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Architects of Wine
Adelaide Hills - Australia
Architect by day, winemaker by night, David Caporaletti is calculated and precise as much as he is rogue and experimental in his winemaking. Having made wine fo the last few year, David shows mind-boggling intuition with his 'less-is-more' mantra. With fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills and Wrattonbully, AOW wines show restraint in all the right places - both in skin contact time, use of oak and extraction of tannin. Another great reason why The Hills is proving to be a breeding ground for young winemakers with access to great fruit, sensibility and a taste for adventure in their craft.
2015 Architects of Wine Skin-Contact Riesling
David's 14 days skin-contact Clare Valley Riesling is first and foremost sharp and fresh, with secondary characteristics one would associate with skin-contact wine. It's a truly puzzling and complex wine with only 241 bottles filled.
2015 Architects of Wine Oaked Chardonnay
Sitting 553m above sea level AOW Adelaid Hills Oaked Chardonnay has brought back a style that has often been snubbed in these past few years. With 75% on new French Oak and the last 25% completely unoaked. David's Chardonnay is mouth filling but expresses the restraint of this beautiful vineyard. It sees 6 months on lees and minimal sulphur at bottling for the 341 bottles filled.
Winemaker Jarad Curwood sees each vintage as a new chapter with an individual story to tell. With a seasonal approach to his winemaking, Jarad aims to not create a ‘house-style’ but rather express a narrative that changes year to year. Based on this idea Jarad has created ‘Chapter Wines’. He is a rising star in Victorian winemaking, showing off multiple sub regions with hands-off techniques. His wines are individual, expressive and capture a sense of time and place.
2015 'Savvy Bee' Sauvignon Blanc, Yarra Valley
A new interpretation from Jarad Curwood. While its unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc, Jarad yet again sheds new light on what a particular varietal can do. Juicy, cloudy, and with a savoury-spice driven backbone, here is an unconventional but ever so morish way of looking at Sauvignon Blanc.
2015 Malbec, Heathcote
Not like any other Malbec we've seen. Jarad embodies freshness with a crunchy, slatey and vibrant Malbec that lends itself to being slightly chilled. Beautiful and wild.
2014 'Verse 2' Grenache/Shiraz, Heathcote
Heathcote Grenache and Shiraz get a whole-bunch approach and become a stalky, stemmy and slightly savoury wine that's both complex and easy drinking. A ripped page from the bible never looked so good.
2014 Shiraz, Northern Heathcote
Here is the wine that got our attention in the first place. What embodies Jarad's wines so well is the fact that he can show fruit in a different light to what you expect, and no different is his Northern Heathcote Shiraz. What apparently seems as a meaty, rich Shiraz plays two-face to something so floral and so delicate. Pleasant confusion at its best.
Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley & Barossa Valley
CRFT Wines express the individualism of location. Owned and run by winemakers Candice Helbig & Frewin Ries with a commitment to producing single vineyard wines, with a focus on locality. The fruit is sourced from a handful of unique and distinct blocks in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Eden Valley; these low yielding vineyards produce tiny amounts of wine. Each CRFT wine has its own personality and aliveness; it is a true expression of place.
2015 ‘K1 Vineyard’ Gewurztraminer, Adelaide Hills
Harvested early to preserve the best of this variety, the 'K1 Vineyard' offers aromatics and balance reminiscent of true Alsation style. Gently whole bunch pressed followed by time on lees for mouthful, this Gewurtz puts importance on purity of fruit and vineyard. Crafted with minimal additives & mouthfeel.
2015 ‘K1 Vineyard’ Gruner Veltliner, Adelaide Hills
This Austrian native is proving to be the superstar variety of the Adelaide Hills, and without doubt, has found its second home. Hailing from Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills, the 'K1 Vineyard' draws inspiration from the classic 'Federspiel' style with delicacy, minerality and intensity.
2014 ‘Budenberg Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills
Originating from the incredibly steep and low yielding vines of the Budenberg Vineyard, this Pinot is a true example of what great fruit and young talent can achieve. Complex, structured and masculine, this wine has been left unfined, unfiltered and undeniably brilliant.
2014 ‘Chapel Valley’ Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills
Tucked away on a south facing slope, this cold, sandy block delivers a unique perspective into the power of Pinot in the Adelaide Hills. Acid driven and perfumed, the 'Chapel Valley' Pinot brings minerality and fruit in plenty, and as always is left unfined and unfiltered.
2014 ‘Arranmore Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills
From this cool and unforgiving site comes a wine of generosity, warmth and spice. Hand-picked, gently plunged and basket pressed direct to oak, the small yielding 'Arranmore Vineyard' shows incredible texture, concentration and longevity showcasing the true talent of Candice & Frewin.
