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  1. 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
  2. Morgado de Silgueiros Tinto 2015
    Morgado de Silgueiros Tinto 2015
    Adega de Silgueiros produces wines that punch above their weight. For a long time considered a go to producer for great value wines. Using all the typical red Dao varieties of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz, their wines display the typical red, blue and black fruit characters of these varieties. The Dao has a very particular character due to the higher altitudes and iconic granite soils. Juicy, pretty, structured and a super performer at this price point. Dao at its most accessible. I am always impressed how Portuguese wines often manges to get such fruity instensity but manage to stay vibrant and fresh. This is no wilting flower mind you but given the climate of the region it always has a lovely light touch to it.
    2015
    Blend
    Portugal
    384
  3. Vinea Marson 'Jozza' Syrah 2015
    Vinea Marson 'Jozza' Syrah 2015
    If you love the wine of Marios at Vinea Marson you are going to love this. The wine is part of an export deal that unfortunately (fortunately for us) fell through. Needless to say this isn't uncommon in the world of wine and we get to reap the benefits.

    This has all the bells and whistles of Marios wines out of Heathcote and he has put just as much love into making this as he has his Vinea Marson range. Nice dark berry fruit with some pretty and lifted aromatics, sweet spices and elegant floral lilt. Its open and fleshy following through with black fruits that flow on a supple palate. A peppery hit at the close. Nice stuff.
    2015
    shiraz
    Australia
    404
  4. Vine Mind Shiraz Malbec 2017
    Vine Mind Shiraz Malbec 2017
    Vine Mind is the dynamic duo of Jen Gardner and Col McBryde designed to be a departure from the stoicism of Clare (although we may be responsible for some of that too). This is about setting a challenge and in our minds, winning!

    This is a blend of fantastic old vine material and in particular exceptionally tasty malbec out of the Clare. From 20-100 year old vines in the Springfarm sub-region on red sand over clay with limestone and slate through the sub-surface at 450m above sea level. Hand picked fruit, destemmed, lightly crushed, 60% whole berry fermentation with maceration between 10-30 days in concrete vessels. Aged in neutral French Oak Barriques for 12 months. 14% alc.

    "Blueberries, a lash of leather and orange jaffa cake… Well that's as a start, mint and satsuma plums are in there too. That all kind of rolls through on the palate, rasberry seeds, bay and citrus like acidity shape out the palate with a typical after dinner mint regional kind of thing on the finish." Col McBryde
    2015
    Malbec, shiraz
    Australia
    377
  5. Escondido Equilibrio Mei e Meio Red Blend 2015
    Escondido Equilibrio Mei e Meio Red Blend 2015
    Escondido Wines is the project of Michael Wren who was a winemaker for one of Portugal's top producers, Esporao, before opening Wren Estate, based in Heathcote. Whilst running their Douro winery, Quinta dos Murcas, Wren sourced grapes from a brilliant vineyard, in the cooler Dao region to the south of the Douro. The Dao is marked by higher altitudes and heavy granite soils and for Wren this region is the true home of Portugal's best known red variety - Touriga Nacional. The Dao produces pretty, structured Touriga Nacional that is bright and blue fruited with fresh acidity with clear mineral notes.

    The Escondido Meio e Meio comes from 2015 which was a very cool vintage, so this wine was very tightly wound when first botted but has opened up beautifully and is drinking wonderfully at present. Meio e Meio translates as half/half, referring to the composition of the wine. 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Jaen (Mencia in Spain) which brings some balancing red fruit and tannin to the blend.
    2015
    mencia, Touriga
    South Africa
    489
  6. Bellenda Radicale Spumante Extra Brut Nature Metodo
    Bellenda Radicale Spumante Extra Brut Nature Metodo
    An extreme version of a sparkling glera, with no sulphites and no disgorging. BELLENDA

    Sourced from their best parcels of fruit this is, in many ways, the flagship of the estate but sadly also one of the smallest amounts made. For the initial fermentation about half of the fruit is left on skins and a portion (roughly 60%) is aged in barrel with the remaining portion resting in stainless steel. Secondary fermentation occurs in bottle and the wine is aged on lees for 24 months before being released sur lie (on its sediment) with zero additions an no sulphur used. It is a wild and heady bottling full of nuance and detail with gorgeous texture and plenty of intensity. Radicale brings together the Cosmo family's traditional methods and modern techniques, the result is a wine that is completely unique to Bellenda and the region. It is well worth hunting down. ROSCOE
    2015
    Italy
    499
  7. Esporao Quatro Castas 4 2015
    Esporao Quatro Castas 4 2015
    Since it was founded in 1267, the boundaries of Herdade do Esporão have remained virtually unchanged. Located 180 kms from Lisbon, deep in the Alentejo, in Reguengos de Monsaraz.
    The team is led by David Baverstock. Ex - Roseworthy and Penfolds before heading to Portugal to work at icon wineries such as Graham's, Quinta do Crasto and has taken Esporao to the title of Winery of the Year twice and has himself been named Winemaker of the Year twice, including this year.

