Brent Lello swirls the glass and drops us some wine wisdom in the last sixty-second wine review for 2020!

Dionysus was the Greek God dedicated to the love of wine and winemaking, fertility, religious insanity and ritual madness…apparently. Good to be him back in the day it seems.

Murrumbateman “mortals” – Michael and Wendy O’Dea – definitely have a love for wine and winemaking, producing a range of classic cool-climate wines. The focus of this week’s swirl is their Dionysus Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. The colour is dark ruby red.

The swirl reveals aromas of deeply dark and fully ripe cherries, blackcurrant and mulberry, with overtones of toasted cloves and star anise. On the palate, balanced tannins lead the way with an enjoyable savoury pucker, well supported by dark berry flavours.

The aftertaste is long and lingering. Would go well with a bitey old Cheddar or a lovely steak, but my bottle did go well with a rich, slow-braised bolognaise. Available at the Cellar Door- $30 or on-line

“What sets us apart is that we’re small, family-owned and only use fruit from our vineyard.

We make and bottle the wines on-site and have alternative varieties like Gamay, Tempranillo, Viognier and soon Albarino.”