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Central Otago

I was recently involved in a trade trip to Central Otago where we spent 4 days travelling through the region, visiting quite a few wineries and gaining an understanding of the sub-regions that make up Otago itself. From the trip, of course, i came away with a number of favourite wines and offer them here to you below. There are some familiar names but perhaps also some producers that you may not be familiar with. - Ches Cook, FWC.

The wines will arrive in store next week and most (not all) will be on tasting later in the month - stay tuned.

QUARTZ REEF NV METHOD TRADITIONAL
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $38
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $34
As far as I have seen, no-one is making sparkling wines in Otago as well as Rudi from Quartz Reef. The whole range is pretty special, having enjoyed some vintage 2008 as well as rose whilst recently in New Zealand. This however is his non-vintage wine which is a fantastic introduction to the producer and to the style of wines made at Quartz Reef. Pinot Noir dominant, the wine has a generous bouquet of orchard fruits which are flavours that continue onto the palate, enhanced by some richer red fruits with a clean and cool line of acidity running through the wine. The finish is very dry and slightly chalky. Great stuff. – Ches Cook, FWC.

DOMAINE ROAD DRY RIESLING 2013
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $30
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $27
Riesling from Otago sometimes goes a bit under the radar but surely sooner or later more people will discover how good this style of wine can be in a region such as this. This is my favourite wine of the Domaine Road range; it has plenty of fruit weight with classic citrus juice and lime leaf character. But there is also some added richness coming through- I get toasted lime and even some kerosene. Perhaps it is starting to show hints of development. Whatever it is, it’s delicious and the fruit flavours carry through with great persistence. – Ches Cook, FWC.

FELTON ROAD 'BANNOCKBURN' CHARDONNAY 2016
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $55
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $50
“The immediate potpourri of flowers on the nose is gracefully entwined with subtle minerality. The palate begins precise and playful, showing sandalwood and fine spice notes. A surprising breadth that the tight focus doesn't immediately reveal. Balanced and complete: possessing lovely charm, harmony and a persistent finale. Irresistible in its youth but further complexities will no doubt emerge.” – Felton Road website

DOMAINE THOMPSON 'EXPLORER' PINOT NOIR 2016
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $33
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $30
It’s not easy to find affordable Pinot Noir from Central Otago - it often seems as though the starting price is $50+. That’s why I was very pleased to come across this wine - the ‘entry level’ wine from Domaine Thompson. Farmed biodynamically, Explorer is a medium-bodied wine with pristine red fruits and an array of spices on both the nose and palate. White pepper and clove present some exotic flavours and are balanced well by firm but restrained tannins towards the back. I really like this and think it’s extremely good value for the price. – Ches Cook, FWC.

BURN COTTAGE 'MOONLIGHT RACE' PINOT NOIR 2015
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $68
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $61
Admittedly I went to Otago with a pre-existing bias towards these wines. Ted Lemon is a consultant here. He is the owner/winemaker at Littorai in California (the best Pinot producer in the US, if you ask me) and I have been a follower of his wines for a few years now. (They are also available in small quantities – just ask). Anyway, Ted farms his vineyards biodynamically and the same philosophy is followed wholeheartedly at Burn Cottage. This shows rhubarb, plum, brownspice and forest floor character, all intertwined seamlessly. Like its bigger brother, this is a full-bodied Pinot that will only get better with age. – Ches Cook, FWC.

“A blend of three vineyards here. The Burn Cottage crew have stepped out from the remarkable home vineyard, though I think it makes up about a third of the wine. Low on the oak so you can slam it down fast. Wonderful perfume. Smells cherry-like, savoury, faint dusty spice, touch of clove, earthiness, undergrowth. Really a whole lot going on. Texture is firm, tight, subtle and cool in fruit flavours, long. Long. It’s elegant yet shows off savouriness, tannins are shapely and succulent. It’s restrained, needs time, but offers so much for serious pinot lovers. Yep. 94 points.” – Mike Bennie, Wine Front.

BURN COTTAGE 'BURN COTTAGE VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2015
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.

FELTON ROAD 'BANNOCKBURN' PINOT NOIR 2016
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $75
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $65
VERY LIMITED
“The immediate potpourri of flowers on the nose is gracefully entwined with subtle minerality. The palate begins precise and playful, showing sandalwood and fine spice notes. A surprising breadth that the tight focus doesn't immediately reveal. Balanced and complete: possessing lovely charm, harmony and a persistent finale. Irresistible in its youth but further complexities will no doubt emerge.” – Felton Road website

RIPPON 'RIPPON' MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2013
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $92
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $82
My favourite wine of the whole trip and probably the producer who impressed me the most, also. Rippon’s Pinots seem to carry underlying notes of minerality in a way that is far more pronounced than any other Otago producer I visited. The wines, whilst still possessing good fruit weight, are more restrained and more secondary than most, with spice, acid and tannin playing vitally more important roles on the palate, moreso than up-front fruit. These are wines that will live for a long time, yet a beautifully poised and very sophisticated from a young age. Highly recommended. – Ches Cook, FWC.

“The farm voice” they say at Rippon, summing up the entire estate as a whole. There’s a massively important emotional/cultural connection promoted at Rippon – the handshake between all team members at the start of the day, the entire team hoeing the vines together to begin the work hours, the cleansing ale together at the end of the day – where biodynamics involves not only farming, but how the human element interacts with the place. I like these sentiments. Savoury scents, sweet earth, briar, dark cherry, Chinese five spice, faint amaro sour-sweet characters. Love pinot like this. So succulent in the palate – long, faintly sappy, crisp tannins, beautiful silky carry through the palate, finishes with tobacco-like savouriness and amaro-orange zestiness. All perfectly meshed, so much to think about per sip. Wonderful. 95 points.” – Mike Bennie, Wine Front.

VALLI 'BENDIGO' PINOT NOIR 2014
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $78
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $70
This wine sits apart from the others in this offer in a number of ways. Most notably, Valli use quite a bit of whole-bunch when fermenting – approximately 35% in this wine. As a result, the wine carries savoury notes throughout the palate which sit behind the primary fruit. Brown spices and autumnal notes support the weightier dark fruits and as the length of the wine is revealed, it narrows considerably, becoming tight and more linear – a shape I really enjoy and a structure that is less common in other wines from the region. The whole-bunch character impacts upon the texture and tannins too, which at this stage are youthful and firm but over time will soften and aid in longevity. A wine of great complexity and with more secondary characteristics than many others in this lineup. – Ches Cook, FWC.


KOOYONG OFFER SEPTEMBER 2017

The Kooyong Winery sits on a spectacular site in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, overlooking undulating vineyards and Westernport Bay.
Glen Hayley’s winemaking philosophy is driven by authenticity; wine that speaks of place, preserving the character of the fruit and celebrating the vineyard in which it was grown. It is the fine balance between scrupulous attention to detail and minimal intervention that allows wine to fully express provenance.

Glen completed a Bachelor of Viticultural Science and Wine Production, while working in cool and warm climate wineries across Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand and the USA. His time with premium new world Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers in Central Otago and Sonoma County, along with a concentration on white wines in the Loire Valley and the Mosel, helped shape his thinking.

