Head Somm James Boden says: “Stuart Dudine is the man behind Alkimi with his range of wines sourced from both the Yarra Valley and Heathcote. This Grenache is 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.”
The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are sourced solely from their home block on Caves Road. This classic white blend is an easy drinking style, made to be enjoyed now. It is fresh and crisp with lovely fruit aromas and a lively palate of citrus and pear.
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.
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.”
Full bodied, deep purple wine. Blueberry, plum & sage dominate the nose. Violet, mocha & vanilla notes on the palate.
For those that haven't tried Michael's wines before.. Do yourself a favour and join the club, these are rare wines made by an ex Navy diver making exception wine out of Geographe.
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.
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 complex and varietal Pinot Noir with plenty of red and blue berried fruit, earthy undertones and a structured generous finish.
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."
Head Somm James Boden says: "[bell-y-bon] This gem has been made by one of Australia's most experienced sparkling winemakers, Nat Fryer. Nat has been the lady behind Jansz which is one of the most consistent sparkling labels coming out of Tasmania. Nat has stepped out of the large production shadow to produce some focused sparkling wines under her own label."
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.
Head Somm James Boden says: “Sue Bell is the remarkable lady behind Bellwether wines. She has a wealth of experience behind her and makes stunning wines from across SA and Tasmania. The Ant Series range showcases alternative varietals from different regions across SA and the Wrattonbully. The Malbec is moreish with dark fruit, silky tannin and nice layers of earthy spice.”
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.
Jo Marsh is making lots of exciting wines out of Bright in the Alpine Valleys. This is a dry style Prosecco that is vibrant and gorgeous. Perfect for summer days.
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.”
This Sparkling Shiraz is richly flavoured with deep colour and displays dark berry fruit aromas, sweet plum and spicy flavours, silky tannins and a rich, velvety smooth palate.
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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Sunbury is a region that is grossly underrated and Kirilly is making great Syrah from the region. Deep, bright ruby in colour, the nose is of red fruits like morello cherries, mulberries and ripe raspberries. The French oak is well integrated. The palate is soft and generous, medium bodied, the fine glossy tannins make this a very approachable wine.
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.
Head Somm James Boden says: “ILR is the initials of Brokenwood created Iain Riggs who took the brand to one of Australia’s most sought after with not only this Semillon but the iconic Graveyard Shiraz. This is Hunter Valley Semillon at its best and with only 8 years of bottle age, this wine has a bright future. With typical lemongrass and toasty notes this Sem is just a baby and for those who forgot Semillon years ago... please, please come back as this and many other Semillons need to be loved again.”
By Farr is producing some of the finest cool-climate wines in Australia. A super fine vintage, what a season of rainfall. Good acidity, fine tannins and best of all savoury and elegant fruit flavours.
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