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  1. De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL
    De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL
    Our manager Effie Ross has chosen this for her staff pick for 2021, here's why:

    This delightful sticky is intended as an approachable, every-day drinking cousin of the treasured national classic, De Bortoli Noble 1. It represents incredible bang for buck and comes ready to drink in a striking 375ml bottle that showcases a design by the late Australian artist Florence Broadhurst. Alluring aromatics of rich ripe oranges, yellow peaches, earl-grey tea, toffee apples, cut hay, and spiced apricot leap out of the glass. It’s pleasantly full-bodied and sugar sweet which is cut nicely with fresh lemon-lime acidity. The flavour carries long on the palate and develops in the glass. This is a complex and well-structured sweet wine, and an excellent example of Riverina botrytis-Semillon. Serve this with cheese, pavlova, or Christmas cake and custard. Recommended reading material includes the history of Australia’s Riverina wine region, or the fascinating and tragic life and work of Florence Broadhurst. EFFIE ROSS, PWS
    2016
    Semillon
    Australia
    473
    Special Price $13.60 Regular Price $17.00
  2. La Purisima Estio Tinto Monastrell Blend 2019
    La Purisima Estio Tinto Monastrell Blend 2019

    La Purisima is a sort of 'post-modern' co-op, doing some really sensational 'estate-style' wines from holdings of very old, dry grown, original clone, ungrafted Monastrell. La Purisima is in the township of Yecla, which gives its name to the Denominacion de Origen, D.O. Yecla, about 1.5 hours inland, due west from Alicante. It's also very high up, with vineyards as high as 1100m above sea level. Summer heat is tempered by altitude, while winter is both extremely cold, and also quite dry (average rainfall is 12 inches per annum.) No irrigation.

    Low crop, high levels of vineyard vigilance, organic growing techniques, picked in the cooler hours of the day (mornings) and packed into small crates, begins a process of meticulous winemaking. The grapes then go through several selection passes, followed by 'must' chilling and fermentation in stainless steel.

    The original clones of Monastrell grown on their own roots from old bush vines, dry grown. This is a simple wine, but really good. Very varietal warm bitumen/dried fig/honey/black fruit Monastrell, given a bit of a juicy-jubey touch up from the Syrah in the blend. Very silky to the tongue with decent length and a nice sense of taper on the palate to a finish where the fruit tannins live. PWS

    2016
    monastrell, shiraz
    Spain
    507
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  3. ColleMassari Rigoleto Rosso Montecucco 2016
    ColleMassari Rigoleto Rosso Montecucco 2016
    The estate is situated in the foothills of Monte Amiata and, whilst Sangiovese is the principal variety, the conditions – 320 metres above sea level and constant ventilation (due partly to the proximity to the Tyrrhenian coast and partly to the 15% incline) – allow other varieties such as Ciliegiolo, Montepulciano and Vermentino to thrive. Production is based on organic principles (guaranteed and certified) and winemaking is carried out in the architectural award winning four story gravity feed winery.


    70% Sangiovese, 15% Ciliegiolo, 15% Montepulciano

    This is such a great wine and so underrated when it comes to Tuscany. It has a little more weight and heft then its cousins in Chianti and there is a wild edge to the wine that is so appealing. Situated further down the coast but with good elevation that provides a cool and fresh snap. PWS

    Dark berries, walnuts and dried flowers on the nose follow through to a medium body with firm tannins and a fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. JAMES SUCKLING

    2016
    Red
    Italy
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  4. Felicette Grenache Rouge 2020
    Felicette Grenache Rouge 2020

    The Félicette wines originate from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France, along its southern-most coastline of the Mediterranean. Coming from vineyards between Narbonne and Béziers, the grapes are de-stemmed, undergo cold maceration and gentle ferments. The Félicette Blanc is mostly Grenache Blanc, with a little Viogner. The Rouge is almost all Grenache, with a splash of Syrah. Both wines are exceptionally elegant, drinkable and fresh, balanced and refined.

    Yes! They have done it again. These are so easy to love with their bright and juicy fruit. A bouquet of pretty, small red fruits and a touch of wild herb. Soft and plush in a mid-weight style that is absolutely smashable. Packed with red pastille fruits and soft spice. It won't changae your life but you will be better for enjoying it.