His desire to focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay saw Glen join Kooyong Wines in 2009 and he has been an integral part of the winemaking team since to become Chief Winemaker in 2015.

KOOYONG FAULTLINE CHARDONNAY 2015
MORNINGTON PENINSULA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $65
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $59
Tangy and redolent of white peach, tangerine and nectarine out of the gates. Tensile, mineral-clad and tightly furled across its aft, reined in by a framework of high quality French oak and the oatmeal, truffled curd and reductive tension of extended lees handling. This wine will billow across its structural seams with age. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating: 94 Drink by: 2023

KOOYONG FARRAGO CHARDONNAY 2015
MORNINGTON PENINSULA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $65
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $59
Tangy stone fruit flavours cut a swathe across one's first impressions. The high-quality oak sits in there, too, merely an adjunct to guide the unwinding flavours, rather than a shout above the wine's inherent complexity. The intensity of flavour, rapier-like initially before expanding to a broader blade, is impressive. The finish exceptionally long. A wine to drift off to. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating: 95 Drink by: 2025

KOOYONG MASSALE PINOT NOIR 2016
MORNINGTON PENINSULA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $33
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $27
OUR FAVOURITE PINOT UNDER $30
“Blood plum, cinnamon sticks, red cherry, star anise and whole bunch spice, but throughout, has a kind of earthy character that gives it a little bump up in the appeal stakes. Medium bodied, cherry and exotic spices, a sweet orange juiciness, fine dusting of tannin, and a dry spiced finish of good length, cinched with a little bitterness. I like it. 92 Points. Drink: 2017-2026.”Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

“Absolutely delicious everyday drinking Pinot. Beautifully balanced with perfumed red fruit, a touch of spice and game and considerable persistence at this level. Supple and silky texture. If only there was more quality Pinot at this price. Highly recommended.” – Ian Cook, FWC

KOOYONG MERES PINOT NOIR 2015
MORNINGTON PENINSULA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $79
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $72
Far and away the most aromatic of Kooyong’s trio of Pinot Noirs, this is a high pitched soprano brimming with red fruits, all. The emphasis is on strawberry, red cherry and raspberry, given a creamy lick of vanillin cinnamon oak at the seams and a sprightly tang of candied orange rind beaming across the wine’s centre. Amen! Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 96 Drink by 2025

KOOYONG FERROUS PINOT NOIR 2015
MORNINGTON PENINSULA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $79
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $72
Kooyong's single vineyard Pinots exhibit darker shades across the variety's multitude of personalities. There is an energy; a weightlessness, together with a richness. The fruit ekes its way out of the savoury maze, licked with bramble, beetroot and etched by a whole-cluster spike of aniseed and cardamon. The balance of fruit intensity and structural attributes augur for a very bright future. 13.5% alc. Rating 96 Drink to 2030

KOOYONG HAVEN PINOT NOIR 2015
MORNINGTON PENINSULA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $79
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $72
Sturdy and dark-fruited as is Kooyong’s stamp. Haven is a plume of bing cherry, blueberry, black plum and cinnamon flavours, given energy by bright acidity and silken tannins following. This is pinot’s domain, in a riper sense. Vanillan, cedar oak frames and creams the wine’s edges, nestling in nicely to be absorbed, surely, into the generous melee in time. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. Rating 94 Drink by 2025.


BINDI
Macedon, Victoria

VINTAGE 2016 OFFER SEPTEMBER 2017

The tasting notes below come from winemaker Michael Dhillon.

All Bindi wines are grown in our vineyards and made by us at Bindi.
Our vines grow in a mix of ancient stony/rocky Ordovician soils and younger volcanic soil.
We intensively manage the vines by hand and harvest by hand.
We plough under vine and do not use systemic herbicides.
We do not use systemic foliage sprays or pesticides.
We use compost and compost tea and also use cow horn preparation, fish and seaweed.
Our wines are made without adding yeast, yeast nutrient, enzyme or any fining agents.
The wines spend many months on yeast lees in old and new French barrels.
Our intention is to capture the expression of the Bindi landscape in our wines each season.

In 2016 we saw the earliest ever calendar pick, in early March, yet it was still 110 to 115 days from fruit set. Abnormal by the calendar, but normal by the period to maturity. This has been a very interesting and important point to understand and to use when assessing why the wines remain so true to vineyard origin and also Bindi style. In 2017 we have harvested from April 2nd to the 5th, again about 110 days from fruit set. Normal is as normal does. And Easter? Well, that was mid March in 2016 and it was mi April in 2017. This telling by the moon is telling. In the Spring of the 2016 vineyard season we had very warm weather much earlier than usual. And an early summer. Then in February 2016 we experienced a significantly milder run of weeks which were more autumnal in nature. And the quality, the style of the 2016s? The wines have excellent intensity, balance and length. The winery was full of fine perfume as the Pinots fermented and the structures built with time on skins but overall the ferments were quite quick and exceptionally clean. As the wines have aged in barrel they have become more aromatic and they have evolved quite harmoniously. It is always exciting to see new wines' personalities begin to show and also to see their vineyard origins become increasingly apparent as they settle in barrel and the 2016s have continuously gained poise and personality. The four wines that remain in barrel, Block 5, Quartz, Original Vineyard and KAYE, have a June date for bottling and they are showing excellent depth, intensity and balance. We have just completed the 2017 harvest and the wines are finishing fermentation safely in the winery. A gift to the vines has been some significant rainfall that has given them a great post picking refreshment. The crop was excellent and the finesse and balance in the juice is very pleasing. Given the fabulous Spring rains and the very mild season it comes as no surprise to see the transforming wines looking so exciting. What a blessing!

2016 Kostas Rind Chardonnay
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $62.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $54.00
As is usual, the juice goes to barrel straight from the press tray, with no additions of yeast, nutrients or enzymes. Once the juice is in barrel a small amount of sulphur is added and then we wait, usually about five days, for the fermentation to begin. The wine spent 11 months on yeast lees in French barrels, of which 25% were new, before bottling.

Following the marvellous 2015 Kostas is quite a challenge for the 2016 wine and happily it has risen to the task. As always, here there is a lot of fragrance of lemon and pithy grapefruit lifted by white flowers and orange blossom. The year on all solids and lees has added mealy complexity and a gentle savoury restraint. The palate is mouth filling, intense in acidity, creamy, flowing, relatively rich and very long. There is a certain chalkiness and tension in the wine that weaves its way through the back palate and sits inside the harmonious finish. Another three years will be of great benefit in delivering added complexity and texture.

2016 Dixon Pinot Noir
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $62.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $54.00
Fruit from the Original Vineyard (30%, Est. 1988) and Block K (70%, Est. 2001) makes up this wine.
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) are included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-­stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur is added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine spent 11 months in French barrels, of which 20% were new, before bottling.

The classic Bindi Pinot signature of perfume and red fruits is immediately evident here. There are also some darker fruit notes and spice aromas giving added complexity. The balance of roses, red and dark cherry, raspberry youthfulness with more earthy and savoury complexities is very pleasing at this early stage. The palate is fleshy, supple and silky with fine tannins and balanced acidity carrying the fruit for a long finish. There is so much appeal right now it's hard to recommend cellaring however another three years will give added complexity and it will drink well for a decade.

