Riposte by Tim Knappstein, Stilleto, Pinot Gris 2013
The acclaimed Riposte is the label of highly awarded vigneron Tim Knappstein. All his wines have fencing-inspired monikers, including this powerful Pinot Gris, named after the Stiletto, a stabbing weapon favoured by 17th and 18th century assassins!
In the glass it is medium straw. Floral lift on the nose. The palate Opens with an attractive ripe core of fruit flavours with layers of pear and custard apple. Powerful, juicy and soft
Warner’s Christmas Cake Gin 2019 Edition
This deliciously festive 2019 vintage is inspired by a Warner’s family traditional homemade Christmas cake. Silky dark chocolate and winter spices are distilled before being cask-aged and blended with pure cherry juice.
Nose – Syrupy raisins, dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with icing sugar, with notes of toasted almond and cinnamon spice, followed by a hint of nutmeg and sweet orange.
Taste – Maraschino cherry and notes of dark chocolate unfold, with hints of macadamia nut and vanilla pod.
Finish – Liquorice, spiced orange and clove give way to bright juniper before softening to old fashioned, traditional cola.
For a perfect G&T, serve the Christmas Cake Gin with Fever-Tree Madagascan Cola, garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
Bungee, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018
Bungee Sauvignon Blanc is born and bred in New Zealand's famous Marlborough region. It is estate grown and bottled in the Wairau Valley. Back in 1986 when the wine world was just discovering NZ Sauvignon, New Zealand's wine writer Bob Campbell MW famously described the style as “a bungee jump into a gooseberry bush”. Around the same time, NZ also introduced the world to Bungee. The zippy, pure passion fruit flavours of Bungee slap you in the face and captures the life-affirming experience of this special place.
The Bungee Sauvignon Blanc has a silky rounded palate, with citrus and stone fruit characters complimenting the tropical and floral notes on the nose. The palate is wonderfully expressive, with tropical fruits notes entwined with mouth-watering citrus hints and mineral acidity.
The Estate grown grapes were picked over several perfect cold Marlborough mornings, helping capture and retain the concentrated flavour and aromatics of the grapes. After gentle pressing, the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks using multiple cultured yeasts, prior to blending and bottling.
First Drop, Full Fat White, 2016
Full Fat White is a blend of four different grapes, each contributing different elements to the wine: Pinot Grigio gives a zesty, citrus backbone, Arneis adds flavours of pear and grapefruit, Chardonnay loads on tropical fruit flavours and a drop of Moscatel adds aromatic floral notes.
After blending, the wine is then left for 4 months “sur lie” in stainless steel tanks. The resulting palate is luscious, with lemon curd and lime brulée flavours to the fore, undercut by thirst-quenching drinkability.
There’s a lot going on in this wine which means it a food friendly star favourite. It we were pushed to food match, we’d enjoy this one with a bucket load of seafood.
Suitable for vegans!
First Drop, Full Fat Red, 2015
Full Fat Red is a full flavoured blend of no less than 6 grapes, hence Full Fat!…the port grape Touriga Naçional, Shiraz, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Monastrell. Its great texture is heightened from maturing the grapes “sur lie” in French Oak Hogshead barrels for 17 months before bottling. A pungent, intricate nose of blueberry, dark cherry, earth and spice layered with lifted berry fruit, there are some cedar tannins, with a spicy, refreshing finish. Seriously good and fun wine.
Enjoy with a BBQ, or any full flavoured, grilled meat.
Suitable for vegans!
Zerella, ‘La Gita’, Arneis, 2015
‘La Gita’ refers to ‘the journey’ and celebrates Jim Zerella’s Italian ancestry and honours his forefathers.
Attractive flinty citrus blossom aromas, spicy pear and almond notes. A rich bodied and intriguing style where mouth feel and textural elements are key. This well- balanced wine finishes with freshness and zest.
Grapes sourced from Zerella’s Peters Creek Vineyard, Kangarilla which sits at an altitude of 330 metres above sea level creates this Arneis, which was grafted to 4.64 acres of Pinot Noir in 2011 and all fruit was hand harvested.
Jim Zerella’s Winemaking Notes:
Hand harvested at full flavor ripeness, gently whole bunch pressed straight into old large format oak barrels on full press solids, allowed to slowly begin natural fermentation, slow cool fermentation at 15-18ºC. Fermented to dryness and matured on press and fermentation lees for four months prior to being bottled.
Zerella, La Gita, Fiano 2017
94 Points – 2019 Halliday Wine Companion
94 Points – Halliday 2018 Cellaring Selections
Bronze Medal – 2017 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Lifted elderflower, smoky spice and cut lemongrass, all hallmark flavours of this refreshing variety.
