Here we go again!
While, at this stage, we are confident that we will be able to continue delivering wine to you during the forthcoming lockdown, our warehouse and couriers will always be subject to variations in government regulations. My advice to you is to order sooner, rather than later, as the situation may be liable to change.
As in the previous lockdown, we will continue to make our deliveries contactless, where our drivers are instructed to place the delivery on your front porch, or other specified place, and that no signature is required.
NEW for NOVEMBER
We have added a few new wineries to our list:
The Seppeltsfield winery was founded in 1851 and remained in the Seppelts family hands until 1985. A succession of corporate takeovers saw the winery overlooked by its corporate masters until in 2007, Warren Randall took it back into private hands with a view to restoring it to its former glory.
Sourced from their iconic Great Terraced Vineyard, first planted over 80 years ago, this youthful Barossa Grenache is crimson in colour with slightly pink hues. The aromas are of lifted, rosewater Turkish delight with a strawberry note. The palate is sweet fruited with a dried herb savoury edge, plum skin tannins and a lively finish.
Medium to full-bodied in style, the colour bright red with a youthful crimson hue. There are aromas of Lifted dark cherry and plum fruit with complex brown spices. On the palate there is the classic Barossa ripeness, dark fruits and dark chocolate richness. Balanced yet subtle oak, juicy acidity and polished tannins. The finish is long and rich.
The Glaetzer wines are focused on the Ebenezer sub-region near the northern boundary of the Barossa, where some of the oldest vineyards are situated. Ebenezer shiraz is a bit more generous, and tends to have a bit more richness to it than many other Barossa Shiraz. The soils are more free-draining, so you don't tend to get those higher alcohol levels, but you do get that lovely ripeness and tannin structure.'
"95 points. A quintessential Australian blend of shiraz (82%) and cabernet (18%), this is a brooding wine of considerable chutzpah manifest in old vine fruit, sourced from 30yo to centurion plots, across the famed Ebenezer sub-climate. The result is bumptious, yet in the Barossan context, refined, taut, long of finish and highly ageable. Soy, star anise and dried fruitcake spice lace high octane blue to dark fruit references. These are lit by lilac florals and smoky barrel ferment aromas, following 16 months in new hogsheads (92% French; the remainder American). James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
Anaperenna is a seamless fusion of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Voluptuous, opulent and yet refined, with a very long and satisfying finish.
Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz and Grenache in a modern way. The Shiraz brings backbone, flesh and body to the wine with the Grenache adding a soft, vibrant juiciness.
The colour is vibrant purple with bright red hues. There are aromas of wild cherries with a hint of blueberry and rose petal. On the palate there are loads of up-front red berry fruit, midpalate richness and brightness from the Grenache. It finishes fresh and long. A wine to enjoy in its youth that will also develop additional complexity over 6 to 8 years of cellaring.
The colour is an almost impenetrable dark purple. On the nose, Black fruits aromas abound. Dark plums and blackberry notes intermingle with anise and fresh spice. The palate is bright and juicy with a wonderfully rich mid-palate that maintains balance and finishes with texture. Flavours of dried spice and dark berry fruits add freshness and dimension. Great drinking now and will cellar well for up to 12 years.
Situated some 30 miles south of Melbourne, the cool climate Mornington Peninsula is now recognised for producing some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Almost half the vines planted in the region are Pinot Noir, followed closely by Chardonnay.
The winery is run by Martin Spedding who has overseen the rise of the winery to almost cult status. It is located at Main Ridge, one of the coolest and highest parts of the Mornington peninsula. The individual vineyards that currently make up the estate are McCutcheon, Judd, Wallis, Coolart Road, Spedding and Gabrielle.
The 10X Pinot Noir sourced from several vineyards in the Main Ridge sub-region of the Mornington Peninsula and is very much a regional expression of the variety. All of the fruit is from the estate. It is made in small open-topped fermenters with wild yeasts and matured for 11-15 months in French oak. This is an elegant and polished Australian Pinot.
Dark ruby coloured, it has a sappy raspberry nose with a hint of bacon, the ripe fruit apparent from the start. The palate is full and powerful, with concentrated raspberry flavours and a late hint of dried fruit, dried herbs and red meat. Great balance between the need for appealing fruit flavour and structure. A comprehensive Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir from a classic year.
"95 points. Excellent vintage conditions certainly delivered some super-smart Peninsula chardonnay. In the hands of trusted maker, quality soared offering a regional chardonnay masterclass. Nectarines, white peach, melon, grapefruit, citrus, background oak hum. Rounded, seamless division of fruit and oak, fine-textured all the way." James Halliday's Wine Companion
Two vineyards (Spedding and Coolart Road) are blended with the ‘home’ vineyards to produce Martin’s beloved 10X range. These wines are elegant but also Australian in style with ripe fruit and beautifully balanced with well integrated oak.
Peach, honeydew and citrus characters pair perfectly with the crunchy phenolics, depth of fruit and elegant edge of this inviting and irresistible Chardonnay.
The Noon winery, in McLaren Vale, opens annually in November for three weekends only. The vast majority of its wines are sold direct to their mailing list, which is fully subscribed and has a ‘waiting list for the mailing list’.!
Grapes for the Reserve Shiraz have been sourced from the same vineyard (the 1.6 hectare ‘20 Rows’ Block in Langhorne Creek owned by the Borrett family) since the first Reserve Shiraz in 1997. The 20 Rows Shiraz block was planted in 1962 on the Langhorne Creek flood plain, which is managed to receive late winter and early spring flood water from the Bremer River assisted by a series of channels and weirs. This is a special and unique terroir which has been producing wine this way since the mid 1800’s.
This wine is intriguingly subtle to smell at first, with complex, savoury aromas (soy sauce, nutmeg and green tea) emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium to full bodied and has a rounded mouth feel with lovely balance and a persistent firm tannin to finish.