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Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.

The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.

On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.

Styles
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.

Grapes

White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Favourite Producers
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
 


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  1. Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider 330ml
    Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider 330ml
    Based in Tasmania's Huon Valley, a perfect place to grow cider apples, this organic cidery is the first in Australia, and built at the original orchard planted by William Smith in 1888. The style is inspired by Normandy cider and what makes it stand out, apart from the organic fruit, is the way it's made: the juice is fleshed out in French oak, which adds structure and depth, plus it undergoes malolactic fermentation, which converts hard, tart malic acid into the softer, more round-on-the-palate lactic acid. This is rare in cider-making. It's a very complex drink full of citrus and juicy apples; it's spicy and quite gingery, with the oak present but not dominating. A beautiful balance of sweetness and tangy acidity gives this great length. Enjoy with pork rillettes.
    JANE FAULKNER, goodfood.com.au
    cider
    Australia
    490
  2. Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Blood Orange 330ml
    Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Blood Orange 330ml

    Monceau was borne out of a passion for low intervention, natural fermentations.

    Using no sweeteners, artificial carbonation or preservatives, we brew in an ancestral method, naturally fermenting and carbonating to create unique, ever-changing flavour profiles, and alcohol levels above 1%.

    Monceau Pét Nat Blood Orange Kombucha is brewed with blood oranges from the South Australian Riverland, yielding floral, aromatic notes and a perfect balance of sour and sweet. Utilising an ancestral method borrowed from pétillant naturel winemaking, Monceau undergoes two fermentations. The second fermentation, in-bottle, creates natural carbonation and ever-evolving flavour profiles.

    cider
    Australia
    490
  3. Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Fuji Apple 330ml
    Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Fuji Apple 330ml

    Monceau was borne out of a passion for low intervention, natural fermentations.

    Using no sweeteners, artificial carbonation or preservatives, we brew in an ancestral method, naturally fermenting and carbonating to create unique, ever-changing flavour profiles, and alcohol levels above 1%.

    Monceau Pét Nat Fuji Apple Kombucha uses Fuji apples from West Gippsland in Victoria. They have milder tannin and acidity levels, with a healthy sweetness that drives fermentation. Monceau’s flavour profile changes with the seasons and apples sourced. Utilising an ancestral method borrowed from pétillant naturel winemaking, Monceau undergoes two fermentations. The second fermentation, in-bottle, creates natural carbonation and ever-evolving flavour profiles.

    cider
    Australia
    490
  4. Pagan Apple Cherry Cerise Cider 330ml
    Pagan Apple Cherry Cerise Cider 330ml
    A lush blend of 40% cherries and 60% apples, with an enticingly spicy perfumed nose and claret/burgundy hues. The palate is a playful métisse of dark cherries and plums, with rich Christmas fruit cake notes. Luscious on its own, 'Cerise' is also a knock-out barbecue cider, pairing beautifully with barbecued meats, game meats such as rabbit and venison, and roasted or barbecued duck. PAGAN CIDER
    cider
    Australia
    490
  5. Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Blood Orange 750ml
    Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Blood Orange 750ml

    Monceau was borne out of a passion for low intervention, natural fermentations.

    Using no sweeteners, artificial carbonation or preservatives, we brew in an ancestral method, naturally fermenting and carbonating to create unique, ever-changing flavour profiles, and alcohol levels above 1%.

    Monceau Pét Nat Blood Orange Kombucha is brewed with blood oranges from the South Australian Riverland, yielding floral, aromatic notes and a perfect balance of sour and sweet. Utilising an ancestral method borrowed from pétillant naturel winemaking, Monceau undergoes two fermentations. The second fermentation, in-bottle, creates natural carbonation and ever-evolving flavour profiles.

    cider
    Australia
    490
  6. Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Fuji Apple 750ml
    Monceau Kombucha Pet Nat Fuji Apple 750ml

    Monceau was borne out of a passion for low intervention, natural fermentations.

    Using no sweeteners, artificial carbonation or preservatives, we brew in an ancestral method, naturally fermenting and carbonating to create unique, ever-changing flavour profiles, and alcohol levels above 1%.

    Monceau Pét Nat Fuji Apple Kombucha uses Fuji apples from West Gippsland in Victoria. They have milder tannin and acidity levels, with a healthy sweetness that drives fermentation. Monceau’s flavour profile changes with the seasons and apples sourced. Utilising an ancestral method borrowed from pétillant naturel winemaking, Monceau undergoes two fermentations. The second fermentation, in-bottle, creates natural carbonation and ever-evolving flavour profiles.

    cider
    Australia
    490
  7. Riversdale Estate Riesling 2019
    Riversdale Estate Riesling 2019
    Riversdale Estate is located in the basin of the Coal River Valley, in Southern Tasmania. The Coal River Valley is the second largest wine region in Tasmania and continues to grow each year as a result of the unique growing climates located in the Valley. Riversdale is located in the basin of the valley and is the only vineyard to front Pittwater which gives temperature advantages during the winter and summer months.

    Due to the climate advantages it is able to produce 9 different varieties with a reputation for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling. Riversdale Estate was purchased in 1980 by Ian Roberts for Angora goat purposes. The first vines were planted in 1991 and are some of the oldest in the region. PWS

    The first thing you notice is the intense burst of cooked apple-like flavour, its tang intact, its flavours singing. The second is the texture, which is a step up on most young rieslings. This is a floral, spicy wine with excellent fruit concentration, but with more than a little character to boot. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, James Halliday
    2019
    Riesling
    Australia
    490
  8. Willie Smiths Heritage Blend Cider 750ml
    Willie Smiths Heritage Blend Cider 750ml
    Situated on 115 acres, Wille Smiths is 30 minutes south of Hobart in the Huon Valley, a once thriving apple-growing region that exported apples all over the globe and earned Tasmania the title of the 'Apple Isle'.

