The ex Australian cricketer, CEO of South Northumberland Cricket Club and owner of Marcus North Wines reveals which wines he will be enjoying this festive season
Imagine this: it’s Christmas morning, you take a trip to the beach, enjoy a serving of fresh summer fruit salad and a glass of pink sparkling wine overlooking the Indian Ocean before a quick swim and it’s back home to prepare the seafood for Christmas dinner.
That was my traditional family Christmases when we lived in Perth, Western Australia. Now, we have traded that for the North East of England.
I bet some of you are thinking I must be mad – but I’m loving it.
Christmas is my favourite time of the year and to be experiencing it in the more traditional style: cold weather, dark evenings, roaring real fires and, if I’m really lucky, snow, is a dream come true for me.
I may have traded my swim on Christmas morning for a walk along Tynemouth beach on Boxing Day but one thing wont change: I’ll still enjoy my favourite glass of Australian wine on December 25.
For me, a glass of wine is always better with family and friends.
Whether laughing about the good old times or raising a toast, there is a wine for every occasion. And there is no better time for this than during the festive season.
When it comes to wine, Australia has a reputation for being one of the most exciting and experimental countries in the world. While it was best known for producing big Shirazs and taking the wine world by storm with its overly oaky style Chardonnays, things have moved on since then.
There are almost 2000 wineries across Australia now which we are producing some of the world’s most exciting wines – including some of the more traditional ‘old world’ varieties.
We might not be sitting on a sun soaked beach this Christmas but we can definitely bring some of the best that Australia has to offer in our glasses this festive season.
This is one of the best sparkling wines coming out of Australia and will compete with anything out of Champagne at a fraction of the cost. Pale salmon pink in colour; the strawberry fruit from early picked pinot noir hits the palate without challenging the texture and structure of a delicious rose’.
Grosset is an iconic winery based on the Southern edge of the Clare Valley in South Australia. The estate owns and manages some of the best vineyards in the Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills.
The palate shows black cherry, mulberry and brooding red currant flavours. This wine is incredibly well structured finishing with delicate silky tannins.
Perfect with your Christmas Goose or Turkey.
£39.99, www.carruthersandkent.com Gosforth
Yering Station is Victoria’s oldest vineyard (Est.1838) and is located in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The elms refer to an avenue of 330 elm trees planted by the owner in the 1850s to welcome his new bride to the property. This has beautiful aromas of grapefruit and nectarines with fresh citrus hitting the palate. The texture is gentle with a long refreshing finish. Perfect with Game Birds.
£11.99, www.majestic.co.uk Durham/South Gosforth