Grapes were sourced from Zerella’s Peters Creek Vineyard, Kangarilla which sits at an altitude of 330 mtrs above sea level. Fiano was grafted to 2.5 acres of Shiraz in 2013 and all fruit was hand harvested on 24th March, 2017.
A native variety of Campania Italy, seems to grow exceptionally well in the hills surrounding McLaren Vale. The fruit was hand harvested, chilled and then a combination of whole bunch and destem/crushed fruit were pressed and blended together. Cold settled and racked bright before starting a cool fermentation at 14ºC for three weeks. Fermented completely sugar dry and then left for one month on yeast lees before being naturally clarified and then bottled.
Production: 666 six packs
Claymore, Joshua Tree, Riesling 2017
The good folks at Claymore wines are known for their top value, regionally expressive wines that deliver at all price points. The Joshua Tree Riesling is a delicious early drinking style of Riesling from the Clare Valley. It’s ripe and ready, zingy, fresh and full of flavour. This is terrific value for what Winsor Dobbin called “One of the best rieslings from South Australia’s Clare Valley”
What it Tastes Like
“Watervale riesling in eager-to-please mode. This is worth getting onto. It’s a beautiful Clare Valley riesling in a ready-to-drink way. It has excellent intensity and overall succulence; it’s dry but it draws you straight in. It’s just the ticket. It tastes of lime, bath salts and green apples and it works an absolute treat. Lovely ‘mouth perfume’ too, all blossomy and fresh.” – Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Suitable for vegans!
Il N.6 di Poggio L’Apparita, DOC Maremma Toscana Rosso, 2014
COLOUR & NOSE
Ruby red with violet reflections. Delicate bouquet of berries and delicate sweetness.
Very ripe fruits, pleasant roasted aromas and finely integrated tannins make this wine long lasting. A truly elegant wine with a strong personality.
The grapes of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are hand-picked and selected from the end of August until the beginning of October. It is matured in Slavonic oak barrels for at least 12 months. Of the year 2014 only 1708 bottles were produced.
Poggio L’Apparita, San Michele N.3 Rosé, DOC Maremma Toscana, 2016
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.
Château de la Roulerie, Le P’tit Chenin, Anjou Blanc, Loire, France 2016
Chateau de la Roulerie estate is one of the jewels of the Loire.
A pleasure at any time, with its solid structure, fine balance and ripe apple fruit decorated by a hint of pear and a drip of honey.
Five Geese, ‘La Volpe’, Nero d’Avola, 2014
Sue Trott's geese have been known to fluctuate in numbers becoming victim to marauding foxes. I am not sure the geese will be too happy to discover that Sue has named her latest wine 'La Volpe' (meaning fox)!
Italian varieties do well on Australia and this wine is no exception under the safe hands of Sue Trott.
The colour is brilliant cherry and the nose has a savoury bouquet, perfumed with cherry, quince paste, and very subtle smoky oak complexity.
The palate is elegant, medium bodied, with a good line of acidity and a clean finish. Lingering ripe cherry flavour balanced by distinct but gentle tannins.
10 months in French oak barrels | Portion whole bunch fermentation
With its bold fruit flavours, present tannin and natural acidity, Nero d’Avola is a great wine to match with rich meats. Some classic pairings include a good ol' beef stew, but you could easily swap this for a juicy burger. The gamier the meat the better because it will simply make your wine taste more fruity. There is a natural spiciness to the wine so do not dismiss spicier food. This would be heaven with crispy duck and plum sauce. Vegetarians need not miss out, puy lentils can hold their weight with Nero d'Avola.
Rusty Mutt, ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM, 2015
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?”
Suitable for vegans!
Maxwell ‘Little Demon’ Grenache Rosé
In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell (Mark Maxwell’s Great Grandfather) proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.
Beautiful pink, salmon in colour while aromatic rose, Turkish delight and fresh strawberry gives a very attractive aroma.
The palate is light and fresh showing generous cherry, strawberry and aromatic spices. Well balanced, a drier style of rosé, highlighting the fresh fruit, crisp acidity. The grapes used in this wine are from Mark Maxwell’s 88 year Old Vine Grenache. Top, top grapes used on this wine giving complexity and interest and making it beautifully easy to drink.
Rusty Mutt ‘Catnip’ Viognier 2017
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.
Suitable for vegans!
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.
Piantaferro Grillo, 2016
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.
This brilliant golden yellow Grillo is pleasant to taste with as the fresh taste of the wine shows a harmonious combination of acidity, mild alcohol content and persistent fruitiness. Calm short finish fascinates with its purity. Intense notes of ripe exotic and citrus fruits in the aroma of wine are accompanied by charming hints of spices and Mediterranean herbs. We recommend to drink with poultry, white meat, sea fish, seafood, soft cheeses, as well as with fruit.
Rusty Mutt Shiraz, 2013£16.50
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.
Suitable for vegans!