Stuart Dudine is the man behind Alkimi with his range of wines sourced from both the Yarra Valley and Heathcote. This Grenache is Pinot Noir-esqe in style and sourced from a single vineyard in Heathcote with the fruit split into three different batches. One of the batches went through carbonic maceration which is evident on the nose with a sweet, confectionary raspberry bubble-gum note coming through. The wine has some nice tannin and savoury notes to finish.
Alkoomi name their flagship wines after different trees located in the Great Southern region; Wandoo, Blackbutt, Melaleuca and this Syrah which is called Jarrah. Portions of this Syrah come from vineyards planted in 1971. the wine is fermented in small opens before maturation for 18months in French Oak barrels (33% new). The wine shows Black Cherry, pepper and Chocolate with a rich earthiness and chewy tannins.
Anderson & Marsh is the Alpine Valleys duo of Eleana Anderson (Mayford Wines) and Jo Marsh (Billy Button) and this is their first crack at Albarino, which is definitely Albarino and not Savagnin. Some first attempt with steely apple drive, a touch of spice and lees work with texture and acid in harmony.
A Methode Traditional from Eleana Anderson of Mayford and Jo Marsh of Billy Button Wines.
A classic NV Blanc De Noir that is both dangerously drinkable and intriguingly complex. A little honeyed pear on toast with hints of strawberry and brioche all backed by racy citrus backbone.
A powerful expression of southern Margaret River Chardonnay!
Head Somm James Boden says: “This is the first wine that we are showcasing from Glenrowan in Victoria’s North East. Aside from being made famous by Ned Kelly’s last stand, this region produces some lovely cool climate Shiraz. Arlo wines is the collaboration of Dan Bettio and Lennie Lister based in Rutherglen. This wine is a small make with only 67 dozen produced (2 barrels) and it has lovely smoky red fruit, earthy tannin and great structure.”
Lennie Lister is somewhat of a long gunman in the small Victorian region of Glenrowan (although Ned Kelly is probably the more famous of the two). He produces lo-fi small batch wines from multiple vineyard sites in North East Victoria.
Vibrant, juicy, perfumed, bursting with red fruit this makes the perfect luncheon wine. Only 600 bottles made.
Head Somm James Boden says: “Bakkheia is a boutique brand created by Michael Edwards located in Geographe, WA. Mick as he prefers to be called, is an ex-Navy clearance diver who now makes some delicious wines with a focus on Grenache and Mediterranean varietals. The Graciano has a beautiful, perfumed nose with lingering fruit and firm tannin. 1792 bottles produced.”
Bakkheia is a boutique brand created by Michael Edwards located in Geographe, WA. Mick makes some delicious wines off his estate and friends vineyards. This Cabernet was cane pruned just for fun and the wine turned out better than expected. Dark fruit, layers of dusty tannin and a touch of smokey bacon.. this will give Margaret River a run for its money.
Balgownie Estate was one of the first wineries to rise up as a boutique winery after pioneers like Max Lake. The Balgownie Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of a wine that will age for decades and puts Bendigo on the map for its ability to make great clarets. The 2017 release is every bit a Cabernet Sauvignon with leafy tones, dark fruit and tannin that lingers.
Deep purple in colour, the nose has intense fresh blueberry, blackberry and liquorice aromas, with subtle graphite/Vanillin notes coming from the oak. Bottled early, to be enjoyed when it is young and fresh.
Red plum, Raspberry, florals and a hint of oak spice.
Blue Raspberry Sour Cherry Violet Fruit Pastille Unpretentious Koombahla Vineyard Whitfield, King Valley Hand Picked Part Whole Bunch Wild Ferment Old French Oak Unfiltered Only 4 Barrels Made.
A top tier Shiraz/Syrah from McLaren Vale showcasing the power and elegance of the region and producer.
Head Somm James Boden says: "For those that haven’t been to Pemberton, you are truly missing out.. First is the amazing gum trees that soar towards the sun, then you have the amazing Lake Beedlup and to top it off you have the wine region that produces stunning wine. This is one of the local wineries you only hear about if you head there and the Riesling is just delicious."
Not a Big heavy wine, more fragrant, but distinctively earthy - the single descriptor I would use to define Wrattonbully EARTHY. In that ‘iron-stone’ type of smell. The palate has fine polished tannins, so rhubarb fruit.
It’s brightly coloured in a vibrant garnet red hue, with lifted aromas of perfumed cherry, anise and savoury herbs. On the palate discover juicy black cherry flavours with fine powdery tannins and a savoury finish.
Easily my favourite of all the Champagne House blends, Billecart-Salmon shows classic floral and apple freshness, a creamy mousse and hints of ripe pear and brioche.
Jo Marsh is making lots of exciting wines out of Bright in the Alpine Valleys. This is her Sparkling Red with a twist of Tempranillo for good measure. 'Tis the season.
Head Somm James Boden says: "As you may be aware, we love to see varietals from Friuli (see the Quealy Friulano) and this Friulian varietal is Refosco which is light bodied, spicy with pepper as well. This wine has been made by Jo Marsh at Billy Button who has a goal of trying to make a wine from every varietal known! Jo not only is a super talented winemaker but is also is building the reputation of the Alpine Valleys region.”
The Kostas Rind Chardonnay is grown on a tiny 1.5 hectare plot. The chardonnay is hand picked and whole bunch pressed into 20% new French oak barrels. 300-600 dozen bottles produced. The wine is mineral with ripe citrus, stone fruit and subtle nuttiness. The palate is rich but well constrained by the acidity leaving a long pleasant finish.
This is one of our go-to Malbecs - Dark purple colour, violets, blackberries, plums and clove spice.
Bondar is the work of Andre and Selina with bright labels and bright wines these guys are setting the Vale on fire! This is the super limited Monastrell (Spanish name for Mataro, Mouvedre) with only a barrel made. This is a whole-bunchy example with dark cherries, underlying spice and rounded tannin.
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The nose shows lifted violet and spice, complemented by a palate showing purity of varietal fruit. This red fruit and white spice is balanced by the structural complexity of fine French oak and a textural finish.
Superb colour with dark red and purple hues. Lifted aromas of red fruit and ginger spice. While there is some oak, it is very much in the background. Soft entry on the palate, fine tannins and perfect acid carry through to the finish.
This Cannibal Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is resplendent with a ruby red hue and glints of violet reflections.
Powerful aromas on the nose and palate of deep ripe plum and other Christmas pudding aromas present themselves, with additional savoury and tobacco characters that dance together.
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