At Jonah’s we are very proud of our wine list which has won many awards over the years and is now part of the Gourmet Traveller Wine Hall of Fame. The list spans 80 pages, featuring over 1600 wines sourced from over 100 merchants all around the world. However, now more than ever we feel it’s important to shine a light on our local producers. 2020 has been an incredibly challenging vintage for the whole winmaking industry in Australia. Our Food & Beverage Director Niels Sluiman works very closely with wine producers around Australia.
“To drink Australian wines and support our local wine industry is definitely one our of our goals going forward in 2021,” says Niels.
In fact, Niels is currently pouring a new wine by the glass to match the Wild Caught Fish on our menu, served with burnt butter, lemon and spinach. The wine is VINO VOLTA’s ‘So Well Then’ Fiano from the Swan Valley in Western Australia.
“Its purity perfectly balances out the flavours of our John Dory Filet, lifting up that touch of salinity and cutting through the delicate butter dressing,” says Niels.
Garth Cliff and Kristen McGann of VINO VOLTA have a collective four decades worth of experience in Western Australian Wine. 25 kilometres from Perth city, the Swan Valley may be considered one of the lesser known wine regions of the country when in fact, it is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and Australia’s second oldest with the first grapes being planted in 1829.
“I like the fact that this renowned winemaker is showcasing his boutique winery to the world and is an advocate for the great potential in the Swan valley area,” says Niels.
The The VINO VOLTA wines are fun, flamboyant, and contemporary, made with a sense of adventure and experimentation. Specifically, the ‘So Well Then’ Fiano that we’re pouring at the moment is an extremely pleasant wine with a lovely bouquet. Expect hints of fresh peeled lemon and grapefruit with some crunchy pear notes to catch your attention at first. The palate is vibrant and pure to start with and then develops into a generous crisp texture of stone fruit like just-ripe peach and apricot. To finish, it is well balanced and topped with a delicate floral note.
Next time you dine at Jonah’s, we recommend you try this incredible and unusual wine. This grape is slowly becoming trendy but is still out of the ordinary and shines a light on an under-rated wine producing area in our own back yard. For more recommendations, advice and direction, don’t hesitate to ask Niels or one of our knowledgeable team members about our wine list.