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d'Arenberg 6 pack

A special six of the Best

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

Please note that the wines are not shipped in a wooden case.

NOMINAL VALUE £182.00

 

Producer: Colour: Mixed CaseSKU: SPECCASE

£175.00 per case

The Vagabond Grenache

The Vagabond Grenache by Thistledown

The Vagabond Grenache by Thistledown

The Vagabond Grenache 2019
Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale
We’re convinced that, of all the regions of Australia, the greatest potential for Grenache greatness is in the McLaren Vale. We therefore set about finding unique plots throughout the region, looking for specific soil formations that would embue the Vagabond with finesse, varietal purity and texture.
Vintage Conditions
Right across South Australia, the 2019 vintage will be remembered as a very challenging one. Very dry conditions persisted throughout the growing season while some areas also had to contend with frost, hail and wind – all of which reduced the crop but helped increase concentration and quality. Early March was hot but in the cooler Blewitt Springs vineyards, fruit fared well and most parcels were picked mid March.
Winemaking
From 4 separate, old, dry grown, bush trained vineyards in Blewitt Spring, planted in deep sands with some ironstone. The fruit was hand picked, 68% was wild fermented in a concrete pyramid which had layers of whole bunch and crushed fruit. This ferment had no mechanical extraction. The balance was wild fermented in an open fermenter with 35% whole bunches, hand plunged twice daily. This portion was aged in puncheons while the pyramid fermented was pressed back to a concrete egg and oak puncheons for maturation.
Tasting
This wine possesses a beautifully complex, aromatic nose of violets, wild cherry, rosemary and warming spice. The palate is energetic yet polished and smooth with vibrant cherry, spice, wild strawberry and liquorice on the palate. Medium bodied but multi-layered and textural with a very long, aromatic finish.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.81 g/l
pH: 3.35
Residual Sugar: <2 g/l
SO2: 66 mg/l
Fining: None
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/

The Vagabond Grenache by Thistledown – great Grenache from an afficianado producer

4 in stock

Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon

Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon

Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon

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

The Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine and as such expresses the specific vineyard site in each season. Over time and vintages, the wines become an archive, or a chronology of the events of the seasons, and capture the uniqueness of the site, allowing all to witness the development of the wine’s style and personality. From Augusta in the very south of the Margaret River region, the wine is a classic, complex and unique example of Margaret River’s signature regional Cabernet Sauvignon.

Upfront raspberry, cranberry & cherry lift out of the glass. The nose opens with bramble berries, black currant and a violets. Hints of freshly dried herbs with subtle vanilla notes. Completed by a unique mineral sea spray and nori element from the Southern Ocean. Brimming with fresh red berries and sweet cherries. The plate is extremely precise, poised and medium bodied; reflecting the unique Suckfizzle site. Persistence of flavour is remarkable. Fine gravelly shaped tannins drive the palate and creates a silky finish.

Drink with Margaret River Wagyu or Grass fed steak fillet cooled to perfection with roasted root vegetables.

Appearance
Red with a light purple hue
Aroma
The nose opens with bramble berries, black currant and a violet lift. Combining with hints of choc mint menthol and subtle mocha oak. Completed by a unique mineral sea spray and nori element from the Southern Ocean.
Palate
Brimming with juicy redcurrants, plums and rich chocolate. The plate is extremely precise, poised and medium bodied; reflecting the unique Suckfizzle site. The tannins are ultra-fine with driving acidity creating great length and freshness.
Blend
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food
Leeuwin Grass Fed Beef eye fillet cooked to perfection with roasted root vegetables.
Drink
20 plus years.
Awards + Reviews
95 Point – Huon Hooke
Silver Medal – 2018 Decanter Wine Awards

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/

2 in stock

Shaw + Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay – The Adelaide Hills produces some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay. Since it’s first release (vintage 2000) M3 Chardonnay has quickly established a reputation amongst Australia’s finest. Sourced primarily from the Shaw + Smith M3 Vineyard at Woodside which was planted in 1995 and takes its name from owners Martin Shaw, Michael and Matthew Hill Smith. A Sophisticated, barrel fermented wine with pure fruit character and restrained oak. Elegant and long living.

You can see our range of Shaw + Smith product at https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/shaw-smith/

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

Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Site selection is particularly important in the Adelaide Hills, with its diversity of altitude, aspect, microclimate, and soil. We also use a number of different cultivars or ‘clones’ of each grape variety, which contribute different qualities to the final product.

The Lenswood Vineyard, about 10km north west of the winery, is planted mainly to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, at 455 – 500m elevation. Undulating with east and west facing aspects, the soils are brown loams over clay with broken shale on the ridges. The vineyard was planted in 1999 and is 20 hectares in total.

M3 now comes from selected sites over the Adelaide Hills, not from the vineyard previously called M3. Pale strawgreen; it may be autosuggestion, but this has great freshness, vibrancy and finesse, the flavours pitched halfway between white peach/stone fruit on the one hand, grapefruit/citrus on the other. Obviously fermented in French oak, but is not obviously oaky.
97 points

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay – a great wine from a superb winery in the Adelaide Hills, recognised everywhere for its quality and flavour.