    2016
    Grenache
    France
    418
    Special Price $16.80 Regular Price $21.00
  5. Isaac Fernandez Acentor Garnacha 2016
    Isaac Fernandez Acentor Garnacha 2016
    Isaac Fernández Selección is a unique collaborative venture between two individuals - Isaac Fernández Montaña one of Spain's most acclaimed winemakers and Aurelio Cabestrero. Working with old vine fruit and from some of the oldest DO's in Spain they are bringing together a wealth of experience. It's a shame this is the only wine coming into the country because it is a belter!

    Dark violet with spicey accented cherry and dark berry aromas. There is a touch of cola and vanilla  that sits nicely against the fresh dark fruit. Tons of energy and it seems to sizzle along in the mouth, offering sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors. There is a bit of tannic grip and that touch of wild herbs that leads into a smokey finish where the tannins melt back into the sweet fruits. This is a great example of what a bit of thought and effort can bring to a wine that overdelivers in spades!
    2016
    Grenache
    Spain
    364
    Special Price $16.80 Regular Price $21.00
  6. The Beautiful Isle White Delicious 2018
    The Beautiful Isle White Delicious 2018
    Beautiful Isle Wines are a tribute to the vibrant apple crate art of Tasmania's 'Apple Isle' hey day. Based on the family estate Marions Vineyard which was once an apple and pear orchard dating back to the 1800's but no planted to a mix of classic red and white varietals.

    The white is all the bits and pieces that don't quite make it into the final blends of their other wines, not because they don't make the cut but because there is a little too much here or there.

    This is full of tropical fruit and peppery spice that leaps out of the glass. A touch of white flower and some lilting aromatics make it really enticing. Fleshy and plump on the palate a lovely zip of acidity rounds up all that plush fruit and gives it some nice focus. Plenty of energy on the finish.
    2016
    White Blend
    Australia
    Special Price $19.20 Regular Price $24.00
  7. Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 2018
    Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 2018
    Maria Jover, a 28 year old winemaker heads up the thoroughly modern operations at Parajes del Valle. The organic Monastrell grapes come from very old vines (20-40 years old), organic, maintained from the old system of "Terraje".

    The system entails a renting of the vineyards to the local farmers who take care of the quality of the vines and are given back a 7% of the production to the land owner. Most of the 80-90 year old vines in Jumilla are maintained that way, but changing views has seen many turn back to a focus on productive irrigated vineyard's rather than quality fruit.

    The goal of the cellar is to maintain the old vines of the "Terraje" system by paying the grapes a higher price, and therefore maintaining the higher quality those old vines yield.

    A noble cause and one that is paying dividends. We have encountered several wineries with similar systems or focus on lower yields and quality fruit and the resultant wines show a much more lifted and vibrant style of Monastrell that we really love. The same is absolutely true here. Still that mulberry and pencil lead but with a halo of vibrant red fruit and lifted aromatics. There is a snap of tannin and crunch of acidity that keeps everything on point. Good stuff! PWS
    2016
    monastrell
    Spain
    342
    Special Price $21.60 Regular Price $27.00
  8. Artomana Txakolina 2019
    Artomana Txakolina 2019
    This estate wine is a blend of varieties dominated by Hondarrabi Zuri (70%) with equal parts of Izkiriota, Izkiriota Ttippia and Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratia. The parcels are hand-picked separately and left to cold soak for 24 hours at 10 C°. This increases both volume and aromatic complexity in the final wine. The wines ferment spontaneously with vineyard yeasts and spend four months on lees in stainless steel before bottling.

    So racy and lemon pithy with a nice punch of tropical fruits. There is slight shebert fizz to the clean and crispy fruit. The light sparkling edge lends energy and vibrancy to an already fresh palate. So easy to know back. PWS
    2016
    Spain
    Special Price $25.60 Regular Price $32.00
  9. 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
    Special Price $27.20 Regular Price $34.00
  10. Adras Mencia 2016
    Adras Mencia 2016

    100% Mencia, 90% 50-year-old vines from the Amandi sub-region and 10% from 40 year old vines in Ribeiras do Miño

    This a fuller richer version then the 2015 and shows a touch more sweet oak on the nose and palate. That same garrique and dark cherry fruit is layered over licorice and smoky minerality with a dried flower accents. Like the nose the palate is richly fruited with a lovely earthy current that sits beneath the surface of the sweet fruit. Snappy tannins run through the palate and a crunch bit of acidity plays off the cherry, red berry flavours. PWS

