September Mixed Dozen 2018 - 40 Degrees South

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

For the wine nerds in us the 30th and 50th lines of latitude north and their opposites south provide just the right temperature, humidity, heat and climate to grow high quality grapes. In the north it is easy to rattle off numerous famous wine producing countries from Portugal, France and Spain in the west to Greece and Hungary in the east that fall in this unique band with ideal conditions. Include the USA and other emerging and numerous established growing regions and it would be a relatively easy exercise to put together a selection of wines.

But travel south and there lies a multitude of different prospects. Like the north it is not just enough to fall in those lines of latitude. Unique sites, topography, climate and soil types and importantly varietal selections give us a broad and interesting selections of wines to play with. A number of these that you may not be used to be seeing so regularly on your local wines list or on the shelves of your corner wine store. From Malbec's 'other' home in Argentina and Carmeneres strong foothold in Chile to the infamous Pinotage and the more classic varietals like Chenin in South Africa this is an exploration of all that is good in these great southern lands of ours. While New Zealand and Tasmania are obvious choices (and we would be remiss not to include them) this pack has some wines that really offer up some exciting prospects.

South Africa's history in winemaking is longer then Australia's and a great place to start. Chenin and Pinotage are the flagship varietals for this incredibly ecologically diverse country so nothing better than to crack the top of Topography Chenin and following it up with a juicy Pinotage from the Winery of Good Hop in Stellenbosch while the Radfordale blend is a more serious, smoky and brambly offering.

Closer to home the Glaetzer-Dixon Uber Blanc is an Aussie interpretation of German winemaking in Tassie and one of the tastiest Rizzas on offer from the apple isle. The Derwent Valley Lime Kiln Pinot is a plump and savoury drop for all you Tassie Pinot fans.

Across the sea to New Zealand we have the Toru textural aromatic white blend from TWR. To follow a punchy Pinot Gris from super stars Bilancia along with a bright, and spicy Syrah from Satyr in the (relatively) warm Hawkes Bay. Further south relative new comer Luna offers up a belter of a Martinborough Pinot with its sweet fruits, wild herbs and gentle, grippy palate.

Last and not least a quick sip around South America. The Torrones/Riesling from Amalaya is pretty and aromatic with a lovely minerally line from the Riesling that offsets the perfumed plushness of the Torrontes. It would be Impossible to not include a Malbec and Miel Pedras presents a slightly different take from the more richer Mendoza Malbec's. The higher and cooler Uco valley lends a more precise, lifted and pretty lilt. And last Chileans flag bearer Carmenere a lip-smacking, crunchy and on-the-money drop from Casa Silva and

We hope you enjoy this somewhat and unusual and eclectic collections of wines for our September mixed dozen.