wine has a vinegary nose of dark stewed fruit and is thin on the palate with an unpleasant aftertaste that lingered like a n unwelcome guest. RE
2006 Solora Unwooded Chardonnay
A rich, dry, high-alcohol Australian white with stone fruit on the nose followed by pineapple and grapefruit on the palate. Needs thorough chilling to enjoy at its best. EE