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COLLE CORVIANO PINOT GRIGIO 2019
COLLE CORVIANO PINOT GRIGIO 2019

COLLE CORVIANO PINOT GRIGIO 2019

ABRUZZO, ITALY
QUAINT QUINCE CLOVER
CLASSIC / 12.5 % ALC /750ML

Colle Corviano sits in the shadows of Gran Sasso, the winery practices ‘hyper reductive’ winemaking, producing tight aromatic wines. The Pinot Grigio offers stewed quince and apple, all held together by a pleasing acidic backbone.

From the producer: At Colle Corviano, estate-vineyard blocks are vinified separately and traced throughout the production process. Each vineyard block has been delineated and planted based on the accumulated knowledge of soil profile and chemistry, aspect (orientation to the sun), slope (vertical degree impacting the potential for drainage), and overall climate. Terroir defines our plantings, without regard to what may be fashionable today. Each block has its unique geological history, which provides distinctive flavours. As the roots of the vines forge deep into the earth, their individuality becomes more pronounced. The grapes from these blocks were planted in 1973. The Colle Corvino Parcel totals 15 hectares and is located adjacent to Picciano, Colle Corviano and Loreto Aprutino with an elevation of 300 meters above sea level. The vineyard has 7 hectares of Montepulciano and 8 hectares of Trebbiano.

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PROPHETS ROCK DRY RIESLING NEW ZEALAND 2018
PROPHETS ROCK DRY RIESLING NEW ZEALAND 2018

PROPHETS ROCK DRY RIESLING NEW ZEALAND 2018

CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND
CHAMOMILE ACID APPLE
CLASSIC / 750ML

Handpicked and whole bunch pressed on a long slow cycle. The juice undergoes fermentation in old oak and can sometimes bubble away for as long as four months. The riesling is unbelievablyy complex with crushed apples, chamomile, oak weight and acid for days. 

From the Producer: Intense aromas of lemon, lime, and grapefruit with green, crunchy apple and hints of chamomile. The palate is lively and fresh, citrus, apple, and subtle nectarine flavours with zingy acidity and a chalky mineral note on the long, lingering finish.

This wine represents a very small portion of our overall production but has always been a strong focus for Prophet’s Rock. We farm our aromatic whites to the same high standard in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and take time through all aspects of production to ensure that the wine we release is the best reflection of the site it can be. This is a dry style with bright aromatics and great concentration. The freshness and texture make it an easy food match.
We have a little over one hectare of Riesling which is located on our spectacular Rocky Point Vineyard. This very steep site has schist-based soil with high mineral content and low vigour. The Riesling block has a northerly aspect with large rafts or slabs of solid schist throughout.

A strong focus on viticulture is the foundation of the winemaking approach. Yields consistently average 28-30hl/ha or approximately 3.5-4ton/hl. In the vineyard this equates to one bunch maximum per shoot, no shoulders or wings, and a further green-thin at veraison.

The handpicked fruit is 100% whole-bunch pressed over 5-6 hours and fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in old barrels. Fermentation typically takes 3-4 months, and the finished wine is then aged without racking on gross lees until bottling just before the following vintage. The wine is bottled under Diam cork and is only released after at least one year in bottle.

I worked as winemaker at Kuentz-Bas in Alsace, and it is this experience that has helped shape my approach with aromatic whites here in Central Otago

I believe that on a foundation of low-yield, Riesling provides one of the most site-expressive wines in the world. Since first release this wine has been one of the strongest preforming Riesling in Central Otago.

It gets the same meticulous treatment in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and our yields are extremely low, creating a concentrated expression of our unique site. Averaging only 300 cases per vintage, our Dry Riesling is a rare find. The vinification is heavily influenced by Paul’s time in Alsace, where use of wild yeast, multiple small vessels and long ageing are the norm.

After lengthy slow ferments, the various components are aged on their yeast lees before bottling. The wine is cellared for at least two years before release. This wine has been extremely well-reviewed since the first release in 2006.

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MAC FORBES YARRA VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2018
MAC FORBES YARRA VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2018

MAC FORBES YARRA VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2018

YARRA VALLEY, MELBOURNE
STONEFRUIT TIGHT SPRING
CLASSIC / 750ML

Acid forward Chardonnay comprised of declassified single vineyard barrels. A consistent Yarra Valley Chardonnay that delivers year in and year out.

