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Six truly outstanding wines from around the regions.

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The Malleea by Majella

The Malleea by Majella

The Malleea by Majella continues the great Australian tradition of Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blends.

We use the finest parcels of fruit from our oldest vines, ferment them gently in our modern fermentation cellar, and then finish off the ferment in new French oak hogsheads. After MLF the wine was then aged for another 18 months in these barrels before bottling in imported fine Italian bottles.

“The Malleea” is a rich, dark magenta colour with a bright purple hue. Lush mulberry, blackcurrant, blackberry and vanillin oak on the nose. The layered palate is of cassis, plum fruit and spice with undertones of mint. Fine structured tannins and subtle oak enhance the finish.

Truly one of Australia’s greatest wines.

For more information on the winery go to https://www.majellawines.com.au/

To see our full range of Majella wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/majella/

The Malleea by Majella

Winemaking and Viticulture
We use the finest parcels of fruit from our oldest vines, ferment them gently in our
modern fermentation cellar, and then finish off the ferment in new french oak hogsheads. The wine is then aged for another 18 months in these barrels before being bottled in
imported fine italian bottles.
Vintage Conditions
Coonawarra experienced an excellent vintage in 2013 which was characterised by a warm, dry
summer followed by a cool autumn: optimal
conditions for our Cabernet and Shiraz.
2013 promises to produce strong wines with high colour density, fruit concentration and tannin structure.
Winemakers Comments
The 2013 “The Malleea” is a dark magenta colour, with a bright purple hue. Lush mulberry, black
currant, blackberry and vanillin oak on the nose. The layered palate is of cassis, plum fruit and spice with undertones of mint. Fine structured tannins and subtle oak enhance the finish.
Cellaring: 15 – 20 years
Majella Wines
Lynn Road Coonawarra South Australia 5263 T 08 8736 3055 F 08 8736 3057 E admin@majellawines.com.au W www.majellawines.com.au
Grape Variety
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Shiraz
Region
Coonawarra

 

 

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Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

This is the first release of this wine. Fruit was sourced from close-planted low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith’s Balhannah Vineyard in the central Adelaide Hills, planted in 2005. The distinctive site has always shown potential for a single site wine, and in this particular year the fruit was outstanding. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite and shale. Low yields are achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning. 2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was relatively dry and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was also mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit. The Shiraz was hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal intervention. No berries were harmed during the making of this wine! It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons for fourteen months, followed by a further fourteen months in bottle. Crimson in colour with purple at the rim. The nose is very perfumed – rose petals, dried herbs, and red berries. Initially it’s generous on the palate, with boysenberry, mulberry, and blueberry notes. Then more layers of flavour and texture reveal themselves. Some cinnamon, some fennel seed, some rhubarb; fine but firm tannins that extend the palate, accompanied throughout by fresh acidity and intense perfume.

To see our full range of Shaw and Smith product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/shaw-smith/

For more information on the Shaw and Smith winery go to https://www.shawandsmith.com/

Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz – a great wine from a top class winery

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Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Chardonnay

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Chardonnay

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Chardonnay

The fruit for this wine comes from our vineyards in the Strathbogie Ranges and was harvested in the evening on the 25 of February.
The choice to harvest at night – in those cooler hours – is done to ensure that the fruit temperature remains low thus preserving
primary fruit flavours that are integral to the character of this wine.
This wine is 100% barrel fermented, the majority in French oak puncheons. About half of the batch was wild fermented. Wild yeast
adds a layer of complexity to the aroma of wine, and wild yeast ferments are often more textural than the same wine made using
cultured yeast – but perhaps this is because of other techniques? For example, oxidative juice handling and leaving solids in the juice
which go hand in hand with a spontaneous ferment.
We used cultured yeasts in the remainder of the wine were selected to add layers of complexity. The careful selection of yeast culture
contributes its own unique attributes to build layers of flavour in this wine. Some enhance fruity esters and others texture. QA23 is
Portuguese isolate of Saccharomyces cerevisiae that has a good tolerance for cool fermentation temperature to enhance and retain
fruit flavours of white varieties. EC1118, also an isolate of Saccharomyces cerevisiae a reliable fermenter over a large temperature range
and contributes to the fruit spectrum of the wine. It also contributes to the yeasty characters when left on extended lees contact.
Biodiva is an isolate of Torulaspora delbrueckii that enhances mouthfeel, aromatic complexity and increases ester production. We used
a number of yeast to increase the overall complexity of the wine.

