Saturday, 15 December 2012

Summer at Lodge Hill

So there I was, at Dan Murphy's on a late Friday afternoon rushing about to find a bottle of vino for dinner that night. It's that time of the year when my stocks are running low, so Dan seemed like the man to hit up (though, let's be honest, he's not exactly my man of choice. Where there's Dan, there's beef!)

Then it hit me - it's summer! What with all this talk of low-alcohol booze and the world getting super fat, I thought what the hey. Let's try a low-calorie vino.

I asked Mr Dan Murphy employee whether they stocked any of this kind. He asked: "What's low alcohol?" To which I replied: "Well I'm not 100 per cent sure, but I'd say anything below 12%abv for reds, and 10% for whites." He shot me a look that said he had no such kind.

Then it dawned on me. Who needs low-alcohol wine when you can either a) dance the calories off to The Easybeats on Singstar or b) dance the calories off to Devo or c) dance the calories off to Devo.

With that in mind, Jim Barry's The Lodge Hill Riesling was the vino of choice.

I've heard a bucket load of good things about this wine, which has won a plethora of awards. Click here for the specifics.

As for the wine, let's just say it didn't take long for the bottle to run dry. Floral notes on the nose, peach, grapefruit and citrus on the tongue, topped with an exciting minerally texture, this vino is one to toast to on a warm Friday afternoon. Damn fine with a light chicken salad, too.

Also, $22 bucks a bottle. Do it!