    Poor, stony soils and a tough summer climate that brings hot days and cool nights, followed by a harsh winter. Esporão currently has 194 different varieties planted, of which 37 account for virtually all production.

    This is always a blend of the 4 best grapes of any vintage and changes from year to year in both compsition and percentages.
    2015
    Red
    Portugal
  8. Seville Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Seville Estate Chardonnay 2019
    A wonderful, stalwart producer who I often overlook, mea culpa, but am rapidly reminded of quality when I taste
    Flint and smoky mineral notes over creme brulee and green apple, and a Key Lime Pie kinda character. How good! Fleshy textured but with a wash of saline-minerally acidity, plush, concentrated but very fresh, even, balanced and very appealing from the get go. This is a delight. Bigger style, done so well. (95) MIKE BENNIE

    Identical vinification to the Reserve, except a 2200l foudre was also used. It's balanced and effortlessly long, the flavours those of a sibling with similar DNA. (95) JAMES HALLIDAY
    2015
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
  9. Baumard Coteaux de Layon Carte D'or 2015
    Baumard Coteaux de Layon Carte D'or 2015
    This wine, his Carte d'Or is a blend of sites which he thoughtfully keeps fresh by not burdening it with too much sugar (its sweetness is balanced with a zesty line of acidity). It's a delightful and lively rendition that will age well or give pleasure right now.

    'The palate shows a very appealing concentration, with white peach, white pear flesh, a delightfully match-sticky freshness and also a beautifully bright acidity…this has very nice fruit and tension, but also a delicious minerally frame for it all. Very good indeed.' thewinedoctor.com
    2015
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  10. Frederic Mabileau Sans Les Mains 2015
    Frederic Mabileau Sans Les Mains 2015
    This is described as Nathalie's coup de coeur, a juicy, slurpable red made from the rare Loire red grape Pineau d'Aunis. Hand harvested grapes are destemmed and sorted on a table before fermentation in a concrete egg. All up it's on skins for 10 days before spending 10 months in a 16-hectolitre concrete egg. The name 'Sans Les Mains' refers the fact that it's so easy to drink; you could lap it up with no hands.
    2015
    France
    423
  11. Mouchao Dom Rafael Tinto 2015
    Mouchao Dom Rafael Tinto 2015

    40% Alicante Bouschet, 40% Trincadeira, 20% Aragonez

    Mouchão has been owned by the Reynolds family since the mid-19th century, when Thomas Reynolds set out south from Porto to the Alentejo in search of a cork estate. He found Mouchão, all 900 hectares of it. Even today the estate is mostly cork grove, with a bit of vineyard - although its the wine that it is known for.

    This the second wine, the Dom Rafael, which has a lower proportion of Alicante, starts life the same way with some new barrels but 50% into second use 225 litre barrels.

    2015
    Red
    South Africa
    489
  12. Idlewild The Bird 2015
    Idlewild The Bird 2015
    35% Dolcetto, 35% Barbera, 30% Nebbiolo
    From Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino, California. This is a blend of dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Winemaker Sam Bilbro takes his back country vineyard very seriously; the site rich with interesting varieties. Bilbro is a less-is-more winemaker, preferring natural fermentation, low new-no new oak, low input in winery. A producer to keep a beady eye on.

    Peppery spice, clove, black currants, plum jam, Campari, earth. Wonderful perfume. Exotic, but anchoring you into something Italianate. The palate is breezy and crisp, dosed up with cherry-berry crunchiness and another hit of pleasing amaro sour-sweetness. Light powdery tannin sits on chomp of fruit. It’s bloody delicious, intriguing, smashable. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front 2016
    2015
    Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
    USA
    362
  13. Vasse Felix Premier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Vasse Felix Premier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    This is a cabernet to crow about. The make-up this year is 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot and 2% malbec, all of which was matured in 44% new oak. But this break-down is for the record only. In the glass, pure and simple, it’s a star.

    It’s a medium-weight wine and yet it’s unafraid of tannin. You have to love that. It’s not out of whack, it remains in balance, integration is established and then it launches from there. Lots of bay leaf and baking spice here but then blackcurrant, fresh and juicy, which pushes into redcurrant, mint and boysenberry. There’s an undergrowth-like note here too, almost earthen, which teams terrifically with the tannin. The cellar beckons. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Australia
    504
  14. Huet Petillant Brut 2015
    Huet Petillant Brut 2015
    The 2015 Vouvray Pétillant Brut displays an intense yellow color and opens with a deep and rich bouquet of perfectly ripe and juicy yellow fruits intertwined with rich brioche and vanilla as well as chalky aromas. Much fruitier than any Champagne. Full-bodied and rich yet bone dry and fresh, this is nevertheless a pure and refreshing sparkling wine that should be served for lunch or dinner rather than as an aperitif. Tightly structured, long and energetic. 12.5% alcohol. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com
    2015
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
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