2016 was one of ten warmest years on record in Victoria. Rainfall was very low. This combination of conditions
produced a year of moderate yields and early ripening. Our main winemaking challenge was trying to find a balance between alcohol
and flavour. The vines were producing sugar at a high rate and flavours lagged behind to a degree. We
selected a parcel of Chardonnay from our good friends at Galli in Sunbury. The Chardonnay there is
very minerally and flinty, Chablis like in style. This was fermented using a cultured yeast, and our Upton
Run fruit fermented with wild yeasts.

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Chardonnay is pale straw yellow in colour. The nose is packed with stone fruit characters, honey dew
melon and an inviting and rich toasty oak aroma. The palate is generous, complex and elegant with
flavours of fresh ripe stone fruits and honey toasted oak playing on the palate. A balanced and delicious
wine with a long finish.

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Chardonnay matches beautifully with pan seared trout with a tarragon and brown butter sauce.

More details can be found at https://www.fowleswine.com/wine-store

Our range of Fowles Wines are shown at https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/fowles-wine/

 

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Grosset Alea Riesling

Grosset Alea Riesling

Grosset Alea Riesling

The Alea (pronounced ey-lee-uh) vineyard, is named for the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage, Athena Alea. The vineyard is situated at Watervale`s highest elevation, where the soil is poorer and tougher than that at the adjacent ‘Springvale’ vineyard. The low yields are vital to allow for full ripening at high acidity which Jeff Grosset is convinced is the key to success with the off-dry style.

This is an amazing riesling, perhaps the best yet under this label. It has intense lemon grass and lime juice characters which follow through on to the palate. The flavours are intensely concentrated, powerful and show incredible depth. The vibrant natural acidity balances the sweetness and lingers long and dry on the finish.
‘Inspired by the best dry Rieslings of Europe, Alea is produced in the international style, made to the Grosset standard. From the Rockwood vineyard in Watervale where the likeness to European fruit was first noticed in 2007, this wine offers great versatility; people, food, situations. The flavour and balance of the 2017 vintage are exquisite and the best so far.’ JG
Ageing Potential: First vintage 2012 so as yet unknown, however probably 15 years
Source: Grosset Rockwood Vineyard (ACO certified organic)
Fruit Flavours: Kaffir lime with hints of white flowers and herbs
Profile: Almost dry, underpinned by a linear acidity: fragrant, generous, succulent and long
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Awards & Reviews:
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 18th November 2017
Jeffrey Grosset is able to make a divine nectar of this not quite dry, not quite sweet wine. Its circle of pure riesling flavours runs alongside mouthwatering acidity. In its style, it is perfection. 97 Points.

For more information on the winery go to https://www.grosset.com.au/

To see our great range of Aussie Riesling go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/grape/riesling/

Grosset Alea Riesling – A great Aussie Riesling

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Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon – Made solely from Cabernet Sauvignon, it is made from lightly dried grapes in an ‘Amarone’ style. This drying gives a richer, fuller style, and a superb wine of great individuality.

Brooding and alluring nose with notes of blackberry, plum and savoury herbal spices. Full bodied and mouthcoating, led by deep, dark fruit characteristics, with flavours of licorice, dark chocolate and fig. Multi layered and complex with a savoury finish framed by fine grained tannins.

To see our full range of Mitolo wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/mitolo/

To find out more about the Mitolo winery go to https://www.mitolowines.com.au/

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Ironstone Pressing GSM

d'Arenberg Ironstone Pressing GSM (2015)

The Ironstone Pressing GSM by d’Arenberg- Grenache, Shiraz , Mourvedre blend.

Most of McLaren Vale’s acclaimed and historic vineyards are impregnated with ancient, decomposed laterite granite known as ironstone. Its extraordinary rusty redbrown colour is derived from the iron oxides present in the stone. The larger pieces were cleared from the vineyards in the late 1880’s and utilised in many of the buildings at d’Arenberg, most notably the old stables. Hence the wine’s name.

The Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre components of Ironstone Pressing come from the best parcels from selected vineyards, and remain separate until final blending.These low yielding, old vines are picked in small parcels and remain separate until final blending. Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and then transferred to a mixture of new and used oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no finning or filtration.

Unctuous blackberry and plum notes lay at  the heart of this classic d’Arenberg example of a GSM. A spattering of exotic spices the likes of star anise, cardamom and nutmeg cling to the sweet, dark fruits and of course, it wouldn’t be a d’Arenberg wine without a rousing dose of earthy, gamey character. The palate is fleshy and juicy with an almost velvet like texture. Abundantly warm and generous but sufficiently structured to suggest this wine can go the long haul.

d’Arenberg Ironstone Pressing GSM – A great GSM blend from a classic family winery. One of the many brilliant d’Arenberg wines

To see our full range of d’Arenberg product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/darenberg/

For more information on the winery go to https://www.darenberg.com.au/

 

 

 

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