For those of you in the depth of despair because it’s dark outside, today is a good day to remember that some places have much harsher, darker winters; stew is comfort food that deserves red wine; and Kalsarikännit (Kawl-SAW-ree-KAHN-eet) . . . huh? The last one? Well, it’s Finnish for ‘underwear drunk’ — or more precisely, drinking wine at home by yourself in your underpants. And because Finland is regarded as having the best education in the world as well as being ranked the happiest country in the world, who are we to argue with super-smart, super-happy people? Here are some winter-warming wines for home this winter:
100 Hunts Mornington Shiraz Mornington Peninsula 2016 $25
Joe Vaughan has been growing top-quality grapes for most of the big names for as long as we can remember. That’s 1996, apparently, the year Dolly the sheep was cloned as his vineyard went in. Shiraz? Mornington? Well, those of us who live here know that north-facing (Tuerong) sites are pretty warm. This oozes silky black fruit and spice, but with that classic refreshing MP acidity backbone that adds crunch and keeps you coming back for more.
Crittenden Estate Pinot Noir The Zumma Mornington Peninsula 2016 $57
Wines made by the formidable Rollo Crittenden are all about the Burgundian ideal of restraint and elegance but with dashing power and concentration. Think cherries and berries all rolled up with silky cigar box tannins and taut focused length. It drinks really well right now but will reward those with enough patience to wait — which is probably not many of you.
Brothers McLean Bràithrean' Cordon Cut Viognier Mornington Peninsula 2016 $42
Surprise and delight with this sweet local sensation. It’s a gold medal winner at the MP show and made by all-round good guys Peter and Alex McLean, who of course are brothers. It’s a perfect match for your late-night cheese platter or just to give you a shot of sugar and life so you can keep going after a great winter meal.
By Tom Portet
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