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  1. Merinas Airen Viura 2020
    Merinas Airen Viura 2020
    A blend of Airén, Viura and Verdejo grapes from organic dry-farmed vineyards. This is under the Mesta umbrella of which we have featured numerous wines over the years. They represent incredible value given the quality material that goes into their wines. Here, the vines are over 30 years average age and managed as an integrated ecosystem where no pesticides are used, organic manure is the only fertiliser applied and weed control is done by light, superficial tilling.

    There is a lovely soft mix of peach, apple and summer tree fruits sprinkled with a gentle white pepper element. Round, juicy and refreshing with punchy flavours that burst onto the palate. Unoaked and unadulterated and all the better for it. It finishes crisp and clean.
    2020
    Macabeo
    Spain
    447
    Special Price $10.40 Regular Price $13.00
  2. Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Pinot Grigio 2020
    Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Pinot Grigio 2020
    Cantina Tollo is located in the Italian village of Tollo in the region of Abruzzo. The  vineyards spread from the coastal slopes to the verdant mountains overlooking the Mediterranean.

    They produce incredible value wines from the traditional varietals of the region. A modern and thoughtful producer they have farmed the lands here for over 60 years with a view to sustainable agriculture and protection of their traditional lands.

    This is text-book stuff. Steel and concrete tank with no oak. Crisp and crunchy with a minerally hit on the nose reminiscent of white pepper and ground quartz. Easy fruit that is plush and forward with a fresh cut to the mid-weight flavours. Hard to beat at this price!
    2020
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    499
    Special Price $11.20 Regular Price $14.00
  3. Vicoletto Scicilia Catarratto Bianco 2020
    Vicoletto Scicilia Catarratto Bianco 2020

    Made from Catarratto, a native grape to Sicily, which is cultivated in the northwestern part of the island. The soils are clay and sand, and the climate is very windy, cool, and dry. Small yields and dedicated winemaking combine to produce a wine that is fresh, versatile and enjoyable.

    The vivacity of Sicilian citrus and a hint of pineapple capture your attention, and a luscious texture typical of catarratto makes it perfect to match with seafood. Unfiltered, unfined, vegan, low sulphite.

    2020
    Carricante
    Italy
    482
    Special Price $14.40 Regular Price $18.00
  4. Sensale Grillo 2020
    Sensale Grillo 2020
    IF you don't know it Grillo is a native to the island of Sicily and the Sensale bottling from Cantine Europa has to be one of the best value options around. The wine comes from the western part of the island and is made without any use of oak and is deliberately styled for early and easy drinking.

    Notes of citrus, pear and stone fruits open with a bit of sea-spray action that lends a slightly salty twang to both the nose and pallet. There is definitely a bit of flesh and punchy fruit with citrus to the fore followed by a little stone fruit and minerally hit. We love the way the fruit and savoury clip play off each other in the mouth and just a little hint of bitterness make this the perfect pairing to Mediterranean seafood. Mwah!
    2020
    Grillo
    Italy
    482
    Special Price $14.40 Regular Price $18.00
  5. Nick O'Leary Riesling 2019 375ml
    Nick O'Leary Riesling 2019 375ml

    At the ripe old age of 28, Nick O'Leary had been involved in the wine industry for over a decade, working variously in retail, wholesale, viticulture and winemaking. Two years earlier he had laid the foundation for Nick O'Leary Wines, purchasing shiraz from local vignerons (commencing in 2006); riesling following in '08.
    His wines have had extraordinarily consistent success in local wine shows and competitions since the first vintages, and are building on that early success in spectacular fashion. At the NSW Wine Awards '15, the 2014 Shiraz was awarded the NSW Wine of the Year Trophy exactly as the 2013 Shiraz was in the prior year - the first time any winery had won the award in consecutive years. JAMES HALLIDAY

    A good season for CBR Riesling, I take it, given Our Mike’s recent reviews.

