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A Connoisseur’s Choice

Connoisseur’s Choice

Six truly outstanding wines from around the regions.

Please note that the wooden case is not included

NOMINAL VALUE £243.00.

Producer: Colour: Mixed CaseSKU: CONNCASE

£225.00 per case

The Vagabond Grenache by Thistledown

She's Electric Grenache by Thistledown

She’s Electric Grenache by Thistledown

Some vineyards have a remarkable story to tell and we came upon such a vineyard in late 2016. At the Seaview end of Chapel Hill Rd, its old bush vines contrasted by a planting of much younger Grenache. Apparently, half of the vineyard was burned when a bird caught light on a power line, fell to the ground and set light to the vineyard! We were so glad that some of the amazing old vines are still there for us to use.

Ever since historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has been an enduring one.

Guardians of a long history, Thistledown Wine Co. continues the tradition of Scottish ingenuity and great Australian wine. From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, they work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites.

Some vineyards have a remarkable story to tell and Thistledown came upon such a vineyard in late 2016. At the Seaview end of Chapel Hill Rd, it’s old bush vines contrasted by a planting of much younger Grenache. Apparently, half of the vineyard was burned when a bird caught light on a power line, fell to the ground and set light to the vineyard! They were so glad that some of the amazing old vines are still there for them to use. Dry grown, old bush vines, grown on red-brown sandy loams with quartz and ironstone. Low intervention viticulture with minimal spray regime, cover crops and promotion of biodiversity.

The fruit was hand-picked early in the morning before swift transport to the winery where they retained 50% whole bunches. A gentle foot pressing helped establish the wild ferment. Once fermented, the wine was transferred to 300 litre used French oak hogsheads where it stayed for 6 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Aromatic, fragrant and almost pinot-like, this wine has great energy. Cranberry, spice and wild cherry combine with silky texture to create a beautifully elegant red.

Drink with North African and Middle eastern cuisine or robust fish dishes.

Vegan: Yes
Vegetarian: Yes

To find out more about the winery go to  https://www.thistledownwines.com/the-story

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

She’s Electric Grenache by Thistledown – great Grenache from an afficianado producer

3 in stock

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay is a barrel selection of the very best Chardonnay parcels from the Vintage.

A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing ‘Heytesbury’ character.
TASTING NOTES

APPEARANCE Pale yellow straw.

NOSE Exotic floral details, with white peach and grapefruit, interweaving struck match, nougat and a nutty/mealy, custard complexity.

PALATE The palate is bursting with a luscious lemon freshness and stone fruit power that is sustained for incredible length. It builds in the mouth to reveal flavours of citrus tart and moreish sweet crust. The fine contribution of oak toast and acidity maintain a delicious, drying structure with a succulent core.

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay – a superb wine from a great winery.

To see our full selection of Vasse Felix wines please take a look at https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/vasse-felix/

For more information about the winery go to https://www.vassefelix.com.au/

MARGARET RIVER’S FOUNDING WINE ESTATE

Established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix is Margaret River’s founding wine estate.

One of the great wine regions of the world, Margaret River enjoys a truly unique environment and climate which makes it a paradise for winemakers and wine lovers alike. From the first plantings, right up to the modern day, we have always strived to explore and express the very best of the Margaret River region at Vasse Felix.  

Our wines reflect the strengths of Margaret River, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blends. They are grown in our four Margaret River vineyards then vinified and bottled within our modern winery, situated at our Home Vineyard overlooking the Wilyabrup Brook. 

There are many things that make Vasse Felix the special place it is: the incredible environment and climate of Margaret River, our family ownership, our treasured heritage, and our priceless vineyards. But above all, it’s the dedication of our entire team to continue Dr Cullity’s original aim for Vasse Felix: “to make the best possible wine”.

 

7 in stock

Mattschoss Shiraz Limited Release

Mattschoss Shiraz Limited Release

Mattschoss Shiraz Limited Release

Ever since historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has been an enduring one.

Guardians of a long history, Thistledown Wine Co. continues the tradition of Scottish ingenuity and great Australian wine. From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, they work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites.

High on a hilltop in the Eden Valley, Joel Mattschoss has taken on the rugged, unforgiving soils and landscape- and is winning. It’s got to be one of the most magical sites in all of South Australia and we’re huge fans of Joel’s work. We’re lucky enough that he has entrusted this fruit to us and we’ve now made 3 vintages from it. Planted to 3 different Grenache clones, the yields are very small but the fruit is embued with the energy and charisma of the site.

The 2 vineyard blocks use 3 different clones of Grenache which are hand picked and wild fermented together in concrete. Very gentle extraction focuses on aromatics rather than tannins. Once pressed, the wine was transferred to older, 500l puncheons. No fining or filtration.

Our Advance Release wines are a portal into what the future holds for Thistledown. Joel Mattschoss’ Menglers Hill site is an outstanding, forward thinking vineyard and we’ve been more than impressed by the results so far. This unique release offers a hint of the cooler side of Thistledown’s Barossa Shiraz. Only 400 bottles produced.
 

Medium weight with pronounced violet, wild raspberry and spice on the nose. Intense, mineral laden, multi layered and beautifully fruited a fine reflection of a remarkable site.

Pork belly, with buffalo mozzarella and balsamic onion.

