Exploring the world of wine at home

You don’t need to go to a tasting at a wine cellar to try different wines. You can always do it in the comfort of your own home. If you gather round some friends and invite them to your place you could share the cost of buying the wines and food and enjoy a relaxing evening of tasting and eating. Earlier today I shared some wine and tasted some great value wines:

Fifth Leg, Plantagenet, Vasse Felix

Fifth Leg, Plantagenet, Vasse Felix

Fifth Leg Semillon Sauvignong 2012 from WA, $19.99 at Liquor Barons Mosman Park
A refreshing wine with hints of tropical notes coupled with refreshing acidity. At $19.99 it’s good value for money and perfect to taste on a cloudy Saturday afternoon but even better with a simple pasta dish which I hope to have this evening!

Plantagenet Riesling 2012 from Mount Barker, WA, $23.95 at Old Bridge Cellars in North Fremantle
The high acidity in the wine comes from the cooler climate found in Mount Barker. It has pronounced flavours on the nose with aromas of lime and blossom.  I also detect a slight hint of kerosene which is associated with some Rieslings, most notably those from Germany. On the palate there’s lively acidty with a mix of lime, stone fruit, hint of kerosene and minerality. Perfect with some seafood – just need to make it first!

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2o11 from Margaret River, WA $24.95 Old Bridge Cellars in North Fremantle
Good value with aromas of plum, mint and chocolate which follow through on the palate with well balanced tannins and a refreshing finish. I’ve tasted many wines from Vasse Felix and the ones I have tried deliver well in the price bracket. The winery has recently refurbished its restaurant and the grounds are beautiful, well worth a visit!