Wine On

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 July, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 July, 2001, 12:00am

Under $100

Guelbenzu Bodegas del Jardin


The grenache grape is usually blended with other fruit that is stronger and tougher, to give it more backbone. But I like grenache by itself - gentle, mild and soft. This 1996 ruby wine presents a nutty, black raspberry flavour that makes it particularly appealing with a soft cheese and salad. It's simple, direct and tasty. This winery in Navarra puts out a significant range of prestige wines and this is great value.

Spanish Fine Wines: 2377 3660

Under $200

Greg Norman


When Greg Norman gets too old to strut his stuff on the fairways, he can happily retire to his estate on the Limestone Coast, on the very southern shores of mainland Australia. The golfer has a passion for fine wine and this 1998 shiraz is a lovely red, brimming with complicated aroma and flavour - chocolate melding with fresh berries. It's one to keep, in the right condition. It will age as well as the formidable golfer. The Limestone Coast is between Adelaide and Melbourne, cool but with ample summer sun. Enjoy this with a steak.

Remy Fine Wines: 2523 5904

Over $200

Rolly Gassman


Some grapes match perfectly with a region, doing better in a specific soil, climate and location. The prime example is gewurztraminer and Alsace. The wines of elegant perfume from this patch of northern France are unequalled. Rolly Gassman is an ardent fanatic and guru of both the grape and the land. His slightly oily, intensely flowery wine has won major awards, justifiably. This 1993 has exuberant flavours, and it reeks of florid incense. The giant gewurz of Alsace sell very slowly in Hong Kong, although Chinese palates seem to adore the overwhelming power.

Watson's Wine Cellars: 2147 3641