A Barossa Riesling that’s pretty left of centre


I love good wines and enjoy the challenge in pairing wines with the recipes I make. One area I need to do more work on this year is to blog the wines that are often a hit with my dishes.

On this occasion, I was encouraged by a local wine aficionado to try the 2015 Il Chicco, a Riesling from Shobbrook wines. He loves this wine so much that he was heading back to the Oakbarrel this week for a few more bottles and convinced me to do the same.

He was right the wine was quite a hit last night with the simple tomato sauce based pasta and king prawns. Like a true Riesling, it’s high in acidity and aromatic, but it’s quite left of centre for a Riesling as winemaker Tom Shobbrook blended a seven-year-old sherry, the result is stunning. Tom follows traditional European methods and the wine’s natural state sure comes through with its striking oxidative flavours. In addition to its aromas, you have the freshness from this young wine that makes it a perfect match for shellfish.

Where to find this wine?


152 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9264 3022




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