2014 ‘Little Hill Vineyard’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Farmed by the talented Shobbrook family, its hard to ignore the quality of fruit inside the 2013 'Little Hill'. Staying true to CRFT tradition of being unfined and unfiltered, the wine is probably best described by winemakers Candice and Frewin - "this block yields a warm, generous and giving wine. Like a hug from your mum".
2014 ‘Cemetery Vineyard’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley
A block with roots in the CRFT family tree, the 'Cemetery Vineyard' lies a stones throw away from the ancient clays of Ebenezer where the cemetery lies. With open-top fermentation, gentle plunging and direct basket pressing into old and new oak, this wine gives incredible richness and intensity that is so undeniably Barossa.
2013 ‘Fechner Vineyard’ Shiraz, Eden Valley
Over the last 900 million years a large chunk of dolomite was pushed up into the landscape at Penrice, crumbling all the land around it. Next to this in the rich, complex gravel the Fechner Vineyard produces a deep and concentrated wine with immense spice and 900 million years worth of minerality. Elegant and deep to the core.
Delinquente is the 'needle in the haystack' rarely found in a region often associated with high volume, low-quality winemakers. Twenty-something Greg Grigoriou has put together a lifetime of experience being surrounded by the wine industry to produce eye popping, dangerously drinkable wines from the Italian varietals that take to the Riverland climate so well.
2015 Pet Nat Bianco D'Alessano
Coming off the only plot of Bianco D'Alessano in Australia, Greg's first ever Pet Nat is both complex and refreshing. A rare experiment at this stage, here's hoping this easy drinking sparkling comes back to us in 2016.
2015 'Screaming Betty' Vermentino
An uncompromising expression of the famed Sardinia grape, holding true to its salty-sweet brininess, made from 100% Organic Vermentino.
2015 'Pretty Boy' Rosato
A gently extracted Rosé made from 100% Nero d'Avola, expressive fruit, freshness and acid line play key parts in making this one of the more mourish Rosé's we've come across.
2015 'Roxanne the Razor' Nero d'Avola/Montepulciano
A blend of 75% Nero d'Avola and 25% Montepulciano, the 'Roxanne the Razor' NDM is bright, punchy and seriously easy drinking.
Eden Valley/Barossa Valley
Sigurd is the dream-come-reality label of new up-and-comer winemaker Daniel Graham. Based upon Daniel's Norwegian family history, Sigurd personifies everything that is exciting about young and rising talent from South Australian Winemakers - passionate, under-the-rader and committed to making expressive and interesting wines.
2015 Sigurd White Blend
A blend of Garganega, Gewurtztraminer & Marsanne sourced from the Eden and Barossa Valley. A play on texture, acidic drive and different palate weights, the Sigurd White has always been a wine of intrigue and natural appeal.
2015 Sigurd Rosé
A new experimental wine from Dan. 97% Grenache with the remainder made from the leftover Marsanne skins from Dan's white. A clever decision by Dan that adds complexity and intrigue to the wine. Acid driven and plush, this is the kind of Rosé we like to drink.
2015 Sigurd Red
A blend of Grenache (86%), Shiraz and Mourvedre, Dan's red blend exemplifies the 'less is more' mantra more than any other wine we've seen in years. With a 21 day ferment pressed into 300L barrels for 3-4 months then left in bottle for another 12 months, the Sigurd Red shows how little good fruit needs to be tinkered with in order to make a wine truly sing. Unfiltered, unfined and undeniable.
Mathias and Camille are a young couple that many consider a beacon of new thinking in a region so steeped in tradition. In 2008 they began to work their 12-hectare estate in an immediate ode to organics, with biodynamic practices quickly following in 2010. Using the slightly more continental climate than the neighbouring Bordeaux region they make several small cuvees, all with purity and freshness in mind while respecting their terrior of powerful limestone and clay. With vines averaging 45 years of age, the young pair has been making waves in France, with energetic Terroir driven natural wine.
2013 Lestignac Blanc
Mathis and Camille's most expressive wine which shows off their limestone soils so well. Made of directly pressed Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Semillon macerated for one year (30%), Ugni Blanc (20%) and Muscadelle (10%). Spicy and racy, citrus driven and slightly oxidative, a cloudy wine with a very clear vision.
2011 'L'Ancestral' Cabernet Franc
As the name suggests, the 'L'Ancestral' comes off Lestignac's oldest block of vines. With 3 years of barrel age behind it, it finds subtlety and comfort amongst its herbaceous and savoury profile.