From the Producer: The Yarra Valley label is the entry into our Chardonnay wines. ‘Yarra Valley’ is a blend of declassified barrels from our grower vineyards and the Mac Forbes single vineyard sites. They represent a snapshot from across the valley and our vineyards. Generally, they can be enjoyed young but cellaring will reward with increased complexity.

The 2020 season in the Yarra Valley will forever be remembered as a highly unusual and impossible to predict vintage. Significant weather events during flowering meant low yields, and erratic temperatures in December and January saw unprecedented ripening behaviour across many varieties. February rains were both welcome and anxiety-inducing, but ultimately the maturity and stability of the vines in our best parcels allowed fruit quality to shine through.

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GUNDERLOCH FRITZ RIESLING GERMANY 2020
GUNDERLOCH FRITZ RIESLING GERMANY 2020

GUNDERLOCH FRITZ RIESLING GERMANY 2020

RHEINHESSEN, GERMANY
BALANCE TYPICAL STONEFRUIT
CLASSIC / TOUCH OF SWEETNESS / 750ML

A whisker of sweetness has given life to this linear slatey Riesling. It offers honeydew melon, stonefruit and a sherbet-like minerality. The wine is named in honour of his late Father, Frtiz who passionately but weingut Gunderloch on the map.

From The Distributor: Fritz's Riesling grows in a very small and special part of Rheinhessen called the Roter Hang, a name meaning “red hill“ due to its red-slate soils. The Roter Hang is located between the village of Nackenheim and the village of Nierstein, 20km south of the city of Mainz. The red colour comes from a high proportion of minerals and iron in the soil. The vineyards are very close to the river Rhine, face south-east and they have steep slopes. The combination of those four factors - the red slate soil, the proximity to the river, the exposure to the sun and the steepness of the vineyards - are perfect for producing wonderful ripeness. The wine shows lovely stone fruit, fresh natural acidity, spice and aromatic lift. Dry, fresh and full of character.

Johannes Hasselbach has well and truly hit his stride after taking the winemaking reins from his late father Fritz a few years back. Warm, charming, modest and brilliant Fritz Hasselbach, who passed away from illness in October 2016, was the man who lifted the estate into the Rheinhessen's top flight. Johannes and the team are taking it even further, turning out stunning wines from top-rated vineyards of the Roter Hang, a steep hill of red slate overlooking the Rhine. The dry Rieslings are intensely concentrated and expressive of the red volcanic soil. The fruity wines are even more so, with their touch of sweetness that acts as a conduit for flavour and aroma. Nackenheimer Rothenberg is one of the great vineyards of Germany

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GEORGE DESCHAMPS PETIT CHABLIS 2019
GEORGE DESCHAMPS PETIT CHABLIS 2019

GEORGE DESCHAMPS PETIT CHABLIS 2019

CHABLIS, FRANCE
FOSSIL CITRUS FRESH
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML

Gently harvested and whole bunch pressed to stainless steel vats where it is aged on lees. A refreshing Petit Chablis made by Guillaume Vrignaud (Domaine Vrignaud) the Grandson of George Deschamps. The wine is unmistakable Chablissiene.    

From the producer: Everyone has their interpretation of what Chablis should be, the style it should take. Operating 29 hectares around Fontenay-près-Chablis, Domaine Vrignaud has a very specific approach to the terroir. To be turned towards the future is first of all to be aware of its heritage and to wish in every way to defend it. At the Domaine, this involves knowing the plots located on the Portlandian and Kimmeridgian strata, taking care of the vines, whether they are clones or whether they come from mass selection and naturally organic farming. Organic Agriculture is not an end, it is a way of thinking, a means of revealing the terroir.

A wine is born in the vineyard, not in the cellar. Pressing, vinification limiting inputs, the use of vats or barrels bring to light the soils, subsoils, climate, berries and know-how of the Domaine. This know-how and this constant attention nourish a style of Chablis wines day after day. More than a style of wine, it is the culmination of a philosophy. This philosophy, our philosophy, is balance. The balance between the vines and the environment, the berries and the geology, the wines and the emotions that they must provoke in each of the tasters.

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VICOLETTO CATARRATO 2020
VICOLETTO CATARRATO 2020

VICOLETTO CATARRATO 2020

SICILY, ITALY
TEXTURE CITRUS FRESH
CLASSIC / 750ML

Fresh bright white wine, that conjures dreams of coastlines and sea breezes. A pleasant citrus-forward wine that offers crisp acidity, that can aid in whittling away an arvo in the sun. 

