Lake House Founder & Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker’s vision – to be surrounded by producers and a sustainable food community - has also extended to wine. And, it’s fair to say, wine of foremost quality. Robin Wilson, Beverage Director and caretaker of Lake House’s Wine List, which coincidently is in the Hall of Fame for Australia’s Wine List of the Year, shares his advice on what to drink this spring.
WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING AT THE MOMENT, ROBIN?
We are surrounded by great local producers, and I’m enjoying the high-quality wines produced. Place of Changing Winds, Passing Clouds, Bindi Wines, Curly Flat and Eastern Peake, to name a few, are all coming out with some incredible premium wines that are well worth splurging on for a special occasion. With the top wines from Burgundy becoming more and more expensive, seeing winemakers from the Macedon Ranges, pushing the boundaries and dedicating themselves to quality is inspiring.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL ON THE SCENE?
I’ve been impressed with many wines, it’s hard to choose just one. Owen Latta is hitting his straps with his label Latta Vino. He’s achieving a great focus in his wines now. Others of note are Melanie Chester at Sutton Grange Winery, Ben Ranken from Wilimee Wines and Joshua Cooper who has started making wines under his own name, independent of his parents at renowned Cobaw Ridge.
WHAT WILL PEOPLE BE DRINKING THIS SPRING?
Classics. There are stellar examples of riesling from Granite Hills in Kyneton or Jasper Hill and Tellurian in Heathcote. Some crisp, delicious chardonnay from any number of these regions great producers are always spot on. Quality sparkling wines are readily available and can be enjoyed at any time. Well-made wine never goes out of fashion.