2014 'Les Brumes' Dessert Wine (750ml)
A full bottle, one that after tasting was quickly understood why it manifested as such and not in half bottles. With 11.5% alcohol and 35 grams RS, you wouldn't guess it would be over 10 grams of RS. Made of Ugni Blanc (20% of which went through carbonic maceration) and botrytis affected Semillon, this technically skin-contact sweet wine is complex as much as it easy to drink.
Domaine Alice Beaufort
Step a few metres south of Champagne and you’ll find yourself in the vineyards of Alice and Quentin Beaufort. While viticulture in the vineyard runs according to Champagne and Burgundian tradition, Alice’s wines receive a completely natural and holistic approach during winemaking. With Champagnes traditional production methods, Alice Beaufort offers truly incredible value for those looking for exciting yet precise sparkling. Alongside her whites, Alice’s ‘Grand Charme’ suggests a finer, more elegant style of Pinot Noir, mirroring the femininity of classic Burgundy.
Brut Millésime 2011
This methodé champenoise sparkling wine is made from fruit grown in the very northern part of Burgundy. Made naturally and with incredible quality, Le Petit Beaufort breaks the notion of what Cremant de Bourgogne is able to achieve.
Bourgogne Rouge 2012
Sourced from vineyards in the northern reaches of Burgundy, the 2010 Grand Charme is a pleasantly balanced example of AOC Bourgogne. Instantly approachable this Pinot offers great value and quality from one of the regions best young producers.
Domaine Andre Beaufort
Ambonnay/Polisy, Champagne, France
Here is a Champagne that few other producers have the guts to make - real Champagne that is handcrafted, individual and precious - not to be repeated. Founded in 1933 and converted by Jacques Beaufort to biodynamic farming in the 70’s, Jacques creates wines that rival Champagnes’ most celebrated houses. To say Beaufort Champagne is natural is a gross simplification. With the use of homemade compost, homeopathic teas and essential oils, Beaufort rejects everything that is modern day Champagne. Wines are fermented on natural yeast, and the bottle is aged on fine lees for as long as possible before disgorgement. We are immensely proud to be bringing in what we consider the best Champagne yet to be seen in Australia.
NV Polisy Brut Reserve
This Non-Vintage Champagne is sourced and produced from Polisy in the southern part of the Aube. Based on the 2011 vintage and recently disgorged, this Pinot Noir dominant Champagne offers insight into the often overlooked quality that the Aube can produce. Not just an aperitif, this is one of the best growers Champagne’s around.
Polisy Brut Millésime 2005
With extended time on lees and having been recently disgorged, this vintage Champagne has the perfect balance of primary and secondary characteristics. Farmed biodynamically, this Chardonnay dominant Champagne has length, linearity and incredible structure typifying the 2005 vintage.
Samaur-Champigny, Loire Valley, France
At the heart of Domaine Bobinet is the progressive young duo of Sébastien Bobinet and Eméline Calvez. Passionate about biodiversity, natural vinification and unadulterated winemaking, the two have played an important hand in the revitalization of Saumur-Champigny and making the region the first AOC in France to collectively decide on the reduction of chemical treatments. The holistic preservation of the region’s terrior takes first importance, with the couples mere 2 hectares farmed organically with the help of horse-drawn plows. With truly non-interventionist winemaking, Sébastien and Eméline’s wines are incredibly drinkable and express the heightened aromatics and stoney minerality that characterises the Saumur terrior so well.
2014 'Hanami' Cabernet Franc
Coming off their younger vines, 'Hanami' meaning 'to view the cherry blossoms' in Japanese is as pleasant and thoughtless as the name suggests. Aromatic and perfumed, Sebastien and Emeline's Cab Franc's are ones that need no hesitation, and it all starts here with Hanami.
2012 'Ruben' Cabernet Franc
The 'Ruben' comes off older, more established vines, and plays the role of a more structured and savoury style. While still holding the typical stoney minerality one expects from Samaur-Champingy, here's a wine we can just keep on drinking.
Es d'Aqui: Jean-Louis Pinto
Originally guided by close friend Antony Tortul of La Sorga, Jean-Louis Pinto buys small amounts of organically grown grapes and in turn makes ‘micro cuvees’, experimental wines of natural expression and transparency. After making wines for other domaines for many years, ‘Es d’Aqui’ was established in 2010 with the idea that wine has no limit of expression, animation and surprises. JL’s wines are made from isolated plots which are certified organic, hand picked and vinified with absolutely no additions with one primary concern in mind – freshness and drinkability.
2013 'CSV' Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay
A racy, oxidative wine made of 80% Sauvignon which sees 18 days of skin maceration along with 20% Chardonnay which is directly pressed off. Both undergo barrel fermentation in 400L Acacia wood barrels and age for 1 year. Primal, cidery and acid driven, this is orange wine at its most curious and addictive form.