From the Distributor: The vivacity of Sicilian citrus and a hint of pineapple capture your attention, and a luscious texture typical of catarratto makes it perfect to match with seafood. Unfiltered, unfined, vegan, low sulphite.

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VINOSHIS PINOT GRIGIO 2020
VINOSHIS PINOT GRIGIO 2020

VINOSHIS PINOT GRIGIO 2020

VINOSHIS PINOT GRIGIO
FRESH STRAW APPLE
CLASSIC / 12.5% ALC / 750ML

A dry, crisp, and super refreshing grigio, from the King Valley. In the glass expect freshly made fruit salad, with a welcoming crisp-dry finish. An everyday drinker!

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LA MORELLA IL MONTE CORTESE 2020
LA MORELLA IL MONTE CORTESE 2020

LA MORELLA IL MONTE CORTESE 2020

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MARGAN BREAKING GROUND ALBARINO 2021
MARGAN BREAKING GROUND ALBARINO 2021

MARGAN BREAKING GROUND ALBARINO 2021

HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
PEAR VIBRANT CONCRETE
CLASSIC / SUSTAINABLE / 750ML

Produced and polished by the magnificent Ollie Margan in Broke Fordwich. An electric white wine offering cut pear, fresh botanicals and enforcing acidity. An exciting step forward for the Margan Family and their wines. 

From the Producer: It seemed like the acidity of the Alby this year was never going to soften below verjuice level, but patience prevailed. Four-ish days on skins until indigenous fermentation kicked off. Pressed to ‘Cleopatra’, our Nico Velo truncated concrete tank. Rack and returned; rested on fine lees for four months. The concrete really enhanced the tension in the wine by tightening up the dry extracts derived from the period on skins. Bright aromatics and juicy orchard fruit mid palate. Unfined/unfiltered.

I particularly wanted to craft wines with texture and energy and place emphasis on echoing the dolorite rich volcanic soils of Broke Fordwich, Wonnarua country where my family has been growing grapes and making wine for more than 25 years. This unique sub region of the Hunter Valley is defined by the Fordwich Sill, which provides a strong buffering capacity due to enriched ionic concentration in the soil. In short, flavour is able to develop in full, without the sacrifice of acidity.

These wines favour vineyard personality over technical precision. Artifice is eschewed almost entirely, used simply to frame the distinctive fruit profile of our sites. We are extremely proud of our 100 hectares of self-managed, sustainably certified vines and these wines intend to provide a lens for our love of farming and gentle hand in the winery.

-OLLIE MARGAN, 3rd Generation Grape Grower

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TOURLANDIERE BOHALE MUSCADET SUR LOIRE 2020
TOURLANDIERE BOHALE MUSCADET SUR LOIRE 2020

TOURLANDIERE BOHALE MUSCADET SUR LOIRE 2020

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MAC FORBES SPRING RIESLING 2018
MAC FORBES SPRING RIESLING 2018

MAC FORBES SPRING RIESLING 2018

STRATHBOGIE RANGES VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
MINERAL FRUIT TANG RIESLING
CLASSIC / CONVENTIONAL / CONVENTIONAL

A winning combination of youthful Riesling vines grown on pink quartz soils. A whisker of residual sugar balances out the acid line, offering white flower and citrus oil. One glass isn’t enough.

From the producer- A bit of a deviation from our previous iterations, the 2020 Spring is a wine that speaks very strongly of its vintage. Still marked by the bright floral tones we love in this young vineyard, but with a fuller palate of fleshy stone fruits supported by the chalky structure and a creamy acidity reminiscent of Grandma's famous lemon meringue pie.

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BERNOIT + PAUL FOUSSIER LES GRANDS CHAMPS SANCERRE SAUVINGNON BLANC 2017
BERNOIT + PAUL FOUSSIER LES GRANDS CHAMPS SANCERRE SAUVINGNON BLANC 2017

BERNOIT + PAUL FOUSSIER LES GRANDS CHAMPS SANCERRE SAUVINGNON BLANC 2017

SANCERRE, FRANCE
CURD CHALK GOOSEBERRY
CLASSIC / ORGANIC BIODYNAMIC / 750ML

30-40 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on shallow Kimmeridgian soil. Drinks like lemon curd, gooseberry with malo lees weight. Classic Sancerre grown and matured with the lunar cycles in mind.

