Animals Asia chooses to be supported only by the sale of wines (listed below) where no animal products were used in the making.
"These are seriously good wines, sold in six or 12 bottle cases at below retail prices." - Sue Green (Epicure Magazine - The Age)
Currently 70% of Goodwill Wine's profits are going to Animals Asia. Funds Raised: $1,270.00
Easter SpecialThese are normally $20+ wines in the bottle shops and are both excellent examples of what the Yarra Valley can produce. Cool Climate shiraz is all about the savoury spices and white pepper underpinning rich dark berry fruits. This Syrah is no exception. I was invited to enter it into a blind tasting with 7 other cool climate shiraz recently and it was selected 3rd best overall. That may not sound too impressive however the cheapest wine it was up against was $40 and the most expensive was $80. This Syrah beat the $80 wine. The Chardonnay is unoaked and made by one of the most accomplished winemakers in the country. Awarded 94 points by James Halliday, this is a gold medal wine and is possibly the best value white wine in Australia, bar none. At $13.50 it is truly exceptional value. Both wines are vegan with no animal products being used in their making.
Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2008Nose: Delicate aromas of fresh young strawberries, lively green apples, honey and melons emerge from incredibly fine beads. Palate: Honeydew and peaches sing in this beautifully crafted wine. This is a classic, beautifully balanced wine with complex flavours and a long finish of freshly fine-tuned acid. Extremely fine and persistent bubbles add to a creamy lingering mouthfeel. Notes: Six years ageing on lees has given this superb wine great depth and complexity. A combination of excellent fruit and winemaking have produced the nicest sparkling wine I have had all year, bar none. This wine will stand up to any $50 bottle brought to the table, making for the perfect celebratory drink. At $22 a bottle this wine may seem expensive for a 'charity wine', but I promise you will lament every bottle as it reaches it's end and marvel at how you got a wine this good for so little money. If you appreciate a quality sparkling wine then you really must try this one. This is a serious Australian sparkling wine which can be enjoyed now or cellared for 3 - 5 years to enhance it's already complex flavours. At $22 a bottle I feel it represents truly amazing value. Otway 12% Alc/Vol 7.2 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Sauvignon Blanc 2014Nose: A mix of subtle white florals, some gooseberry and grapefruit blossom. Classic Sauvignon Blanc with hints of freshly cut grass, followed by traces of smokey barrel fermentation and some struck match. Palate: Mirroring the nose, the palate is long and elegant, with refined fruit, flint and linear acid. There is a delicacy to this wine, and it delivers in a way reminiscent of the French Sancere styles, which is echoed by the lower alcohol. It has crisp, dry acidity and minimal residual sugar. The small portion that was barrel aged gives the wine finesse and complexity. A perfect wine to match with fine elegant food. Methods: Wild Yeast fermentation, with whole-bunch pressing. A mixture of older oak to give mouthfeel and complexity, and tank fermentation for freshness. Fruit was handpicked in the morning and immediately whole bunch pressed. No enzymes were used, instead the juice was allowed to settle naturally. After 4 days the fruit was transferred to a combination of tank (65%) and older oak (35%) to generate mouth feel and give complexity. After three months on lees the wines were blended, cold stabalised, fined and filtered. Vintage: 2012 was near perfect conditions for growing and ripening Sauvignon Blanc in the Yarra Valley. The picking window was small, with flavours going from cut grass to tropical fruits in a matter of days. Constant monitoring enabled picking to be carried out at the herbaceous stage. The grapes came into the winery in perfect condition with no signs of disease and full of flavour. This Sauvignon Blanc was dry grown with the fruit hand pruned, shoot thinned, leaf plucked on the morning side and there was no need for bunch thinning. Crop level was 2.25 tonnes per acre. This wine is best enjoyed whilst young and vibrant, however it will drink well for up to four years. Single Vineyard - Healesville 12% Alc/Vol 7.7 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Chardonnay 2012Nose: This is a classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay exhibiting aromas of peach, nectarine and minerals along with some complex barrel characters. Palate: This wine displays a lovely balance between minerals and delicate fruit sweetness with hints of ginger and spice. A nice line of acid and some creaminess coming from time on wood provides length without overdominance. This is an extremely easy drinking style guaranteed to suit even the fussiest of palates. Method: All fruit is hand-picked in the morning and refrigerated overnight. The following morning the grapes were whole-bunch pressed. No enzymes were used, instead the juice was allowed to settle naturally. Fermentation was allowed to start naturally on full solids with no acid addition. After a select period of time, the juice was inoculated with with cultured yeast and then transferred to a combination of wood and tank for fermentation. The wine is aged in only old oak, with no