Monday, April 11, 2011

Petaluma 2010 Hanlin Hill Riesling


Our Price: $22 per bottle by the dozen

Peel Estate 2004 Chenin Blanc

This is a genius white where the wood is now well integrated and yet the wine is still in sensational vibrant condition.
In terms of stunning maturation this challenges the best of Hunter Semillons with a Marsanne like dash of complexity and a touch of sweetness. Will live for years if you can resist drinking now.

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen


Haselgrove 2007 HRS Reserve Shiraz

Strangely while we've sold out of their 2008 Bella Vigna we still have a small amount of this, its predecessor.
This is easily $30 McLaren Vale quality probably drinking at its peak now and for the next couple of years. We've sold well over 100 boxes of the stuff and we have but a handful left.

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen


Willow Bridge 2009 Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc

This is all about complexity created by winemaker talent so in their own words "An extremely powerful expression of Sauvignon Blanc from arguably the best vineyard in a region becoming renowned for this variety. Classic varietal aromatics run the line between the tropical fruits of guava and passionfruit and those of fresh crunchy greens such as snow peas and a hint of ginger and lemongrass. A portion of wild yeast fermentation has added extra complexities of wood smoke and mineral notes and a greater level of texture to the palate than many examples of this variety." It's as far away from taste to Marlborough as it is in kms.

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen


Tyrrell's 2008 Canberra District Shiraz


The disastrous 2008 Hunter red vintage forced Tyrrell's to look further afield for premium fruit. Not too far from home they discovered one of the best vintages ever in that most western "suburb" of Canberra: Murrumbateman.
They only scored 8 tonne which means we have a little of not much and I'm pretty confident that it's now all out there in the retail trade.

Our Price: $27 per bottle by the dozen

Ridgecrop Estate 2008 Unwooded Chardonnay

While it carries our own Ridgecrop label there's no getting away from the fact it was made by Mudgee's Elliot Rocke vineyard - it's stamped on the neck capsule!
This is all about lively, delicious fresh fruit flavours of melon, peach and apricots.
Just pour and enjoy.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen


Buller 2009 "Langdon" Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot

Two new "flagship" wines from Bullers: the trophy winning wine pictured as well as a 2009 Shiraz.
Both wines are very limited quantity and both are on the price list.

Our Price: $39 per bottle by the dozen


Ridgecrop Estate 2008 KM Barossa Shiraz

This is seriously stunning as you'd expect from Kilikanoon's Kevin Mitchell. It's an outstanding follow up to a previous offering when he ventured out of the Clare into the Barossa Valley. We've scored just one pallet with the sadly unfortunate total of just 52 dozen [most contain 64] It's already a candidate for Red of the Year. Drinking beautifully now with lashings of everything. I've already given it a few outings and the overwhelming consensus is WOW!

Our Price: $15 per bottle by the dozen


Ironbark Hill 2010 Verdelho

The Hunter stars with this variety and this beauty is an absolute bargain. It’s a real crowd pleasing medium dry white

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Miceli 2006 "Olivia's" Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay

Grossly underpriced at a Bin End $16. This easily has the quality to justify $25+. Here are winemaker Tony Miceli's tasting notes

Picked: 31/3/2006- 14/4/2006
Bottled: 21/3/2008

Winemaking: Hand picked and whole bunch pressed, to maintain maximum fruit and minimum extraction of hard skin tannins. Fully barrel fermented with mild juice oxidation at low temperatures to attain creamy mouthfeel and maximise palate length. This wine has undergone 100% malolactic fermentation, which we feel has added further complexity without detracting from the fruit characters. Retained on fermentation lees, in barrel, for more than a year, to allow full oak integration, complexity and depth.
Oak: 30% new. Approximately 100% French
Analysis: Alc 13.5 pH 3.50 T/A 7.1 Residual sugar <0.3 g/l

Tasting Notes:
An elegant and delicate wine with complexity and subtlety.

Brilliant pale greenish yellow. Peach, cashew and citrus, vanillan oak and struck match. Seamless mouthfeel with subtle and perfectly integrated oak, restrained and yet powerful, with fine acid balance. This wine is fermented in oak, remaining in contact with its yeast lees for a full year to develop depth and complexity.

Cellaring: With barrel and bottle age this wine is drinking beautifully now but will continue to improve for at least a further 5 years, developing honey and toastiness in addition to the delicious fruit.

Winemaker’s Comments:
Not over-oaked by this length of ageing, it shows lovely balance and integration, remaining “fine” and demonstrating the elegance and length only possible with long ripening in cool conditions.
Whilst fully ripened from a warm year, I feel this still in the slightly more restrained style and is a true expression of our climate - our “terroir”. The range of picking dates adds to our ability to retain a good acid backbone and balance the richness of very ripe fruit with the delicacy of lesser ripe components.
A long way from “mainstream” Australian Chardonnay it does not rely on brute strength, alcohol, or sugar to impress.

GOLD Victorian Wine Show 2009
GOLD Cool Climate Wine Show Bathurst 2009

Our Price: $16 per bottle by the dozen


Friday, April 8, 2011

Peter Lehmann 2007 Chenin Blanc

We opened our tasting bottle and took the bin-end lot. Chenin Blanc, as Peel Estate have proved, is a variety that has the potential to age gracefully. But unlike the Peel this a dry white that's more aligned to Hunter semillon. It's all about the acid and here's a wine that is drinking beautifully now or easily has the legs to go another five years. There are developed citrus flavours on a firm dry palate

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen