O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013£16.75
The estate grown Chardonnay comes from the O’Leary family property at Oakbank, in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. The bouquet features delicate white peach, nectarine and grapefruit characters which flow seamlessly onto the palate.
Various techniques including barrel fermentation, lees stirring and partial malo-lactic fermentation adds texture and complexity to this alluring cool climate wine.
O’Leary Walker, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, 2013£16.50
An approachable Pinot Noir from a fine Estate. On the palate you’ll find bucket loads of dark cherries and it’s a decent weight in the mouth for a youthful wine. This wine is incredibly easy drinking and can be enjoyed on its own.
O’Leary Walker, Polish Hill Riesling, 2014
If you’re a Riesling drinker you will love this release from the famed Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley.
It’s pure lime and slate and it’s both up-front and reserved at once. It’s intense through the finish yet it feels watery and refreshing and cool minerality through the centre. It’s beautiful drinking but will cellar, too.
Pecorino IGT Terre di Chieti Tombacco£10.50
Don’t be fooled, Pecorino is not just relegated to a cheese!
Brilliant, with an interesting intense and strong yellow luster. In the nose complex with smells of exotic fruits and soft notes of spices. On the palate well structured with pleasant acidity. Beautiful fruitiness with mineral notes and a delicate explosion of fruit on the palate.
Piantaferro di Manduria£11.95
An oaked primitivo It is a single varietal Primitivo, from a small vineyard parcel in the heart of the superior Manduria DOC in the heel of Italy. This is a fine example of primitivo: full-bodied, jammy with tones of chocolate and raisins. Really meant to be drunk young, those that love fruity wines will not be disappointed.
Piantaferro Grillo, 2012£7.95
Grillo is one of the most promising native Sicilian grapes, which is still grown with the ancient small-tree method at a density of 6000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand and softly pressed. The wine is pleasurably structured and one does not even notice its strength and alcohol content thanks to a splendid balance for a full-bodied wine. With a bouquet redolent of jasmine, white flowers, rose petals and exotic fruits and citrus, this is no neutral white. On the palate the wine is dry and fresh, with great acid balance and a clean note of summer fruit.
Try as an alternative to Chardonnay.
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Piantaferro Intrigo Negroamaro IGT£9.95
Intense deep ruby red in colour (almost black which is not surprising since its name, negroamaro, is ‘the black bitter one).
The nose is mature black berry fruits and spices in particular coffee and cinnamon.
The palate is full bodied and rounded with an earthy richness with abundant plum, prune and dark chocolate backed with slight tannin to give texture.
Piantaferro Nero d’Avola IGT£9.95
The wine is full on the palate, soft, warm and harmonious. The velvety tannins are barely noticeable and disappear quickly, followed by some spice, balsamic notes and pleasant liquorice that creep on through providing a long welcome finish.
Primitivo, also known as Zinfandel, is a natural sponge-like grape, jam-packed with flavour after soaking up the Sicilian sunshine. The immediate aroma is sweet, with upfront fruit dark berries, raisins, black cherry and red liquorice. It is very round with aromas and flavours of chocolate and anise. Soft sweet tannins add to its lushness.
An elegant wine with spicy notes of green pepper blended mingled with blackberries and cherries followed by tobacco and vanilla from the oak. Upfront start with good depth of flavour and integrated tannin balanced with the inherent softness really make this an elegant syrah (Shiraz).
Poggio L’Apparita, San Michele N.3 Rosé, DOC Maremma Toscana, 2016£13.95
MAREMMA DOC TOSCANA
Maremma, Tuscany’s “wild frontier” is fast becoming the Napa Valley of Tuscany. Maremma, though only a two hour drive south-west of the city of Florence stands in stark contrast to the ordered Chianti hillsides. The undeveloped region is what keeps it safe from the main tourist drag while acting as a serious draw for in-the-know wine lovers.
This micro-production rosé (2500 bottles made) is crafted from 100% Sangiovese in the Maremma area of Tuscany.
COLOUR & NOSE
Pale watermelon pink, very attractive. Floral aromas of rose hips, red fruits and gentle pink pepper spice.
Complex with notes of sour cherry and watermelon. This gorgeous wine has a long supple finish. Pairs well with light summer fare like grilled pork, summer pastas and salads.
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Riposte, The Sabre, Pinot Noir, 2012£20.95
Tim Knappstein is a legendary winemaker and Pinot Noir is a speciality. Tim has 50 years (older than some of Australia’s vineyards) and more than 500 awards under his belt.
This is an extremely well-priced wine because Tim sells his wine at accessible prices – lucky us!
This wine has dark cherry and blueberry with kirsch and floral notes on the palate leading to an opulent finish of soft velvety tannins.
Rusty Mutt ‘Catnip’ Viognier 2017£14.75
Only 150 dozen of this highly expressive Viognier has been produced and we feel very privileged to have some. This is the second wine in to be made in the Rusty Mutt family.