2013 'Paloma' Grenache
Sourced from organic fruit in the commune of Cabrerolles, the 'Paloma' Grenache spends 8 days of maceration and ages in 400L barrels on lees for 6 months. Fresh, floral, chewy and stalky.
Anjou, Loire Valley, France
Francois St-Lô is quickly becoming a rising star in the world of natural wine; quite a feat considering his first vintage was only in 2012. After apprenticing for Olivier Cousin, Baptiste Cousins’ father, he managed to acquire a magical place in the Anjou region of the Loire. With a labyrinth of underground caves, an almost prehistoric cellar and an 18th century wine press, Francois manages to make transformative, character filled wines using his few hectares in Anjou.
A 'high-five' moment reminding us we love wines from Anjou and the Loire as a whole. Printed on the bottle roughly translates to "Hey Kid! Don't go alone in the woods!" referring to a fairytale-like narrative which is exactly how feel about Francois' wines. Utter magic. Plush and juicy, serious and distinct, Francois nails it once more.
A lovely, light, ridiculously low in alcohol (9.5%), Jura-like red made from Grolleau that will make you re-think what is possible in winemaking.
La Batossay: Baptiste Cousin
Martigne-Briand, Loire Valley, France
Son of the famed natural winemaker Olivier Cousin, Baptiste is a young renegade in all senses of the word. With thanks to his fathers influence, Cousin celebrates the harmony that exists between man and nature. Armed with only a horse and plough, Baptiste symbolizes everything that gets us excited about Loire Valley wines. His general excitement for handcrafted wines can be seen in his lively example of the native grape Grolleau Noir. His hard work and understanding of his small vineyard translates into truly unique natural wines.
2012 'Canine' Chenin Blanc
Pressed directly off skins and aged in barrel for 2 years, Baptiste's Chenin sits somewhere between a wine that is oxidatively handled and barely handled at all. True purity of fruit is something you don't often see in oxidative Chenin, and Baptiste seems to sit right in that border of a wine that is simultaneously inviting and also pushes the boundary.
2014 Ouech' Cousin Grolleau
Made from a native grape of the Loire, Grolleau is a wine rarely seen outside of the small towns in the valley that enjoy them. Offering plushness and structure, Baptiste has treated this wine with restraint and respect with no filtration, fining and sulphur.
Pouillé, Loire Valley, France
Laurent in a way rediscovered himself as a winemaker after years of working in the restaurant scene in New York, only to come back and learn how to make the beautiful wines he had once drunk and poured. Laurent tends organically to two small plots of just Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc in Pouillé, making thoughtful, delicious wines of casual approach and meticulous care.
2014 'La Pause' Gamay
Laurent's ‘La Pause’ is a carbonic maceration of Gamay, labelled as table wine. The name suggests a refreshing, casual approach – a wine to be drunk during a break at work or after a long day and is wildly addictive.
Les Chais du Vieux Bourg: Ludwig Bindernagel
Arlay, Jura, France
A Bavarian who found his way to the Jura, Ludwig Bindernagel has a completely natural approach to winemaking. With a dedication to non-interventionism, Ludwig maintains an affinity to making wines like they did in ‘the olden days’. Everything at the winery is done by hand from start to finish, allowing Ludwig to produce some of the most accomplished examples of Jura wine we’ve ever seen. Thanks to Ludwig's careful work in the vineyard his wines have quickly become ‘all the rage’ in Paris’s top wine bars.
Farmed with biodynamic principles this deeply rooted Savagnin has become a reference for true Jura wine. With subtle micro-oxygenation Ludwig lets the concentrated fruit speak for itself. Textural but linear this Savagnin is an example of what can be achieved with love and care in the vineyard.
'BB1' Chardonnay/Savagnin 2012
A wine that really does exemplify Ludwig's motto of "wine is made in the vineyard". Based off his 2.5 hectare plot in Arlay, Côtes du Jura, strict attention to detail in the vineyard such as close planting and extreme cane pruning come together to create 'BB1', a wine of depth and purity. 70% Chardonnay and 30% Savagnin, unfiltered unfined and with no sulphur.
Do not mistake this for a Rosé. This light but concentrated example of the native Jura red is deceptive in its approach. Very light in colour but packing a punch this is one of the finest examples you are likely to see. This wine has its own fingerprint that is as familiar as it is pleasurable. A wine to be shared with wine geeks and lovers aside.
'Lu Lu Rouge' Pinot Noir/Poulsard/Trousseau 2014
This is the wine Ludwig pulls out for dinner when we arrive. Low in alcohol, high in flavour. His 'Lu Lu Rouge' is a layered, mesmerising, mineral-driven blend of Pinot Noir, Poulsard and Trousseau that is as morish as it is delicious. Truly satisfying.