new oak in the blend. The wine was then left on lees for approximately 3 months, with no battonage. Just prior to bottling the wine was cold stabalised, fined and filtered. Notes: This is a wine that will suit many foods, occasions and palates. It is a great all-rounder made by Franco D'Anna and represents exceptional value at $13. Review - "Chardonnay 2012 - White peach, citrus, a little gloss along with appropriate levels of savoury and flinty bits. Be mindful not to chill it too much; it's much better cool. Anyway, a wine of considerable finesse and subtlety - which is pretty much what Yarra Chardonnay is all about. Quiet confidence. Chablis styling, you may say, though likely better than anything you'd get at twice the price". Gary Walsh - The Wine Front "94 Points" - James Halliday Single Vineyard - Healesville 13% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Riesling 2013Nose: Herbaceous flowers, with aromas of honeydew melon and lemon. Palate: Plenty of grassy and mineral character equaled with notes of white flowers and lemon sorbet. Gentle, pretty fruit with well balanced acid and delicate fruit sweetness, making for an easy quaff for Summer and Spring. Good length with starfruit and grapefruit on the finish. Method: Stainless steel tanks, no oak treatment. Notes: This Riesling is a good all-rounder in that it’s not bone-dry, nor heavy with sugar. There’s plenty of ‘prettiness’ balanced with a good spine of lemony acid. Single Vineyard - Limestone Coast 12.5% Alc/vol 7 standard drinks Pres. 220 added No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Pinot Noir 2013Nose: This 2013 Pinot Noir displays enticing and powerful cherry and raspberry fruit with oak characters sitting in the background aiding complexity. Palate: The nose follows through onto the palate which is textural and displays a good balance between fruit, tannin and acidity with an engaging length. Method: The wine was made with minimal winemaking interference to enable the vineyard to do the talking. In keeping with this philosophy it was not fined and no animal products were used in its creation. The absence of fining has resulted in a harmless sediment of tartraic acid on the bottom of the bottle. Decant or keep an eye on that last sip. Notes: The fruit for this wine was purchased from a single vineyard near Kilmore. The grapes were premium grade and by buying the fruit myself and engaging one of my favourite vineyards in Australia to make it, I have been able to deliver a vegan Pinot at an extremely modest price. Because this wine is completely unfined there will be crystals at the bottom of the bottle. Your last glass will have these so it is advised to avoid that very last sip. Single Vineyard - Kilmore 13% Alc/vol 7.8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Nose: Rich blueberries and blackberries show through with pretty fragrance. Undertones of classic Coonawarra 'mint' characters, along with spice and some barrel character. Palate: Mint, blackcurrant, dust, vanilla and a smattering of dry leaf matter. The balance is good and it rolls along the tongue without any hiccups. The juicy fruit gathers good momentum, before fine-but-assertive tannin confidently takes control on a finish of medium length. Method: Fermented for 10 days on skins, this wine was matured on American oak for 12 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: This is an attractive, medium-bodied wine consistent with what one would expect from the rich red earth of Australia's premier Cabernet region. It is a light yet insistent wine, which will mature well for the next 3 - 5 years. Firm value at $14.50. 13.5% Alc/Vol 8.0 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products where used in the making of this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Nose: Rich dark fruit with undertones of mint, anise and vanilla. Palate: Blackberry and cherry combine to create rich fruit cake flavours with a light peppery edge. Gravelly tannins are firmly held in check by a persistent line of acid along with notes of mint and anise and some lovely barrel character. This wine needs to breathe for a good 30 minutes in order to unwind. Method: The single vineyard estate fruit was handpicked from 30 year old vines, crushed and fermented in open stainless steel fermenters with hand plunging twice daily. It was matured in a mix of 20% new and 80% old french oak and malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur naturally. Minimal sulphur was used producing this wine and no animal products were used for fining. Notes: I love this Cabernet. It is a medium to full bodied wine; smooth, dark and rich with great balance and length. Ripe yet refined, it has gravelly barrel derived characters and fresh acidity with good length of flavour. This is an easy drinking wine that will only benefit from cellaring. Made by one of my favourite winemakers this wine has been sourced from a single parcel of thirty year old vines. I think it represents fantastic value now and will be stunning if held onto for a few years. I have put a case aside for this very purpose. This will be the first Goodwill Wine that will go into competition under the Goodwill Wine label and I expect to to do very well. Stay tuned. Single Vineyard - Pyrenees 13.9% Alc/vol 8.2 standard drinks Preservative (220) added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Merlot 2010Nose: Brooding aromas of blood plum and