    Our farm went organic in 1997, thanks to the innovation of current orchardist, Andrew Smith. It was a bold move, transforming the orchard to organic, and involved a lot of new techniques and training to achieve. With a new focus on organic farming and the use of the apples in our cider, they hope to bring back the glory of the 'Apple Isle' days once more.

    The cidery is located at the  orchard, meaning the fruit travels the smallest distance possible from tree to bottle. It's a full circle process which all occurs in one place, right here on the farm.

    Be in no doubt, this is one of the countries of not the worlds greatest ciders. Bold statement for sure but we think you will agree once you try it. This used to be called the French Blend but the various type of apples have moved it away from a predominantly French blend so they have changed the name. This is a seasonal release and one we are looking forward too. If you have never tried these we cannot recommend them enough - so bloody delicious!
    2018
    cider
    Australia
    490
  9. Ghost Rock Supernatural Pinot Noir 2020
    Ghost Rock Supernatural Pinot Noir 2020

    The Supernatural wines are made by Ghost Rock which hails from Tasmania's Cradle Coast, a sub-region pretty much pioneered by Justin's folks (Cate and Colin) over 20 years ago. To this day there is still not much around - they pretty much are the Cradle Coast. The Northdown area is a little cooler than the rest of Tasmania, and so these soils, in conjunction with some good vine age (20-years-old in the main), high-density planting and an obsessive pursuit of quality means both the sophistication and intensity are always pretty special.

    Justin has brought a new edge to the winery but like his parents remains firmly committed a lo-fi matra with wild-ferments and exclusively unfined/unfiltered, low SO2, small batches, one-off productions.

    2020
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    490
    Special Price $29.00 Regular Price $33.00 As low as $28.00
  10. Stoney Rise Pinot Noir 2019
    Stoney Rise Pinot Noir 2019
    This is our 10th vintage of this Austrian Grape variety. Our aim with this wine, as with all our others is to show the varietal characters as well as the seasonal variances we get here in Tasmania.
    Our 2019 is showing the usual characteristics of some pear and almond on the nose. The palate has some pear as well as a hint of lime zest. The citrus character carries through to the finish which is equal to the zippy acidity from this fresh wine that has been bottled at only 11% alcohol. STONEY RISE
    2019
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    490
    Special Price $30.00 Regular Price $33.00
  11. Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Côt
    The Coteaux du Quercy AOC is one of France smallest wine region with only 400 hectares and less than 20 growers. It lies between Cahors & Gaillac. After the Phylloxera, the Quercy, once 50 000 hectares was almost destroyed. Roger Gisbert and his brave mates started their appellation from scratch. With high draining slopes of white clay and limestone soils, Cabernet Franc was chosen to blend with the Merlot, and off course the Cot (aka. Malbec) replanted on the rocky soils. The grapes are harvested and sorted, then fallow slow and gentle traditional fermentation.
    2016
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
    France
    356
  12. Delamere Sparkling Cuvee NV
    Delamere Sparkling Cuvee NV

    Delamere Vineyards were planted in 1982 in the Pipers River region in northeast Tasmania making it one of the oldest plantings not only in the region but in Tasmania. They have 6.5ha under vine and its age makes it a rare resource in Tasmania. The ironstone rich soils are perfectly suited to the cultivars of pinot noir and chardonnay, and was established in the traditional French design used in Burgundy and Champagne.

    The low yield per vine and the reflective heat from the ground produces wines with superior depth of flavour and ripe well-developed tannins. Vine age and subsequent natural balance are key factors in the consistent production of wines with great structure and harmony.

    Perfumed and pretty on the nose but then racy on the palate. It feels like a low-dosage style. Strawberries, lime blossom, grapefruit and lemon rind. It all sizzles out through the finish, with length to burn. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, the winefront 

    NV
    chardonnay, Pinot noir
    Australia
    490
  13. Clarence House Pinot Noir 2020
    Clarence House Pinot Noir 2020
    Estate vineyard, Coal River Valley; 15% whole bunches; matured 10 months in 5% new French oak puncheons. Bright, crunchy and energetic, charged with longevity and upright confidence thanks to a spine of focused acidity. Black cherries and blackberries are subtly lifted by the violet, bramble and dried herb allusions of a small inclusion of whole bunches. TYSON STELZER, Wine Companion
    2020
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    490
  14. Domaine Simha Simla Field Blend White 2016
    Domaine Simha Simla Field Blend White 2016

    The 2016 Simla white field blend by Domaine Simha is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. It is drinking very well right now. A refreshing, aromatic wine with vibrant floral notes and a slight chalkiness. The Chardonnay in the blend provides the depth and complexity this wine so effortlessly displays, and the Riesling offers a lovely line of acidity. Good length, a delicious wine to enjoy with a nice chicken salad. LISA, PWS

    2016
    chardonnay, Riesling, sauvignon Blanc
    Australia
    490
  15. Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml
    Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml

    Fronsac

     74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    An utterly delicious red with crushed berries, cappuccino and hints of black olives. Medium-bodied, compact and very soft. Really creamy texture. A blend of 75% merlot, 22% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now. So do it! JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2017 La Vieille Cure is deep, fleshy and delicious. In 2017, La Vieille Cure is a bit less dense than it often is, but it still packs a pretty serious punch. Dark red cherry, plum, cinnamon, chocolate and floral notes shape this racy, inviting Fronsac. ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Vieille Cure has a tightly-packed black cherry and cassis scented bouquet that feels as if it could be more intense once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a candied, pastille-like opening: blackcurrant, crème de cassis and vanilla, lower in acidity than its Fronsac peers but smooth as silk towards the finish. NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
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