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Wine of the Month

September 2017

BURN COTTAGE ‘BURN COTTAGE VINEYARD’ PINOT NOIR 2015
CENTRAL OTAGO
Single Bottle Price: $92
Dozen Bottle Price: $82
It’s pretty hard to compete with Mike’s note below, but basically the Burn Cottage Pinots were the wines I kept going back to during my time in Otago. They speak very truly of the region and are quite gutsy and powerful, yet there is a lot of charm there too. Ideally these wines would rest in the cellar for a few years as I see them softening slightly and unfurling with time, but they are super delicious in the here and now, as I discovered. They combine dark plum and mulberry notes with a wide array of fine brown spices and noticeably high acid which is crucial here to bring liveliness and freshness to the palate. Texturally too, they are mouth-coating and silky. All-round delicious with the underlying structure to go the distance over time. – Ches Cook, FWC.

“Remarkable site that the fruit is grown on here. Verdant, buzzy with Bambi-like scenes of animals and flowers and insects and stuff. Biodynamic farming, loads of care, a selected place to grow great grapes. Good ingredients. Clever winemaker, Claire Mullholland, and in the mix the wonderful consultant in Ted Lemon from Littorai, California. Good release here too. Deep, moody, dark cherry and dark chocolate, clove and dried rose petals, sweet earth and undergrowth scents. A growl of perfume. Supple in texture with some serious concentration, but elevated on fresh acidity, spice, a spread of fine, silty tannins. Has some extension through the palate, leaves a trail of sweet fruit and a savoury character that feels moreish. Just lovely, here. 95 points.” – Mike Bennie, Wine Front.

SUAVIA ‘MONTE CARBONARE’ SOAVE CLASSICO 2015
Veneto, Italy

SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $45
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $40

A fantastic follow-up to the 2014 vintage which we (and many of you, our customers) loved. This looks great; plenty of intensity on the nose showing wet stones and white floral notes. The palate is saline and mineral-rich, with some green melon and almond notes giving the wine some fruit weight and nutty complexity. Flavours are over clean, cool and pure, placing this wine at the height of Soave, in our opinion. – Ches Cook, FWC.

July 2017

LAS VINO CHENIN BLANC DYNAMIC BLEND 2016
MARGARET RIVER

SINGLE BOTTLE: $59
DOZEN PRICE: $53

I had tried this wine on a few occasions around the place and had really enjoyed it every time. So I’m very glad to finally get it in to the shop. This 2016 really impressed me – particularly the length of the wine and the way in which a whole array of beautiful flavours open up on the back palate. Blended with 6% Viognier (co-fermented), there is so much going on here and plenty of fruit weight on a grippy and waxy (and very textural) palate. Aromas and flavours range from yellow petals, red apple and earth and mineral notes. I’ll be taking some of this home myself, no question. – Ches Cook, FWC.

April 2017

SOUL GROWERS ‘EQUILIBRIUM’ GRENACHE, SHIRAZ, MATARO 2015
BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Single Bottle Price: $26
Dozen Bottle Price: $23

A soft and generous wine with an array of red fruits and licorice all-sorts on the palate. The Grenache component contributes plenty of spice and juiciness whilst the Mataro brings some black pepper and a savoury edge. The finish is persistent with dusty, finely-grained tannins, reminiscent of red, crumbly earth. Medium-bodied and very true to its region, this is a great mid-priced wine which we’re very happy to have come across this week. – FWC.

December 2016

SORRENBERG CHARDONNAY 2015
Beechworth, Victoria

BIODYNAMIC
Single Bottle Price: $66.00
Dozen Bottle Price: $60.00

The tiny 2.5 hectare Sorrenberg vineyard – planted on granite soils in the elevated hills of Beechworth – consistently produces one of Australia’s best Chardonnays.

The 2015 is another superb Sorrenberg chardonnay with elegant cashew nut, lemon, honeydew melon, smoky struck match, stonefruit and almond meal. Everything one has come to expect from the great Sorrenberg chardonnay. Excellent mid palate layered richness that flows and flows with perfect acid and underlying minerality to close. Great length. Don’t miss this one. Have recently consume the 2009 (rich, fully mature and beautiful) and the 2011 (as fresh as a daisy).
- Ian Cook


Pick of the Imports
April 2017

Comando G La ‘Bruja de Rozas’ Garnacha 2015
MADRID D.O

SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $43
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $38

La Bruja de Rozas Garnacha is the village wine of Rozas de Puerto Real (its full name in Spanish is ‘The Witch of Rozas’.) A youthful expression of pure Garnacha, this is a great introduction to the wines of Comando G. The fruit is 100% Garnacha from vineyards around de Puerto Real, grown on granitic sand with an average vine age of 50-80 years. Bright, juicy red fruits glide across the palate, all cherry and dried herbs with a savoury edge. 2015 was a cracking vintage in Spain in general and it’s reflected here in the purity of the fruit, juicy acidity and fine tannins. A comparative bargain against the more illustrious single vineyard wines of this producer, it is not to be missed. Todd Slater FWC.