dark spices, with some raspberry, violets and subtle vanillin oak. Palate: Juicy and moreish, with some succulent acid. Raspberries, blackberries and fleshy blood plum flavours with some peppery spice on a long finish. Smooth, integrated tannins with hints of charred, vanillin oak help this wine deliver in a big way that still carries the agreeable seamlessness expected of Merlot. Decant for at least 15 mins, ideally 30 mins. This wine definitely benefits from some breathing time, opening up the bouquet and harmonising the palate. Method: Fruit sourced from a single vineyard. The wine was matured in a mix of 2nd use French barriques (225 litre) and hogsheads (300 litre) oak barrels for 22 months prior to bottling. Notes: I can't honestly say I have been a fan of many Merlots, finding a majority of them a little underwhelming. Often dubbed "the wine with a hole in it", Merlot often lacks presence on the middle palate, and as such can be an unrewarding quaff. It is most often used to blend in wines that need some taming. This Merlot made us really take notice of just what this varietal can offer, and still has the smooth tannin and long finish that makes Merlot such an easy drink. This wine is an excellent example of the varietal, and is versatile enough to accompany many dishes. This wine will further develop with careful cellaring over 2-5 years, or is ready to drink now. Single Vineyard - Central Coonawarra 13.5% Alc/vol 8.0 Standard drinks Pres. 220 added No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Shiraz 2010Nose: Red and black cherries. Rich Black Forest flavours with some stalky complexity. Spice and notes of white pepper behind subtle French oak. Palate: Cherries, cranberries, white pepper and some stalk up front. The fruit sweetness is balanced with mouth-watering acid and smooth, medium-bodied tannins to finish. Juicy but refined, this Shiraz is extremely moorish. Stock up because you will definitely be hoping you have a second bottle to follow it. Notes: This Shiraz has come from one of my favourite vineyards in Coonawarra. The winemaker has supplied to Goodwill Wine in the past and his wines have always received wonderful feedback from my customers. At $14 a bottle this one is no different. Coonawarra 14% Alc/Vol 8.2 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Syrah 2013Nose: Rich blood plums, spicy red fruits and blackberries show through with pretty fragrance. Undertones of vanilla and some barrel character. Palate: Smooth red berry fruit and blackberries showing across the palate without too much residual sugar. Juicy with well integrated acid. Soft oak, white pepper and some complex spice without big alcohol heat and weight. This wine is medium-bodied with soft harmonious tannins, and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next few years. Method: Dry grown, single vineyard, hand-picked fruit, aged in French and American oak for 12 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: If you are after a big, hot fruit bomb, then this is not the wine for you. Cool climate Shiraz in its element is about fragrance and character, with a more medium-bodied palate, structured acidity and seamless tannin. For this reason this Syrah is very easy-drinking, without the mouth-puckering tannin that can result in hotter climates. It's aroma and palate show nuances of flavour that can be otherwise dominated by sugar and alcohol heat if grown in warmer conditions. Made with 10% whole bunches, this is cool climate Syrah at it’s best and amazing value at $15. Normally retails for $35. Single Vineyard - Yarra Valley 13.5% Alc/vol 8.2 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Vegan Mixed CaseBelow is a list of the vegan wine we currently have on offer in our vegan mixed case. Should you wish to see the details on each of these wines, simply click on the individual bottles that we have for sale on this page. 6 Bottle Case Contains.. Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Riesling 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Shiraz 2010 (Coonawarra) x 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Coonawarra) x 1 Merlot 2010 (Coonawarra) x 1 2 of each white variety is supplied in a 12 bottle case.
Mixed Red 'Vegan'Below is a list of the wine we currently have on offer in our mixed red case. Should you wish to see the details on each of these wines, simply click on the individual bottles that we have for sale on this page. 6 Bottle Case Contains.. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Pyrenees) x 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Coonawarra) x 1 Shiraz 2010 (Coonawarra) x 1 Syrah 2013 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Merlot 2010 (Coonawarra) x 1 Pinot Noir 2013 (Kilmore) x 1
Mixed White 'Vegan'Below is a list of the wine we currently have on offer in our mixed white case. Should you wish to see the details on each of these wines, simply click on the individual bottles that we have for sale on this page. 6 Bottle Case Contains.. Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Yarra Valley) x 2 Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 2 Riesling 2013 (Limestone Coast) x 1 Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay 2008 (Otway) x 1 Please note that a 12 bottle case will contain 3 of each variety while a 6 bottle case will have 2 x Sauvignon Blanc and 2 x Chardonnay.
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