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Six of the Best

Six of the Best . A selection of fine wines from around the regions in a mixed case.

Producer: Colour: Mixed Case

£153.49 £142.00 per case

Willunga The One Hundred Grenache

Willunga The One Hundred Grenache

Willunga The One Hundred Grenache.

Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, April/May 2017 Issue

“Bright red in the glass, it has floral aromatics of a spring rose garden with spice and red fruit that jump out of the glass. The palate is luscious with a generosity of fruits, from strawberry to a hint of cinnamon, harnessed by fine, sandy tannins. It drinks perfectly with slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Enjoy from now until 2025.”

Tony Love, The Sun Herald, March 2018
4.5 Stars 

“There are two single-vineyard iterations in this: Blewitt Springs and Clarendon, the former a celebration of the Vale’s sub region where cooler nights temper the more robust tendencies of Grenache and a unique fragrance develops, here with rose petal above native bush florals. Medium bodied, fine sandy tannins in the mouth feel are also a signature. But that fragrance – beautiful.”

To see more on the product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/willunga-100/

To see our full range of Willunga product go to https://www.willunga100.com/shopwillunga/2015-the-hundred-grenache-blewitt-springs

The soils in McLaren Vale are among the oldest in the world, estimated at over 500 million years. The resulting low vigour and old vines combine to produce low yields in the vineyard and stunning, concentrated fruit.

The name is taken from the historic ‘Hundred’ (administrative area of 100 square miles) of Willunga that was established in 1839 – only three years after the settlement of South Australia – and today marks the land from which much of our fruit is sourced. The tree featured on our bottle label is an old River Red Gum, which stands tall over the vineyards and was already over one hundred years of age when the first vines were planted in McLaren Vale in the 1840s.

Before the first vintage in 2005, the team explored the McLaren Vale vineyards and came across plots of 50-year-old Grenache vines. At this time, most of the wine produced from this fruit was destined for blending as there was little demand for top quality Grenache. We decided this had to change, so they made these vines their focus and gave them the attention they deserved. They haven’t looked back since.

Willunga The One Hundred Grenache. – A great example of Aussie red wine from a winery which is passionate about Grenache.

 

 

5 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

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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. 

6 in stock

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz – This wine has been blended to compliment real food with wines of striking colour and elevated aromas, pristine fruit and a finish to persist with the wildest flavours. Winner in the “Judged with food” at the Sydney International Wine Competition and an “Outstanding” from James Halliday.

2017 experienced lower temperatures and higher than average rainfall. To keep the vines and yields in check, we had to thin the canopies much more than usual. The cool temperature meant that the harvest date was extended to late April; this is one of the latest on record for Shiraz.
The long hang time of the grapes and cold conditions have provided great expression of spicy cool climate shiraz, as pepper intensity is greatest in cooler years.
2017 was one of the most challenging vintages I have seen in 17 years, however I would rate this wine as one of best examples of Ladies Shiraz we have made.

This wine is deep crimson in colour with hints of purple at the rim. On the nose, intense lifted aromas of ripe red berries play with notes of violet, pepper and dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied with complex forest fruits, spice and velvety tannins leading to an elegant, long finish.

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz pairs perfectly with roasted venison. It has been blended to complement real food with wines of striking colour, elevated aromas, pristine fruit and a finish to persist with the wildest flavours.

It can be kept cellared for the next ten years.

You will find more information on the Fowles winery at https://www.fowleswine.com/wine-store

See the blog on this wine https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/ladies-shoot-lunch-shiraz/

We have a range of Fowles wines available – https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/fowles-wine/

1 in stock

Kooyung Beurrot Pinot Gris

Kooyung Beurrot Pinot Gris

Kooyung Beurrot Pinot Gris.

The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.
The grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed directly into all-used French oak barriques, where fermentation takes place without inoculation. After fermentation the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 10 months. It is bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

The 2013-2014 growing season started with a warm winter followed by strong early season growth and an early spring with above average temperatures. An extended cold and wet period in October and November lead to a prolonged flowering period with reduced fruit set, resulting in below average yields. This cold period continued throughout December, finally broken by a warm summer with several heat waves during the month of January. A warm February and the lower yields brought an earlier than usual start to harvest. Mild March weather and the lower yields made for a short and steady harvest for both our viticultural and winery teams. While yields were low, the quality of the fruit was very high producing wines that impress with depth, length and linear direction. Tasting Note —- April 2015 With a hint of bronze in the colour, the expressive nose shows classic Beurrot characteristics —- poached pear, vanilla and Meyer lemon. The unctuous palate, with flavours of orange blossom and quince, has a lush texture backed by tight acidity and a dry finish.

Kooyung Beurrot Pinot Gris has a hint of bronze in the colour, the expressive nose shows classic Beurrot characteristics —- poached pear, vanilla and Meyer lemon. The unctuous palate, with flavours of orange blossom and quince, has a lush texture backed by tight acidity and a dry finish.

4 in stock

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Clean & delicate, displaying fig, nectarine, lime
The palate begins with a ripe citrus flavour, moving through to stone fruit

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay 2016

VINTAGE INFORMATION Preceding Winter and Spring rains were significantly lower than had been previously reducing crop potential in the important growth stages leading up to vintage. On average yields were down approximately 30% across many varieties in McLaren Vale. With fluctuating temperatures (18° – 37°C) in January and rainfalls in February resulted in slow ripening of the vines causing a ‘pause’ in vintage allowing ripening to occur at a more manageable rate. By the end of vintage, even with the lower crop yields, our fruit had more time to ripen ‘properly’ resulting in very good flavour concentration, acidity and structure.

WINEMAKERS NOTES The colour is a light straw with a hint of green. The aroma is clean and delicate, displaying fig, nectarine, lime and a hint of cucumber skin and meadow hay. The palate begins with a ripe citrus flavour, moving through to stone fruit and a touch of lantana. The mouthfeel contains a fine mineral structure reminiscent of European versions.

To find out more about the winery go to https://geoffmerrillwines.com.au/

The history of Mount Hurtle Winery stretches back more than 100 years to 1897 when a young Welshman, Mostyn Owen, bought 200 acres of prime Reynella hillside. Here he planted out 150 acres of vines and built a winery, where he ran the property and produced wine until he passed away in the 1940s.

The winery itself was considered very innovative for its time due to its use of gravity to feed wine throughout the cellars, and is Heritage listed because of this.

Today Mount Hurtle Winery is an oasis among suburbia, nestled amid 4 acres of vineyards and landscaped gardens. With an almost Tuscan charm, the original winery and 1500m2 barrel maturation cellar (completed in 1998) is now perfectly equipped to cope with the rigors of modern winemaking. A large family of geese and ducks also inhabit the winery grounds, especially the dam near the front entrance of the estate.

To see our full range of Geoff Merrill wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/geoff-merrill-wines/

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