2015 Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $40.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $36.00
A reasonably large, for us, proportion of whole bunches (20%) are included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-­stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur is added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine spent 11 months in French barrels, of which 10% were new, before bottling.

This is a complex and layered Shiraz expressive of its origin and handing. There is a complex array of red and dark fruits, liquorice as well as fresh herb aromatics from some whole bunch and whole berry inclusion in the ferment. There is no discernible dominating characteristic, but rather a fine, subtle interplay of complexities. The plate is bright, mouth filling, both plush and vibrant with a gently chewy, flowing finish. As per previous vintages, five to seven years will see this wine at its most complex and textured and it will hold well for several years beyond.

2016 Quartz Chardonnay
6 BOTTLE LIMIT
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $95.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $85.00
The juice goes to barrel straight from the press tray, with no additions of yeast, nutrients or enzymes. Once the juice is in barrel a small amount of sulphur is added and then we wait, usually about five days, for the fermentation to begin. The wine has spent 12 months on yeast lees in French barrels, of which 35% are new, and bottling will take place early June.

The hallmarks of wines from this vineyard are evident with lemon, lime and grapefruit aromas intermixing with mealy, nutty complexities. There are subtle aromas of white flowers working alongside that citric brightness. The palate is fresh, supple, rich, creamy, flowing and long. There is a mouth-watering tang of acidity that works within the excellent, textural length. Five more years will be of great benefit to the wine’s tightness, intensity and complexity.

2016 Original Vineyard Pinot Noir
6 BOTTLE LIMIT
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $95.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $85.00
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) are included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur is added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine will spend 15 months in French barrels, of which 25% are new, and bottling will take place in early June. Raspberry and red cherry brightness with savoury, earthy elements are immediately evident on what is a super fragrant, seductive nose. There are fine layers of spice, flint and and delicious seductive richness. The palate is fresh, zesty, balanced, creamy, gently chewy and long. Another four years will further complete the wine’s silky, flowing palate and it will live well for a decade and more.

2016 Block 5 Pinot Noir
6 BOTTLE LIMIT
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $135.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $120.00
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) are included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur is added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine will spend 15 months in French barrels, of which 35% are new, and bottling will take place in early June. This wine has pure red fruits with a hedonistic mix of spice, earth and creamy fragrance. There is a convincing volume of complexity lurking inside what is still a relatively closed nose. The palate is strong, harmonious and deliciously chewy and very long. Five years will allow this wine to relax a little and build further texture and complexity and it will live well for over a decade.


“a gem in a landscape of Liquorlands”
(Sydney Magazine, Jan 08)

At Five Way Cellars, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have never let a lack of space get in the way of stocking another good drop. And after 22 years in the business we think we know a good drop when we taste one!

A visit to our store in Five Ways, Paddington, reveals a vast array of the finest wines from Australia and overseas...more than 150 Italian wines alone. We have been at the forefront of introducing premium Italian wines to Sydney wine lovers since 1987. As well, you will find 40 varieties of Spanish wine and a discerning selection of wines from Burgundy, Alsace and Germany. Then there is the best Australia and New Zealand has to offer, with our passion for riesling, pinot noir and shiraz shining through. Indeed our store has become somewhat of a mecca for those wishing to seek out the “hard-to-find” and quality boutique wines.

“Best” need not equate with “most expensive” and we offer a selection that reflects both value and quality. Our staff offer the best advice in helping customers make the right choice. A delivery service is offered 6 days a week, free of charge to the metropolitan area for orders of one dozen or more.

Wine education in the form of in-store tastings and workshops to enhance our customers' enjoyment and appreciation of wine have become a hallmark of our business as have the many dinners held with guest wine-makers from Australia and overseas.


Five Way Cellars - your fine wine retailer
At Five Way Cellars we believe there is more to a good bottle shop than shelves, fridges and cash registers. We are committed to sharing with our customers every aspect of wine enjoyment through tastings, educational wine workshops and memorable dinners. Our range of wines is carefully selected to reflect value and quality and showcases the best producers both here and overseas.

We are pleased to offer the following services:
• Free delivery to most areas of Sydney (1 case minimum).
• Accounts—both private and business.
• Party planning—cold delivery, ice, tubs, glasses, sale and return.
• In store tastings every Saturday.
• Gift wrapping and gift delivery.
• Wine workshops.

We can also offer expert advice on:
• Rare and unusual wines—we will endeavor to hunt them down for you.
• Cellar planning—what to buy and when to drink it.
• Food and wine combinations.
• Corporate requirements—boardroom drinks, in-house tastings for clients and staff.

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Italian Winter Brochure 2017
Winter has finally set in and with it comes a raft of new Italian arrivals, from Puglia to Piedmont and everywhere in between. Italy has long produced some of the world’s great red wines but the quality and consistency at the ‘entry level’ has improved exponentially over the last decade or two. We've got wines from the outstanding Tuscany 2015 vintage and from Piedmont Dolcetto; Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco - we can’t get enough of the stuff! And Sicily, which has come on in leaps and bounds. Have an Italian winter. Salute! The FWC Mafia.Salute! The FWC Mafia.

Spanish Brochure Autumn 2017
Click to download our latest Spanish Brochure. New releases, new finds, new regions with old vineyards and ancient varieties being rediscovered and re-invigorated by a new generation of young winemakers. There is outstanding value throughout the entire brochure!



JASPER HILL
Offer October 2017


“No Shiraz in Australia has reflected its vintage with more fidelity down the years than Ron Laughtons Jasper Hill, the wine which first sprung a spotlight onto Heathcote.” Andrew Jefford

Notes below by Andrew Caillard MW

JASPER HILL GEORGIA’S PADDOCK SHIRAZ 2016
750ML SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $90
750ML DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $80
375ML SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $52
375ML DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $47
1500ML SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $200
1500ML DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $180
Medium deep crimson. Intense elderberry, blackberry aromas with praline, espresso notes and hints of roasted chestnuts. Well concentrated blackberry pastille, praline flavours, fine chocolaty tannins and underlying roasted chestnut, savoury oak complexity. Finishes chocolatey with attractive bitter mineral length. Elemental with some liquorice notes. 15.5% Alc 94 points – 2020-2035.

JASPER HILL EMILY’S PADDOCK SHIRAZ 2016
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $120
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $105
Medium deep Crimson. Intense lifted blackcurrant menthol aromas with chinotto inky notes. Well concentrated blackcurrant blackberry fruits, with menthol sage like notes, fine chocolaty but vigourous tannins and underlying mocha ginger oak complexity. Finishes firm with plenty of fruit persistency. Elemental with plenty of richness and density to offset the muscular structure. Should age for decades. 15.5% Alc 94 points – 2022-2040.

JASPER HILL GEORGIA’S PADDOCK NEBBIOLO 2016
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $72
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $65
Medium crimson. Fragrant cranberry, strawberry aromas with inky ginger complexity. Lovely supple wine with red cherry, strawberry cola, cranberry fruits, dried roses, fine slinky looseknit tannins, wonderful mid palate viscosity and lovely integrated fresh clear acidity. Superb length. A gorgeously seductive wine showing the beauty of Nebbiolo. Is this the best in Australia? 13.5% Alc 96 points Now-2025.