Vin Jaune 2006
With careful deliberation Ludwig makes Vin Jaune in a style few others can emulate. This flor-affected style of Savagnin is carefully aged in barrel for over 6 years in Ludwig’s cool underground cellar. This slow process produces thoughtful oxidisation and integration between fruit and secondary characteristics. This is a mild, precious and stylistically iconic wine rarely seen in Australia.
‘Le MicMacvin’ Mac Vin 2010
Macvin is a digestif; here, unfermented Savagnin and Chardonnay age in barrel for 12 months, then marc de Jura is added to create a Vin de Liqueur. A delightful after-dinner wine, this is a true Vin de Liqueur, so uniquely Jura.
‘Le Finot’ Mac Vin 2010
Macvin is a digestif; here, unfermented Poulsard and Pinot Noir age in barrel for 12 months, then marc de Jura is added to create a Vin de Liqueur. A delightful after-dinner wine, this is a true Vin de Liqueur, so uniquely Jura.
A blend of Chardonnay and Savignan, this wines comes from the tiny Jura sub-region L’Etoile. One of the lesser represented sub-regions of the Jura, L’Etoile (meaning “star”) is a mere 52 hectares and refers to either the five surrounding hills in the shape of a star or most likely the fossils of ancient starfish often found in the soils. Either way, this is Ludwig’s more unique interpretation of the two grapes, with a savoury texture and finer finish.
Les Larmes de Divona: Amaury Beaufort
Tonnerre, Burgundy, France
Les Larmes de Divona is a small domaine run by Amaury Beaufort, son of the famed Champagne winemaker Jacques Beaufort. The domaine is located in Tonnerre AOC in the northern part of Burgundy, where he grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Amaury’s wines are considered to be extremely rare; with incredibly small yields from his tiny 2.5-hectare vineyard, the wines produced show both immense restraint and depth, with no filtration, fining or sulfur. It is because of this that we have chosen to bring in two different vintages of his Chardonnay, showcasing the evolution of this exciting young producer.
Tonnerre Blanc 2011
Farmed in Tonnerre AOC just outside of Chablis this Chardonnay is completely individual in its approach. Textural and controlled, Amaurys’ extremely low yielding vines produce concentration that is rarely seen in Northern Burgundy.
Tonnerre Blanc 2007
With a slightly warmer vintage in 2007, Amaury shows us the richness and concentration he achieves with a few more sunlight hours in his vineyard. Broader yet intensely structured the 2007 vintage proves that Amaury’s wines can develop beautifully.
Matassa: Tom Lubbe
Domaine Matassa was formed back in 02’ when New Zealander Tom Lubbe purchased ancient, 100+ year old vines, on the remote hillside of Vivier in Roussillon. Focusing on northern Catalan varieties, the vines are farmed according to biodynamic principles and are farmed organically. With a natural logic following in the cellar, Tom’s wines have seen an immense transformation in the health and vitality in the vineyard as sulphur levels are barely present, if at all, in his wines. It is important to note that what sets Domaine Matassa apart from the herd is not just Lubbe’s winemaking principles, but both his sense of adventure and experimentation coupled with the wines intense concentration and focus. These wines are not typically southern French – they are low yielding, excruciatingly terrior driven wines that have earned Matassa legendary praise.
John Carey & The Real Wine Fair, 2014
2014 'Coume de l'Olla' Blanc
A blend of 50% Macabeo and 50% Muscat Blanc á Petits Grains, the Coume Blanc grows on both clay and limestone soil, ferments in whole bunches and ages for 8 months in old Burgundian barrels. A shimmering, spring white wine of quenching acidity and playful texture that had us interested from the get-go.
2014 'Cuvee Marguerite' White Blend
A blend of Muscat Blanc á Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria and Macabeo taken off bush vines grown on slate. The influence of the Mediterranean sea and cool winds from the Pyrenees show their force in the wine, with a sea-spray-like acidity and pervasive minerality. Balanced by fruit and texture, Cuvee Marguerite is bottled without fining, filteration or sulphur.
2014 'Coume de l'Olla' Rouge
An incredibly fresh and vibrant blend of red, white and grey grapes (Grenache, Grenache Gris and Macabeo). Handpicked and co-fermented before being aged in concrete tanks for 8 months. A lean, light in alcohol and mineral driven wine that doesn't mind a bit of chilling, Tom's effort at freshness in a bottle is both intriguing and brilliant.
2014 'Romanissa Casot' Carignan
Coming off the 100+ year old Roma Nissa vineyard, Tom's bush vines come together to form 'Casot' - Grenache Gris, Carignan and Macabeo. The wine was fermented in whole bunches with wild yeast and pressed half by foot and half by vertical press. The gentle handling of concentrated and rich bunches translates to a light, multi-layered red that does the justice these ancient vines deserve.
