Wine of the week: an Australian original

I said I wasn’t going to tell readers what they should be drinking but I’ve changed my mind. From now on I’m going to recommend one wine each week which I will call my ‘wine of the week.’

This week it is the Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005.  This is a great wine to give those who think that all Australian wines are clumsy over-oaked monsters. A lot of them are but Australia also has a unique style of white where the grapes are picked slightly underripe and then bottled with no oak treatment. Initially they don’t taste of very much but after a few years in bottle start to blossom magnificently. The semillons from the Hunter valley have this property as well as the marsannes from Tahbilk in Victoria.

Normally you have to do this ageing yourself or pay a large premium to buy them mature but Mount Pleasant have done all the work for you and at £8.99 from Sainsburys it is a bargain. The wine is just beginning to bloom with nutty toasty flavours contrasting with a nice limey acidity. We drank it with our Thanksgiving turkey last week but this will just get better if you have the patience to keep it.

The wine was named in honour of our Queen’s marriage to Philip; there is also a shiraz named after him. I doubt that anyone will come up with anything as elegant to commemorate the forthcoming royal nuptials.

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About Henry

Henry Jeffreys was born in London. He has worked in the wine trade, publishing and is now a freelance journalist. He specialises in drink and his work has appeared in the Spectator, the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Oldie and Food & Wine magazine. He was a contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury 2013) and his book Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass was published in November 2016.
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