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"These are seriously good wines, sold in six or 12 bottle cases at below retail prices." Sue Green (Epicure Magazine - The Age) Funds Raised: $330.00
Gold Medal Vegan MixOk, so these aren't 12 wines for $99 or 15 wines for $79. But lets face it, I don't care how much that big online wine company is talking up their deal - It's rubbish wine. What's more it's doing nothing for charity. In fact, what it is doing is ripping off some poor winemaker who struggled with their vintage, didn't make a particularly good wine and is now being quite literally bent over a barrel by some big wine company 'fat cat', who just keeps on getting richer. So, your choice. If quality doesn't matter to you. If $ signs do and your social conscience extends to pressing the 'like' button on facebook, then I think it's best you move along. Still here? Great. This case is made up of 6 stunning wines. I think it's unlikely you will have tried a better Merlot than this for a very long time, perhaps ever. The Cab Sauv is one of the best I've had in years and the Chardonnay is regarded by every professional wine writer in the country as the best value white wine in Australia - This one is $24 at my local wine store. A 6 bottle case is made up of the following... 4 gold medal wines, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Cab Sauv ‘12 - 94 points Merlot ’10 - 92 points Pinot ’08 - 92 points Chardonnay ‘15 - 94 points Riesling ’13 - 89 points Sauv Blanc ’14 - 86 points Please note, I have limited supply of the Pinot and when stocks run out I will replace it with a silver medal shiraz. No animal products were used in the making of these wines.
Sauvignon Blanc 2014Nose: Classic sauv blanc notes of grass, green bean, passionfruit and pineapple along with herbaceous aroma's of lantana. Palate: Crisp, dry fruit upfront with a grassy, green character. Fairly full on the palate with decent length and soft but supple acid. This is a lovely example of the variety and would pair well with salads, asparagus and barbecued vegetables. Notes: This cool climate Sauvignon Blanc has benefited from a very slow ripening window at the very end of the season, allowing intense citrus/tropical fruit characters to develop.
Sauvignon Blanc 2013Nose: 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. Above all else, this wine is about texture. 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: 2013 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 2015Nose: 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 $15. Single Vineyard - Healesville 13% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Nose: Blackberry, blackcurrant, french oak, licorice, mint and vanilla. Everything you would expect from a top quality Cabernet. Palate: Juicy dark blackberries and currants combine with rich tannins and long, linear acid to produce a soft, velvety palate of extraordinary elegance and superb length. Method: Handpicked Estate fruit from 30 year old vines, placed on French oak for 18months. No animal products were used for fining. Notes: Four years ago I was fortunate to be able to sell 10 cases of a Ladbroke Grove 2002 Cabernet. That cabernet was heralded as one of, if not the best examples of the variety to come out of Australia. It was subsequently placed in the London Wine Hall of fame. In my opinion this Bendigo cabernet is better. It is simply that good and for a bottle that will only get better over the next 15 years, at $17 is probably the best value wine I have sold to date. Bendigo 14.5% Alc/vol 8.6 standard drinks Preservative (220) added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013Nose: 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.
Merlot 2010Nose: Plum and chocolate with quality nutty vanilla oak, a touch of olive and mint, along with cedar bottle age character peeping through. Palate: The fruit sweetness is balanced with mouth-watering acid and smooth, medium-bodied tannins to finish. Juicy but refined, this Merlot delivers subtleties and nuances across the entire palate. Method: Upper Yarra single vineyard, hand-picked fruit, aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: This is the best Merlot I have ever been lucky enough to stock (and I've stocked 92 point Merlots in the past) If you have ever described this variety as underwhelming, I guarantee this wine will change your mind. Single Vineyard - Upper Yarra Valley 13.5% Alc/vol 8.3 standard drinks Preservative (220) added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Merlot 2013Nose: 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.
Syrah 2014Nose: 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.
Shiraz 2012Nose: An extraordinary nose revealing subtle nuances of dark cherries, candied rhubarb and roses along with undertones of vanilla and lovely barrel character. Palate: Beautiful mouth feel. Smooth dark cherry, chocolate and vanilla perfectly balanced with medium tannins and great acidity. A wine of considerable length and more than considerable interest. Method: Hand-picked fruit, aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: This is a big wine akin to what we would expect from a Mclaren Vale Shiraz. Perfectly balanced tannins and acid demand another sip. At $17 a bottle this wine is seriously good value. Bendigo 14.5% Alc/Vol 8.6 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Shiraz 2013Nose: 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 is a young Shiraz 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 $15 a bottle this one is no different and will continue to improve if cellared for up to ten years. Coonawarra 14% 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 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Riesling 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Shiraz 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Bendigo) x 1 Merlot 2013 (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 (Bendigo) x 1 Shiraz 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Shiraz 2012 (Bendigo) x 1 Merlot 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Merlot 2010 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Syrah 2014 (Yarra Valley) 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 (Coonawarra) x 2 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Chardonnay 2015 (Yarra Valley) x 2 Riesling 2013 (Limestone Coast) x 1 Please note that a 12 bottle case will contain 2 of each variety and 1 extra Sparkling and Chardonnay.
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