From the Distributor: Established in 1749 in the heart of Sancerre, Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley with a history that spans several generations. For centuries they have dedicated themselves to preserving and capturing the terroir and the noble Sauvignon grape varietal through an extensive range of appellation wines. The new century began with the arrival of Fouassier’s 10th generation, Benoit and Paul.  In continuing to honor the terroir as their ancestors did, the brothers took things one step further, converting to organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking. In 2011, they were certified by ECOCERT and BIODYVIN, both of whom recognized Domaine Fouassier as 100% compliant with all international organic and biodynamic guidelines.

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CHAMP DIVIN POLLUX CHARDONNAY + SAVAGNIN 2018
CHAMP DIVIN POLLUX CHARDONNAY + SAVAGNIN 2018

CHAMP DIVIN POLLUX CHARDONNAY + SAVAGNIN 2018

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FREDRIC LAMBERT SAVAGNIN 2017
FREDRIC LAMBERT SAVAGNIN 2017

FREDRIC LAMBERT SAVAGNIN 2017

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MARGAN FJM SEMILLON 2016
MARGAN FJM SEMILLON 2016

MARGAN FJM SEMILLON 2016

HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
TOAST BRIGHT COMPLEX
CLASSIC / SUSTAINABLE / 750ML

In 2016 I was lucky enough to work at Margan Estate as a cellar hand. I quickly realised that this was a unique place. The rich volcanic soils produce some of the most exciting Semillon I have ever tasted. The FJM Semillon epitomises the quality of place and production. The wine is carefully pressed and racked to stainless to undergo a slow cool fermentation. No oak is used and the utmost care is taken to maintain the subtle aromatic profile of the variety. Having now spent 5 years in the bottle, the wine is starting to hit its straps, toasted notes with white petals and an acid sharpened complexity that changes with every mouthful.

From the Producer: The fruit for this wine comes off our small one hectare Francis John Margan or ‘FJM’ block. Situated on our Timbervines Vineyard on the red volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill, this vineyard is planted with cuttings taken from the DeBeyers vineyard that Frank Margan planted in the late 60s.

We have 100 hectares of distinguished Margan vineyards, across two locations. These vineyards are planted to a mixture of 50-year-old traditional Hunter varieties and pioneering alternatives we have planted ourselves. Most of the vineyards are planted on the unique soil of the Fordwich Sill providing our wines with their special sense of place. We make all our wines onsite at our Broke based winery with annual production of around 25,000 cases. You can try all our wines at our beautiful rammed earth cellar door where we have structured tastings, including new releases as well as aged and museum wines.

We are also proud to be regarded as leaders in environmental stewardship and are fully accredited with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and Freshcare. We were one of the first in the Hunter to achieve this and our certification benchmarks to the ISO14000 series (International Standards) for best practice. This means we follow a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to reduce our impact across all business operations in the four basic pillars of sustainability – reduction of greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, water management and the reduction of waste.

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JONATHAN DIDIER PABIOT POUILLY FUME SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
JONATHAN DIDIER PABIOT POUILLY FUME SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019

JONATHAN DIDIER PABIOT POUILLY FUME SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019

LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
PUNCTUAL FLINT TAUT
CLASSIC / BIODYNAMIC DEMETER / 12.5% ALC

Located south-east of Sancerre Pabiot makes beautifully poised Sauv blanc. The vines are farmed Organically, also adhering to biodynamic principles. The wine is a clear example of place - strapping acidity, subtle stone fruit and sherbet.

From the producer: For this cuvée, we use all our young vineyards between 4 and 10 years old. Planted on clay-limestone and flint clay soils in Pouilly Sur Loire. Aging takes place in stainless steel tanks on the lees for around 6 to 8 months. The bottling of Prélude is always the first of the new vintage, therefore the name Prélude.

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GRANITE HILLS GRUNER VELTLINER 2020
GRANITE HILLS GRUNER VELTLINER 2020

GRANITE HILLS GRUNER VELTLINER 2020

MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA
AROMATIC CRISP CLEAN
CLASSIC / 750ML

An aromatic grape variety at heart, Gruner Veltliner has excelled in high altitude granitic soils of Granite Hills, Macedon. The wine has an inviting breath, quince and tart tinned fruit.

