Bondar Wines, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay, 2016£20.95
Sourced from a single-vineyard at 400m above sea level in the cool Echunga area, this wine was hand-picked and pressed straight to barrel, where it underwent a natural fermentation. Matured in four barrels (one new, three older French oak) for about nine months. Very similar to the 2014 with a slightly purer fruit profile. We recommend you open it and let it breathe, sit back and watch it settle into its own skin and sing. It’s a wine that will age beautifully over the next few years.
90 dozen bottles made.
Read Mike Bennie’s review from MBM Magazine (94 points):
“Bondar are out of the blocks and racing. Great release of a lean and fine expression of Chardonnay here. It smells of wet slate, oyster shell, faint nuttiness then the pure, ripe stone fruit expression chimes in. Slinky yet crisp fringed in texture, the wine remains crisp and tight through its needle thrust line. Get involved.”
Château de la Roulerie, Le P’tit Chenin, Anjou Blanc, Loire, France 2015£13.00
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.
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, ‘Voodoo Child’ Chardonnay 2015£14.50
Light, bright yellow
Distinct and complex – floral with a hint of kiwi fruit and pawpaw. Notes of oyster shell and a minerality, with a hint of vanilla from slight oak complexity.
This is a wine of great fruit purity – a true expression of Watervale Chardonnay. Delicate acid with a slight nectarine and goat cheese finish are complemented by a beautiful layering of flavour enhanced by slight oak intervention. Persistence of acid on the finish brings a complexity to the wine of slate, mid-palate creaminess and vanilla. Textural, balance, lush and poise are all apt descriptors.
This a Claymore’s exciting first release of Chardonnay – they acquired a stunning 45 acre established Watervale vineyard in June 2014 and from this have hand selected a 5 tonne parcel of dry-grown, 1960’s Chardonnay to become their first ever Chardonnay.
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness (with great acid/flavour balance), chilled the picking bins prior to crushing and then fermented the free run and pressings juice separately, at very cool temperature until dry. Some extended lees contact and oak maturation was utilized to add another dimension to an already complex wine.
Claymore, Joshua Tree, Riesling 2016£13.50
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 in 2016…”
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)
Claymore, Superstition Reserve Riesling, 2016£17.95
Light yellow with green hues.
The unrivalled elegance and pristine fruit profile are very indicative of the vintage. Rich and supple fresh lime and white peach are all prominent with secondary aromas of mineral and blossom.
Lemon butter, lime flesh and hints of citrus are all pulled together with natural (no added) acid. This creates a balanced and integrated palate weight. 100% Free run with no added fining gives the wine texture and substance without hindering on the pure and delicate flavours that dictated picking in the vineyard.
This wine can be cellared for 10-15 years.
Claymore, YNWA, Sauvignon Blanc 2016£13.50
You‘ll Never Walk Alone is perhaps the most famous song in football, and is heard before kick-off at every Liverpool match at Anfield and has been adopted as the Football Club’s anthem.
Claymore Wines is the official partner of Liverpool Football Club in Australia and have created their YNWA series of wines inspired by Liverpool Football Club (Claymore owner Anura Nitchingham is a passionate Liverpool football supporter after he studied medicine in Liverpool in his student days).
On the nose there's bags of gooseberry, honeysuckle and orange blossom. This is a very light Sauvignon Blanc, with a delightful crispness. The grapes were picked early to retain the maximum acidity and greener fruit profile. On the palate there's gooseberry and guava alongside hints of honey and orange peel. Lovely clean finish.
Dowie Doole, Chenin Blanc, 2014
Dowie Doole’s Chenin Blanc is a great choice for those seeking an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. This is a vibrant and zesty wine with a crisp, dry finish. The alcohol at 11.5% is refreshingly low, too.
Everyday Drinking White Mixed Case£110.00
Make space in the fridge for this mixed case of great value white wines. This mixed case will include:
2 x Piantaferro Grillo, Sicily, Italy
2 x Chateau de la Roulerie, P’tit Chenin, Loire, France
2 x Larrades Rioja Blanco, Rioja, Spain
2 x Le Magnolie Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy
2 x Hunt Chardonnay, McLaren Vale, Australia
2 x 47 AD ‘Sottovoce Sauvignon Blanc
Gilligan Roussanne Marsanne 2014£14.45
This wine starts full and generous as one might expect from these varieties with a shapely flow into the mouth herded by fine, fresh acidity. Intense fruit – orange blossom and pineapple with the same minerality coming through which was detected on the nose. A very grown-up wine with remarkable length.
Hugh Hamilton, The Scallywag, 2014£12.95
As the Black Sheep of the family, Hugh Hamilton crafts a modern style chardonnay where the grapes do the talking rather than yesteryear’s manipulated ‘blousey’ wine style. The grapes are from Hugh’s vineyards from the Adelaide Hills which benefit from cool days and nights giving melon fruit flavours. There is subtle texture from a small proportion matured in aged French oak. A refreshing take on Chardonnay.
Go on to watch Hugh’s video on The Scallywag and his analogy how yesteryear’s over-oaked Chardonnay is the kind of girlfriend you won’t be introducing to your Mother!
Hunt Chardonnay, 2015£9.95
The Hunt label is from esteemed winery Dowie Doole.
Pale Straw in colour with aromas of apple and melon complexed by partial oak fermentation. These characters carry through on the full-flavoured palate, which shows the fine balance and a crisp, lingering finish.
Larrades Blanco 2013 , Bodegas Ciceron, Rioja
Rioja wine is not just confined to reds, and white Rioja is growing in popularity. A blend of 90% Viura and 10% White Garnacha (Grenache), this wine is highly aromatic with a rich nose of apples and pears, citrus and tropical fruit; a fruity wine with fresh acidity.
Le Magnolie Pinot Grigio£9.95
Pinot Grigio can sometimes have a bad reputation for being a flavourless choice. We searched everywhere for a perfect example of this classic wine and Le Magnolie’s vineyards at high altitude makes for its dry, crisp taste with a finely balanced acidity and heaps of flavour.
Le Magnolie Prosecco Extra Dry DOC£12.50
By far the best Prosecco we have found after a very long process.
The small family owned vineyard near Treviso benefits from high altitude which ensures the required acidity for sparkling wine.
Pale straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. Presenting fine and persistent bubbles and showing fresh fruit and white flowers on the palate.
Maxwell, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, 2014£15.95
We simply refer to this wine via its origin. The Adelaide Hills wine region borders McLaren Vale and is in its own right a world-class region, being the home to many of Australia’s best white wines, including Chardonnay. These hills provide elevated and cooler sites for viticulture, producing wines with good natural acid, structure and elegance.
COLOUR AND AROMA
Brilliant straw with golden hues. Aroma is filled with vibrant nectarine, white peach and melon fruits coupled with roasted hazelnut and oak spice.
The palate displays citrus fruits, lemon curd and almond meal notes. Lees stirring has added texture and mouth feel, creating a wine with balance and complexity. The wine shows great fruit length and refined oak. This is a fine and superbly balanced Chardonnay that captures the essence of its cool-climate origin.
While this wine is made to enjoy upon release, further maturation over 3 to 7 years will enable it to develop even more complexity, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.
A portion of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak using wild yeast and partial solids to create depth and texture. The remainder of the batch was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to blending.
Maxwell, Little Demon, Verdelho, 2017£12.95
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.
The array of citrus notes flow on to the palate, with added tropical melon characters filling the mouth with flavour. Made as an unwooded dry style, the result is both refreshing and persistent, with almost crunchy natural acidity.
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