Douglas 2016, Bannockburn, Australia
Australian wine can still get such a bad rap here - people can be awfully dismissive. But, in our experience, when it comes to premium wines, it is producing some of the best quality to price ratio wines around.
This is a superb example. From Geelong near Melbourne (a comparatively cool climate region) it's a blend of 68% Cabernet 28% Pinot Noir 4% Merlot and fermented in French oak for 15 months; native yeasts used; only light filtration.
It's a polished, supple wine with notes of cassis, black olives plus thyme and rosemary. Tannins are soft and while full bodied, it is not overpowering. If you like Northern Rhone Syrah, this is definitely one to try.
Christmas pairing: roast venison, roast beef, mushroom wellington