Lifestyle Food & Wine 3drops of the Great Southern
3drops of the Great Southern
Written by Dr Louis Papaelias
Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Wine, olive oil and water. The presence and production of these three precious liquids inspired the name behind this 15ha vineyard located on a farm south west of Mt Barker. It was planted in 1998 to shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, Riesling, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay along with various mediterranean olive cultivars.201708 3Drops-vineyard-rows

This is a cool climate location by Australian standards and the wines demonstrate the characteristics typical of the Mount Barker region. When compared to Margaret River, the wines in general have less fruit richness but tend to show more delicacy and acidity. Winemaking is made under contract by Robert Diletti, of Castle Rock Wines in the Porongurups. Diletti is a very experienced winemaker and has produced many outstanding and long-lived wines, in particular his riesling.

2016 3drops Riesling

Lifted aromas of citrus in abundance. Clean, delicate and crisp with no rough edges, this wine has the lively zing and raciness of good Great Southern riesling. This could easily age for 10 years but is very enjoyable now as an aperitif. Fresh oysters would go very well. Recommended.

2016 3drops Sauvignon Blanc

Very appealing bouquet of ripe gooseberries that leap out of the glass. Deliciously mouth filling with abundant flavour and surprisingly good length on the finish. More towards the New Zealand end of the spectrum rather than the Margaret River SSB style. Recommended.

201708 3drops chardonnay-web2015 3drops Chardonnay

Toasty oak and white peach on the nose. Medium bodied, richness of fruit balanced with crisp acidity. Finishes long and clean.

2015 3drops Cabernets

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this shows cool climate characteristics namely red berries and stalkiness. While not overly complex, there is generosity of fruit and fine chalky tannins that make for a pleasant mouthful.

2015 3drops Shiraz

Impressive bouquet of berries, allspice and white pepper. Generous mouth-filling fruit and fine tannins with a whistle clean finish. An excellent example of cool-climate shiraz. Highly recommended.

All of the above wines sell for $22-$25 dollars a bottle, which is very good value considering the quality on offer.




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Does red wine cause headache? I have heard a lot of people say that it does. I have also heard many say that it is bunkum. It’s the amount of alcohol you drink that causes the vasodilatation and headache they would say. Some put it down to histamines in wine. Others point to the sulphite content as the culprit.

Personally, I have become aware over recent years that certain types of wine, mainly red, will predictably bring on a headache within an hour or so of consumption. And I am talking here about no more than two standard drinks as the trigger.

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