To find out more about the winery go to  https://www.thistledownwines.com/the-story

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

Mattschoss Shiraz Limited Release by Thistledown

4 in stock

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon

Suckfizzle represent the flagship wines from the Stella Bella winery in Margaret River, Western Australia.

“This is one of a handful of Margaret River sauvignon blancs that move into another universe of complexity and longevity. No one should dismiss this wine without tasting it and learning of its majesty.” 

This boutique winery in the heart of Margaret River creates idiosyncratic named ranges like Suckfizzle in a low interventionist and organic way keeping their approach as simple as possible to allow their cherished vineyards to show their quality.

It is not merely in the names where these wines are memorable, as once you have tasted them you will see why Luke Jolliffe, the winemaker, continues to receive recognition and awards from around the world for wines that have that wonderful Margaret River restraint and elegance, but are bound together with a fruit purity that makes them delectable.

The aroma is extremely vibrant and lifts out of the glass. Fresh guava, charred preserved lemon and kaffir lime with hints of crunchy nettle, mango and musk. Exceptionally fresh and crisp with zesty citrus flavours of lemon rind and just a hint of musk. An edginess that delivers full flavoured texture, complexitity and a luscious phenolic grip. Its agebility cannot be underestimated.

Fruit is picked on a combination of flavour, vine condition, sugar/pH/TA and intuition. They pick across a spectrum of ripeness levels for complexity. Every block is picked and vinified separately for maximum blending options. Swards of rye and clover have been planted to help prevent soil compaction and to assist in fixing nitrogen. The vines are all trellised using Vertical Shoot Position (VSP), and are spur-pruned with the exception of a couple of older blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc that are cane pruned. Spur-pruning helps to ensure that the spur spacing results in the correct shoot spacing in the canopy, which in turn leads to well-exposed leaves and fruit. This results in them obtaining the optimum balance between leaves, canes and bunches.

Drink with Poached salmon, natural oysters, chevre, ceviche.

To see our full range of Stella Bella product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/stella-bella/

To see more information on the winery go to https://www.stellabella.com.au/

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon

8 in stock

The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon

The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon

The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon

Since its inaugural vintage in 1987, The Menzies, named after Sir Robert Menzies, politician and red wine enthusiast, has continued to grow in stature and quality. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes used for The Menzies are estate grown at Yalumba’s Coonawarra vineyard, an exceptional site in the heart of Coonawarra’s legendary terra rossa strip. Today, this premium Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon represents elegance of structure, finesse and longevity.

Dark cherry red with a crimson hue. The bouquet of the 2016 Menzies is elegant and inviting, notes of cedar and licorice combine beautifully with rich ripe cassis, violets and the quintessential Coonawarra “sea spray” note. The palate of the 2016 Menzies opens with a burst of cassis and mocha. It is a structural yet generous wine, dark and brooding with restraint and promise of the enjoyment for years to come. The fruit flavours are integrated and there is freshness and vitality.

For more information on the Yalumba winery which produces this great wine go to https://www.yalumba.com/

To see our full range of Yalumba products go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/yalumba/

The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon

 

6 in stock

Stargazer Tasmania Chardonnay

Stargazer Tasmania Chardonnay

Stargazer Tasmania Chardonnay.

Single vineyard, wild ferment.

Samantha Connew’s excellent Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in the Coal Valley. The oak is superb, the fruit pristine but with body and intensity. Wild ferment. Keep for up to a decade and you will be rewarded. Sam Connew is ex Wirra Wirra and Tower Estate winemaker. Stargazer is her Tasmanian venture; the wines are made from carefully selected parcels of grower fruit.

Crafted from premium Coal Valley fruit, it’s all white peach, nougat and a little heady gardenia. Brilliant use of first-class oak enhances the intense and pristine fruit. Great mouthfeel and finish. Lingering.

To find out more about the producer go to http://stargazerwine.com.au/#news

Stargazer pays tribute to Abel Tasman, who as an explorer and navigator, must have spent a fair amount of time gazing towards the heavens. Tasman, a Dutchman under the employ of the United East India Company was the first European to sight Tasmania (on 24 November 1642) and then the South Island of New Zealand, nineteen days later on 13 December

To see our range of Stargazer product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/stargazer/

Located in the Tea Tree subregion at the northern end of the Coal River Valley, the original vineyard on Back Tea Tree Road was planted by Norm and Jan Gangell in 2004. Pretty much half and half riesling and pinot noir, the eleven hectare property is also home to an olive grove. Samantha Connew took over the property in 2016 and in late 2017 expanded the vineyard to include an additional two hectares of vines: more pinot noir (four clones), some chardonnay (anther four clones) and more riesling. Stage two of the expansion is planned for 2020 and will take me up to five hectares in total, and then the wine will be totally estate grown.
Palisander Vineyard (as she has named it) is located on brown dermosol soil over jurassic dolerite, the igneous rock which gives over half of Tasmania its distinctive geological formations (think the rocky outcrops on the Tasman Peninsula). The soil is particularly high in calcium which is a positive indicator for quality grapes, being associated with thicker skins and slower ripening. Whilst she is still very new to this whole grape grower caper, she believes in sustainable farming and am excited about leaving my bit of dirt better than I found it.

Stargazer Tasmania Chardonnay – great Tassie wine

7 in stock

2 in stock

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