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Les Deux Rhones Cotes Du Rhone 2018
This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouverdre offers flavours of rasberries and blackberries.
Ridge Of Tears Shiraz 2017
An elegant Shiraz from Peter Logan’s Ridge of Tears range, the wine has perfumed berry and provence herb aromas of rosemary, thyme and fennel with a touch of white pepper. Smooth and velvety with a soft finish.
The same old thing. There’s plenty of that. Why make more?
When I started out, I wanted to make wine that I liked to drink. I wanted to excite me, not cater to a demographic. So against lots of strong opinions (including within my family) I began deviating from the usual winemaker script. Different to what we were taught at wine college. Different to what the establishment was doing.
I chose the then unfamiliar NSW Central Ranges as my base, planted Tempranillo, made Pinot Gris when few did, made Gewürztraminer (people still don’t), created whimsical labels and stories, fermented white grapes on their skins, used large barrel oak, wild yeasts, and now sell wine in kegs!
And our modern cellar door looks out to the world, not inward. I’d guess it’s that mindset that has allowed this small independent winemaker to still be excited to do the same old thing for 24 years.
Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 A medium-bodied “classic” claret style featuring a succulent, fruit-layered palate integrated with earthy complexity & fine dusty tannins. Juicy acidity underscores well-weighted voluminous fruit & a deep, long finish, combining generosity & concentration with finesse rarely found at this price point.
Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2019
40% Nero d’Avola / 32% Durif / 28% Shiraz
To understand Quasimodo you must venture beyond the surface and explore the inner soul. As individual varietal wines they can struggle for love but when blended together they can sing, shine and bring harmony.
Quasimodo is a unique Australian blend of Nero d’Avola, Durif & Shiraz sourced from the regions of Eldorado and Beechworth. It’s an amalgam of flavour and colour culminating in a complex rewarding wine.
The composition of this blend changes year on year depending on the season, the consistent desire is to create an affable drink that has layers of complexity built in through the unique varieties and vineyards it is composed of. The 2019 Quasimodo is very much in the medium bodied spectrum, plenty of bright fruit, lifted floral bouquet and fine chalky tannins.
In 2019 the Nero d’Avola came from our home vineyard at Eldorado planted on rare decomposed red granite soils, washed down from the Beechworth Plateau by the meandering Ready Creek that runs through the farm. Two different Nero ferments made their way into this year’s blend, picked at different about 10 days apart at different ripeness (12.3 & 13.1 baume), all fermented wild and one containing approximately 20% whole bunch. Basket pressed and seasoned for 16 months in aged French Oak Puncheons on gross lees.
The Shiraz component in 2019 comes from both the Mt Pilot Estate Vineyard (Eldorado) & Battely Vineyard (Beechworth). We really can’t overstate the quality of the fruit grown by Lachie and Penny Campbell at Mt Pilot Estate. Much like our own vineyards in Eldorado it falls just outside the Beechworth GI so is often overlooked, but the wine made from this fruit would make a stand alone Shiraz that would give the best from Beechworth a run for their money. The vineyard is in an isolated location up a dirt track perched in the Eldorado hills (The same granite formation as the Beechworth Plateau) amongst the boulders of an ancient granite outcrop. This vineyard is painfully low yielding and produces grapes of incredible concentration and flavor, we pick at around 13 baume to retain freshness. Fruit was split into 2 ferments, both gently destemmed to preserve whole berries with one containing approximately 20% whole bunches for a lifted perfume. Wine made from these grapes is consistently at the pointy end of our pre blending classification tasting and as previously stated would make an excellent stand alone wine. Something we have often pondered but due to tiny quantities of fruit available and its importance in this blend we have not yet pursued this pipe dream.
The second Shiraz component comes from two separate ferments of fruit from the Battely Vineyard that we manage in Beechworth. Both ferments were whole berry and displayed fresh fruit and fine graphite like tannins, the perfect fit for Quasimodo.