3 in stock

Lethbridge Dr Nadeson Riesling

Lethbridge Dr Nadeson Riesling

Lethbridge Dr Nadeson Riesling

Lethbridge Dr Nadeson Riesling is an off-dry expression of this noble white grape variety. Crisp and balanced, rich in citrus fruit flavours – lime, orange blossom and mandarin followed by hints of musk and stone fruit. A perfect partner with Asian style cuisine.

A very German style wine with aromas of peaches, amazingly steely, good minerality and a dry finish

Lethbridge Wines is a boutique wine producer specialising in highly terroir-driven wines from some of the best vineyards in Victoria’s Geelong region, chosen after an exhaustive search in the mid 1990’s. Owner-winemakers Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis are not your average winemakers of a boutique winery. Both were initially trained as research scientists and hold PhD degrees in chemistry and medicine, respectively. While combining their scientific careers with winemaking, Maree and Ray completed the winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Ray states, “winemaking is not really that different to science, both are creative and both involve 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration”.

With total wine production capacity capped at 3,000 cases, the focus is on quality and individuality, with a strong emphasis on capturing the local terroirs. As well as understanding the importance of terroir, the partners have built a unique straw- bale winery, designed to recreate the controlled environment of cellars and caves in Europe. Winemaking is no less ecological: hand-picking, indigenous yeast fermentation, small open fermenters, pigeage (foot-stomping) and minimal handling of the wines throughout the maturation process are all part and parcel of the highly successful Lethbridge approach.

Lethbridge is a 5 Red Star Winery that has built up a cult following in Australia and their wines are rarely seen outside of Melbourne; this is a great opportunity to sample these award winning wines from one of the few overseas allocations.

To see our full range of lethbridge wines go to http://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/lethbridge/

For more information on gthe winery go to http://www.lethbridgewines.com

Lethbridge Dr Nadeson Riesling

3 in stock

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon

Mount Horrocks Semillon

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon – Gleaming, very pale yellow. Lifted fragrant vanilla spice over apple and pear fruits, generous and appealing. Semillon’s lemon zest and herbal characters are held aloft by a deft touch of French oak barrel fermentation, delivering additional texture and spice notes, layered upon sprightly acidity. Flavoursome and stylish, rich and rounded yet not at all heavy, with fabulous length.

196 CASES PRODUCED

Just a few hundred metres to the north east of the estate riesling vineyard lies the Mount Horrocks planting of semillon. The soil is weaker; the profile rockier. Maintaining finesse in semillon is an art, starting with vineyard site selection (semillon can be heavy bearing in deeper soils). The grape bunches from this vineyard are small, especially in
a low-yielding season. Such was the case in 2018.

The result? A bright, lemony, intense and fresh wine; a hint of spice and creamy texture reflecting its time in French oak barriques. Stephanie believes this is “one of the best”. 

Impressively light gold in colour.
Vibrantly fruited (and pale) for a barrel-aged white, displaying textured and layered lemon fruit and spicy oak, with a touch of creamy lees complexity. Great acid balance and impressive length of flavour – richness and depth without being the least bit over the top. Enjoy with or without food, and if with, something that allows the wine to shine such as grilled snapper.
Drink to 2029.

As no finings have been found necessary the wines are all suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Only the finest French oak barriques are used for those wines spending time in barrel.

To see our full range of Mount Horrocks wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/mount-horrocks/

To find out more about the winery go to http://www.mounthorrocks.com/about/cellar-door-cafe/

Mount Horrocks Wines restricts production to approximately 2,500 cases per annum to achieve the highest quality single vineyard wines. All three estate-owned Clare Valley vineyards, totaling ten hectares, are ‘A grade certified’ by Australian Certified Organic (ACO).

Mount Horrocks Semillon

 

6 in stock

John Duval Entity

John Duval Entity

My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa.  Entity includes 40% Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow cellaring, under good conditions, for at least 10- 12 years.
VINTAGE: The growing season was characterised by low winter and spring rainfall, which was followed by a hot spell in mid-December. The hot conditions were thankfully broken by almost 40 mm of rain in late January. The timing of this rain was perfect, particularly for our dry grown vines. The balance of the ripening season comprised warm days, but slightly cooler than average night temperatures, helping the vines to cope with the warm conditions. Shiraz was first picked in the Krondorf area on 9 February and finished on 10 March in Eden Valley. While yields were around average quality was very high.
TASTING: Colour: Deep purple red.

Nose: Lifted notes of violets, dark berries and plum, enhanced by cedary-spicy French oak.

Palate: Full bodied and tightly packed with an array of concentrated dark fruits. Succulent, balanced and long on the palate.

REGION: Barossa
VARIETIES: Shiraz 100%, sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Ebenezer, Moppa, Light Pass and Eden Valley regions (comprising 60% Barossa Valley, 40% Eden Valley fruit).
WINEMAKING: Fermentation with submerged cap and small open top stainless-steel fermenters
OAK MATURATION: 100% barrel matured for 15 months, with 33% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads
TECHNICAL NOTES: Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.57
TA 6.20 g/l

A culmination of over 40 years experience producing world class Shiraz from exceptional Barossa vineyards.

For more information on this winery go to http://www.johnduvalwines.com/

To see our range of Barossa wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/region/south-australia/barossa-valley/

 

 

 

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