The palate has a lovely texture and mouthfeel without being oily as Viognier is prone to do. There is an abundance of fruit, spice, citrus and hints of green pepper held together will zesty acidity finishing on a clean dry citrus note.
Rusty Mutt Shiraz, 2012£17.95
This is a tiny production hand-crafted wine, literally only a few thousand bottles. It really is rather special.
Vivid purple-crimson, it has a juicy, supple palate with red and black fruits coated by McLaren Vale chocolate, the silky texture, the structure well balanced. Very attractive wine.
Rusty Mutt, ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM, 2015£18.95
The GSM blend is an ‘Australian-ised’ version of the French Cotes du Rhone blend. This blend is all about youth, freshness, spice and complexity with very little oak influence.
The name ‘rocky ox’ comes from winemaker, Scott Heidrich’s daughter. He describes her as an “Earth Ox in the Chinese Astrological calendar, so I thought it was fitting as Grenache can show some fantastic earthiness as it develops.”
“The colour is youthful and vibrant and pretty much what you’d expect for a young wine! The aroma is so expressive showing tomato vine, smoked meats, raspberry, guava, blackberry and cloves with charcoal, olive and dense clay earth filling the glass. Once in the mouth you experience so much more. Concentrated ripe pomegranate, fleshy fruit, spice, firm acidity and a lengthy tannic grip. I love this wine, can’t you tell?!” Scott Heidrich, Winemaker.
Anthony Rose, Decanter (March 2016) comments:
“Evolving nicely, intriguing iodine, nutmeg, savoury and mulberry and plummy fruit on the palate with firm acidity. Juicy, supple texture and firm but balanced tannins on the finish. Lovely overall balance and texture, a northern or southern Rhone meets Oz blend?”
Samuel’s Gorge Grenache, 2014£24.50
Justin McNamee of historic Samuel’s Gorge cements the sense of place in all of his wines. His old gnarly bush vine grenache grapes are from sub-region Blewitt Springs and this wine is an Olympian in full glory: layer upon layer of every red fruit studded with cardamon, clove and cinnamon, reminiscent of the spice markets of British India.
Tasting note by winemaker Justin McNamee, “The flavours are strongly linked to the aromas: vibrant, bright red cherry, zesty twist of a tangelo rind and piquant quince paste shaded with dried oregano and wisps of white pepper. It embraces the rusticity of ancient earth and a signature McLaren Vale flint: subtle hints of the sea in delicate ribbons of nori, the savoury umami of white miso. Bright acids and texturally intriguing fine, chalky tannins give amazing line and length.”
Samuel’s Gorge Shiraz, 2014£24.50
Samuel’s Gorge have turned their hands at more Shiraz than any other single grape variety. It is a variety that reins over their province McLaren Vale and for that matter, most regions in South Australia. Its magnitude in accessibility ought not to be confused with magnitude of fruit flavour. It has charmed the world because it delivers concentration but concentration on a multitude of levels.
It is argued that Shiraz from Mclaren Vale shows a distinct regional style. Winemaker Justin McNamee goes further, he argues his shiraz has a signature style distinct from other producers. Justin instead celebrates the diversity that even a small region like McLaren Vale can produce.
Justin’s tasting note:
“The nose has a potent lift of liquorice and blackberry fruits. We embrace the mulberries that continue to be a signature of our own estate block and then we build from there. In order to balance the natural sweetness of these berry fruits the wine weaves in savoury of black olives and baccalà with ancient sticky balsamic. Our rustic house style always comfortably returning to a savoury spectrum. The ‘13 shows some engaging twists and turns; the swirl of smoke from a campfire in winter; the smouldering red gum and the dark smells of black coal.”
Samuel’s Gorge, ‘Comet Tail’, Sparkling Shiraz 2014 (bottle fermented)£36.00
There’s sparkling red and there’s sparkling red and here at Tilley’s Wines we don’t do things by halves. We make sure our choices pack a punch in quality and over deliver on expectations.
We always steal Samuel’s Gorge’s winemaker, Justin McNamee’s tasting notes because quite frankly our prose pales in comparison and who better to set the tone than the creator himself:
“The epitome of romance in a bottle; traditionally made, bottle fermented, liquored with rare and selected muscats and ports and a result of contemplative devotion to this trade. Reminiscent of a rich Cornetto swirl, chase the surprises and delights offered up by this beautiful sparkling Shiraz. With a starry spray of fine beads dancing from the base of the glass, the Comet Tail sparkling is a must have for any celebratory table.”
The epitome of romance in a bottle; traditionally made, bottle fermented, liquored with rare and selected muscats and ports and a result of contemplative devotion to this trade. Reminiscent of a rich Cornetto swirl, chase the surprises and delights offered up by this beautiful sparkling Shiraz. With a starry spray of fine beads dancing from the base of the glass, the Comet Tail sparkling is a must have for any celebratory table.