    Distinctly spicy, ginger and that, green apple and lime, light powdery texture, positive acidity, though it feels soft and comely in a way, juice and zest and length as it goes. Excellent. A beauty. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

     

    2013
    Riesling
    Australia
    377
    Special Price $14.40 Regular Price $18.00
  6. Red Claw by Yabby Lake Pinot Gris 2018 375ml
    Red Claw by Yabby Lake Pinot Gris 2018 375ml

    Handpicked fruit was whole bunch pressed into tank. After cold settling overnight, juice was racked to another tank for fermentation. Parcels left on yeast lees until July 2016 to gain mouth feel and complexity, then bottled. This Red Claw Pinot Gris has lovely freshness, lifted floral aromas and bright fruit flavours. Showing a hint of nashi pear, subtle spice and a long, finely textured palate. YABBY LAKE

    Very light yellow, bright colour, with a sweetly fragrant, light and grapy aroma, some nectarine, stone fruit notes. The wine is light-bodied and dry, delicate and straightforward, with a cleansing, appetising dryness to finish. It's very much a grigio style. The Real Review

    2015
    Pinot Gris
    Australia
    441
    Special Price $14.40 Regular Price $18.00
  7. Cantarrana Verdejo 2020
    Cantarrana Verdejo 2020

    The Agrícola Castellana Cooperative, situated in the heart of the Rueda D.O., was set up in La Seca (Valladolid) by small number of dedicated vine growers wishing to add value to their products.

    Today, it consists of some 400 members who cultivate 2000 hectares of vineyards with modern equipment for the production of 7 millions of litres of wine per harvest and facilities for manufacturing one million of these in oak.

    The Bodega has up to date machinery for the reception of the grapes, pneumatic presses and temperature controlled, stainless steel vessels for fermentation, all of wich have contributed enormously to improve the quality of the wines.

    Another spot on release brimming with summer fruit salad, with a lovely peachy lift. It's juicy and fleshy with just a little snap on the palate to keep it fresh. Drink don't think! PWS

    2020
    verdejo
    Spain
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  8. 22 Degrees Kaleidoscope of Mayhem Halo White 2020
    22 Degrees Kaleidoscope of Mayhem Halo White 2020
    A relatively new label of Ashley Ratcliff of Ricca Terra, bringing together familiar varieties with new, climate adaptive planting. We are big fans of what he is doing and big fans of this style of white particuarly with warmer weather creeping in. This a the perfect blend of zip and punch with plenty of character and so easy to down.

    Blend here is Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Vermentino and Zibbibo.  A fun, leap-from-the-glass style, Sauvignon's tropical fruits meet the unmistakably grapey qualities of Zibbibo, a summer fruit salad of flavours.  Juicy and gluggable, though under its overt appeal there's some interest, focus and proper complexity.
     
    2020
    Fiano, sauvignon Blanc
    Australia
    474
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  9. Las Cepas de Curro 2018
    Las Cepas de Curro 2018

    This wine, hailing from the Jerez/Sherry region of Spain, is composed of Moscatel and Palomino. Strong minerality on the nose and the palate, with a floral, citrusy bouquet make this a pleasure to drink. Its freshness coupled with a bit of texture on the palate speak to the care taken in the vinification and to the quality of the wine. Astoundingly good value. PWS

    2018
    France
    418
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  10. Amen Break Chardonnay 2019
    Amen Break Chardonnay 2019
    Hailing from a small village in east of Australia called New Zealand the Clonal Brothers are Matt and Steve Harrop and together they are a lethal winemaking combination. Matt will be a familiar name to most as the long-time winemaking brains behind the Shadowfax wines and more recently the newly installed winemaker for Curly Flat. His easy-going nature belies a profound winemaking talent that combines an innate understanding of his craft with equal parts accessibility and intellectualism in his wines. Steve -who still operates out of NZ - also has a couple of decades of vineyard development and wine marketing behind him and his ability to root out the right parcel at the right price is legendary.

