From an obscure site capable of producing some very interesting wine due to its extreme climate. 15min inland from Port Campbell, home of the 12 apostles, is Newton’s Ridge Vineyard. It is a very small site planted from cuttings in 1998 to the MV6 clone of Pinot Noir, on brown and grey fertile loam soils over limestone bedrock. 2017 was a cold one, a return to vintages of 15 years ago, and true to form this cold site with high rainfall was marginal – and was only saved from mildews and botrytis by a neat window of warm weather right at the tail of harvest. a week later and it would have been toast. The wine is very delicate, but glossy, washy and very varietal. Vineyard character is undeniable, strawberry, pippy fruit and spice spice. It was matured without racking in a mix of older French puncheons and barriques, for 9 months. Unfined and unfiltered, but unfortunately the last Pinot Noir the Story will release from this site as much of the vineyard has been pulled out to meet the changing needs of the owners. a great shame, but we know how hard it is growing grapes!
Blaufränkisch is also a major theme for us. For the simple reason that here, it has the best conditions to embody the terroir into fluid form. Our village is located in the Eastern end of the Pannonia Plane, and Blaufränkisch country. The bouquet brings smoky notes and tobbaco, followed by sour cherries and blackberries notes. In the palate it is perceived as elegant, linear and it stands out for the fine profound flavors.Nachbill Winery
5 hectares of sustainably-managed vines averaging 60 years' age contribute a great deal of character to this hefty wine. Green harvesting and thinning help to lower yields to 30hl/ha. The resulting crop is fermented at 30 degrees and vatted for a month before ageing in oak casks for 18 months, 60 - 70% of which is new oak.
This wine expresses the almost tender notes of Malbec as well as rich, milky fudge notes from ageing in oak. Rural, complex and complete - a delicious wine.
Very poised and balanced, yet at the same time bursting with expressive fruit. The nose is full of green apple, nashi pear and spring blossom. The palate is focussed, tight and delivers all the fruit promised on the nose. A lovely textural component leads on to a long finish.
A full bodied, rich wine with ripe black fruits flavours supported by rich cherries and juicy plums, there are also hints of violets and vanilla, great texture and long finish.
Made from a strict selection of the best Sauvignon grapes, La Demoiselle is harvested on the Kimmeridgian marls of Saint-Laurent l'Abbaye, where the first vines of this AOP were planted.
Due to style and fine presence, this wine is a model of pure and delicate expression of the Sauvignon Blanc.
Based in the Watervale district of the Clare Valley, Kerri Thompson is focused on creating wines that express spirit of place. Specialising in her first love, Riesling, KT uses lovingly grown grapes from sustainably cared for vineyards to produce exciting wines that express the unique beauty of the region.
Gathering fruits from vineyards in the surrounding Watervale area, including the Peglidis vineyard, this Riesling is a unique blend that is a true celebration of the region. This dry Riesling and its zesty fruit flavour, shows varietal citrus and punchy fruit characters with a crisp finish.
The grapes from the Helderberg region stem from an old vine block dating back to 1974. Aromatic on the nose, yet soft and smooth on the palate. Lightly tinted and medium bodied, this wine greets you on the nose with aromatic floral notes which follow through onto the palate with ripe strawberries, cherries, sweet spices and soft tannins on the mid palate.
NEW RELEASE 92/100 Tim Atkin MW 2017; 4 ½ * – Platter Wine Guide 2018
The appellation is located on the left bank of the Rhone, between Orange and Avignon, in Chateauneuf du Pape at the highest point of the appellation, on the Fargueirol plateau.
The terroir is characterised by large rolled pebbles that store the generous sun of Provence during the day and restore it at night. The height of the pebbles is about 2 metres, underneath there is a clay bench where the roots of the vine draw their water needs – a truly exceptional terroir.
70% Grenache. 20% Syrah. 5% Mouvedre, 5% Cinsault.
Deep purple in colour with a violet rim. Nose – a perfectly clean nose with an explosion of aromas of black fruit, exotic spices, roasted coffee and hints of cocoa. One can also distinguish some liquorice and violet flavour that combines perfectly well. On the palate this wine is very generous. The tannins are there, silky and ample, ready for the palate but also promising a great future.
The wine shows concentrated marzipan and citrus notes, with underlying hazelnut and lime notes, which adds to layered complexity. The wine is seamless, with flavoursome and long finish.
Unevolved and intense with light purple rim. Pronounced cassis and cigar box nose with lifted floral perfume and violets. Full and unctuous on the palate with intense black fruit characters, well integrated oak and a long glyceric finish.
The Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including; cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. Subtle and integrated tannins accentuate the richness of the wine, while pleasant acidity keeps it fresh on the finish.
Free draining soils and steep slopes results in our Chardonnay vineyard producing low yields of intensely concentrated fruit. The Cave Block saw a relatively calm growing season, with warm and dry conditions from early October to mid-May. Infrequent rain events during this time gave the vines a welcome drink. Flowering occurred during the mild spring producing an above average crop which was allowed to ripen fully through the warm summer and autumn.
