Florence joins McWilliam's family

IT'S 90 years since the legendary Maurice O'Shea established what is now McWilliams' Mount Pleasant label. Not only was he an innovative winemaker, he had some innovative marketing ideas for the time as well.

One of them was to name wines after people he knew well, selecting blends which he believed reflected the personalities of family and friends. Probably the best known of the Family Collection labels are Elizabeth Semillon and Philip Shiraz, and now they're joined by a most interesting 2010 Mount Pleasant Florence Sauvignon Blanc.

This is named after Florence Reuben, who was the wife of Maurice O'Shea's close friend, the highly decorated First and Second World War serviceman David Reuben. Mount Pleasant winemaker Scott McWilliam sourced grapes from no less than seven vineyards across the Adelaide Hills to create this wine.

This diversity, from the cooler area just above McLaren Vale in the south to the warmer Forreston region in the north, has resulted in a wine that's beautifully refreshing, generous and racy, with loads of passionfruit and lime flavours and a touch of minerality. Pay $17.99 and match it with your favourite seafood.

One for Lunch

With autumnal and soon warming winter fare starting to come to mind, consider a Sunday lunch of roast Ormiston free range pork belly from Mudgee in the NSW Central West and a good bottle of Peter Logan's Apple Tree Flat 2009 Shiraz from the same region to go with it.

Not only is it a great cooler weather combination but you can't look past the quality of this wine – nor the price. At just $11 it's a winner for this Sunday lunch combo, with aromas of a summer pudding full of berries and plums and plenty of fruit and spice on the palate.


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