    2016
    mencia
    Spain
    471
    Special Price $27.20 Regular Price $34.00
  11. Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2019
    Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2019

    Co-owner Alex Wilcox has chosen this for his 2021 Staff Pick, here's why:

    I love Southern Rhone Reds when they have ripe Grenache yet are not heavy with alcohol or oak. This 2019 Font de Coutedune is the best yet! Dense and vibrant, it's concentrated Grenache with freshness. Perfect for summer drinking but will do well in the cellar. And it's great value. The secret to this wine is the old vines grown on sandy soils to the North of Chateauneuf du Pape and some great winemaking. ALEX WILCOX, PWS

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    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.

    2016
    Grenache
    France
    467
    Special Price $28.80 Regular Price $36.00
  12. la Pieve Autunno 2016
    la Pieve Autunno 2016

    More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!

    2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $28.80 Regular Price $36.00
  13. Murdoch Hills Sulky Rouge 2016
    Murdoch Hills Sulky Rouge 2016
    50% Syrah, 25% Pinot Noir 25% Merlot Syrah from an early harvest sourced from our estate vineyard in Oakbank, spontaneous ferment with varying levels of whole bunches combined with a gentle extraction to keep the wine vibrant and delicate. Merlot made in the same technique from a vineyard in Lenswood giving a lush soft red/blue-fruit spectrum, whilst a selection of Pinot Noir from Piccadilly Valley provides exotic spice and a savory edge. Overall a vibrant red-fruited wine with gamey meaty qualities that show bright cherry fruits and underlining spice, the juicy fruit flows on the palate to a fine grainy tannin profile. Only a short maturation in older French oak to retain freshness and purity of fruit, sent to bottle without filtration or fining. MURDOCH HILL
    2016
    Merlot, Pinot Meunier, shiraz
    Australia
    340
    Special Price $29.60 Regular Price $37.00
  14. Eloquesta Mudgee Charadonnay 2016
    Eloquesta Mudgee Charadonnay 2016
    Fruit from a single vineyard, fermented on skins for up to 7 days, pressed to barrel undergoes mlf then aged 16 months. Pale-gold and bright; lovely aromatics of black tea and honey, blossom and robust flavours of poached pears and quinces drizzled with cream. Not shy, there's some phenolic grip adding more to this textural wine. JAMES HALLIDAY
    2016
    chardonnay
    Australia
    Special Price $29.60 Regular Price $37.00
  15. Poitevin 2016
    Poitevin 2016
    The 2016 Poitevin has a crisp, focused bouquet with pure blackberry and boysenberry notes tinged with crushed stone. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, quite feminine in style with a silky smooth, black cherry and blueberry finish that caresses the senses. This is a well-crafted, utterly delicious Médoc. NEAL MARTIN
    2016
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
    Special Price $32.00 Regular Price $40.00
  16. Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2018
    Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2018
    The entry-level red 2018 Gaba do Xil Tinto is mostly Mencía with some other grapes from the mixed plantings in old vineyards. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, where it matured for 12 months before bottling. This was a cooler vintage and went back to harvests from yesteryear. It was not an easy year, but the most successful wines are going to have good freshness. Here, I see more complexity than in the previous vintage; this is less varietal and goes more in the direction of the single-vineyard reds. There is ripeness but without excess, with herbal and spicy aromas and a notable finish. LUIS GUTIERREZ, RobertParker.com

    2016
    mencia
    Spain
    497
    Special Price $32.00 Regular Price $40.00
  17. Foundi Trygias 2016
    Foundi Trygias 2016
    PGI Imathia, 100% Xinomavro

    The 2016 Trygias Foundi Blanc de Noir is all Xinomavro (but made as a white), aged for nine months in 80% new French oak. It comes in at 12.2% alcohol. If you like acidity, if you don't think it means a thing without that zing, this is for you. The Naoussa area is not exactly known for its whites, but this is a pretty fine and zesty performance. Tart on the edges, it has notable power as it attacks the palate, grips it and doesn't let go. The acidity zips through the oak nicely, putting it in its place. Overall, this should be a great summer refresher this summer, but it may be better in a year. At that point, it might even garner an increase in score. A little settle-down time surely wouldn't hurt. I'm acidity tolerant and liked this a lot. MARK SQUIRES
    2016
    White
    Greece
    445
    Special Price $32.80 Regular Price $41.00
  18. The Beautiful Isle Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    The Beautiful Isle Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    Beautiful Isle Wines are a tribute to the vibrant apple crate art of Tasmania's 'Apple Isle' hey day. Based on the family estate Marions Vineyard which was once an apple and pear orchard dating back to the 1800's but no planted to a mix of classic red and white varietals.

