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Connoisseur’s Choice

Connoisseur’s Choice

Six truly outstanding wines from around the regions.

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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

7 in stock

Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

Mitolo 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.

Good with big, hearty meat dishes or, as we do, after a meal with sharp, hard cheese from the Veneto such as Asiago d’Allevo, walnuts and pear.

The Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically the Chinese Block, which is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, about 4km east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation bedrock. Strong vine growth in spring is tempered by summers dry winds, developing pure, bright and savoury fruit flavours that are tempered by cooling afternoon sea breezes.

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/

The first Mitolo wine, the 2000 G.A.M. Shiraz was named after Frank’s children Gemma, Alex and Marco. Since then Mitolo have added another 10 wines to the range each with its own distinct personality and story.
The winery works closely with its growers, the Loprestis. The Loprestis, also Italian immigrants and old friends of the Mitolos, have an affinity with their land, producing fruit of the highest quality. The fruit is the essence of Mitolo, with a depth of flavour garnered from heavy clay soils, yet freshness thanks to the gentle afternoon sea breeze. In the winery, Ben takes a ‘hands-off’ approach, fermenting cool to retain purity, and using a range of barrel coopers to generate complexity yet respect and enhance the fruit

Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon  really great wine from McLaren Vale

2 in stock

Onannon Chardonnay Mornington Peninsular

Onannon Chardonnay Mornington Peninsular

Onannon Chardonnay Mornington Peninsular

From 19 year old vines on a single vineyard in Tuerong, this is the third year Onannon have worked with Bill Williams and the team at Tambo Estate. Bill painstakingly sorted the fruit which was placed straight into a cool room as it was being picked and trucked back in the cool of the night to be processed straight away. The grapes were crushed and a little amount of whole bunches were thrown into the press, the juice settled overnight and then racked it to barrel. We played around with different levels of solids. A Combination of yeasts were used to help build some complexity. No MLF. 20% new French Oak. 10 months in the barrel.

Notes of nectarine, citrus, fennel, jasmine and almond nougat with a feathering of spice and burnt matches. Medium bodied with flavours of lime juice and white peach, the sweet nutty complexity adds to the flavour and texture. There’s a delicious limey acidity and a long tight finish with cedar and zest in the aftertaste. Magic.

Try this wine with Try lemon roast chicken, baked Lemon Sole or shellfish.

To find out more about this winery go to http://www.onannon.com.au/

To see our range of Onannon product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/?s=onannon

Onannon Chardonnay Mornington Peninsular – a great wine from a relatively new but highly innovative producer.

Onannon is the venture of Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, who donated the last two or three letters of their surnames to come up with Onannon. “Our aim is quite simply to make good wine.” A noble and modest mission statement from this Pinot Noir-focussed producer that also dabbles in single site Gippsland Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris and Yarra Valley Rosé. Onannon is the venture of three friends who started small and are still small, but now they make 1,000 cases a year rather than the 80 they produced in 2008. They make wine with a ‘garage’ philosophy, backed up by quality fruit and shared winemaking experience. The wine is made in a small purpose built winery on the Mornington Peninsula, and the approach is as hands-on now as it was on day one.

 

 

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Gundog Estate Hunter's Semillon

Gundog Estate Hunter’s Semillon – The intention with this wine is to deliver a modern style of Hunter Semillon which offers outstanding early drinking appeal in combination with an ability to age if you can keep it that long. Relative to The Chase Semillon, we are sourcing fruit from blocks on heavier soils, offering bolder flavours and more structure. The principle sources being the dry-grown Vernon Vineyard in Mount View, and the 69’ and 89’ blocks of Semillon at the Somerset Vineyard. Ripeness levels from these vineyards / blocks are consistently higher (by around 0.5 Baume) than those servicing The Chase Semillon.e over the short to medium term. The frame is still fine, but the flavours are more generous.

To see our full range of Gundog estate product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/gundog-estate/

To find out more about the Gundog Estate winery go to https://www.gundogestate.com.au/about

Gundog Estate is a boutique producer of premium Semillon and Shiraz.
Sourcing fruit from some of the best vineyards in the Hunter, Hilltops and Canberra wine regions in New South Wales, they engage passionate growers that work tirelessly to deliver the best fruit possible. The growers also firmly believe in sustainable vineyard practices with a view to leaving the land in a better condition for the next generation.
In the winery, they employ a thoughtful combination of new and old world practices to deliver high quality, innovative wines. These wines represent some of the best examples of regional, modern Australian style, produced on a boutique scale. Fermentation with naturally occurring yeast, and partial fermentation of whites on skins, are two key practices we have implemented to great effect. With the reds, fermentation in open tanks, hand plunging, and shorter maturation periods in premium French oak puncheons illustrate a combined traditional / modern approach to winemaking that helps them to deliver wines that strike a fine balance between fruit flavour and complexity. Ultimately, they seek to produce quality wines that tell a story of the season and region. The wines should offer drinking appeal from day one, but also have the potential age gracefully. 

5 in stock

The Hedonist Shiraz Reserve

The Hedonist Shiraz Reserve

The Hedonist Shiraz Reserve

The fruit for The Hedonist Shiraz Reserve is estate grown on our biodynamically run vineyard situated in the Willunga foothills, McLaren Vale. The idyllic St Vincent’s Gulf lies 10km to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving the wine a rich and fullness of pallet

The 2012 vintage was one of rare balance and ideal ripening conditions. In general crops were down, but quality was paramount. Good winter rains set the vines up well to cope with early autumn heat.

After gentle destemming, the must was pumped into traditional open fermenters with twice daily pumping over and hand plunging. Fermentation continued at up to 24 degrees Centigrade to retain as much primary fruit freshness as possible. The ferment was lightly pressed after 12 days on skin.
Finally, the wine completed fermentation in 50% new French Oak & 50% one year old French oak, where it remained for 24 months. Minimal Sulphur added.

Tasting Notes
COLOUR
Deep red with crimson hues
BOUQUET
Mostly dark berries, dark chocolate, cinnamon spice and a hint of violet shining through
PALATE
Full-bodied and bursting with black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice and there’s a touch of cured meat. Velvety tannins and a long finish. cooler climate expression of McLaren Vale fruit due predominantly to its higher altitude.

For more information on the producer go to https://www.hedonistwines.com.au/

The fruit for the Hedonist Reserve Shiraz comes from a biodynamic certified vineyard from Kangarilla, producing a slightly cooler climate expression of McLaren Vale. The emphasis of biodynamics is about promoting soil health and maintaining a balanced and diverse population of soil biology. In keeping with our holistic philosophies, the vineyard is managed with the absence of pesticides and herbicides. Undervine slashing and mid-row cover-cropping are methods utilized for weed control. All the wines reflect a purity which is consistent with the Winemakers and their philosophies.

To see our range of wines from this producer go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/walter-clappis-wine-company/

 

1 in stock

Ironstone Pressing GSM

d'Arenberg Ironstone Pressing GSM

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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