2013 'Romanissa' Old Vine Grenache
Another one of Tom's expressions from his old vines, Romanissa is made up of predominantly Grenache with 10% Carignan. After a short maceration in whole bunches it's then foot stomped, going onto 500L barrels for 22 months. Light on its feet for old vine Grenache, it's the integration of tannin and acid that makes this wine so great.
Kühling-Gillot: Carolin Spanier-Gillot
Carolin Spanier-Gillot first came to our attention after taking out Germany’s coveted ‘Vintner Of The Year’ award, making her the first woman to ever receive the title. It was with little surprise to find that her estate, which she runs biodynamically, has almost 200 years of family-driven history behind it. Carolin farms several single sites in the Rheinhessen over 11 hectares, including five Grand Cru (Grosse Lagen) sites based on the famed red slate and limestone soils. With extensive time on lees, slow maturations and complete commitment to the preservation of unadulterated, terrior driven wines, both her entry level wines and top GG’s remain both charming and precise. Carolin has become a force to take note amongst the German winemaking community, and we are proud to be introducing one of the countries most exciting leading women.
2014 'Qvinterra' Riesling Trocken
Meaning 'five lands' in Latin, Carolin's 'Qvinterra' comes off five blocks under red slope and slate and is an absolute benchmark for Rheinhessen Trocken Riesling. Owing its value to selective handpicking, spontaneous and slow fermentation, native yeast and time on lee's the 'Qvinterra' is the gateway wine into Carolin's achievement and ability as a winemaker.
2014 'Ölberg' GG Riesling
As a member of the VDP, 'Message In A Bottle', Pro Riesling' and Vinissima, Carolin aims high with the overall standard of her wines. But no further can this be seen in her select Grosses Gewächs sites. Mouthwatering, persistent and subtle, this wine has years ahead of itself.
2014 'Pettenthal' GG Riesling
Blazing in citrus, minerality and smokiness, the 'Pettenthal' is truly a royal site off which come spectacular fruit. Manifested through a 'less is more' mantra, Carolin manages to preserve the purity of site in the bottle with an absolutely smashing bottle of Riesling.
Hailing from the forests of the Pfalz in Germany, at 350 meters above sea level, Weingut Odinstal is considered a benchmark producer in German white wine. Farmed biodynamically since 2004 under the guidance of Andreas Schumann, the wines possess a level of purity and concentration seldom seen in Germanic whites. We are proud to introduce Odinstal to Australia as a truly unique and rare producer.
Riesling Muschelkalk 2011
Grown on 100% Muschelkalk (limestone) soil, this powerful Riesling showcases Odinstal as one of the greatest German producers. With its unique and remote terroir, the wine offers opulence, complexity and structure seldom seen in the Pfalz.
Silvaner Keuper 2011
A stand-alone example of the grape, this wine is a beautiful expression of what Silvaner can be. Possessing texture, structure and most importantly an acidic balance, this is one of the most long-lived examples of Silvaner one is ever likely to see.
One of Austria’s top young winemakers, Claus Preisinger has a unique and wholesome approach to the way he manages his vineyard. As a member of the ‘Pannobile’ group of winemakers in Burgenland, Claus is focused on producing pure, natural and lo-tech wines that emulate his personality. While indigenous varietals take staring roles in his production, his wines are clear, confident and instinctual. Claus is spearheading a new wave of great young Austrian producers with a non-apologetic, genuine and credible approach.
Being the most widely planted red grape in Austria, it is surprising to see such little representation of Zweigelt in Australia. A cross of Blaufrankisch and Saint Laurent, its local popularity has soared in recent years, seeing it offer tremendous quality and value. Claus’s low-yielding approach brings distinct concentration and exuberant fruit.
Another great example of such an underrated grape variety. Strong, well-bodied, rounded tannins with integrated acidity to spare. Hand picked in September, Claus makes his first selection in the vineyard with a second selection in the winery. Winemaking methods with an ode to the past applied, all natural fermentation in stainless steel, matured 10 months in barrels on lees. A fine moment in a young winemaker’s career.
A blend of Chardonnay and Grüner Veltliner, the vineyards for this blend are all situated in the Heideboden close to the Lake Neusiedl that is characterized by its great variety of soils from black earth, to gravel and loam. Vibrant and herbacious, Heideboden is deep and unapologetically mineralic.
