Wine of the Week
Picardy Shiraz, Pemberton 2008
The famous Pannell family (founders of Moss Wood before Picardy) plough onward, conquering new challenges as they go. Perhaps global warming is helping but they now seem capable of making superb shiraz, as well as pinot noir and chardonnay, in Pemberton. Lovely cool-grown spicy fragrance, with smoky pepper and riper spice notes. It's medium-full bodied and intense, but finely structured, natural-tasting and light, with impeccable harmony, line and silken texture. A thoroughly delicious drink. Now to 10-plus years. Natural cork. 94/100.
Food Softer cheeses such as taleggio and Milawa Gold; lighter meats from chicken and game birds to veal and pork.