COS CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA 2014
SICILY, ITALY

Biodynamic
Single Bottle Price: $54.00
Dozen Bottle Price: $48.00

Magnum Single Bottle Price: $110.00
Magnum Dozen Bottle Price: $98.00

“The 2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico opens to a deep crimson colour. It’s a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato from this fully organic and biodynamic producer on Sicily’s southern coast. In recent years a growing proportion of the wine is fermented in amphora, but mostly in cement. The aromas are steady and bright with wild berry, dried black cherry, spice, licorice and savoury sage and spice notes. The mouthfeel is polished, silky and long in persistency. It has beautiful depth and density without coming across as heavy. There is a touch of bitter almond flavor and lots of savoury complexity on the finish. This wine is simply outstanding and keeps pinot noir drinkers, Shiraz drinkers and Nero d’Avola drinkers extremely happy. – FWC


Spirit of the month
October 2016

BAROSSA DISTILLING COMPANY ‘GENERATIONS’ DRY GIN
BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Single Bottle Price: $105
Dozen Bottle Price: $95

A winemakers’ gin that is quintessentially Barossa. A creative infusion of 12 botanicals, distilled with premium quality Barossa grape spirit, delivering a unique flavour profile that captures the essence of Barossa in every bottle. Traditional juniper and vibrant South Australian citrus lead the sophisticated flavour that delivers warmth, structure and a robust mouthfeel. Our pioneering use of toasted French oak in the distillation delivers hints of vanilla, a generosity and robust mid palate weight, just as it does in a fine wine.


Wine of the month

September 2016

CHATTO PINOT NOIR 2015
Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania
Single Bottle Price: $60
Dozen Bottle Price: $54
MAGNUM Single Bottle Price: $140
MAGNUM Dozen Bottle Price: $120

Jim Chatto came in during the week and boy are his 2015 Pinots good. My note at the time of the tasting read like this: Fantastic nose; very lifted with great intensity. A very pleasant dried herbal character – not green at all – with good acid to balance. Clean and Long. Great persistence of flavour throughout the length of the wine. Nice whole bunch component with great integration. Full tannin ripeness and very good tension to the fruit.

Certainly highly recommended and only made in very small quantities. Won’t last for long.

“Eight clones, hand-picked and sorted, 25% destemmed whole berries, 8 days cold soak, wild open ferment, 15 days on skins, pressed to French oak(35% new) at 1 baume for 10 months maturation. Intensely aromatic and flavoured, small red fruits in a silken web also catching precisely balanced spices, fine tannins and wholly integrated oak. A very high quality wine from its bouquet through to the finish, never wavering. 96 points. Drink now to 2028. – James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017.


July 2016

THE WANDERER UPPER YARRA PINOT NOIR 2013
UPPER YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA
Single Bottle Price: $59
Dozen Bottle Price: $53

I recently spent two and a half days in the Yarra Valley as part of a trade trip designed to showcase the best producers and the best wines that the Yarra Valley has to offer. This wine, The Wanderer Pinot Noir 2013, was arguably my favourite of the whole trip. The nose is deep and very seductive, showcasing deep red fruits, damp soil and red violets. Such flavours continue onto the palate in a complex and sophisticated manner. Pretty red fruits and delicate flavours approach you at first yet below these are much more firm and structured layers of complexity. Quite an achievement for such a young wine. Succulent plum, cherry pith and raspberry all dominate up front. Then the damp soil that was at first evident on the nose appears again towards the back of the palate, complemented by autumnal notes and undergrowth. There is lots of natural acidity here too, adding to the freshness of the wine and enhancing its length. The tannins are surprising firm and grippy for such a pretty wine and it is this structure that suggests that the wine will age tremendously well. – Ches Cook, FWC.

Benchmark Upper Yarra Pinot Noir. This release has some power and oomph but it’s characterised by its strands of smoky minerally goodness. The heart is caused to flutter. It combines satiny texture with tonic-like herbs with proud cherry-plum fruit with freshening acidity with length. In short, it’s stunning. 96 points. Drink 2015-2025. Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front.


Spirit of the month
June 2016

SÜD POLAIRE GIN
Single Bottle Price: $105.00
Dozen Bottle Price: $98.00

From Tasmania comes a bracing gin with transcendent flavour..

Süd Polaire gin is small batch distilled and bottled by hand. Only the purest hearts of superbly smooth, triple distilled wine spirit make this an excellent martini gin. Vapour infused with ten organic botanicals including aromatic juniper, fresh hand-cut lemon and grapefruit peel, Southern Ocean seaweed, local mountain pepper berries and leaves.

It's World Gin Day on Saturday June 11th. To celebrate, why not mix up a Süd Polaire Antarctic Negroni...
1 part Süd Polaire Antarctic dry gin
1 part Lillet
1 part Suze
Build over a jumbo ice sphere, garnish with lemon zest.
Then go back to the first step, repeat.


Wine of the month
April 2016

HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 2 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012
MARGARET RIVER, WA
Single Bottle Price: $60.00
Dozen Bottle Price: $52.00

Just drank a bottle of this wine over three days and it just gets better and better. If drinking please decant. Mike Kerrigan (ex-Howard Park) is making the wines and this is up there with the very best from Margaret River at half the price of Cullen and Moss Wood. Deep, brooding blackcurrant, cedar and smoky notes. It opens up with great fanfare and intensity. Highly recommended. Ian Cook.

