Tonight’s pick had to go well with a Scotch fillet from the local butcher, so I reached into the cellar and decided on this one:
Drayton’s Vineyard Reserve 2012 Pokolbin Shiraz
With a beautiful garnet colour in the glass, this medium bodied wine is a classic Hunter Valley Shiraz. Very berry and some leather on the nose, the pepper and spice (maybe clove?) hit the back of the throat.
You generally can’t go wrong with a Hunter Shiraz, but Drayton’s in particular are a favourite of ours. We get a few of their Shiraz wines every year and, full disclosure, as Adopt-a-Vine members we pick, prune and bottle Shiraz at the family winery every year. The bottles of Shiraz with our personalised labels make the perfect [Christmas] gift!
The Drayton family have been making wine in the Hunter since 1853, so they know their stuff. Worth a visit to their cellar door where you can try their range of wines from sparkling to semillon, their special Hunter Blue and their fortifieds, and, of course, their reds!