JASPER HILL GEORGIA’S PADDOCK RIESLING 2017
750ML SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $42
750ML DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $36
1500ML SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $95
1500ML DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $85
Pale colour. Intense lemon curd, lime, camomile, tonic water aromas. Fresh, well concentrated lemon curd, lime, cumquat flavours, fine slinky touch al dente textures, and marked acidity. Finishes with a phenolic firm finish. Intensely flavoured wine with strong varietal definition and pronounced structure. Elements should integrate and develop with time. 13% Alc 91 points Now-2030.

AGLY BROTHERS CÔTES DUROUSILLON 2014
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $49
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $44
‘The 2014 Cotes du Roussillon is shockingly good. A 60/40 blend of Syrah and Grenache–and the first vintage to not incorporate Carignan–it has incredible purity and elegance to go with lots of kirsch, black raspberry, violets, crushed rock and olive tapenade characteristics. Also medium to full-bodied, with beautiful concentration and ultra-fine tannin, this will most likely surpass the 2013, yet I suspect it will drink at an earlier age … Again, these cuvées are made in tiny quantities, so don’t miss a chance to try this.’ (94-97) points, Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com, April 2015.

ALL WINES BY JASPER HILL ARE ORGANICALLY PRODUCED


VON BUHL 2015 - DEIDESHEIM-RHINE PFALZ
Riesling Heaven - Biodynamic
Offer October 2017



“Warmer & sunnier than almost anywhere in Germany, the Pfalz could have been designed specifically for growing Riesling vines, and in 2015 all the planets lined up to produce some of the most amazing dry Riesling I have tasted.

I visited the Estate in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the wines. We shipped lots of the top Crus back then and since that time, a famine until now.

In May this year, Richard Groshe from Von Buhl visited with a box of the 2015 samples and I was lucky enough to taste and order all the wines below. They are all exceptional and I recommend them highly to you.

The Ex-Ship pricing applies on a mixed six pack of the premium wines. Why not add on six of the Estate Trocken?

Even the simple Trocken @ $28/$25 is bloody special.” Ian Cook, FWC

“Wine lovers who are looking for the finest dry Rieslings of the 2015 vintage in Germany shouldn't miss the exceptional wines from Reichsrat von Buhl… Honestly, I was blown away by both the style and quality, but should also add that the 2015s are probably too complex for beginners. You really have to be a Riesling maniac to feel the rhythm of these wines.” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, Issue 226

“This beautiful old estate in the center of Deidesheim has just released its first vintage under new leadership and given their label a makeover to make the change in style more readily apparent... The first results, though, speak volumes. Bone-dry, yes, and with no fear of bracing acidity, which is nonetheless well integrated.” Joel B. Payne, vinous.com

“Former Bollinger chef de cave Matthieu Kauffmann (now once again resident in his nearby homeland, Alsace) and co-director Richard Grosche continue to score striking successes here.” David Schildknecht, vinous.com

Where do you go following twelve successful years as Bollinger chef de cave? If you’re Mathieu Kauffmann, you cross the Vosges Mountains of your native Alsace and head straight to the Pfalz. That a winemaker of Kauffmann’s renown could be tempted from one of French wine’s most prestigious postings to join Von Buhl is an indication of this historic producer’s potential and the quality of its vineyards. To give you an idea of how blessed this Estate is with its terroir, under the VDP’s Grosses Gewächs (Great Growth or Grand Cru) classification, Von Buhl ended up with seven Grosse Lage vineyards. Many great German Estates ended up with one or two. At the heart of the estate lie Von Buhl’s mighty quartet of basaltic vineyards, based around the wine village of Forst; Kirchenstück (arguably the most revered vineyard in the Pfalz), and then the equally famous sites of Jesuitengarten (Garden of the Jesuits), Ungeheuer (Monster) and Pechstein (Pitchstone). After that there’s the wonderful ensemble of Erste Lage vineyards surrounding the village of Deidesheim – which includes holdings in Paradiesgarten, Herrgottsacker and Mäushöhle – not to mention a series of fine unclassified sites spread across the hillsides of the Mittelhaardt.

The history: following a period of instability under a series of absentee landlords and overseas investors, this historic Pfalz Estate (established in 1849) is now under the stable and driven ownership of the forward-thinking Niederberger family. It was Kauffmann’s predecessor, Stephan Weber, who got the ball rolling. Weber’s focused on producing full-bodied site specific, organic dry Rieslings – via a medium of low yield, low input viticulture. This approach already had Von Buhl playing to its greatest strengths. Yet, it has been the arrival of Kauffmann – as well as co-director Richard Grosche, who he works alongside, and vineyard manager Werner Sebastian – that got this sleeping giant really going. The vineyards are now managed biodynamically, and there has been a raft of improvements across the vineyards and cellar, some of which we mention below. In short, the rebooted Von Buhl today has the level of vineyard and cellar practices commensurate to an Estate with the finest collections of vineyards in the Pfalz.

Von Buhl’s Kauffmann-era dry Rieslings are wines that seem to suck the minerals right out of their rocky soils. In spite of their textural abundance and sheer mass of diamond-cut fruit, these tightly wound wines remain incredibly precise. And they are now vinified bone dry. As Richard Grosche told us when he visited Australia this year, the Von Buhl team believe that the differences from one site to the next show through more intensely in the absence of residual sugar. In the cellar, Kauffmann’s preference is to ferment the wines in large, 2,400-litre dopplestück ovals, and he has also introduced the practices of natural yeast fermentation and long, texture-enriching ageing on full lees. So nothing like the winemaking he experienced in Champagne. Then, the Estate has dialled back the use of sulphur dioxide during vinification to the bare minimum (or zero in some cases), the pumps have gone, the wines are now moved by gravity alone, and the wines are not fined. All these factors, and more, have created the conditions for a perfect storm, or some perfect Riesling at least. Dr Jamie Goode puts it well when he writes of the 2015s, “… the new regime is nailing it: these were truly brilliant wines.” Yes, you could say the ex-Bollinger man is off to a flying start…

2016 VON BUHL FORSTER RIESLING
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $55.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $51.00
EX-SHIP PRICE: $46.00
First introduced in 2013, this village-level Riesling aims to reflect the village of Forst in general. Depending on the vintage, the wine is based on declassified fruit from one or more of the Estate’s Grosse Lage (great growth) vineyards…This year, the blend is made up of fruit from Ungeheuer, Pechstein and Jesuitengarten. All great names! The basalt rich soils and the low yields of these sites have generated a cuvée with far more structure, texture and mineral intensity than the popular entry-level Riesling QbA. Fermented in large dopplestücks (wooden casks) and stainless steel, with seven months on full lees, the quality here showcases the wine’s Grosse Lage origins with incredible finesse and class. Expect a textural Riesling tsunami of citrus pith, chamomile and saline notes and a long, vibrant, mineral close. An undeniable bargain.

