Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bimaris 2005 Chardonnay


This wine is made from Chardonnay grapes from Mornington Peninsula.

This wine was produced in a range of ways. Some was fermented cool entirely in stainless steel tanks, while some was transferred to French Oak barriques (only 5 - 10% new) part way through its fermentation. Little or no malolactic fermentation was allowed. This treatment adds only a subtle level of oak complexity, making it a very fruit driven style.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol 13.0%.

Bouquet and Palate
This wine embodies the BIMãRIS style, being all about beautiful fruit and easy drinkability with that extra touch of class. It has a classic Peninsula Chardonnay nose of lemons, nectarines and grapefruit with delicate tropical notes. The palate flows cleanly due to minimal oak influence and the finish is crisp. A great partner for fish.

Cellar Door $14
Our Price: $8 per bottle by the doz


Monday, May 4, 2009

Bullant 2007 Langhorne Creek Shiraz


Lake Breeze Wines 2007 Bullant Shiraz was awarded the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation Trophy for Best Red Wine not exceeding $20, at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Boutique producer, Lake Breeze is renowned for its value for money red wines and with the Bullant range of wines retailing at $14.99 has over delivered again.

Winemaker, Greg Follett said; “This is a fantastic result for our relatively new range of wines, especially since this is the first show I’ve entered the 2007 in.”

The Bullant wines were first released by Lake Breeze in late 2006 and are approachable, drink-now wines using fruit from the family vineyards at Langhorne Creek. The label is a play on the menacing bullants plaguing the vineyard and is sold predominantly through our wholesalers into restaurants and select wine retailers.

“The Sydney Wine show has been kind to us with 6 gold medals and 2 trophies over the last 3 years, including a hat trick of gold medals for three consecutive vintages of ‘Bernoota’, and the 2006 Cabernet bagging a trophy last year.” Greg added

RRP: $14.99
Our Price: $12 per bottle by the doz


Henschke 2007 Henry's Seven

Amongst the current releases this is my favourite Henschke red.
These are really great tasting notes from the Henschke website. A fascinating story and unusually vintage specific.

Grape Variety :65% shiraz, 15% grenache, 11% viognier and 9% mourvèdre grapes grown in the Barossa (Barossa Valley and Eden Valley).

Technical Details Harvest Date: 23 February-17 April ,Alcohol: 15% | pH: 3.56 | Acidity: 6.7 g/L |

Maturation :Viognier co-fermented with shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre harvested separately. Matured in seasoned French hogheads for 15 months prior to blending and bottling.

Background: The shiraz, grenache, viognier, mourvèdre blend is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony. Following Henry’s death in 1868, his widow Sarah exercised her temperance convictions by closing the winery and uprooting all the winegrapes. This blend highlights the historical introduction of southern French and Spanish varieties to South Australia in those early pioneering days and reflects the history, religion and culture of the Barossa.

Vintage Description :The 2007 vintage shaped up to be another high quality year but with significantly reduced yields in Eden Valley and average yields in the Adelaide Hills. The highly publicised drought of 2006 was reported as the worst ever. Certainly the rainfall at Eden Valley for the three months of winter at only 90mm compared to the average of 200mm was one of our driest. Despite an early winter break, rainfall during winter and spring was the worst for years in the lead-up to flowering. There was significant spring frost damage in Eden Valley, with a yield loss of 20-25%, compounded by the drought and lack of subsoil moisture with overall losses of up to 50% anticipated. Brief heat waves occurred during January; otherwise it was mild and dry. At the end of January a tropical air mass connected with a cold front to bring good rains to the agricultural areas of South Australia, with flooding up north. The 70mm rainfall fell steadily over four days, coinciding with veraison, which freshened up the vine canopy to assist with ripening the fruit for harvest. February was recorded as the hottest for 100 years, which brought the already reduced crop to an earlier ripening phase.

Wine Description :Deep crimson in colour. Lifted aromas of blackberries and bramble with floral notes. The beautifully structured palate with savoury nuances shows ripe black fruits and spice with fine tannins and a long finish.

Cellaring Potential Great vintage, drink now to 2012.

RRP: $??
Our Price: $25 per bottle by the doz


Knappstein 2008 Clare Valley Riesling

At a recent trade tasting, amongst Petaluma, Pikes and Capel Vale this was the clear standout in quality and is also available at the lowest price. An easy winner.

Cellar Door: $22
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz


Knappstein 2006 Cabernet Merlot

Why is this so cheap? Double trophy winner with tannin dominating a little bit at the moment. Drink now with a day of breathing or hide in the cellar.

Cellar Door: $22
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz


Bridgewater Mill 2007 Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills fruit, great balance between fruit and wood with crisp acidity.

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz


Browns of Padthaway 2006 T-Trellis Shiraz

This is a producer who, through a regular change of wholesalers, had slipped off the radar. This is a beauty that is simultaneously soft and powerful. 15%a/v.

RRP: c$20
Our Price: $16 per bottle by the doz


Stonier 2008 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir


Cellar Door: $28
Our Price: $22 per bottle by the doz


Capel Vale 2007 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Capel Vale release two Margaret River Cabernets. The other retails for around $70 and that's what I thought I had in the glass when I tasted this one. It's hard to negotiate too hard when you splutter "You've got to be kidding" as you check and double check that you're actualy tasting the less expensive wine.

Cellar Door: $23.95
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz


Capel Vale 2005 Whispering Hills Shiraz

Only 300 six packs produced. A stunning "flagship" red from Mt Barker that makes a mockery of some producers' pricing.

Cellar Door: $55
Our Price: $39 per bottle by the doz


Capel Vale 2007 Mt Barker Shiraz

Capel Vale’s REGIONAL SERIES of wines come from select grape varieties grown for optimum quality
on our vineyards situated in the 3 coolest wine regions of Western Australia.Shiraz from our Mount Barker vineyard has produced a very classical style of wine that displays cool climate Shiraz
notes of strawberries and other red berries with white pepper finishing with soft fine tannins. The style is unique
to the region and arguably is closer to the styles of the old world shiraz regions than to elsewhere in Australia.
Grape Variety & Source: 100% Mt Barker Shiraz
Release Date: June 2008
Fruit / Wine Analysis:
Harvested: March - April 2007
Fruit Ripeness: 14° - 15° baumé
Total Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Total Acidity: 5.5 grams per litre
pH: 3.5
Oak Maturation: 12 months in French and American oak.
Optimal Drinking: While delicious to drink young for its primary
fruit characters, this wine will gain in complexity
with cellaring for up to six years.

Cellar Door: $23.95
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz