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.
We kick off with the variety of the moment in Riesling (Riesling Downunder is currently underway) featuring two of the varieties most celebrated exponents from the other side of the world. The Trimbach name is widely regarded as Alsace's greatest and their wines at all points of the hierarchy are brilliant expressions of the noble variety. Similarly, the wine of Robert Weil in Germany's Rheingau are palate staining in their flavour intensity transporting you to the slatey sites in which the grapes were grown. Staying with aromatic whites the, slightly left of centre, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough NZ is an alternative style that is both intricate and textural, a delicious wine. Moving on the unique expression of brine, oyster shell and mineral of great Chablis is on full show with the William Fevre Chablis: a classic from a great of the region. Rounding out the whites we transition to reds via the gorgeous Provencal rose from Château du Rouet Cuvee Reservé Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016. Onion skin colour, tarragon and strawberry combine with a slippery texture to deliver a wine perfect for any food or on its own.
First cab off the rank in the red side of the equation is Red Claw Pinot Noir 2016 from Yabby Lake from Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. Made under the watchful eye of the peerless Tom Carson this entry level offering is at once simple in its delivery if red pinot fruits and delicate spice but there's enough weight to make you think twice about its price tag. The Ata Rangi Crimson 2016 is a seamless deeper, darker wine from Martinborough NZ with dark cherry and subtle spice.
Heading to the Northern Hemisphere enter arguably the world's greatest wine value in Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2013. Considering this wine is made in gargantuan quantity the consistency and quality is a marvel. It's Southern Hemisphere foil comes next with the Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015. A blast of baked red earth and eucalypt frames medium to full weight dark fruit. Delicious and worth of a slab of grilled meat. Speaking of wines that are considered the ultimate accompaniment with a plate of great food, the Italians in this pack are a couple of the very best producers - one from Tuscany and one from Piemonte. The Quericabella Chianti Classico 2014 characterised by dark cherry, spice and savory. The drying tannins demand a bistecca! Further north and into Piemonte the Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 is considered by many as a 'baby' Barolo. Medium weight with plum, tar and herbs in abundance this wine is evidence at just how proficient a great maker can be at any level in their hierarchy.
Last but least in the reds is the Fugue de Nenin 2005. A superb example of Bordeaux from a great vintage and right in the middle of its drinking window.