“Quite rich with lime and honey sitting above a core of mineral rich acidity, hints of oyster shells and a long drive to the finish. A little like the Keller Von de Fels (now sold out). Excellent now and for 5-10 years.” Ian Cook, FWC

2015 VON BUHL DEIDESHEIMER HERRGOTTSACKER RIESLING
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $83.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $77.00
EX-SHIP PRICE: $70.00
Herrgottsacker is an Erste Lage vineyard (or first growth, i.e. a top notch, classified vineyard) that sits between Forst and Deidesheim. It is one of the southern Mittelhaardt’s larger vineyards, faces southeast and southwest, with a slope that rises from 5-18 degrees. The soils here are white and yellow sandstone with limestone deposits. At Erste Lage level and above, Von Buhl’s Rieslings are all fermented in 2,400lt dopplestücks (large casks) and raised on full lees with zero or minimal sulphur. The 2015 Herrgottsacker is a brilliant, mouth-filling young Riesling, with waves of yellow fruit notes, a kiss of honey, some grip and a smoky, savoury edge. Outstanding.

“Much more lifted aromatics – coiled, spiced kaffir lime, green plum and just ripe stone fruit. Really intense and powerful in its delivery with complex secondary savoury, smokey notes. Love it.” Ian Cook, FWC

2015 VON BUHL DEIDESHEIMER PARADIESGARTEN RIESLING
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $83.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $77.00
EX-SHIP PRICE: $70.00
Erste Lage (Deidesheim). Paradiesgarten, the garden of paradise, is one of the great vineyards surrounding the village of Deidesheim. Nestled between the forest and the Leinhöhle vineyard, the southeast facing Paradiesgarten gets the full sun from the early morning, and by early evening the vines benefit from the shade provided by the Haardt slopes. The soils are weathered sandstone with sandy loam which brings a more graceful, fine boned, silky texture compared to the wine above. In 2015 this satiny mouthfeel is shot through with mouth watering, crunchy white peach fruit and ripe apple freshness. Great purity and finesse.
“Very fine, lemony and bright with lovely juicy, linear stony citrus fruit. Very direct and linear with lovely precision. A bit of pithiness but lovely purity here. Lemony, direct and primary.” Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com

“More classic in style and delivery. I see a kind of link to Grosset; that coiled spring intensity of lemon and lime – quite fragrant and very, very pure, precise and clean. Not the secondary notes of the Herrgottsacker. A beautifully refined wine.” Ian Cook, FWC

2015 VON BUHL ’JESUITENGARTEN’ GROSSES GEWÄCHS RIESLING
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $145.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $135.00
EX-SHIP PRICE: $120.00
Grosse Lage (Great Growth, the very finest classification) Forst. In spite of its small size, the Jesuitengarten is one of the most famous vineyards of the Pfalz. As the name suggests, it was part of the property of the Jesuit monastery (in Neustadt) and great Rieslings have been produced here since the Middle Ages. Located directly between Pechstein and Kirchenstück, this site is strewn with basalt debris and has an unusually high concentration of slate just one metre below the surface. The vineyard’s reputation is for power and it produces dense wines with intense, smoky minerality, aromatic floral notes, and marked freshness; said to result from a cooler airflow than its neighbouring sites. The 2015 is deep and intense, yet with a striking finesse. It’s crammed with pulpy stone fruit, citrus oil and floral aromatics and flavours and the palate almost vibrates with energy and extract. A magic wine.

“The 2015 Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling trocken GG opens golden-yellow in color, though still cloudy. It is deep, ripe, rich and with mealy, crushed-stone flavors and lemon aromas. Full-bodied, round and piquant on the palate, this is a very elegant and salty Riesling. The wine has power and a ripe, intense and aromatic fruit.” 92-93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, Issue 226

Starts off with softer, rounder, yellow fruits – peach and apricot and certainly more opulent and a little exotic. Despite all that richness, the intense vibrant acidity and crunchy minerality is there supporting in the background and keeping it on a beautiful track. A personal favourite.” Ian Cook, FWC

2015 VON BUHL ‘UNGEHEUER’ GROSSES GEWÄCHS RIESLING
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $145.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $135.00
EX-SHIP PRICE: $120.00
Grosse Lage (Forst). Another vineyard with a storied history and an unusual name. The name Ungeheuer – German for monster – originated in the 19th century, when the then chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, tasted the 1873 vintage and exclaimed that it was “Ungeheuerlich gut!”—Monstrously good! The site is less basaltic than Von Buhl’s other Grosse Lage vineyards and it is also drier and warmer. It is therefore often the source of Von Buhl’s most decadent Grosses Gewächs. This is again the case in 2015, with the Ungeheuer offering textural red and yellow fruits with the richness moderated by an intense saltiness from the Basalt. It’s a truly profound Riesling as the note below makes clear.

“Fresh and elegant on the dense and well-structured palate, this Riesling is very piquant and salty. It has blackcurrant aromas and endless grip, tension and salinity. This is a powerful and very promising Ungeheuer of great elegance and expression. There is so much grip and tension in this wine, so much structure that it might turn out to be one of the best dry Rieslings in the Pfalz, and probably in all of Germany in 2015.” 94-96 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, Issue 226

“Here we are greeted with an amazingly exotic blackcurrant nose and a steely zing. WOW! The most exotic with lots of raw grip, power and tension. It just bursts out of the bottle. A long time is required.” Ian Cook, FWC

2015 VON BUHL ESTATE TROCKEN RIESLING
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $28.00
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $25.00
“Screwcap. The 2015 Von Buhl is still very much in the electric, mouthwatering style that we have come to expect of this remarkable value Riesling. It's a pretty and pure vintage that has produced wonderfully fresh, sappy whites with superb fruit clarity. This year there is a lovely fusion of lifted lime, talc, ripe apple, and honeysuckle aromatics leading to a textural yet zippy and mineral fresh palate. The length is admirable and decidedly snappy with a line of quicksilver freshness cutting through the lovely, bright citrus fruit with palate-cleansing freshness and concentrated, rocky, Pfalzean minerality. A bargain!” FWC

“Best value German riesling!!” Ian Cook, FWC


RUGGABELLUS
Offer October 2017



Abel is a fascinating person to listen to. His knowledge of the Barossa and its sub-regions is enormous and he applies this to his winemaking, particularly when it comes to concocting his red blends. For these wines, he is aiming for finesse and elegance. They go against the grain of your typical Barossa blends, being lighter in body and much more elegant. They are fantastic as young wines but will also be intriguing to watch develop over the course of ten years. We have been on-board with Abel’s wines since the beginning and are thrilled with this year’s release, as he further hones his style.

Abel’s whites are ‘orange’ (or rather, amber) wines. Not the style of wine that we are generally fond of here at FWC but Abel’s wines really impresS us. They possess acid, freshness and fruit, on top of the textural intrigue usually associated with these kinds of wines. Most importantly, they are balanced. Abel strongly recommends drinking these like a red wine: at room temperature, letting the wine slowly evolve and reveal itself in the glass.

As always with Ruggabellus, the wines come highly recommended from us. FWC.

All wines will be open for tasting Saturday - October 7th - noon - 6pm

RUGGABELLUS SALLIO 2015
EDEN VALLEY
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $31
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $28
Might be a big call – but this is Australia’s best value ‘orange wine’ by a country mile. The time and thought that Abel has put into experimenting with this style of winemaking before releasing anything really shines through. Muscat, Riesling, and Semillon. Golden amber colour courtesy of the 3-4 days on skins. Shows fresh, floral orange blossom and orange/citrus rind, a touch of ginger and spice and some grippy tannin on the close. Unlike many examples – the phenolics/tannins are perfectly balanced by an encore of lingering fruit sweetness. Open this with someone who doesn’t like orange wine (like the boss here at FWC!) to change their mind. FWC.