From the Producer and wineries of Victoria (publication): Relatively new to Australia, this intriguing varietal was selected and planted at the family vineyard due to its viticultural link with riesling and renowned success in the cool-granite soils of homeland Austria. A perfect pairing with food, enjoy this wine’s hearty aromatics of stone fruit, lovely rounded palate and fresh, spicy finish

Established in 1970 by fourth-generation grazier Gordon Knight and wife Heather Knight, Granite Hills is one of Australia’s highest and most picturesque vineyards – perched atop the spectacular boulder-strewn hills of the Great Dividing Range at 550-metres altitude, and only one hour’s drive north of Melbourne. Since the first planting in 1970, Granite Hills’ wines have amassed an excess of 500 awards at Australian and international wine shows, making it one of the region’s most acclaimed wineries.

Granite Hills is currently owned and operated by Gordon and Heather’s son, Llew Knight. An experienced and passionate winemaker, Llew is a cool-climate wine enthusiast. His winemaking philosophy is to coax the most pronounced flavours from classic varieties using a range of winemaking and oak-management techniques, creating distinctive cool-climate wine styles that are marked by their complexity and ageing ability.

https://wineriesofvictoria.com.au/granite-hills/

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MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER GEMISCHTER SATZ GRUNER VELTLINER RIESLING 2020
MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER GEMISCHTER SATZ GRUNER VELTLINER RIESLING 2020

MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER GEMISCHTER SATZ GRUNER VELTLINER RIESLING 2020

KAMPTAL, AUSTRIA
LIVELY SUBTLE PETALS
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML

A charming field blend (Neuburger, Gruner and Riesling) that speaks of both place and producer. Refreshing floral aromatics synonyms with the region and a lively wild fleshly edge highlighted by the producers.

From the Distributor: Certified Organic. Usually 60% Neuburger, 25% Gruner and 15% Riesling – a traditional field blend for this part of the Kamptal. Vineyard: Strasser Wechselberg – terraced vineyard at altitude 230-240 m. Planted in 1958 and soil is loess. All grapes were macerated 4 hours on skins before pressing. Whole bunch pressing, fermentation with native yeasts and aged for 10 months on the lees. 44 % in used French oak (228 liters and 10-12 years old) and 56 % in stainless steel barrels (75 gallons) with zero battonage or racking. Naturally occurring malo. No fining, just smart filtered once (a fine metal mesh to catch large solids). Sulfur added once (20mg/lt) – just before bottling. Approx. 75 cases produced annually. Martin is nothing if not quixotic and his pursuit of this vineyard and resulting wine reflect his vision and passion. He bought this parcel on the Wechselberg from an older farmed in 2005. Most of the terraces on this hill had been reworked and replanted (widened for tractors), but this little plot was the last piece with skinny terraces and old vines. He went to his father about buying the parcel (his dad still controlled the business’ money at the time), and his father said f*#k no. His objections were that it’s 100% handwork (no tractors) , the vines were “old” and they were going to need replanting in 20/30 years, and that it was just not good investment. To pile on and make it a multi-generational shaming, his grandfather said if Martin bought it, he was going to lie to his friends at the cafe in town and say he knows nothing about it. So, yeah of course Martin bought it. He used his own bit of personal savings and went 50/50 with his brother. And voila – stunning old vine Gemischter Satz completely worked by hand. His father and grandfather both love the wine now by the way.

From the Producer: Rooted in our home region Kamptal, we used the freedom from our families... We studied, travelled and spent hours with fascinating people enjoying wine. With rich treasure of great friendships and impressions, we came back to our origin to craft our own wines and walk our paths in the Kamptal. Our wines are the best representatives of what and who we are. They carry our thoughts, our origin and our journeys; they reflect our personality, craft and history.

Because of our experience that nature is the strongest force, we'd love to work with her. Because the knowledge that the soil is the most intelligent part we deal with, we‘ve decided to trust him. Because the beliefs that the plants nourish our soil, we let them grow. With these ideas and confidence we don‘t interact in the cellar, which causes that our wines transport the natural taste of the grape. These decisions we make by ourselves and let our personalities speak in our wines. We think that winemakers are artisans, or even artists. Their work requires creativity, sensitivity and an enormous amount of personality. Everything you would attribute to an artist….. We have made it our task to produce wines that unite origin and passion, wines that arouse curiosity in the wine world across the globe.

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SORRENBERG SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
SORRENBERG SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019

SORRENBERG SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019

BEECHWORTH VICTORIA
TACTILE FLINT MELON
CLASSIC / ORGANIC BIODYNAMIC / 750ML

Sorrenberg has championed the balance of texture and aromatics in their iconic Sauv/Sem blend. To achieve this balance, the Sauvignon blanc is left on skins for a handful of hours before being pressed to ferment in predominantly larger format oak. It is also aged on lees to further build complexity and texture. In the glass expect green pears, flint, lees weight and moreish acidity. 

