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Mix & mingle

20 February 2023
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03’s merry band of beverage reviewers taste-test the latest and greatest drops.

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Aussie rules

Brown Brothers is the leading premium producer of prosecco in Australia, and this Prosecco NV is a delicious example of why. Grown in the cool climate and fertile soil of the King Valley, creating the perfect conditions for outstanding prosecco, the grapes are picked early to retain the high acidity and crisp flavour. The wine is straw-like in colour with subtle green hues, has a delicate nose, and displays beautiful apple and pear characteristics. It retains the freshness and vibrancy that prosecco is known for and has a beautiful savoury edge on the palate. A truly refreshing sparkling wine, it’s made to drink now while light and fresh.

Modern makeover

Situated at the foot of the Kintyre peninsula in the historic whisky-producing region of Campbeltown, Glen Scotia has had a bit of a makeover of late with the release of three impressive new expressions. The ‘Double Cask’ is finished in a selection of first fill bourbon and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The nose is an intriguing combination of rich fudge, fresh orchard fruit and a sort of dusty earthy note that is quite typical of the distillery. Oily on the palate with rich vanilla and more fudge, it has a slight briny character with a touch of warming spiced fruit developing.

Red red aperitif

Be transported to the French Riviera with the world’s first ruby red grapefruit aperitif – Pampelle. Crafted on the banks of the River Charente in France’s Cognac region, this versatile aperitif captures the bittersweet essences of the ruby red grapefruit. The fruit is distilled three ways to make a unique and distinctive flavour profile, then combined with natural botanicals, macerated citrus peels and Pampelle’s signature Eau-de-Vie, made from grapes fermented and distilled through column stills. Enjoy simply with soda or tonic water or create a vibrant cocktail with a summer vibe.

Fine wine

Crisp, refreshing and flaunting fresh herb, tropical fruit and bright citrus notes, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc has been named a Fine Wine of New Zealand for five years in a row. Even more impressive, the latest vintage picked up the Champion Sauvignon Blanc and Gold Medal at the NZ International Wine Show 2022 and the Champion Sauvignon Blanc and Gold Medal at the Marlborough Wine Show 2022. Pair it with spicy foods for the ultimate hot/cool duo.

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