Claymore, ‘God is a DJ’ Riesling 2016£15.95
The great philosopher of our time, Pink, once told the world: “If God is a DJ, life is a dancefloor, love is the rhythm, you are the music.” Sure, Faithless sang it first, but Pink also told us to “get this party started” and this Claymore wine is about to do just that.
This is a single vineyard offering. The 2016 juice is a fragrant, zesty little number. Concentrated with purity and poise, it displays those classic Riesling characteristics of lemon and lime, as well as juicy nectarines, resulting in a delicate white that’ll get any party started.
Claymore, ‘Skinny Love’ Viognier, 2016£12.50
Do not just reserve this wine for summertime. The fact that it is so damn drinkable, refreshing, delicate; hell it is practically “syn free”.
An early harvest wine that shows pretty floral notes of Jasmin and white peach.
Minimal intervention with this wine ensures that the mouthfeel of this wine is soft, balanced, integrated and appealing. Stone fruit and honeydew melon on the finish are complemented by natural acid and retained natural sugars. An extremely pretty, delicate and approachable wine. Hints of apricot flesh on the finish indicate the variety used for this wine.
Claymore, London Calling, Cabernet Malbec 2015£15.95
This is Claymore’s first release of their Cabernet Malbec blend under the London Calling label. Some may remember its predecessor, when it was 100% Merlot, well make way for this bolder beauty.
It hits the mark with plump dark fruits, violets, leafy notes and liquorice.
We just love this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The Cabernet brings structure with big tannins and classic varietal aspects of blackcurrant, cassis, liquorice and herbal notes. While the Malbec provides juicy plump plum and a mid-palate richness that entwines and harnesses the structure given by Cabernet.
Down The Rabbit Hole Friends & Lovers Sangiovese Rosé£14.95
‘Friends & Lovers’ Rosé fills your mouth with bright berry and apricot flavours and has a refreshingly dry finish. These Sangiovese grapes know how to please. On a warm sunny day, with your favourite people around you, this wine brings joy and bliss.
Pale crimson with a salmon hue.
Field strawberries and fresh apricot with a hint of rose petal.
The palate is dry and vibrant, packed with fresh strawberries, raspberries and apricot. Cranberry lingers with a crisp and refreshing finish.
Down The Rabbit Hole Shiraz, 2015£16.95
Down the Rabbit Hole Shiraz fills your mouth with rich red berry flavours and peppery undertones which are augmented by the maturation in small French oak. The wine is juicy, soft and velvety with a long smooth finish.
The Shiraz is a real standout variety from this vintage, exhibiting an abundance of vibrant red fruits and spice, with exceptional colour, richness and balance.
The Shiraz was harvested in stages commencing on the 17th February. The blend comprises of 7 batches harvested over a period of 3 weeks. The grapes were crushed gently and then transferred to 10 tonne open top fermenters. Each parcel was pressed and racked into oak hogs heads (300L barrels) – a mixture of new and seasoned, French and American – to complete primary and malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in oak for 12 months before final blending took place.
Deep red/purple with crimson hues
Dark red berries, nutmeg, white pepper, subtle oak and complex barrel ferment characters showing through.
Mouth-filling, elegant, flavoursome, red berries, integrated oak, but above all; soft and velvety. Palate lingers well after the wine has been swallowed.
Down The Rabbit Hole Tempranillo, 2015£16.95
Juicy black cherries with liquorice and spice followed by earthy cocoa notes are held together with silky tannins which provided a lengthy finish. This wine keeps you coming back for more
The fruit for Down The Rabbit Hole Tempranillo is grown in South Willunga, McLaren Vale. Warm Summer days are cooled by evening sea breezes from St Vincent’s Gulf, which lies a close proximity to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving the wine a rich and fullness of pallet. The Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale is well suited to growing this Spanish variety.
WINEMAKING NOTES, WALTER CLAPPIS
The 2016 Vintage was warm and dry throughout Summer producing intense colour and flavour. After spending 8 days on skins, the wine was pressed into seasoned oak to mature for 12 months.
Dark cherry red with plum hues
Vibrant cherries and blueberries, plus liquorice & spice
Dark cherries and licorice follow through onto the palate, while smooth cocoa tannins provide a lengthy finish
Down The Rabbit Hole, Sangiovese Cabernet 2015£16.95
In this bottle awaits a wonderful experience. Sangiovese brings lifted dark cherries, spice and powdery tannins, while the Cabernet adds succulent berry notes and provides a smooth finish. Matured in seasoned French oak, they come together in perfect harmony to create a rich and savoury wine that’s about to blow your mind.
Winemaker’s notes, Walter Clappis:
This Sangiovese Cabernet is a blend of two parcels from two small vineyards in the Willunga foothills area of McLaren Vale. Fermented in open top fermenters, the Cabernet was kept on skins for 10 days, while the Sangiovese remained on skins for 30 days. This allows the tannins to integrate and soften, while still providing length and structure.
The parcels were kept separate until final blending prior to bottling.
Five Geese “Indian File” Grenache, 2014£18.95
Sue and Jonathon Trott’s Single Vineyard “Indian File” Grenache is from 80-year old dry-grown vines. The style is enriched and complexed by whole bunch fermentation.
On the nose you get raspberries, fruit pastilles, cherry and floral notes with background spice and pepper.
To the palate there is fruit sweetness and a soft savoury tannin finish. Herbs and spices linger on the palate
This is a complex, savoury style similar to a cool-climate Pinot Noir. Perhaps James Irvine was right many years ago when he called McLaren Vale Grenache the Pinot d ‘Fleurieu!
The wine has seen 9 months in French oak.
Hugh Hamilton, Floozie, Sangiovese Rosé 2016£13.95
We like our rosé fresh and lively – which is why it’s based on Sangiovese … famed for its crisp acidity and bright aromas and flavours. Floozie will not doubt make for a happier human race – or at least a few select members who partake of this wine!
Maxwell ‘Silver Hammer’ Shiraz, 2013£13.95
The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous – a juicy palate with an abundance of sweet black fruits, ripe plum, mocha and sweet spice with just a dash of freshly ground black pepper. Add to this some subtle creamy oak and long, silky tannins – the result is a wonderfully generous mouthfeel with excellent depth of flavour.
The inspiration for the name is from “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” a song by the Beatles, sung by Paul McCartney on their album Abbey Road.
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.
Samuel’s Gorge Mourvedre, 2014£24.50
It is understood that Mourvèdre originates from the coastal city of Mataro in Catalonia. It’s appropriate then that Mourvèdre shines in warm and windswept McLaren Vale’s whose climate is reminiscent of the Iberian peninsula. The vineyard for this variety sits in an idyllic position; a North facing slope near Sellicks Hill where the consistent maritime breezes of St. Vincent’s Gulf cool and ventilate the bunches.
Mourvedre, more often regarded as nothing more than a blending component in a wine, should not and will not be overlooked once you try Samuel’s Gorge Mourvedre. It confidently can stand its ground on its own.
Winemaker Justin McNamee recommends that you find a substantial balloon glass for this one; it has so much depth it warrants good crystal and a solid swirl to loosen the extraordinary detail. The aromatics thunder with Liquorice Allsorts, star anise, a red delicious toffee apple. Spice, finesse and natural rusticity are apt descriptors for this wine.
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