    This is stellar stuff. Lovely wiff of mealy-reduction and struck match open up to lifted, peach and apple tree fruits with a little mineral hint floating around. Nicely framed by oak that plays a supporting role never intruding but poking its head in here-and-there. The medium bodied body palate packs plenty of flavour in and there is great balance and nice, zipp acidity. PWS
    2019
    chardonnay
    Australia
    500
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  11. Insieme Pinot Grigio 2020
    Insieme Pinot Grigio 2020
    The Bruni family works with farmers all over Italy for the Insieme label, producing wines which are delicious, top value, and varietally and regionally correct. This is not the first time we have featured their wines and it certainly won't be the last. They offer exceptional value but also that little something that you just can't quite put your finger on.

    Raised without oak, this is a fruit driven expression, pushing against the neutrality of some of these styles.  Pear and green melon fruit, juicy and a crackling mineral undertone, beautifully textured and has some personality about it.
     
    2020
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    462
    Special Price $16.80 Regular Price $21.00
  12. De Bortoli Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2019
    De Bortoli Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2019

    De Bortoli offers some of the most interesting and best value drinking in the country at the moment. Their commitment to quality at all levels is really incredible and the fact that they manage to do this over such a large range and with such a diverse suite of wine style and varietals is unbelieveable. PWS

    From the Minutello Vineyard planted '81. The sheer quality of the fruit - and its clearly articulated varietal character - leaves no room for argument: this is priced well below its value. The flavours are ripe even though framed by pink grapefruit, green apple and white peach. Oak? Don't know/don't care. JAMES HALLIDAY

    2019
    chardonnay
    Australia
    494
    Special Price $16.80 Regular Price $21.00
  13. Domaine Pajot Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 2019
    Domaine Pajot Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 2019

    The Domaine itself is plonked on the hills overlooking Eauze the capital of Armagnac. Its certified organic and has eighty acres of vines that grow on the gentle hills of sand and fine silt soils. All harvests are done by hand and the domaine does not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This is a dry and textural blend of Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Sauvignon, and Gros-Manseng.

    They have done it again! This is my go to white for summer with a lovely lemony, floral lilt and powdery, perfumed nose. Gentle and bright with clean and crisp flavours of orchard fruits and white nectarine. Its uncomplicated and delicious with clean, crunchy fruits and a zippy, minerally finish. Ridiculous value. MYLES, PWS

    2019
    White Blend
    France
    393
    Special Price $16.80 Regular Price $21.00
  14. Kris Wines Pinot Grigio 2020
    Kris Wines Pinot Grigio 2020
    From one of the masters of North Eastern Italy, Franz Haas, comes the ‘Kris’ Pinot Grigio. This is their ‘entry’ level Grigio but absolutely over delivers as a bang-for-your-buck drop.

    White peach and crunchy tree fruits to the fore with a gently spiced, quartz/mineral nose. The palate is clean as a whistle with a core of sweet white fruits cut with bright, zippy acidity. At the same time the palate is generous with a lovely textural element that gives it nice weight and punch while always remaining bright and fresh. Another fantastic effort!
    2020
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    391
    Special Price $17.60 Regular Price $22.00
  15. Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    A new producer in the market that has just nailed it for entry level Bordeaux that actually taste like Bordeaux! Blended from vineyards across the appellation this is a superb introduction to the Bordeaux style, delivering a classic expression of the region and delicious to boot.

    Raised in tank and aged on fine lees, an abundance of savoury, grassy grapefruit, tangy and beautifully balanced.Lifted tropical fruit, lime and green apple with subtle herbaceous grassy end notes. Light, fresh and dry the palate with a touch of textural slip that carries it through the zingy close. PWS
    2014
    sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
    France
    460
    Special Price $17.60 Regular Price $22.00
  16. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017
    Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017

    The Chapoutiere range is huge and it is incredible to behold the quality across the board from this famous producer given the sheer amount of wine they make.