From the producer: This wine comprises of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. Most of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit had 8 hours skin contact prior to pressing. The Semillon component is crushed and pressed immediately after picking. This wine was 100% barrel fermented with predominantly larger barrels used. All went through natural yeast fermentation. The extended lees contact helps fill out the middle palate and gives this wine the extra dimension it is known for. The nose of the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon is showing a combination of Meyer lemon, grapefruit and a hint of kiwifruit and green pear. These fruits follow on to the palate with a freshness combined with refined acid creating a minerally, well-rounded finish. Cellaring potential 8 years.

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SMITH-CHAPEL BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE 2019
SMITH-CHAPEL BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE 2019

SMITH-CHAPEL BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE 2019

BEAUJOLAIS, FRANCE
CRYSTALINE POISE LIMESTONE
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML

Husband and wife team David and Michele make their wines in Beaujolais, however, they also source fruit from the Macon. The Aligote is from the sloped hills of Ige, Macon. Strong acid drive with a tactile talc line. Preserved lemons and apples occupy centre stage.   

From the Distributor: 2019 Bourgogne Aligoté is from Igé, Mâcon. The grapes are grown on a single parcel of land, sloped with marl and calcaire soil, giving the wine a unique citrus note. Michele best describes this as “like drinking salty lemonade with a lick of limestone”. The wine was pressed and fermented with no sulphur added. Unfined and unfiltered, it sees fermentation and elevage in stainless steel

Domaine Chapel is a Beaujolais estate founded by husband and wife team David Chapel and Michele Smith-Chapel in the cru village of Régnié. It was in Beaujolais, while working at Domaine Lapierre in 2013, that David met Michele, a wine director based in New York. After living together in New York, the Chapels returned to Beaujolais to found Domaine Chapel. The Chapels produced their first wine - a 2016 Juliénas “Côte de Bessay” - in partnership with Mathieu and Camille Lapierre, winemakers and owners of acclaimed Morgon estate Domaine Lapierre.

​Currently farming 4 hectares of vines on the slopes of Beaujolais,  Domaine Chapel is divided between the crus Chiroubles and Fleurie. Working by hand, in organic agriculture, the focus is always to promote the health of the soil and work with respect for the natural environment.

2018 was an important year for Domaine Chapel, as they started farming 3 plots in two different crus of Beaujolais: Fleurie (Charbonnieres) and Chiroubles (Saint-Roch and Poullet). Sitting at 460m and 400m respectively the subsequent work they’ve done has been organic and by hand, using only garden tools and a cable plough. The following year, they began farming one additional hectare of old vines in the parcel Charbonnières.

Domaine Chapel has recently introduced Smith-Chapel wines, an exploration of high altitude parcels located on the slopes of Beaujolais and the nearby Mâconnais region. They partner with growers who work with respect for the land they care for, who are either already certified organic or are in the conversion period.
The wines are bottled in lightweight glass to create a minimal impact on the environment when shipped. There is a Nomacorc cork-like closure, made from carbon-neutral sugarcane, a renewable resource which is also recyclable.

 

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ROCKY GULLY RIESLING 2020 750ML
ROCKY GULLY RIESLING 2020 750ML

ROCKY GULLY RIESLING 2020 750ML

FRANKLAND RIVER, WEST AUSTRALIA
LINEAR ACID RIESLING
CLASSIC / CONVENTIONAL / CONVENTIONAL

Steely wine showcasing some of the coolest growing climes in Western Australia. Wetting with a host of true to style attributes; lime, just ripe stone fruit, talc.

From the distributor: Frankland River is one of the coolest wine-growing regions in Western Australia. It is situated far from population and industrial centres have no major vine pests or diseases and offer a pristine, pollution-free grape growing environment. Onshore winds off the southern ocean and moderate summer temperatures provide optimum ripening conditions. Rocky Gully wines are made from traditional varieties with an individual approach to winemaking. Developed for the modern lifestyle, these are vibrant, fresh, food-friendly and easy-drinking wines.

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MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER STRASSER WEINBERGE RIESLING 2019
MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER STRASSER WEINBERGE RIESLING 2019

MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER STRASSER WEINBERGE RIESLING 2019

KAMPTAL, AUSTRIA
LINE FRESH EXCITING
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML

A short maceration period before being whole bunch pressed and aged in predominately large format oak. A long slow ferment offers generous high notes. A beautifully balanced Riesling with texture, acid and aromatic power. 

