From the tasting team

The Halliday Tasting Team's desert island wines

By J'aime Cardillo

16 May, 2024

We asked the Halliday Tasting Team for the wine they'd choose to be sipping on a desert island.

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Have you ever thought about your desert island wine? The one wine you'd take with you if you were going to be shipwrecked? PS. Everyone is getting off this hypothetical desert island.

We asked the Halliday Tasting Team for their choice. Here's what they said.

Mike Bennie is sticking to theme with a wine from the island of Sicily – Lamoresca Rosato. "Sicily is an island, so an island wine for a desert island wine kind of makes good sense to me.

"Lamoresca’s Rosato is consistently one of the world’s great pink wines (well, actually often quite dark coloured). It’s typically produced from nero d’Avola and frappato, has body, tannin structure and crunch to texture. It’s a serious, complex rosé ideal for a myriad of occasions, but more so, beachside, under a coconut tree, alone in the middle of the ocean with only seafood available." 

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Staying on the island of Sicily, Jane Faulkner says she's drinking Benanti Pietra Marina Etna Bianco Superiore. "Made from one of my favourite white varieties, carricante, which hails from the slopes of Mt Etna on Sicily, with vineyards up to 90 years old. 

"Thankfully I chilled the wine before landing on the desert island, so this is crisp, mouth-watering, lemon-saline flavoured and oh-so refreshing."

For Shanteh Wale, it would be a Romanée-Conti. "I would choose a red wine to keep me company during the long lonely nights, if I take a single wine experience from my life it would have to be the 2015 Domaine de La Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru."

Shanteh says the Grand Cru brought her to tears. "And to this day, years later, I can viscerally recall the flavours and sensations."