Toni Paterson MW reviews Hanging Rock wines in her newly published book
Hanging Rock Strathbogie Ranges Chardonnay. $20
Hanging Rock Chardonnay, from the Strathbogie Ranges in Victoria, is a true cool climate Chardonnay. The flavours are focused and the acid is racy. The wine opens with fresh grapefruit and melon aromas, with French oak characters adding complexity. The palate is in the citrus spectrum with fresh flavours and acidity. It has a crisp finish with lingering sweet oak. This is an excellent food wine and makes a delicious accompaniment to chargrilled prawns with aioli.
Available from good bottle shops. Vintage reviewed 2003
Perricoota Verdelho $16
This delightful Verdelho comes from Perricoota in southern NSW. The focus of this wine is its crisp lemony acidity and its clean fresh flavours. The palate is long and flavoursome, but very fine. There is no obvious spiciness and no hot alcohol.
This is a perfect accompaniment to a light lunch and is delicious with fresh seafood. With its lovely acidity, it also works well with fish and chips.
If you have not been a fan of Verdelho in the past I urge you to try this wine.
Look out also for the new 2004. Vintage reviewed 2003.
Rock Merlot 2004 $12
The Rock brand from the Victorian winery Hanging Rock is a range of simple, affordable and contemporary wines. The appealing thing about their merlot is its fruit purity, which sets it apart from the generic styles of Merlot available at this price point. Red berry and wintergreen notes are central to the flavour profile of this wine. It has a fleshy mid-palate and a slight grip at the back of the palate. Best consumed with food.
The Prospect Cabernet Merlot. $18
The hallmark of good Victorian wine is clean fresh flavours and fruit purity. This wine from Hanging Rock has both those elements making it a delightful wine to drink. The palate is dominated by piercing red currant fruit, with hints of mint and dark chocolate. The acidity is prominent, but not sour, and the finish is pleasantly drying. To get the best out of this wine, I would recommend decanting at least one hour prior to serving to allow the aromatics to shine. The elegance of the palate lends itself to fine foods such as beef carpaccio, fillet steak or pan-fried veal. Look out for the new 2003. Vintage reviewed 2002.
Rock Petit Verdot
If you like big, vibrant red wines, but you don’t want to part with too much hard-earned cash, then this is an excellent wine for you. Deep in colour, this Petit Verdot from Hanging Rock in Victoria is simply bursting with flavour. The perfumed nose of violet and spice is followed by a strong, rich palate, with flavours of deep plum and blueberry. The wine finishes with an unmistakable grip, but that is part of its charm. This is a wine for well barbequed meats and strong cheeses.