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Sparkling Pinot Chard Demi-Sec 2008This is a beautiful wine in a less than beautiful bottle. Sometimes a vineyard will re-use bottles when storing a wine for maturation. It’s called the transfer method and in the case of a Method Traditional Sparkling this may occur many times, basically the bottles are far older than the wines. Over the years they get scratched up but they do their job, allowing the wine to undergo it's secondary fermentation before being transferred to new bottles for sale. Alternatively, many vineyards do their secondary ferment in a new bottle and sell it like it is. I've stumbled across a batch of wine that has yet to be put into new bottle. Sadly the vineyard couldn't continue. Proper sparkling wine production is expensive business. At around $20 just to get it into bottle, most vineyards suck up the cost of it in their other wines. Why? Because they feel that having a good sparkling is an important flagship to their range. The bottom line is very few vineyards actually make money on their sparklings. This particular wine never made it out of it's old scratched up bottle. It may not make the prettiest gift but will be the nicest sparkling wine on the table this Christmas and at $19 a bottle is unbelievable value. Nose: Delicate aromas of wild strawberries, green apples and freshly baked bread emerge from very fine beads. Palate: Sweet honeydew and apples lift above the bready flavours in this beautifully crafted wine. This is a classic, balanced semi-dry wine with complex flavours and a long finish of freshly fine-tuned acid drying out any initial sweetness. Extremely fine and persistent bubbles add to a creamy lingering mouthfeel. Notes: Seven years ageing on lees has given this superb wine great depth and complexity. A combination of excellent fruit and winemaking have produced a beautiful, sweet sparkling wine. No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
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.
Riesling 2015Nose: Citrus blossom and passionfruit along with delicate perfume aromas. Palate: Bursting with lime, green apples and notes of white flowers, this wine finishes with a long, clean, dry, mineral finish balancing out any fruit sweetness. Notes: This Riesling shows the typical citrus and perfume aromas and wonderful length of flavour typical to this region and will cellar for the next 10 years. 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.
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.
Pinot Noir 2013Nose: Rich dark berry fruits with hints of earthiness - brambles and thickets and balanced vanillin oak. Palate: Black cherries, dark plums with fine grained tannins and a lingering spice finish. This silky smooth wine boasts juicy delicate fruit without cloying sweetness. It is a graceful wine with medium weight and nothing over done. Soft but linear acid, the palate displays consistently with the rich dark fruit on the nose with hints of beautiful barrel characters, giving this wine lovely complexity. Method: Hand-picked fruit from 3 premium vineyards. Fermented for one week using natural yeast and no addition of sulphur. Two weeks on skins post ferment then pressed (10% whole bunch) to seasoned French barriques for twelve months. No sulphur added at bottling Notes: Showing superbly upon release, this wine offers great interest and complexity and even further development over time. This Pinot comes from one of my favourite Australian Pinot producers, renowned for making wines of great longevity and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next 10 to 15 years. Single Vineyard - Ballarat 13.5% Alc/vol 8 standard drinks 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 2010"It’s pretty much right in the zone for drinking now. Blackberry and blackcurrant, tobacco, choc-mint nougat, toasted coconut. Medium bodied, supple and savoury, but holding a good amount of tobacco laced red and black fruit. Length is good too. A mature wine at this price is a beautiful thing." Gary Walsh - The Wine Front Nose: Blackberry and Blackcurant, tobacco, choc-mint nougat and toasted coconut 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.
Shiraz 2013Nose: A penetrative bouquet of cassis, blackberries, red fruit and smokey mocha/vanilla oak laced with nuances of black pepper and spice. Palate: The fruit sweetness is balanced with mouth-watering acid and smooth, lithe tannins to finish. Juicy but refined, this Shiraz delivers subtleties and nuances across the entire palate. Method: Bendigo single vineyard, hand-picked fruit, aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Minimal sulphur and filtration was used. Notes: This is a soft and pliant wine with a silky texture, good freshness and an extra little tweak of grainy tannin on a medium length exit. Good flavour and interest along with excellent drinkability. This wine comes from one of my favourite winemakers who is rapidly gaining 'rock star' status in Australian wine circles. Here is what the Wine Front is saying about him.. "This has to be one of the most exciting small wine producers in the country. Offering wines of detail, complexity, high drinkability and inherent personality". Single Vineyard - Bendigo 13% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Shiraz 2013Nose: Rich plum and blackcurrants show through with pretty fragrance. Undertones of tobacco, vanilla and some barrel character. Palate: Sweet berry fruit without too much residual sugar and just a hint of cigar box from time in oak. Juicy with well integrated acid. Soft oak, Blackcurrant, Cranberry and some black pepper. This wine is light to medium-bodied with harmonious tannins, and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next few years. Method: Bendigo vineyards, hand-picked fruit, aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: Cool climate Shiraz in its element is about fragrance and character, this is a light to medium-bodied wine, with structured acidity and fairly lean tannin. For this reason this Shiraz is very easy-drinking, without the mouth-puckering tastes 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. This wine is good value at $11.00. Bendigo 14.5% Alc/vol 8.3 standard drinks Preservative (220) added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Shiraz 2014Nose: 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 14.5% Alc/Vol 8.6 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 (Eden Valley) x 1 Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Shiraz 2013 (Ballarat) 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 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Shiraz 2013 (Ballarat) x 1 Pinot 2013 (Ballarat) x 1 Merlot 2013 (Coonawarra) x 1 Merlot 2010 (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 2015 (Eden valley) x 1 Please note that a 12 bottle case will contain 3 of each variety.
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