Monthly Mix

September Mixed Dozen 2018 - 40 Degrees South

September Mixed Dozen 2018 - 40 Degrees South
Selected by Myles Thomson

For the wine nerds in us the 30th and 50th lines of latitude North and their opposites South are the golden bands of greatness for wine growing and all the world’s premier wine regions lie within. 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.

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 Carmenere’s 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.