The fruit was meticulously picked by hand, before whole bunch pressing to a mix of new and older French oak barriques. Winemaking included a parcel of wild fermentation, light lees contact and partial malolactic fermentation to naturally adjust acidity for balance and structure.
Initial savoury notes lift to reveal peach, nectarine, nougat and roasted cashews. Stonefruit on the palate is beautifully contained within the framework of natural acidity that has a saline edge due to the coastal location of the vineyard. Fine French oak and lees contact adds further texture and length that persists with lingering freshness typical of the Cave Block terroir.
A stylish white with exotic apricot aromas, a full-flavoured, weighty palate with flavours of baked apples and white peaches and a rich, powerful finish. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.
The delicate perfume of strawberry, red berries and spice is matched by crushed wild berries and black fruit on the palate. Abundant raspberry fruit with fresh acidity, smoky notes and rounded tannins - all combine to create this classic youthful style of Nebbiolo.
Despite only having a fews years as a winery under their belt, Bibo Runge are an outfit that's going somewhere, and in a hurry. 2016 saw Stuart Pigott award them ‘Discovery of the Year’, after only a year or two in operation
Hargardun is a single vineyard wine, its name coming from the old spelling of the local town, Hallgarten. After gentle pressing in a basket press the juice was cooled and put into 1200l barrels where it took 6-8 months for the spontaneous fermentation to complete. The result is powerful and multi-faceted, a Riesling of real power and depth.
"Great concentration and there should be plenty of complexity in years to come." 17 points Richard Hemming MW for www.jancisrobinson.comBibo Runge
Our third release from Whitlands, and undoubtedly the best to date. Whitlands is a regional departure for us but unfortunately our Henty vineyard source Barratt’s vineyard was pulled out so that Rod and his wife could sell up and retire. A shame for us but a well-earned rest for them. Its replacement is much further afield, but shares the very cold climate character I think Riesling needs. I was told about an old Brown Brothers contract site next door to their Whitlands vineyard that had some pretty smart Riesling, so went to investigate. The Croucher Vineyard is set at close spacing on red volcanic soils, up at around 800m above sea level, and was planted in the mid-1980s. It seemed to have the right credentials. 2017 was a very cold, long season that enabled a full flavour spectrum to develop yet retained considerable acidity. The abundance of flavour and structure led me to ferment half of the wine in 1000lt oak foudre to soften the wine, without losing precision. Talc, ripe lime, orange blossom, tonic water, alpine herbs and pine needles are all there, and this year’s sugar sits at 9g/l. Intense, delicious, and will age admirably.
A stunning, deep red colour with aromas of ripe, black fruits such as blueberries blackberry and cassis. The weight and texture of the wine are testament to the quality of fruit and well managed oak. It is voluminous and rich with silky tannins and a refreshing acidity.Zuccardi Wines
Domaine de la Motte is a 25 hectare, family-run winery handed down from father to son since 1950. Now under the stewardship of Bernard Michaut, an ex-chef, who works with his son Adrien. Their winemaking is meticulous and the wines are benchmarks for the region. They are fastidious about producing concentrated, mineral and very precise wines which reflect the particular terroirs of Chablis, with vines on both Portlandian and Kimmeridgian soils. Motte's wines are regularly chosen for the Tastevinage label, a rigorous selection by the Confrérie des Chevaliers de Tastevin of wines they regard as offering the best of the region in terms of quality and style.
A rich, rounded style, this has aromas of buttered toast yet with classic mineral tones, and fresh lemon on the finish.
Bright and medium-deep garnet in colour with a great aromatic intensity and complexity on the nose. Aromas typical of Tempranillo haromise with those of ageing, toasted and balsamic notes, giving great Gran Reserva typicity. On the palate - round, structured, with good integration of the barrel-ageing notes and the ripe black fruit. Its finish is long.
The growing season began early after a very dry winter that included only half of the typical rainfall. The summer was sunny and pleasant, the warmest since 2003, and the harvest began a few weeks earlier than usual. The wines from this vintage feature concentrated flavors and our signature brightness on the palate.
This Dry Riesling is crisp, showing beautiful notes of lemon, lime, and spring flowers. The nose explodes with fresh aromas of lemongrass, ginger, and white pepper. It’s balanced with refreshing acidity and an elegant finish.
Chenin vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils. Natural fermentation lasts 2-3 months. Aged in used oak for 4 months.
Green apple with sherbert citrus notes and tight, clean acidity.
Chenin vines grown on black flinty clay. Spontaneous 3 month fermentation, aged on fine lees in used barrels for 5 months.
Green apple, toffee, honey and incredible salinity.
100% Chenin with vines grown on clay and limestone. 3 year secondary fermentation in bottle. 10-15 years ageing potential.
A vinous toffee apple - clever use of residual sugar never feels ‘sweet’ and racy acidity is present in abundance.
Vines grown on limestone and clay soils, vinified and aged in concrete.
Deep, earthy, incredibly tight in its youth this will certainly benefit from a few hours in a decanter. Upon opening up the herbaceous, spicy notes and elegant shapes come to the fore.
Juicy bright flamboyant Montepulciano with a quickening beetroot tang. This has a really more-ish acidity with a bitter cherry attack crying out for fatty carpaccio.