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Julg Riesling Trocken 2019A fair amount of weight and power here, slightly earthy, spicy, yellow fruit and lemon zest. It offers crunch and grip, along with a glossy and viscous feel, stony and savoury to close, with solid quinine laced length… GARY WALSH, winefront.com2019RieslingGermany465$37.00 As low as $33.30
Medhurst Estate Chardonnay 2019Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented and matured in French oak (30% new) for 10 months. An elegant chardonnay, well balanced and long in true Yarra Valley style. While there is an element of restraint, white peach, nectarine and grapefruit are seamlessly united and incorporate cashew/toasted almond complexity. (96) JAMES HALLIDAY2019chardonnayAustralia506
Forest Hill Highbury Fields Chardonnay 2019Fruit from Mount Barker. Wild ferment, matured for 9 months in a large-format oak. Very concentrated and delicious chardonnay here. Like a ripe grapefruit with all the tart acidity and juicy, fleshy citrus flavours. Plenty to like, this is modern, bright chardonnay with a kick. ERIN LARKIN, James Halliday
We are always thoroughly impressed by the wines of Forest Hill and feel they are often over-looked in the grand scheme of wines from the region. The consistency and quality of this estate is nothing short of astonishing, with year-in-year-out they put out an impressive selection of cabernet, shiraz, riesling and of course chardonnay.
This is off a single vineyard that used to be Mt Barkers first farm. Bought 15 years ago by Forest Hill this was planted in 2002 with a mix of chardonnay clones. The wine sees only large format French oak with less then 5% new. This is an impressive wine for the money.
2019chardonnayAustraliaSpecial Price $20.00 Regular Price $22.00 As low as $19.80
Pietradolce Etna Bianco 2020The 2020 Etna Bianco is a delight. Blood orange spritz, salted meyer lemon and white flowers abound. It's elegant and restrained but with surprising drive, wrapping up with a lovely bitter limoncello twist and layers of wet stone. It's effortless and oh so charming. ALEX DOBSON
Chateau Coupe Roses Fremillant Rose 201940% Mourvedre, 30% Cinsault, 20% Grenache, 10% Syrah (Organic)
Limpid peach skin. Nectarine, strawberry and a hint of honeydew melon on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering juicy red berry and pit fruit flavors that take on a suave floral accent as the wine opens up. Blends weight and finesse with a steady hand and finishes long and energetic, with repeating florality and lingering peachiness. This wine could pull double duty, paired with a wide range of foods or just for drinking by itself. JOSH RAYNOLDS2019Mourvedre, RoseFrance$29.00 As low as $26.10
Bondar Rose 2021"There must be a bit of magic behind Bondar. All of the wines have an ethereal quality" JANE FAULKNER, Halliday Wine Companion
We couldn't agree more. There does seem to be a little bit of magic going on behind the scenes here. Certainly great vineyards play their part here but a lot has to be said for what Andre Bondar is doing with the wines. Chat with him and he always reveals a beautfiully considered and throughful approach to wine making that shines through.
Haliday called the 2021 one of Australia's finest rose and we reckon the 2021 is just as good. 100% grenache, this is a bright, delicate and aromatic rose that presents with a pale colour but lacks nothing on flavour or palate impact. Wild strawberry and red current fruit are flecked with Provencal herbs and an light orange rind twist. Its lithe and lifted but with plenty of succulent fruit. This is a wonderful rose that you will not be able to put down.
2020GrenacheAustralia436$26.00 As low as $23.40
Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2019
Domaine Font de Courtedune – for now, at least – is something of an insider’s secret. With vineyards right next door to Château Rayas, and sharing the same sandy soils, this tiny Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate produces outstanding wines that are a fraction of the price of those of its famous neighbour.
The vineyards have long been owned by the Charrier family, but the fruit was sold to the local co-operative until 1997, when René Charrier established the domaine. Today his children Caroline and Frédéric are in charge.
Everything here is joyously traditional. The old vines (some of which are over 100 years old) are all farmed sustainably, with as little intervention as possible; a philosophy that follows through into the winery. Everything is whole-bunch, fermented and aged in concrete vats, with no oak to be found in the winery at all. They work almost exclusively with Grenache, with just a splash of Mourvèdre, Counoise, Cinsault and Terret Noir to add extra spice and body to the wines.
This is heady and lifted with briary fruits that leap out of the glass followed by fresh cracked pepper corn, amaro spice and fresh orange peel. It's so enticing on the nose and a little air brings out a touch of wild herbs and soft vanilla. The fruits is sweet and with cool black and red fruits hemmed in nicely but fine powdery tannins. There is a touch of oppulence all round but it sits tightly in a neat and focused package.2016GrenacheFrance467$36.00 As low as $32.40
Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu 2019 Vieilles VignesNotably ripe yet nicely fresh aromas include those of plum, dark currant and plenty of earth. There is fine volume to the velvety and round middle weight flavors that offer very good depth in the context of what is typical for the genre, on the mildly warm and rustic finale. Worth considering. “Outstanding” BURGHOUND2019Pinot noirFrance358$55.00 As low as $49.50
Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chatenay 2020
Lifted and heady scents of spiced black and red cherries, violets and fresh earth. This is playful and evocative on the nose and fleshy on the palate. A sweep of fine silty tannins on the finish balances the wine with a fine yet firm structure. Very delicious. GABRIELLE POY, PWS2020GamayFrance352$58.00 As low as $52.20
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