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3 South Australian wines make Jamie Oliver’s exclusive favourites list

Among his top seven picks, three stellar South Australian wines stood out, showcasing the region’s remarkable winemaking prowess.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently embarked on a vinous voyage across Australia. If you will!

Guided by renowned wine sommelier Matt Skinner, Oliver’s adventure led him to discover some of the most exceptional wines the country has to offer.

Among his top seven picks, three stellar South Australian wines stood out, showcasing the region’s remarkable winemaking prowess.

The first SA wine on Oliver’s list is the S.C Pannell ‘Protero’ from the Adelaide Hills. Crafted by Steve Pannell, whom Oliver hails as one of Australia’s absolute genius winemakers, this blend marries gewürztraminer, riesling, and sauvignon blanc.

Another South Australian gem that caught Oliver’s eye is the Unico Zelo River Sand Fiano 2021. Brendan and Laura Carter, the talents behind this creation, have transformed the Riverland – once a bulk wine production area – into a cradle for intriguing wines. This Fiano stands out for its expression and depth, emblematic of the region’s dynamic wine scene.

Completing the South Australian trio is the Murdoch Hill Chardonnay 2022, another Adelaide Hills marvel. Michael Downer’s expertise shines through in this modern Australian Chardonnay. Pristine, beautifully balanced, and intense, it reflects the contemporary face of Australian Chardonnay.

Oliver’s list extends beyond South Australia, encompassing a diverse range of Australian wines. The House of Arras 2009, a superb sparkling wine from Tasmania, made by Ed Carr, an acclaimed sparkling winemaker, opens the list. Its complexity and refinement are a nod to the finesse achievable outside of Champagne.

From Geelong, Victoria, the Mulline Nouveau Pinot Noir 2022 by Ben Mullen and Ben Hine features as one of Australia’s most exciting new labels. Its bright, fresh profile represents the innovative approaches to winemaking across the nation.

Nick Spencer’s LDR 2021 from New South Wales, a blend of Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Shiraz, showcases Spencer’s influence by the venerable Australian wines of the 1960s, known for their lower alcohols and higher acidity.

Rounding off Oliver’s list is the Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 from Margaret River, Western Australia. Made by Virginia Wilcock, Oliver’s favourite Australian winemaker, this wine epitomizes elegance and style, further solidifying Australia’s position in the global wine arena.

So, if my maths is right… that’s just under half of the list from SA!

The full list:

  1. House of Arras 2009
  2. S.C Pannell ‘Protero’
  3. Unico Zelo River Sand Fiano 2021
  4. Murdoch Hill Chardonnay 2022
  5. Mulline Nouveau Pinot Noir 2022
  6. Nick Spencer LDR 2021
  7. Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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