Sorry, that’s not quite right – they would actually say, “Retraite, uh-huh-huh-huh!”
They have another saying which I like almost as much: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
It’s sweet. Fruity. Delicious. Very refreshing.
Up ya bum!
Rating: 8 Drink with: Ham and eggs Price: $13-$16
Bubbles are compulsory at Christmas time, so herewith a tidy little selection of sparklers to suit a diversity of budgets and tastes.
Believe you me, I’ve done a lot of research on this topic for you people recently, and can confidently say that this is fully one of the creamiest and most flavoursome Aussie sparklers available on the market today.
I even invented a new word for it: amazifying.
So, there you go. You should definitely buy a couple of these to drink this Christmas. Or maybe just shake them up like a polaroid and pretend like you’ve just won a Grand Prix. At only $20, who really cares.
Domaine Chandon Sparkling Pinot Shiraz NV
But I do accept that a lot of you (or more probably your girlfriends) do enjoy this kind of thing. And so, with that in mind, I have searched long and hard for something in this style with a bit of substance.
And this then is the fruit of my labour.
If you have to put bubbles in your red, I suspect that this is the only way you should be doing it.
Rating: 8.5 Drink with: Discretion Price: $29
Fire Gully 2008 Chardonnay
The cream of the crop, as you’d expect from Margy, is the Chardonnay.
It’s a nubile concoction of rich, buttery goodness combined with a light and lingering lug of summer fruit. Great badge on the bottle too.
Take the tip from me: whack this little chardy on ice for Christmas lunch, team it up with some turkey and roast tatties, and tuck in.
Rating: 8.75 Drink without: ice cubes Price: $28
Some find it ubiquitous and insipid, but you just have to find the right one. And this is certainly one of those.
The drinking is like sticking your head straight into a bowl of summer stonefruit. It’s full of flavour and begging to top up its own glass.
I’ve even found a Christmas connection because the nose has an earthy aroma that is pure Christmas pine needle.
If the sun is shining, this is what I’ll be drinking at about 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon between the overs of backyard cricket.
Suckfizzle 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
In any event, this is a frankly sensational wine and if you want to impress the relatives, this is just the ticket. At $42 a pop, it’s not cheap, but it’s definitely worth it.
Big, citrusy, and unctuous. If you’re a seafood family on Christmas, this is unquestionably what you should be sucking down with your prawns.
Special. Like fried rice. And definitely not a fizzler.
Rating: 9.25 Drink with: BBQ prawns Price: $42
Fox Creek 2008 Short Row McLaren Vale Shiraz
This little fellow has an awesomely earthy and intense smell – like going truffling in the soil with your own nose.
The drinking is full of dark cherries and chocolate, cloves and cinnamon. And we all know that everything tastes better with cinnamon.
Rating: 9 Drink with: Uncle Bob Price:$29