Pick five: Australian wines at Philglas & Swiggot

25 January, 2008

Rogers & PetersenYarra Valley Pinot Noir 2006 17.99 Moonambel Shiraz 2006 16.99

Philglas & Swiggot's own brand, created with top Australian winemaker Mac Forbes from fruit from single vineyards.

Two Hands Bad Impersonator Shiraz 2005 24.99

Groucho Marx features on the label of this number from popular producer Two Hands, which sources grapes from across Australia's producing regions. A favourite of actor Jack Davenport - of This Life and Pirates of the Caribbean fame - apparently.

Port Phillip Chardonnay 13.99

This wine, and its Pinot Noir stablemate, are "massively popular" with Philglas's clientele, offering elegance, minerality, subtlety and great value, Rogers says. "It's like a Chablis that's been to charm school."

Bishop Shiraz, Ben Glaetzer Barossa Valley 2006 17.50

"People like a lot of fruit if there's tannin as well," Rogers says.

De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2005 16.50

One of a wide range of Australian stickies at the shop.

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