"The first year Sallio spent in Abe Gibson’s large, old oak vats. It saw three days on skins, basket pressed, left for almost two years to mature in the vats. It’s muscat dominant in 2015 (40%) with 31% semillon and 29% riesling. Most of the wine is co-fermented. Abe Gibson has such a calm vision for his world, despite the complexity of winemaking. A gentle, thoughtful soul, but with a firm self-belief, or so it seems. This is a vision splendid, ongoing.

Bright golden colour. Spiced orange, dried herbs, dried mixed peel and apply scents. Very attractive pot pourri perfume. The palate is rich-ish but set alight with a web of fine, talc-like tannin and bristling, tangy acidity. The textural components are seamlessly woven into the main body of juicy fruit, with that citrus-apple-spice character utterly delicious, as if a fine tonic or similar. Wonderful drinking here. Complexity through the roof, as is drinkability. Rated: 94 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2030." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

RUGGABELLUS SOLUMODO 2015
EDEN VALLEY
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $50
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $45
Mainly Semillon with Riesling and a dash of Muscat making up the balance. Of his trio of orange wines this is where Abel pushes the envelope the most, but it also reveals his attention to detail. Most of the Semillon was picked late and kept on skins for the best part of a year, as the thinner skins don’t impart too much tannin. The Muscat on the other hand is picked early for freshness and vitality. Softer and richer fruit here; some white peach and stone fruit lingering alongside spicy floral lift and an almond/nutty character that comes through with time in the glass. The finish is chalky and textural. The pick of the trio this year for us. FWC.

"So this is 71% semillon of which this portion was on skins for almost a year. The semillon was left in a sealed tank for that year, untouched, and pressed just before the new season semillon was picked. Riesling (21%) and muscat (8%) was blended in after the year. Judicious, thoughtful winemaking underpins this suite of orange wines from Ruggabellus. “I am lucky to get a lot of wine from Dan Clark [Addley Clark] to inspire me and help me along my way”, says winemaker Abe Gibson. “The skins of semillon are thinner than many white varieties which could be used to produce this style, and the grapes bigger, so the skin impact is much less”, explains Abe Gibson, “and green skins are avoided where possible”. Some 690 bottles here. Solumodo – the lonely way, loosely applied here to suggest how semillon works in the Eden Valley. There’s a resonance there. Abe Gibson almost having a hermetic existence in his winemaking, though his connection to community runs deep.

Golden-orange in hue. Gorgeous looking thing. Pretty perfume of dried flowers, exotic Indian spice, toffee apple, almond and marzipan whiffs, orange juice and dried peel. Incredible perfume. The palate is alive with complexity of pumice-like texture, fine, juicy fruit character, savoury spiciness and zesty acidity. It’s a compelling wine, luring a drinker in, satisfying for complexity and incredible refreshment factor. A triumph. Take a look at this, Friuli, Georgia, Brda et al! Rated: 96 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2030+." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

RUGGABELLUS QUOMODO 2015
EDEN VALLEY
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $50
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $45
Predominantly Riesling with a splash of Muscat and Semillon. The texture is all there (as you would expect after 3 weeks on skins) but it is the freshness and balance that really impress. Very bright and lively fruit with orange peel, mandarine, persimmon and brown lime all poking their heads above the parapets. There is an inviting almost Gewurztraminer-like top note of florals, rosewater and spice. A perfectly delineated acid line provides great length. Impressive stuff. FWC.

"Riesling dominant here with an 83% holding. There’s semillon (9%) and muscat (8%) also in the blend. It sees around three weeks macerating on skins. Built from five different batches of ferments. This suite of ‘whites’ from Ruggabellus are distinguished, and the best of orange winemaking in Australia (and would hold fort alongside any wines of international high standard of the same style). Indeed these wines are excellent full stop. Outstanding wines and winemaking nous, from select vineyard sites. Quomodo – which translates roughly to ‘in what way?’, and the question is being asked about Eden Valley riesling…

Grilled citrus characters, spiced orange, amaro, anise, alpine herbs. Tangy orange-y characters to taste, slight saline tang, lemony acidity, fine chalky tannin profile. Lively number here, dances across the palate, zigs and zags with its savoury-spicy fruit and mineral-charged texture. Feels almost curiously fine boned. Refreshing to boot. Reminscent of the mighty, livelier versions of orange wine from Princic, as opposed to Radikon’s concentrated orange wine styles. Unreal. Rated: 95 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2030+." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

RUGGABELLUS FLUUS 2016
BAROSSA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $31
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $28
Fluus is typically the prettiest and most ‘gluggable’ of Abel’s range. This year the perfume and prettiness is still there but there is a firmer tannic backbone. Almost Pinot like on the nose with lifted red, blue and black berries dusted with brown spice and dried herbs. In the mouth we have all this sappy and succulent fruit and spice before a long trail of fine powdery tannin that is more insistent than previous vintages. As usual, alluring freshness and vitality. FWC.

"Fluus, the flow. Get with it. Here’s a regular winner from the clever, clever hands of Abe Gibson and his vineyard sources. Produced in a large, old oak vat this year (well, matured in it). Syrah dominant for the first time (38%), with cinsault (21%), grenache (21%) and mataro (20%). Bistro-friendly fare of the highest order; or just for sloshing around with abandon at home.

Hearty perfume of plum, lavender, malt, faint game meat and faint espresso, with a savoury, brambly undertone. Sounds over the top in description, but you keep seeking and you shall find. Medium weight in palate, or at least medium in ripeness of flavour, touches of green herb/spice, sheets of firmly succulent yet fine tannin. Juicy, bright finish. Stellar drinking, overdelivering for price with structure and complexity, though some might find it a darker version of Fluus, though the wine has lost none of the drinkability. Rated: 93 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2025." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

RUGGABELLUS TIMAEUS 2016
BAROSSA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $51
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $46
Grenache dominant (76%) with Shiraz, Mataro and Cinsault making up the numbers. As usual Abel has responded to the season with a few changes in the cellar. Due to the higher tannin of the vintage he kept about a third of the Grenache on skins for over a month to soften/polymerise the tannins. It has worked a treat, this is immediately charming. Roughly 25% whole bunch employed here. Fresh plum and cherry fruit mixed with gentle brown spice, earth and dried herb chiming in. In the mouth the wine begins all svelte and silky before some fine powdery tannin kicks in. In fine form as usual. FWC.

"The grapes came on a little earlier than expected, with Timaeus threatened by some higher alcohol potential in vineyards (and some parcels have been dropped accordingly, due to additional ripeness/flavour/alcohol). It is 76% grenache, 12% syrah, 7% mataro, 5% cinsault. Detailed winemaking to get to that very precise blend. I would love to see the process live.