“Destemmed, open fermented with pump overs, ten days post-fermentation maceration, matured in French oak for eighteen months. Vivid crimson-purple colour introduces a Cabernet’s Cabernet, full of blackcurrant fruits ringed by autocratic tannins that are unique to the variety. Because the balance is there,patience (which is essential) will be richly rewarded. Rating: 95 Points.” James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016.


Spirit of the month
April 2016

DODD’S GIN 500ML
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $105
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE $100

As you may have surmised, this isn’t a gin for part-timers. Bottled at a hefty 49.9%, it’s a gloriously full-bodied gin-lovers gin, and certainly the finest martini gin that we’ve ever come across. On paper, you could call Dodd’s a classic London Dry; but this isn’t a gin made on paper. It is firstly intensely aromatic, with a heady perfume of spruce and pine resin from the Juniper as well as some softer notes from the honey. And then there’s the palate. To paraphrase that legendary tagline, this reaches parts of the mouth wot other gins can’t. It’s a deep and intense, creamy, full bodied gin in the mouth with a sappy, racy, spicy energy and drive that only the very finest gins can match. It’s also super complex with lavender and resin juniper notes, citrus pithy freshness and subtle notes of jasmine and green tea. And then, towards the end, all kinds of spice kicks in with a crack of black pepper warmth, plenty of brown spice and some woodsy bracken from the black cardamom. This spiciness is perfectly balanced by the pillowy, glycerol rich texture. A killer gin that we are very proud to offer our clientele.

“This is a complex, audacious gin that holds its own against the very best. Whether served neat, in a Dodd’s Martini, gin and tonic, or in classic cocktails such as the Martinez or Negroni, this is gin (and presentation) in its boldest, most sustainable guise.” Nicolas Moghabghab

“The price tag is steep. There’s no hiding from this. But, if you can afford to – buy this gin… The bottom line is, it’s worth it.” The Gin Foundry

 


March 2016

YECLA
Single: $16.00 Dozen: $14.00

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. The Spanish Acquisition.

Knockout value, one to purchase by the dozen.


November 2015

Henschke Julius Riesling 2015
Eden Valley, South Australia
Single Bottle Price:     $44
Dozen Bottle Price:     $39
The 2015 Julius Riesling was released earlier this month and it was done so with a special tasting being conducted at the cellar door in the Eden Valley. I was in attendance as Stephen and Prue Henschke showed us twenty consecutive vintages of Julius, starting in 1996 - the first year the wines was bottled entirely under screwcap. This wine was indeed glorious; fully mature yet bright with layer upon layer of rich, golden fruit and toasted citrus notes. As we tasted through the flight of wines, what became clear was a definite Henschke stamp on all of their rieslings and a level of quality that did not dip from 'great' vintage to 'lesser' vintage. All Rieslings held a degree of elegance and seamlessness; they were all very 'complete' wines with roundness of fruit yet firmness of acidity. There was not one bad wine in the whole line-up. They spoke volumes of the rewards of patience when cellaring this wine and of the assured level of quality at Henschke year in, year out.

The wine of the line-up, we all agreed, was Julius 2002. We were able to get our hands on one dozen. $85 a bottle or $76 in the dozen/mixed dozen. It is in the perfect drinking window right now at 13 years of age. A bottle limit per customer will apply. Get in quick.

The 2015 riesling was the final wine we tried: lemon rind and yellow florals on the nose lead to a zingy and racy palate showing pear rind and cut green apple. Very primary at this stage but with a firm acid line and freshness in abundance, this is sure to go the distance. As the older wines showed, this will slowly add plenty of weight whilst maintaining youthful brightness and will develop toasted citrus characters and enhanced depth to the fruit each year that it rests in the cellar. Highly recommended. - Ches Cook, FWC.



September 2015

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2015
Clare Valley

Single Bottle Price: $55.00
Dozen Bottle Price: $48.00
Certified Organic

The eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard is at 460 metres altitude and just five kilometres from Springvale as the crow flies (but eleven kilometres by road). The infertile, shaley soil is slightly acidic and its topsoil has a clay and shale crust. The vines have to work harder than those at Springvale and so produce smaller distinctly flavoured and concentrated berries. A meticulously hand-tended vineyard matched by the same attention to detail in the winery, combined with an unusually cool, mild summer which heralded the earliest picking date in 35 years has resulted in a remarkable Grosset Polish Hill Riesling for Grosset. As you'd expect from this wine, it's quite shy in its infancy, though still with distinct chalky, minerally aromatics. It is amazingly intense showing shaley minerally flavours with a hint of lime juice, tightly coiled around a steely backbone, persistent, deep, and long. The finish is linear, crisp and ultra dry yet with impeccable balance. While it will improve immeasurably with time in the bottle that balance gives it an approachability especially when consumed with a platter of natural oysters or a dish of grilled whiting fillets with a squeeze of lime. Ageing potential: 6-15 years, up to 20 years. Grosset Spring Newsletter.





 

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