In 2019 Durif for Quasimodo was sourced from 2 vineyards, our home vineyard in Eldorado and excitingly the first crop from newly grafted vines at the Mt Pilot Estate just down the road. Both are cooler sites for this variety and produce elegant wines of restraint and finesse, a far cry from some of the monster powerhouses made from this variety. Part of the Eldorado component was fermented in a specialized puncheon fermentor, we have found wines fermented in these vessels have a really unique texture and mouthfeel, another layer of complexity in this unusual blend.
We are very conscious not to over extract the fruit as we want Quasimodo to be a wine that is a pleasure to drink in its youth with or without food, so as with all our reds it was hand plunged once daily and gently basket pressed straight to oak. Unfined, lightly filtered, Vegan Friendly. Bottled July, 2020.
Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2021 Discovering more old vine mataro and grenache in the ‘gardens’ of Tim Smith’s Barossa growers, provides him the perfect opportunity to craft a blend that is quite aromatic and in the ‘Rhone Style’ that he loves. Retaining all the plush palate weight is the hallmark of this wine, which is always purposefully mataro dominant. This allows the mataro fruit, which has a similar tannin structure as shiraz, to be ready to drink upon release as well as having some serious cellaring potential.
Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Syrah 2020
Aromas of juicy black cherries and boysenberries with a grind of black pepper. The palate possesses a fine grained texture comprising of ripe tannin which adds to the structure and depth of the wine.
Domaine Naturaliste Vineyard is located in the heart of the highly acclaimed Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River in Western Australia.
Our vines are 7 km inland from the magnificent Indian ocean. The gravelly loam soils provide a stable foundation for our 20 year old grapevines, allowing them to achieve balance. The maritime climate is characterised by cool wet winters, and long gentle summers, which makes our area a pristine environment for growing wine.
Bruce knows that truly great wine is created from the ground up. Crediting his time spent studying Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia with shaping his values and practices, Bruce approaches winemaking with the passion of an Agronomist. Beginning with a deep understanding of soils and sustainable farming practices, it is Bruce’s belief that a holistic approach reaps the greatest rewards, both for the wine and the environment.
With intuitive flair based on decades of experience, Bruce strikes a tender balance between taste, fragrance and texture. His passion for agriculture, respect for process and true artistry makes for an exceptional drinking experience, each and every time.
Pooley Pinot Noir 2021
Scintillating notes of redcurrant, cherries and raspberry compote on the nose with an underlying layer of mineral, cacao and dried rose petal. On the palate, it’s pristine and persistent with bright red fruits, cedar, subtle game, and a dusting of black pepper. It’s intricately balanced with finely boned tannin and brilliant acidity.
Pooley Wines was first established in 1985 when Denis and Margaret Pooley planted vines on the banks of the Coal River in southern Tasmania. With seven rows of Pinot Noir and ten rows of Riesling planted on their 16-hectare farm at Cooinda Vale as a retirement plan, Denis and Margaret found a renewed vigour for life. A vineyard that started as nothing more than a distraction for Denis and Margaret soon flourished into a renowned premium cool-climate site.
With the help of their son and grandchildren, three generations of the Pooley family have continued to bring meticulous care to their Cooinda Vale vineyard. In 1989, Cooinda Vale’s unique microclimate and terroir yielded its first vintage with the quality and consistency of fruit, speaking to Margaret and Denis’s love and dedication shown to their property. Denis continued working in the vineyard until his passing in 1994. In 2003, John Pooley and his wife Libby bought Belmont, a heritage-listed Georgian home on the outskirts of Richmond. Pooley Wines expanded their estate and established a second vineyard, Butcher’s Hill, with its first vintage produced in 2007. Until the passing of Margaret Pooley in 2010, three generations of the Pooley family were working in the vineyards with John’s son, Matthew Pooley, taking on the responsibility as Viticulturist. With Margaret’s granddaughter, Anna Pooley returning to the family business in 2013, Pooley was made entirely by family hands from this point onward. Now, more than 35 years after Pooley Wines was first established, the family’s philosophy of making wines that reflect their unique environment while pushing the quality of the grapes and the wines even further has continued.