Plush, velvety red of easy seduction, round tannins, good extension of sweet-spicy fruit flavours. Scents of dark plum, black olive, wild mint, warm pavement. The palate set to darker fruit but riding on a flow of cool, fresh acidity that lifts the wine and raises drinkability. Levity in red wine. Come hither stuff. Rated: 93 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2026." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

RUGGABELLUS EFFERUS 2016
BAROSSA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $51
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $46
Mataro from old vineyards in Krondorf and Vine Vale is in control here (71%), Shiraz; Grenache, and Cinsault the bit players. Pretty well always the most complex wine of the range, and the ’16 doesn’t disappoint. Plenty going on with every blue and black fruit under the sun joined by some meat/jamon, pepper, spice and potash. Really opened up in the glass – decant for a few hours if for immediate consumption. FWC.

"This is 71% mataro, 17% syrah, 10% grenache, 2% cinsault. “I always want this to be earthy as its sort of primary feel. Not want, but I think this is what Mataro’s best attributes are. Meat and the earth. That for me is the aim. I want it to be untamed, hence Efferus, wild, so the wine shows robustness and a rustic feel, but that’s not quite right either. It’s like the tertiary colours of gum leafs, with the red hue through them” explains winemaker Abe Gibson. Select vineyards contribute, though the focus is rounding to the home block on the family property.

There’s an unkempt feel to the wine in the best possible sense. A Wine Of Character. Scents of red and black berry, turned earth, pepper, gum leaf, undergrowth. The palate starts with chewy tannin, ropes of them, set amongst dark fruit, savouriness, meaty characters and sweet-just sour fruit character. Unreal, rumbling wine of depth and personality. Rated: 95 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2027." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

RUGGABELLUS ARCHAEUS 2016
BAROSSA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $64
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $58
Abel is a pretty cool customer but even he couldn’t contain his excitement over the first release of a single vineyard wine from the family vineyard in Flaxman’s Valley (a special pocket of the Eden Valley). It is also not a blend but 100% Shiraz (shock horror!). A measly 672 bottles to go around so you’ll have to be quick to get in on the ground floor. 29% whole bunch here. The richest and most ‘traditional’ of the new releases, but still showing Abel’s trademark finesse. Dark, brooding plum and black cherry fruit joins liquorice, damp earth/clay and a fair whack of spice. There is a red fruited, borderline floral character providing lift and freshness. Plentiful fine, grippy, mouth coating tannins complete the picture. Delicious now with a bit of air, but looks like it will be a stunner given a few years in the cellar. Run, don’t walk. FWC.

"The first single vineyard wine ever from Ruggabellus. From the home vineyard, right out the front and down the hill of the Gibson family house and winery. A single barrel was made. The vineyard work is yielding results! Set on pink quartz at 500 metres above sea level. Flaxman’s Valley magic. An earthy, pure red results. My mind went straight to great wines of Allemand or Souhaut from Rhone. Then again, it very much marches to its own beat. This is all syrah, for the first time.

Perfumed, medium weight red of spice, faint savouriness, gently ripe fruit characters, herbal element. Pitch perfect medium weight, succulent, fine and fresh, stretches luxuriously into the distance, sheathed in ultra-fine tannin and dusty spice plus cherry pip, rose water and faint soy character. So lovely. Such an elegant wine but with incredible inward concentration. Freshness abounds. Almost a pinosity. Incredible wine. Rated: 96 Points. Drink: 2017 - 2028." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.


Giaconda En-Primeur Offer


The Outstanding 2016 Vintage June 2017
“Giaconda, the winery and four - hectare vineyard Kinzbrunner established back in the early 1980’s, might just be the greatest wine estate in Australia. That’s no small claim. But let’s look at the facts. Every wine Giaconda makes is outstanding.”
Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald

“These wines have a super-cult status and, given the tiny production, are extremely difficult to find; they are sold chiefly through restaurants and by mail order. All have a cosmopolitan edge befitting Rick Kinzbrunner’s international winemaking experience. The Chardonnay is one of Australia’s greatest.”
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2016

“In July 2006, Rick Kinzbrunner was voted one of the top ten white wine makers in the world by Decanter Magazine. My own tasting of these wines, especially Chardonnay and Shiraz, over the past few years echo all the great reviews. I would suggest drinking your chardonnays that are 2005 and older now while at the height of their powers. Only two months ago I had a bottle of 2006 Chardonnay over two nights. The amount of complexity, funk and interest in the wine is more than you will find in any Australian Chardonnay. I have twice enjoyed the 2005 Warner Shiraz in the past year. It’s just hitting its straps now with bright cherry, Asian spices, smoked meat and cedar. The flavours are very long with some aged notes (smoky, earth and leather) combining with fresh cherry and spice. Super fine cedary elegant tannins. Quite delicious. I’m not exactly sure where it’s going, but I am liking the journey. The improved complexities and desirable characteristics that come with some age (across the entire range) lie as good reason to get your hands on some from this En-Primeur offer and bury them in the cellar. The Estate Shiraz 2014 blew off all-comers at an International Shiraz tasting on Wed 21 June 2017” Ian Cook, FWC

Please note: that the prices quoted reflect the best possible price per bottle irrespective of the quantity purchased and that the prices (in brackets) will be the retail price when these wines arrive next year. As you can see there is a substantial price difference. The 2016 vintage wines will be available for delivery/collection in May 2018 and payment in full is required with your order (unless already sold out).

We do have small quantities of Chardonnay 2015, Estate Shiraz 2015 & Warner Shiraz 2015 currently in stock if you would like any wine immediately. These wines were offered at en-primeur prices this time last year and are now available at full retail/case price. Please ask if interested.

Chardonnay (except magnums) and Warner Shiraz are under screwcap. Estate Shiraz is under cork. As always, we expect our allocation to sell out quickly. All orders will be confirmed within 72 hours. Needless to say, it is best to get in quick!

THE EN PRIMEUR WINES:
Rick Kinzbrunner’s tasting notes below:

Giaconda Estate Chardonnay 2016
En-Primeur $120.00 (RRP-$150.00)
MAGNUM En-Primeur $300.00 (RRP-$375.00) VERY LIMITED
A bolder wine than 2015 and evolving beautifully in barrel: displaying white peach, nectarine, hazelnut and matchstick characters are prominent. Mineral notes and spiced oak helping to stretch the finish. Flavour intensity and power will be the signature of this 2016 vintage. Packed with flavour and considerable depth on the palate [barrel tasting notes].

Giaconda Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2016 (cork only)
En-Primeur $79.00 (RRP-$100.00)
Lifted aromas of red through to darker black fruits with clove, musk and freshly turned earth adding much complexity. A powerful and muscular wine, yet silky and balance. Plum fruit characters show through similar to the 2015 vintage in fruit profile at this stage [barrel tasting].

Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz 2016
En-Primeur $75.00 (RRP-$95.00)
Already showing a kaleidoscope of aromatics and flavours: earth, beetroot, black broody fruit and smoked tea. Bigger than the 2015 with plum fruit and violets showing strongly. A wine of depth and substance with good fruit extract providing the framework for this wine [barrel tasting notes].


Bass Phillip
OFFER JULY 2017
2015 Vintage
One of our favourite releases of the year. Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip remains atop the Australian Pinot Noir tree (with By Farr and Bindi for company!). The 2015 vintage was characterised by purity, minerality & freshness. The resultant wines are superb. The Chardonnays, which are often overlooked, are stunning and a revelation with age, whilst the suite of Pinot Noirs made this year will be long lived. All these wines were tried with Phillip recently and are highly recommended. Todd Slater, FWC.

