Viva La Half Bottle Revolution! We have been spruiking the benefits and charms of the half bottle for a long while. Annually one of our most popular mixed dozens, we have now started to offer many half bottle packs over the course of the year. The Mighty Half Bottle Mixed Dozen draws on all wine regions and countries and due to popular demand, is comprised of one third whites and roses, and two thirds red.
All of our whites and roses hail from France this year. Starting in Burgundy we have gone for a top and tail approach. William Fevre Chablis 2014 from Burgundy's most Northern outpost is clean and refreshing. Bonhomme Vire Classe Vielles Vignes 2014 from Burgundy’s most Southern outpost in The Macon is richer and fuller. Both are fantastic wines that contextualise just how versatile Chardonnay is. Paul Blanck Riesling 2014 is perfect, dry aromatic fare from Alsace, a beautiful region that straddles France and Germany. From the South of France, Château du Rouet Cuvee Reservé Cotes de Provence Rosé 2015. The spiritual home of rose, this is a 60/40 Grenache/Syrah blend.
Staying in France and near Provence, a pair of wines from one of the worlds most familiar regions – the Southern Rhone. Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2012 is the entry level of the regions most famous producer, it is an ultra-consistent wine. Senechaux Chateauneuf du Pape 2013 is a label owned by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages fame in Bordeaux. 2013 was a fantastic vintage in Chateauneuf, and this wine is both approachable and delicious. From Burgundy Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu 2013 Vieilles Vignes is a stellar offering from Nicholas Potel. To round out the Old World, from the famous Tuscan pioneer Paolo di Marchi, Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2013 displays all of the hallmarks of a good Chianti.
From Australia, Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2014 is one of South Australia’s most famous cool climate examples. Red Claw Shiraz 2014 is from the Yabby Lake collection and is made by the peerless Tom Carson down on the Mornington Peninsula. Across the Andaman, Te Mata Awatea Cab Merlot 2014. Still family owned despite being the oldest vineyard in New Zealand, the quality here is incredible - Hawkes Bay at its best. We finish stateside, La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 is a gorgeous expression of American Pinot Noir, displaying layers of cherry cola and spice.