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Wondering what to drink this Christmas?

Wondering what to drink this Christmas? Tyson Stelzer, one of the most respected reviewers in the country, gives a head start in his list of Top 25 Chrissy drinks, featuring our 2014 H&V Riesling, 2009 Wigan Riesling and 2010 Stonewell Shiraz.

These three wines are a tribute to our winemaking team, who will be taking a well-deserved Christmas break before vintage 2015 kicks off.

Wig, Ian, Tim, Pete and Nigel are all adventurous foodies, and their Christmas tables will be heaving with fresh produce and wines they’ve made themselves along with the wines of the world that inspire them.

In the Wigan household, with two winemakers in the family, there will be inevitable heated conversation about what to drink. There is only one certainty – the day will start with present opening over a bottle or two of Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz.

The star of Ian Hongell’s Christmas menu is his famous duck recipe, served alongside his Mum’s trusty roast leg of pork. As for wine, there will be an assortment of museum wines from the Lehmann cellar and those made by friends, as well as the 2012 VSV Hongell Shiraz from his home block. The day will, by tradition, start and end with a gin and tonic by the pool.

Peter Kelly will be sitting on a beach south of Perth eating prawns, marron, crabs and fish, and showing the Western Australians the joys of Eden Valley Riesling with the 2014 H&V. Classic Muscat and pudding has become his family tradition.

What to drink this Christmas


Tim Dolan is heading to the family shack Carrickalinga, and planning a good catch of King George Whiting to eat fresh for lunch with a glass or two of Portrait Riesling. Also served will be some of the great wines made by his dad Nigel, who incidentally began his career 35 years ago at Peter Lehmann Wines under the mentorship of Andrew Wigan. After lunch has rolled into dinner, Tim will make sure a bottle of King AD port comes out to wind down into the night.

Nigel Blieschke spends most of his year with his hands in the dirt, so it’s no surprise he also turns his attention to the sea at Christmas. Champagne will be flowing as an elegant to start the day, which will soon turn delightfully messy with hand-caught Chili Singapore crab and Wigan Riesling, a wine with wonderful mouth feel and structure that can stand up to the heat of the chili.