    From what looks to be a cracking 2020 vintage this shows with plush fruit and soft pliant tannins that provide a supple structure to the wine. Savoury spice and a hint of black pepper are really enticing and the soft palate is nicely balanced with just a subtle hint of vanillin oak that caresses the red berry fruit gently. It has a wonderful combo of savoury and sweet with a little underbrush and wild bush that adds an extra dimension.
    2016
    Pinot noir
    Australia
  19. 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
    Special Price $35.20 Regular Price $44.00
  20. Agathist Alchemy Second Wine Grenache 2016
    Agathist Alchemy Second Wine Grenache 2016

    100% Grenache, Seppeltsfield, Barossa 

    Agathist Alchemy is a label from Barossa Valley guru, Craig Isbel who is also one of the people behind Izway Wines. Here he produces two wines from a single vineyard located across the road from his family home. It is owned & farmed organically by vigneron Nick Radford. The wines are produced in small batches of no larger than 500 kilo - wild ferments. The use of sulphur is minimal with tiny amounts used just after malo and at bottling. Other than this no other additions are used whatsoever. These are compact, elegant and character driven wines from a Barossa valley expert.

    This is a cracker… A wild perfume of red berries, briar, fennel, undergrowth, old campfire. Really quite compelling. Just on medium weight, serious ‘pinosity’, if that’s a thing, light, fine, silken flow, slender grip of tannin dips into savouriness and yet the wine finds succulence in pure, red berry and rose water fruit character. Sheesh, this is fine grenache.’ MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    2016
    Grenache
    Australia
    349
    Special Price $36.00 Regular Price $45.00
  21. Fedellos do Couto Peixes Peixe da Estrada 2016
    Fedellos do Couto Peixes Peixe da Estrada 2016

    Sourced from organically farmed vines, the 2016 Peixe da Estrada is a village red blend from old vines (60+ years old) on granite soils in Viana do Bolo planted with multiple red varieties—Mencía, Bastardo, Garnacha Tintorera, Negreda, Grao Negro, Caíño, Aramón, Godello, Dona Branca, Colgadeira, Treixadura, Palomino, Caíño Blanco and Moscatel de Grão Miúdo, etc. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in used 500-liter oak barrels and a 3,200-liter oak vat for one year. It has tons of cassis and small berry aromas and is very expressive and balsamic, with brightness and light, in a way that reminds me of some wines from Cachapoal in Chile. The palate has fine tannins and a certain elegance, round but also long. Like all the wines in the project, it's sold without any appellation of origin, and they just replicated the wines from yesteryear, mixing red and white grapes, something that appellations don't usually allow. 9,000 bottles were filled in February 2018. LUIS GUTIERREZ

    2016
    mencia
    Spain
    471
    Special Price $36.00 Regular Price $45.00
  22. Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Shows ripeness and power on the nose with ripe dark berries and volcanic salt. Full body, soft and rich tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink in 2022. (91) JAMES SUCKLING

    One of the best things agbout the Bordeaux 2016 vintage was the stregth of the satellite appelations - this Canon Fronsac is a freat example - situated on the right bank but with a lot of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon you could easly see this as more left bak in style - it is everything a good claret should be dense dark with chewy tannis and cool clean fruit - absoultly delicous and a great price. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
    Special Price $36.00 Regular Price $45.00
  23. Simao & Co. Wines Vintage Fortified 2016 750ml
    Simao & Co. Wines Vintage Fortified 2016 750ml
    Foot worked (high extraction and aids integration of flavour /tannin complex) along with full stalk inclusion in fermention; helps w tannin structure and complexity. Mostly clean, complex neutral brandy spirit use w some funky stuff in too, but not much. End blend…
    56% Durif, 17% Shiraz, 14% Alicant bouschet, 11 %Tinta Roriz, 1% Touriga Nacional, 1% Tinta Barroca. Mostly Rutherglen with some Glenrowan fruit. SIMON KILLEEN
    2016
    Port
    Australia
    476
    Special Price $40.00 Regular Price $50.00
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