    This is off his families, mixed-use farm and sits outside the typical Condrieu framework both in style and place.

    There is an intriguing struck-flint, mineral note mixed with floral edges and fresh apricot. It's zippy an fresh with vibrant peach and apricot fruit to the fore. It lively and full of energy and raring to go. PWS

    2017
    Viognier
    France
    467
    Special Price $17.60 Regular Price $22.00
  17. Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Celtic Farm Riesling 2020
    Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Celtic Farm Riesling 2020

    From a single estate vineyard in White Hut, planted 2006. Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard is unique in raising 4 distinct rieslings with essentially the same recipe from the same vineyard. This is the entry-level wine, from the youngest vines, with significantly larger production than the other 3 put together. This is a spicy, rich and concentrated style boasting a medium straw hue and custard apple and Golden Delicious apple ripeness contrasting lemon and lime tension. A dollop of RS (3.8g/L) serves to soften its phenolic grip nicely. Full and flavoursome, if not refined. Drink now. TYSON STELZER, James Halliday

    The Gaelic cemetery property was established in 1996 by Clare riesling legends, the Pike family. Winemaker Adam Clay has continued the excellent work established by Neil with a focus on doing as little possible in the winery relying on quality fruit and top-notch vineyards rather then tricked up winemaking. These are pure and speak so highly of place.

    2018
    Riesling
    Australia
    377
    Special Price $18.00 Regular Price $21.00 As low as $17.00
  18. Fontaleoni Rosato Condorino IGT Toscana 2020
    Fontaleoni Rosato Condorino IGT Toscana 2020

    Fontaleoni is a family estate run by brother and sister team, Matteo and Simona Troiani, with a little help from consultant Paolo Caciorgna. They've succeeded in producing a range that is emblematic of the best of what the region has to offer with particular emphasis on Vernaccia.

    Like all their wines they get the primo treatment in the winery. A blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot this presents with a top note of rose-petal, plum, and wild cranberry. Its bright and crunchy mouthfeel gives way to soft red fruits and that sangiovese sour cherry we all know and love. I don't know why we don't see more sangiovese base rose as they seem to get that balance of savoury and sweet so well, especially when they are pink.

    2020
    Merlot, sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $18.00 Regular Price $20.00 As low as $17.00
  19. Racine Picpoul de Pinet 2019
    Racine Picpoul de Pinet 2019
    Picpoul from the coastal reaches of the Mediterranean has become in recent years the 'go to wine' in France for Oysters, shell fish and indeed all fish and with good reason as besides having that dry bite and the acidity that goes with it, it also has good body and underlying fruit flavours. I love it - and particularly as it is made by my good fried Francois Chamboissier who is both a talented winemaker and a great gourmet living in a stunning small village in southern France. What a life! The wine is a treat. Racy freshness, ripe citrus fruit, and seafood-friendly purity. The palate has a lovely texture, with many layers of flavour and a notable length to the finish.

    "The 2019 Racine Picpoul de Pinet is spot on. Crisp, clean and lively, it makes the perfect springtime aperitif and, blessed with a screwcap, can be opened in a trice whenever thirst strikes. JONATHAN RAY, The Spectator Magazine
    2019
    Picpoul
    France
    484
    Special Price $18.40 Regular Price $23.00
  20. La Guardiense Fiano Sannio DOC 2018
    La Guardiense Fiano Sannio DOC 2018
    La Guardiense is one of the largest and most respected cooperative wineries in the Italy, founded in 1962 with over 1000 growers tending 2000 hectares on vines on their books supplying fruit to the winery. They control some of the finest Falanghina, Fiano and Aglianico vineyards within the Beneventano IGT appellation. Producing a range of wines from across the DOC's of Campania, La Guardiense has built a solid reputation for both the quality of the vineyard sources and the wines they release in bottle giving a fascinating glimpse into the varied wine styles of this much improved region of Italy.