2011 'Gangsta' St Laurent
A highly aromatic dark skinned grape variety that draws similarity to Pinot, Claus' interpretation is meaty and raw, juicy and wild. Think black tea meets forest fruit. While St Laurent is absolutely everywhere in Austria, it remains a highly underrepresented grape variety here in Australia. We're proud to bring in one of the best examples we've come across in some time, made with patience and minimal sulphur.
2011 'Pannobile' Zweigelt/Blaufrankisch
Claus is part of what is known as the 'Pannobile Winemakers' - a group of 11 winemakers all dedicated to push native Austrian grape varietals with an ode to the past. Each make a Pannobile White and Red every year, and Claus considers this Pannobile his top wine.
In 2007, husband and wife Stephanie and Eduard Tscheppe-Eselbock took over one of the oldest properties in the region, with the manors oldest walls dating back to the 17th century. It is there where the couple produce single plot, distinctive wines from native varietals that are separated by character and personality rather than hillside location. Certfied and farmed according to 'Demeter' biodynamics, Gut Oggaus' wines have become one the most sort after, cult-status wines in Austria and we are proud to be bringing in such individualistic rarities.
2014 Emmeram Gewurtztraminer
A wine of personality and unexpectedness, 'Emmeram' is 100% Gewurtztraminer which manifests itself as an intense, exotic and very serious wine indeed. Dry and mineral but aromatic and textured, this is one of the more rare faces of the family to grace our shores.
2014 Theodora Gruner Veltiliner/Welschriesling
Wiltrude's daughter: a mischievous but likable young lady who wins everybody's heart easily with her animating and cheerful easy-going attitude. Beautiful like her mother, but pretty cheeky and fresh, she likes to plot pranks at Gut Oggau, but overall she is very reliable and steady. Pretty and delicate with a zesty lick of acidity, white flowers and green apples. The wine 65% Gruner Veltiliner 35% Welschriesling from the Burgenland district. It is barrel fermented and left on lees for 7 month.
2014 Timotheus Gruner Veltiliner/Weissburgunder
Mechthild's and Berthodldi's son: he impresses people with his strong, powerful and balanced character. He is standing with both feet firmly planted on the ground, but is open-mided and is always looking for new challenges. Is regarded as confident, meaty and at times as sophisticated. Thanks to his winning character he is someone who makes new friends easily. This Gruner Veltliner and Weissburgunder is moreish creamy and nutty in texture. Some skin contact and maturation in large, old oak barrels has provided body and structure. It's different enough to make you sit up and notice, without being remotely scary of "difficult".
2014 Winifred Blaufrankisch/Zweigelt Rosé
Timotheus' daughter: Just like her cousins, she has a winning and open personality, a cheerful nature and is a very sociable person. As she loves travelling, you might not meet her at Gut Oggau every year. However, once you have met her you will remember her as a unique, refreshing and charming young lady with an inquistive mind. Winifred offers a vibrant bouquet, open and youthful, animating, charming and innocent. Easy and very likable on the palate, Winifred is sociable but a bit mischievous. Are we talking about the wine? Or is this Winifred? Whatever, this is lovely, dry rosé and impossible not to enjoy.
2014 Atansius Zweigelt/Blaufrankisch
Wiltrude's and Joschuari's son: like his sister Theodora he has a very affectionate and easy-going nature, typical of the inhabitants of the Austrian province Burgenland, and is an attractive, but not shallow young gentleman. Despite being already very popular, he has some hidden qualities that make him even more interesting. Atanasius is a blend of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch made very simply in stainless steel with natural yeast to produce a stunning rich wine with Burgundy like finesse. Open, affectionate and gentle, Atansius has developed structure, but hasn't tapped his full potential yet.
2012 Josephine Blaufrankisch
Second wife of Timothy, stepmother of Winifred: the cozy, slightly chubby lady has found her great love at a late age. Characterized by her inner youth she is an unconvential type that radiates vitality and enjoys life. Open to friends and strangers, she rewards with deep insights into her personality. Josephine is deep blend of Blaufrankisch with a lick of Roesler is an absolute powerhouse from the Burgenland region.
2013 Joschuari Blaufrankisch
Brother to Emmeran and Timotheus, Joschuari is described by the Gut Oggau family tree as charismatic, complex and truly unconventional. We've come to learn that Joschuari is not one that aims to flatter you, but in turn offers a distinctive, wild approach to Blaufrankisch. Tannin driven, powerful and impressive, Joschuari is foot trodden, spontaneous in both nature and fermentation and sees no addition or alteration of any kind. But why would you anyway?
Michael Gindl started working at his family estate while studying viticulture in his teens. Now, at 31, he’s hands down one of the most riveting biodynamic winemakers in Austria. With mind-bogglingly dense planting, his yields are both low and extremely concentrated. From extended aging on lees, skin maceration and the infamous flor-affected ‘Sol’ Gruner, Michaels’ wines are as expressive, complex and fascinating as we’ve ever seen.
