Ash's top three wines at the moment are:
Maybe I'm a little bit biased after doing a harvest with Anna, but this is one of my all time favourite wines. It's rich, textural, cleansing and refreshing. An indigenous melange of Sicilian varieties: Grecanico, Catarratto, Minella Bianca and Carricante. All single staked, over 80 years old and grown on volcanic soil. An absolute thirst quencher! The perfect wine to pair with a game of chess against your equal - there's enough complexity to prevent you from chugging it all down too quickly and going straight to your head, bur moreish enough to keep you sipping and give enough liquid courage to take control of the centre.
I met Ryan when he was doing his first ever harvest with Bill Downie back in 2017, it's been awesome to witness from afar his growth and see him make the leap into farming his own fruit and finess his winemaking. So much so, that this year all his hard work was recognised and he was awarded Australia's 'Young Gun of Wine'. Anyway, I digress, this ruby red is a delicious blend of Pinot noir and Pinot Gris with a splash of Syrah. There's enough here to keep you wanting more: aroma, acidity, fruit, tannin and texture. Say less. Pair with a good book and you'll be entertained at length. Go on, head down the literary and vinous rabbit hole at once this Winter evening!
This is one classy wine. Hand picked across Antoines three different vineyards in Saumur, Loire Valley. The fruit was 100% destemmed and fermented in concrete vats. Post pressing, 60% was aged in concrete and 40% in old oak barriques. It's a solid example of the fine wine the Loire Valley is known for and an absolute crowed pleaser. If you can, I would hold onto a bottle, because this will only get better with age. Right now its drinking well: lots of dark fruit and savoury baking spices, with a gorgeous inky purple colour and velvet tannins. Take this one straight to the pool room.