I’d ear-marked a magnum of Tamar Ridge Riesling 2008 for dinner with friends on Saturday. A perfect match, I thought, for a fresh crab starter and lime-shot avocado. Being a magnum, foolishly perhaps, I’d got no back up plan. When it turned out to be corked, let’s just say the air was blue!
To the rescue, another Aussie classic which springs to mind when I think of summery shellfish dishes – a couple of exquisite bottles of Tyrrell’s Belford Semillon. Hastily plucked from the cellar and quick-chilled in the freezer, with its brisk, mineral acidity, the still youthful tightly structured and citrus-streaked 2006 vintage proved a brilliant partner for the crab dish. Delicious – very glad I bought six bottles in Waitose’s recent 25% off deal. Sorry to see they have no more….