From the Distributor: Certified Organic. 100% Riesling. Sourced from 3 vineyards. Kammerner Gaisberg on primary rock (Gföhler Gneis), Zöbinger Gaisberg on primary rock (Gföhler Gneis), and Strasser Wechselberg Spiegel on primary rock (granite). Vineyards are at altitudes between 230-360 meters planted between 1986 and 2010. Whole bunch pressing, maceration up to 12 hours on skins before pressing. Fermentation with native yeasts and aged for 10 months mainly in large neutral barrels and partly in stainless steel barrels (20%). Barrels are between 1200-1900 liters and between 2-30 years old. Naturally occurring malo. Sulfur added once (max 20 mg/l)- just before bottling. No fining, smart filtered once (a fine metal mesh to catch large solids). Strasser Weinberge is a protected name for “village wines“ which show you all characteristics of the variety and the village. Grapes are selected from the best vineyard sides in the village and express the diversity and complexity of the origin.

From the Producer: Rooted in our home region Kamptal, we used the freedom from our families... We studied, travelled and spent hours with fascinating people enjoying wine. With rich treasure of great friendships and impressions, we came back to our origin to craft our own wines and walk our paths in the Kamptal. Our wines are the best representatives of what and who we are. They carry our thoughts, our origin and our journeys; they reflect our personality, craft and history.

Because of our experience that nature is the strongest force, we'd love to work with her. Because the knowledge that the soil is the most intelligent part we deal with, we‘ve decided to trust him. Because the beliefs that the plants nourish our soil, we let them grow. With these ideas and confidence we don‘t interact in the cellar, which causes that our wines transport the natural taste of the grape. These decisions we make by ourselves and let our personalities speak in our wines. We think that winemakers are artisans, or even artists. Their work requires creativity, sensitivity and an enormous amount of personality. Everything you would attribute to an artist….. We have made it our task to produce wines that unite origin and passion, wines that arouse curiosity in the wine world across the globe.

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HEYMANN LOWENSTEIN RIESLING 2018
HEYMANN LOWENSTEIN RIESLING 2018

HEYMANN LOWENSTEIN RIESLING 2018

MOSEL, GERMANY
ACID LINE PERFUME
CLASSIC / 750ML

The steep slated Lowenstein vineyards are handpicked and whole bunch pressed. A great example of thoughtful Mosel Riesling. Quenching with high floral notes, flint lines and tactful residual sugar. Stunning.

From the Distributor: The Heymann-Löwenstein Riesling bottling comes from declassified grapes from the family's Schieferterrassen vineyards - essentially the premier-cru sites of Hamm and Brückstück. These are very steep slate sites that are organically farmed. The grapes are very gently pressed as whole bunches before indigenous-yeast fermentation (around 30% in old casks, 70% stainless steel) before a long period of lees contact and relatively late bottling.

While unfettered pleasure is the reflex response elicited by classic Mosel Riesling, the often overt power and disorienting range of Heymann-Löwenstein tends to be more thought-provoking. Reinhard Löwenstein views his craft as a creative interplay between climate, soil, vine and grower, culminating in wines that are singular, authentic and complex. The wines he makes with daughter Sarah never fall short on that count, and the 2012s are the most complete we’ve seen.

The descriptor trocken is banned from his vocabulary and anybody foolish enough (not me!) to enquire about levels of residual sugar is duly and properly chastised. He probably considers the alcohol content another irrelevant detail in the greater scheme of things, but the law is an ass and requires that information to be given. What matters to Löwenstein is terroir, and tasting his wines from different plots within the same vineyard, his credo is convincing. Michael Schmidt, jancisrobinson.com

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GOISOT CHABLIS FAUCERTAINE CHARDONNAY 2018
GOISOT CHABLIS FAUCERTAINE CHARDONNAY 2018

GOISOT CHABLIS FAUCERTAINE CHARDONNAY 2018

CHABLIS, FRANCE
RACY TALC FRESH
CLASSIC / BIODYNAMIC / 75OML

Goisot is situated on deep chalky soils just outside of the Chablis AOC. The wines showcase the personality of the region with a gentle flair added by the producers oak regime and lees integration. I lively drop that accentuates the versatility of Chardonnay.    