2014 ‘Little Buteo’ Gruner Veltliner
The little brother to Buteo, this wine represents the younger vines selected. 50% of the grapes are whole cluster pressed with the other 50% macerated on the skins for 4–8 hours. Very slowly and gently pressed over 8 hours. Its mineral character gives freshness and vitality and sweeps over the palate.
2014 Flora Riesling Blend
When the grapes for this blend are picked, the ground cover in the vineyards is still in bloom. The name “Flora” thus expresses not only the fresh and aromatic style of the wine itself, but also the situation in the vineyards from which it originates. A delicious fresh clean blend of Riesling, Sämling 88, Rivaner (Müller Thurgau) and Gelber Muskateller (Muscat blanc à petits grains)
2012 Buteo 12 Gruner Veltliner
The name refers to the 12 months ageing on the lees. Macerated on the mash for 10 hours; gentle and slow pressing over 8 hours. Spontaneous fermented in wooden barrels and matured on the lees without SO2 for 12 months in 700-litre acacia and oak made by Gindl from the estate forest. This full bodied and playful wine is built to last.
2011 ‘Sol’ Gruner Veltliner
The first vineyard ever documented in Hohenruppersdorf in the 14th century bore the name “Sol”. Similar to the freedom the inhabitants of Hohenruppersdorf have always enjoyed, the SOL relishes complete autonomy. This wine is allowed to develop in its own way and in its own pace. It shows individual character and cannot be categorized. Gruner matured under flor and on the lees for 24 months in new 500-litre oak barrels made from estate wood. Bottled unfiltered.
Peter Wetzer's winery can be found in the tiny town of Sopron, located in the far northwest of Hungary. Sopron is the former capital of todays Burgenland of Austria. It is therefore no wonder that the traditional grape varieties, Kekfrankos (Blaufrankisch) and Furmint, take center stage. With minimal intervention, Peter produces unfiltered and unfined examples of his country’s native grapes with both structure and generosity that emulate their origin. We are lucky to have in our portfolio such a limited and rarely seen wine from a truly one-man operation.
This single-vineyard volcanic site named ‘Sag’ is an intentional field blend of Furmint, Olaszrizling, Harslevelu, Bakator. Time on skin and wild fermentation coupled with 8 months on lees results in a textural, unfiltered and completely unique Hungarian white.
This naturally made Kekfrankos (Blaufrankisch) steers clear of the collective preconception of what Hungarian reds are usually like. Lively, fresh and focused it delivers instant approachability. Wetzer has fashioned an unexpected superb example of Blaufrankisch.
Hermann J. Wiemer
Finger Lakes, New York State, USA
As a native of Bernkastel, Germany, who immigrated to the Fingerlakes in the 1960’s, Hermann J. Wiemer was uniquely qualified to help establish and create a wine region internationally recognized for Riesling. With over 300 years of experience in his family, Hermann J. Wiemer arguably produces the regions most iconic and prolific Rieslings.
HJW Dry Riesling 2012
Considered to be HJW's flagship wine the 2012 Riesling continues to prove why HJW is America’s top Riesling producer. With a patient 6-month cold fermentation this wine achieves incredible fruit sweetness and an acidic balance making for a extremely textural Riesling.
HJW Semi-Dry Riesling 2011
Showing restraint and balance this Germanic styled wine offers an open and feminine approach to Riesling. Using whole bunch press and a long, cold fermentation, this estate grown wine is layered and complex with surprising subtlty. This off-dry Riesling pairs an appropriate balance of sweetness and natural acidity to showcase the varietals true characteristics.
HJW Magdelena Riesling 2012
Coming from the winery’s most northern yet warmest vineyard, the stunning Magdalena Dry Riesling is the pinnacle of Finger Lakes accomplished winemaking. Its proximity to Lake Seneca gives the wine its lush flavours, complexity and finesse. With whole cluster press and a 7+ month cold fermentation, the Magdalena is considered a step up in palate weight, structure and richness from the HJW range.
HJW Cabernet Franc 2012
Quickly gaining a reputation as a star in the Finger Lakes, this grape is ideally suited for cool climate growing. It produces a consistently ripe crop each vintage with thanks to a lengthy growing season. This Cabernet Franc stands beautifully on its own exhibiting both ripeness and structure.
HJW Late Harvest Riesling 2012 (750ml)
Made in the traditional Spatlese style, the Late Harvest presents yet another approach to this classic variety. Additional time on the vine allows the grapes to fully develop their flavour spectrum. While later picking helps sugars to consolidate, a strict acidic line is maintained resulting in a smart full bodied wine.