new releases: october
We are always on the hunt for new, exciting and delicious wines! Listed below are some of our favourites for October.
Koerner – Brothers Damon and Jonathon have gaining a loyal following with their stunning wines, made in a minimal intervention style, with no sulphur additions where possible. Their aim is to showcase their vineyard site, and the premium fruit it produces. Specialising in Italian (and particularly Corsican) varietals, they also pay tribute to the Clare Valley’s classic style – Riesling. The new additions to our range include their Watervale Riesling, which sings with bright acidity, backed up by juicy, textural lime characters. The Tiver Rosé is a blend of Sangiovese and the lesser known Schiacarello, which has a heady fragrance of freshly picked rose petals, and a lively, crunchy palate. Their Pigato, the Ligurian name for Vermentino, is fermented on skins to add texture and spice, and undergoes lees work, resulting in an unfiltered wine with a fleshy palate of apricot, sea salt and kernel notes. Finally their Nielluccio, the Corsican name for Sangiovese, showcases red cherry, floral and earthy notes, wrapped in finely grained tannins – a perfect interpretation of the varietal.
Bindi Premium Releases – The wines of Michael Dhillon need no introduction, but they need to be snapped up pretty quickly. We were lucky enough to receive a very limited allocation of 2016 Quartz Chardonnay, Original Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Block 5 Pinot Noir. This magical vineyard site in Macedon is capable of producing some of Australia’s greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Michael Dhillon is rightfully considered to be one of the Pinot Noir producers in the country. Get in quick – we’re talking bottles, not cases.
Murdoch Hill – Last week we were graced with the presence of the 2017 winner of the Young Gun of Wine award, Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill. Michael’s wines range from the classic to the experimental, and we’ve got four new release stunners in store now. Sulky Rouge and Sulky Blanc are playful wines designed for drinkability, and as such they change subtly each year depending on what fruit Michael thinks is looking good. The Ridley Pinot x Three is a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris, resulting in a silky wine with layers of aromatics and complexity. The Phaeton Pinot Noir is classic Adelaide Hills – bright cherry, velvety fruit, and hints of vanilla bean and blackberry. Smashable stuff.
Garagiste Single Vineyard Releases – Barnaby Flanders is one of the great characters of the Mornington Peninsula, and his modern and gentle approach to winemaking is helping to re-establish the region as a source of premium wines. The Merricks Vineyard Chardonnay leaps out of the glass with struck match, flint, cedar and white peach, and is the most Burgundian Chardonnay we’ve seen for under $50 – long, refined and elegant, with length for days. The Merricks Vineyard Pinot Noir has floral, bramble and cherry aromatics, with a fine tannin ribbon giving structure to the silken fruit, with warm spice notes on the finish – think Chambolle-Musigny. The Balnarring Vineyard harks back to the days of classic Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir – rich, velvety and decadent, with bright red cherry fruit, and restrained alcohol. Classy stuff.
Ochota Barrels – Taras and Amber Ochota have fast become modern icons of winemaking in Australia. Producing tiny batches of interesting wines from their estate in the Adelaide Hills, the wines have gained a cult following and can be extremely hard to find. We’ve currently got some Texture Like Sun (designed as a bistro/Beaujolais style light red, that can be drunk chilled), The Green Room Grenache Syrah (a light, pretty example of a fragrant Rhône blend), and Surfer Rosa (a crunchy, dry rosé with cranberry, redcurrant and licks of herbal notes). All the Ochota vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically, and the wines made with minimal intervention. Super limited stuff.
Ricca Terra Farms – One of our greatest vinous discoveries recently have been the wines of Ash and Holly Ratcliffe of Ricca Terra Farms. What started as a project farm in the Riverland, focusing on Southern Italian, Spanish and Portuguese varieties has fast become the stuff of legend, with winemakers from all over the country desperate to source some of their fruit. Ash Ratcliffe, one of the greatest viticulturalists in Australia, started the farm because he saw the potential of heat-loving varieties in our climate. And boy was he right. The Bronco Buster White is a blend of Vermentino, Greco, Fiano and Arinto, and is a vibrant, bright, and dangerously drinkable with lovely citrus leaf, pineapple and lime juice characters. The Colour of Calm Rose is a blend of Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola and Tempranillo, and is a dry, savoury style of rose with cherry and dried herb notes, reminiscent of some Italian rosé styles. The Tinta Barroca, a Portuguese varietal most commonly used in blending Port, is a Pinot-esque light red with notes of cherry, gravel and pepper, with a soft texture and fine tannins. Out of left field, and into our glass please.
Get in quick, as some of these are strictly while stocks last!