The Sutton Grange Estate Syrah is the purest expression of the property.
Fragrant aromas of blue fruits, black currants and lifted violet florals, with complex hints of dark chocolate and fresh turned earth.
Palate has flavours of fresh blue fruits with spiced notes of sweet cinnamon and cardamom.
The palate is medium-full bodied, with grainy tannins and a core of gravel driving the mid-palate. The wine has both elegance and strength driven by the fruit definition and granitic tannins.
2018 was one of the great seasons we have experienced.
We had a series of favourable events that year – rainfall at the right times, great flowering and ripening conditions. Coinciding with the 20th year of vines in the ground, 2018 was a lovely chance for us to enjoy the spoils of an established vineyard. The 2018 Estate wines celebrate a benchmark year.
Sutton Grange is located on the southern edge of the Bendigo region, and for many years was known for its thoroughbred racing facility. Since planting of the vineyards in 1998 it is now recognised for the wines it produces. The Sutton Grange vineyard is cultivated using organic methods, and the wines are traditionally handcrafted by winemaker Melanie Chester. The wines combine distinctive style and interpretation with our organically grown estate fruit creating wines that express the uniqueness and characteristics of the site. Producing two labels, Fairbank – the original name of the property in the 19th Century, and our Estate range. Wines under the Fairbank label are crafted to be approachable, fresh and fruit driven. The Estate wines strongly demonstrate the terroir and characteristics of the farm, also included in the range are some less known varieties such as Aglianico.
Tellurian Tranter Shiraz 2018
Tranter Shiraz is our flagship wine, a tribute to a pioneering Australian, returned WWI soldier George Edwin Tranter who once owned our lands. First made in 2008, this medium to full-bodied shiraz showcases Heathcote’s trademark minerality, depth of flavor and intensity.
Tim Smith Bugalugs Shiraz 2021
Aromas of blue and black fruit, a hint of spice and a palate packed with flavour. Fresh acidity and some peppery, earthy characters through the finish.
Established in 2001, and with 33 years of hands on experience, Tim Smith Wines is a Barossa Valley-based producer of wines that we consider our region to excel at growing. We are unashamedly influenced by the great producers of both the North and South Rhone Valley in France, but have a New World understanding of the techniques that we believe work best in our region. This understanding comes as a result of working as a winemaker with some of our regions most respected wineries, and numerous overseas vintages in a number of countries; always watching, always learning, and always challenging even our own winemaking approach. Our wines are at once rich, polished, and structured for longevity, but with a brightness of fruit that invites early drinking.
KT 5452 Grenache Mataro 2017 is a 75/25% split,with the grenache coming off dry-grown bushvines planted in the 1930s, 50% whole bunches in the ferment with wild yeast and no new oak. The result is an immediately drinkable spicy, savoury and pleasing red. Tannins are so soft and supple bolstered by some pomegranate tang and acidity
Chateau Gigognan Cotes du Rhone 2019
A good classic from the southern part of the Rhone Valley known for the dominant Grenche varietal. Beautifully defined aromas of ripe berries and dried Provençal herbs. Soft, juicy and easy upfront, the palate unfolds elegantly with notes of fresh tobacco, red berries and underbrush. The finish goes on and on.
Ministry Of Clouds Kintsugi GSM 2018 – A Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz and Cinsault blend , the Kintsugi is vintage dependent. Such a pretty wine, it has a softly-softly delivery as it caresses the mouth. Red berry fruit up front with peppermint very much relaxing out the back. Lighter than expected in the mouth, a gentle rub of earthiness gets me further enthused. Another whiff and purple flowers and blueberries waft on by. A minerally feel is apparent too along with some dried herbs for good measure. What sets this wine apart is the absolute marriage of all parts creating a seamless result. It’s hard not to be in love. Delightful.
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