“Phillip Jones handcrafts tiny quantities of superlative Pinot Noir which, at its best, has no equal in Australia. Painstaking site selection, ultra-close vine spacing and the very, very cool climate of South Gippsland are the keys to the magic of Bass Phillip and its eerily Burgundian Pinots. One of Australia’s greatest small producers.” James Halliday

Phillip Jones on the 2015 Vintage: "what's distinctive about it?”
* Purity of fruit: great varietal character
* Clear expression of the vineyards: very obvious when you taste the line-up
* Better tannin & firmer mineral finish than we've seen from each of the five pinot noirs

These wines are extremely limited. Once we have received all orders we will try to divide stock as evenly and as fairly as possible.

2015 BASS PHILLIP ESTATE CHARDONNAY
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $78
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $70
Rippling with white stonefruit, waxy, textural mouthfeel and veins of oat and bran. The palate appears richer than usual at this stage but will unfurl beautifully over time. Its power is apparent at the finish yet never overdone. Delicious Chardonnay that sits comfortably with the country’s best. Todd Slater, FWC.

2015 BASS PHILLIP PREMIUM CHARDONNAY
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $107
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $97
Another level again here with layers of nougat, melon, oat, some flint and subtle spices. The coiled fruit is woven through a powerfully structured palate with arteries of minerality that in turn, combine this power, with beautiful restraint. The finish is one of spicy textured stone-fruit, long refinement and pure pleasure. Knockout wine.
Todd Slater, FWC.

2016 BASS PHILLIP ROSE
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $27
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $24
I can’t add much to below except buy by the dozen, for refreshment, the lunch table & enjoyment.
Seriously good & a steal for the quality. Todd Slater, FWC.

“It’s great to see quality grapes making rose wines. It’s purpose built rose, crushed and sent to barrels to mature. Delicious! Righteous stuff. Pale garnet pink in glass, a kiss of strawberry amongst cherry and cranberry and spice flavours. Touch of savouriness in perfume and a sprig of briar or dried herbs. It’s got superb texture, slippery but also with a succulence, acidity fresh and lively, fruit sweet and just a touch squeaky with attractive bitterness. Excellent wine, when you take a moment. Class rose. 94 Points.” Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, May 2017.

2015 BASS PHILLIP OLD CELLAR PINOT NOIR
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $42
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $37
As far as entry level pinot noir goes, this is as good as it gets. Ripe strawberry, rhubarb, & red cherry fruit all breeze over a light, succulent fruit drenched palate. The seam of mineral driven acidity gives the wine a length & persistence that underlines the value here. This is the wine to drink now & over the next five years. Delicious. Todd Slater, FWC.

“It’s a mulchy, spicy, smoky thing, with sour cherry and just-ripe strawberry flavours. Light bodied, fine-grained tannin, a little sweet and sour in profile, with bright acidity and a pretty good sappy finish. Good wine to enjoy over the shorter term. 91 Points.” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017.

2015 BASS PHILLIP CROWN PRINCE PINOT NOIR
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $75
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $68
Always good value – the 2015 takes it to another level with its ripe dark, sweet and sour cherry/plum fruit, subtle spices and smooth long palate. More mid palate depth ensures it has structure and complexity to age superbly over the next 8 years. Great value to be had here. Highly recommended. Todd Slater, FWC.

“Plenty of capsicum and piquant spice here, with ripe and fresh red fruits, and a light coverlet of sweet oak. Light and fresh, all sappy, spicy and strawberried, with clean lines, ripe tomato acidity, and a playful lick of tannin. Good finish. Nervy and energetic. Like this. 93 Points.” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017.

2015 BASS PHILLIP ISSAN PINOT NOIR
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $90
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $82
With less than 1 tonne per acre, this is one of the most intensely fruited fruited wines Phillip makes. Dark & sweet fruited, with veins of brown spices, red and black cherry with some dark chocolate / cherry ripe characters.
Phillip refers to it as ‘pretty’ – I’d say it was pretty / fantastic and with a long pure finish. This will be a superb over time. Todd Slater, FWC.

“It’s beefed up with berried flavours but it also pours on the silk. The world of Bass Phillip in summary. Earth, fistfuls of spice, undergrowth, cedarwood and cream; complexity sits at the head of the table. Florals and blueberries, boysenberry and tangy cherry. It grows as it rests in the glass. Tannin creaks as the cogs of flavour turn. The reach of firm, tangy flavour here is excellent. It’s on the way to a very good place. 93 Points.” Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2017.

2015 BASS PHILLIP ESTATE PINOT NOIR
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $86
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $77
Dark red fruits & florals & fine brown spices all seduce before cascading onto a fine, fruit rich palate. More muscle & depth than the 2014, yet silky and ethereal. The power of the wine, not yet apparent, but the depth & length of fruit in 2015 will ensure its class & pedigree, will emerge with time.
Not to be missed. Todd Slater, FWC.

“Spice, red fruits, rose petal and vanilla, a bit of animal fur and earth, perhaps. Medium bodied at most, sappy and animated, redcurrant and pomegranate, fine burr of kitten’s tongue tannin, pleasing sense of delicacy, and pretty fine length. Delicious. 94+ Points”. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017.

2015 BASS PHILLIP PREMIUM PINOT NOIR
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $240
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $215
This oozes its class from the start with black spiced cherry, complex rich red fruits, spiced with veins of structure. As it opens-up in the glass the layers, power & sheer muscle become apparent – a veritable spice market, wrapped in a husk of elegance. Beautiful wine now and over the next 15 years. Highly recommended. Todd Slater, FWC.

“So sure-footed and confident, it almost has a swagger. Cherry, sweet cinnamon and cedar oak, dried flowers, a little earthy bass. Medium bodied, silky and precise, with delectable savoury and fruit sweet switching, layered and complex already, laced up tight with ultra-fine pixel tannin, and long smashed strawberry and spice finish. A delight. Really needs a few years, or at worst, a good spell in a decanter. 96 Points.” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017.

2015 BASS PHILLIP RESERVE PINOT NOIR
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA
SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE: $760
DOZEN BOTTLE PRICE: $685
The 2015 vintage at Bass Phillip reaches its apogee here, in the near mythical reserve wine. A cornucopia of dark spices, plum, and black cherry are all woven into a complex tapestry that is both silken and rich. The minerality emerges in the second half of the wine, giving energy, depth & endless length. Justifiably regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent Pinot Noir. Rare and stunning, it’s next level on the ‘wow’ factor. Todd Slater, FWC.

“Dance of the seven veils kind of Pinot here, where the moral of the story is ‘be patient’. Lavish clove, cinnamon and biscuit oak, deep dark cherry fruit, fresh tilled earthiness, a certain ‘minerality’ and a dried rose perfume. It’s medium bodied, thickly and sumptuously tannic, ribbons of silk, throaty and earthy dark cherry flavours, pencilly oak drawing lines for the future, and a very long and minerally finish. Depth and intensity. Tension and drama. It ‘feels’ Grand Cru, if that makes any sense. Wait. 96 Points.” Gary

 

 

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