From the Distributor: Goisot is located just outside the Chablis AOC. In 2014 Guilhem Goisot inherited a small, 0.4-hectare parcel of Chablis in Bienes, just north of Chitry, planted by the father of his wife, Marie, in 1976. The lieu-dit is called Faucertaine and the fossil-ridden, limestone soils here--which Goisot likens to his Côte d'Auxerre Gondonne vineyard--have been farmed biodynamically since the Domaine took over in recent years. Fermented in tank before aging in used 500-litre barrels on lees, this, just the second vintage, is a chip off the Goisot block. Expect a scintillating, sculpted Chablis with controlled ripeness and texture cloaked in minerals and racy freshness. Some serious power to go with the deliciousness and mineral intensity that are so typical of the best Chablis.

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FRANKLAND ESTATE ALTER WEG RIESLING 2020
FRANKLAND ESTATE ALTER WEG RIESLING 2020

FRANKLAND ESTATE ALTER WEG RIESLING 2020

FRANKLAND RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
GUN TANGERINE CRYSTALLINE
LEFT OF CENTRE / NO SO2 / 750ML

Large format oak + no adds + fruit from one of Australia's best Riesling producers = Alter Weg. A long slow prerss cycle has given a tea-like quality that is sharpened with gun barrel flint and tactile minerality. Voluminous mouth feel with sip indusing acidity.   

From the Producer: No additions of any kind are used in the making of Alter Weg Riesling. All riesling grapes are harvested as cool as possible and pressed immediately, slow press cycles allow for soft and long extraction of juice.

Picking decisions are made on ripeness and fruitfulness, with the main aim of working with natural balance yet seeking greater ripeness. A cloudy juice is run to a combination of 1000ltr and 500ltr barrels.  

Alter Weg translates to the “old way” describing our approach to this riesling. Ripe balanced riesling fruit is harvested and gently pressed to large format barrel where it undergoes wild yeast fermentation. A further 10 months of aging on full lees in barrel result in a superbly textured riesling with approachability and generosity of fruit supported by the creamy textural element of this vibrant riesling.  
 
Lightly golden colour supports the slightly riper tone and more oxidative approach to juice. Tangerine notes and a seductive saline morishness support the delicate aroma of spice and the juicy ripe citrus tones.  
 
Mineral yet juicy palate, initially a very slight reduction aroma of gun smoke/ironstone gives way to the fruitfulness and volume of this wine as it opens up. Saline and crystalline notes give freshness and brightness which is followed by a soft textural line that gives the  wine a fullness and completeness. The tension of this wine masterfully balances the fruitful yet savoury palate with a deliciousness and mouth-watering finish from the fine well-rounded acidity.  
 
The barrel maturation gives the wine a notable roundness and fullness whilst in keeping with the fine line achieved by our organic rieslings at Frankland Estate. A complex balanced Riesling that will gain further complexity with age

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ANDREW THOMAS BRAEMORE SEMILLON 2014
ANDREW THOMAS BRAEMORE SEMILLON 2014

ANDREW THOMAS BRAEMORE SEMILLON 2014

HUNTER VALLEY NSW
OILY LEMONADE BUTTER
CLASSIC / 750ML

To us, Semillon speaks of hot summer cricket games, prawns on the bbq and classic Aussie films like The Castle and Where the Green Ants Dream. It has an unmistakable place in Australia's wine industry and continues to shine as a wine versatile for a number of foods, settings and of course the potential of ageing. This 2014 Semillon made by one of our favourite producers of this variety is in such a good spot right now. With plenty of life in it yet, there is a complexity of lemon balm and yellow flowers with semillon's unmistakable nervy acidity. With a rich pork roast, bitter horta and/or a platter of oysters, you'll be as mad for it as we are.

From the producer: Having previously spent 13 years learning and applying his craft at Tyrrell’s, owner and winemaker Andrew Thomas has over three decades of experience winemaking in the Hunter Valley. It’s the no compromise, attention to detail approach to his winemaking that has seen him named 2014 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year (having previously won the award in 2008), as well as contributing to an impressive mantlepiece of wine show trophies, medals, and enviable critical acclaim. The Braemore vineyard, planted in 1969, is situated on the sandy alluvial flats of Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. Once an ancient sea floor, Braemore consistently produces Semillon featuring freshness, vibrancy and remarkable longevity. The deep, sandy loam soils are free draining allowing deep root penetration, perfect for Semillon.The vineyard producing wine that has achieved an enviable reputation in recent years as being one of the finest examples of classic Hunter Valley Semillon.

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