Hither & Yon Monastrell 2015

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The prize for one of the most eye-catching labels should go to Hither & Yon, a winery run by the Leask brothers in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Together they produce a range of distinctive wines that speak of their warm climate region, recognised on the shelves by their bold and colourful labels with a large ampersand at the forefront. How could you miss it?

I walked into the fancy new Dan Murphy’s Cellar in Prahran and the style I selected was the Monastrell (also commonly known as Mataro or Mourvèdre), purely for its more interesting colour combination and the fact that I was feeling carnivorous, which warranted a wine to suit. This deep, full-bodied variety did not disappoint with an excellent balance between sweet and savoury flavours. Think an intoxicating nose of liquorice, anise and bitter chocolate followed by a palate of blackberry liqueur, bramble notes, red liquorice and a slightly salty finish. The tannins are super fine, elongating the savoury sensation and crying out for fall-off-the-bone roasted lamb to accompany it.

McLaren Vale, South Australia RRP: $23.99

Stockists: In store at Dan Murphys Cellar, Prahran or online at Nick’s Wine Merchants

La Donna Del Vino

La Donna del Vino is the pseudonym of this lady from Melbourne with a nose attuned to all things vinous. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, drinking good vino and is a self-confessed Neb Head (someone who really digs Nebbiolo).