    Multiple award winning domestically, this is ultimate Summer fare. Straw yellow with green highlights, distinctive floral aroma and white fruits. Fiano's home in the warmer south always lends itself to have a little richness and weight which is perfect for the spring wether. There is a nice exoctic edge to the white/yellow fruits and peppery hit at the end. Enjoy before, during or after long Spring and Summer lunches! PWS
    2015
    Fiano
    Italy
    363
    Special Price $18.40 Regular Price $23.00
  21. Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2020
    Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2020

    How do they do it? This has been a PWS favourite for some time now and it never fails to deliver. Made by Rheinhessen legends Gunderloch with vineyards  close to the Rhines south-east steep slopes. The combination of the red slate soil, the proximity to the river, the exposure to the sun and the steepness of the vineyards - are perfect for producing wonderful ripeness. If you are a German riesling fan it would be hard to beat this for the sheer quality and insane value it represents.

    The wine shows lovely stone fruit, peach and pithy characters as it opens in the glass. There is a salty mineral hit to that is really lovely. The fresh natural acidity zip through the ripe and spice flecked palate while a little aromatic lift gives this some real interest. Dry, fresh and full of character. PWS

    2020
    Riesling
    Germany
    466
    Special Price $19.00 Regular Price $22.00
  22. Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml
    Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml

    Winemaker and CEO David Bicknell has proved his worth time and again as an extremely talented winemaker. JAMES HALLIDAY

    What is there to say about this superb Yarra Valley winery. Headed up by Dave Bicknell it feels like they can do no wrong. Everything they make from top to bottom is deftly put together and sourced from the Yarra's best vineyards. The quality is always outstanding and the LVS (local vineyard series) is some of the best value Pinot and Chardonnay around. PWS

    I’ve probably said it before, and anyone who knows me knows I’m prone to repeating myself, but what a lovely evocative name it is for a vineyard.

    It doesn’t need any styling products; there’s not a hair out of place here. White peach and lime, green melon, almond nougat, a whisper of struck match and spice. Smooth and flavoursome, a subtle viscosity interlaid with chalk and flint, some floral mouth-perfume, slight tweak to the finish with citrus rind and grapefruit tang. Right proper Chardonnay here. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2018
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
    Special Price $19.20 Regular Price $24.00
  23. Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco 2019
    Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco 2019
    An ethos that blends attention to detail with the high quality old vineyards to create authentic contemporary classics. Based in the historic town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in  the heart of DOCa Rioja surrounded to the north by the Sierra Cantabria and to the south by the Ebro  river. The microclimate of the area and its clay-calcareous soils generate the perfect conditions for the vineyards.

    This is 100% viura from from old vines planted in poor soils on a hillside near San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Selection in the vineyard with a controlled maceration with its skins for about 4 or six hours for a little phenolic grip. Fermented in French oak barrels for three months.

    This is lovely and fresh with a hint of honey toasted oak that sits nicely with the bright clean fruit. So many of the traditional Rioja blanco are overly oaked and lacking freshness so this was a very pleasant surprise when we tasted it. Lots of lovely peachy, pear and apple fruit played of pretty oak flavours in a medium bodied style that is very charming.
    2019
    verdejo
    Spain
    472
    Special Price $19.20 Regular Price $24.00
  24. Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2018
    Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2018
    Fontaleoni is a family estate run by brother and sister team, Matteo and Simona Troiani, with a little help from consultant Paolo Caciorgna. They've succeeded in producing a range that is emblematic of the best of what the region has to offer with particular emphasis on Vernaccia which, it has to be said, has been a revelation in the years since we first started seeing them in Australia. Look out for their Chianto Colli Senesi when its back in stock! PWS

    The 2018 Vernaccia di S. Gimignano is bright, airy and crisp, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. The light, refreshing style makes the 2018 a delicious aperitif styled wine. This is an especially fine edition of the straight San Gimignano. ANTONIO Gallonui, Vinous
    2018
    Vernaccia
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $20.00 Regular Price $25.00
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