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  • Chalmers Dott Pavana 2017

    Chalmers Dott Pavana 2017

    $25.00in any six

    $27.00 per single bottle

    The pretty, garnet-coloured 2017 Pavana has an intense fragrance of fresh wild raspberry and Darjeeling tea leaves. The palate is light and vibrant with rhubarb, rosehip and geranium characters backed by a subtle tannin structure around a long acid line. Hand-picked on the 29th March, chilled overnight then destemmed into open fermenter for a whole […]

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  • Chalmers Dott Schioppettino 2017

    Chalmers Dott Schioppettino 2017

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    $27.00 per single bottle

    The 2017 Schioppettino is bursting with white pepper and spice aromas with a hint of jasmine and woody notes. The medium bodied palate reiterates the anise, cinnamon and cardamom spices with cedar oil, blackcurrant and Davidson plum flavours, supported by medium-grain tannins giving a lingering, dry finish. Hand-picked on the 20th of April, chilled overnight […]

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  • Mengoba Bierzo Brezo Mencia 2017

    Mengoba Bierzo Brezo Mencia 2017

    $26.00in any six

    $30.00 per single bottle

    It’s business as usual for Gregory Perez’s entry-level Mencía, which again offers crazy value. Juicy and tangy, this is just a glass of deliciousness with loads of racy, cherry, peppery fruits. Think of quality Beaujolais villages but with more interest, and you’ll be coming close. This comes from multiple parcels of 30-60-year-old vines dotted around […]

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  • Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Gourmets 2018

    Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Gourmets 2018

    $29.00in any six

    $31.00 per single bottle

    This first cuvée from vines planted on granitic soils, is the Cuvée des Gourmets. These vines were planted by Maxime’s grandfather Paul Verdier during the 1960s and are some of the oldest on the Verdier-Logel domaine. Bright red in colour with a perfumed nose of redcurrant and raspberry. The fruit sees just ten days of […]

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  • Spinifex Aglianico 2017

    Spinifex Aglianico 2017

    $30.00in any six

    $32.00 per single bottle

    Italianate scents of orange rind and Amaro combine with blackberry, blueberry and leather. The palate is vivid and sinewy, subtly perfumed with blue-black fruits tempered by stacked, ripe tannins and juicy freshness permeating through to the finish. Pete Schell’s Aglianico is drawn from vines rooted in the quartz shot clay and granite of Caj Amadio’s […]

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  • Le Petite Mort The Monte 2017

    La Petite Mort ‘The Monte’ 2017

    $30.00in any six

    $35.00 per single bottle

    2017 La Petite Mort The Monte (Montepulciano) has beautiful proportions, a lovely figure, plush and round. This is foot trod, so although tannins are extracted, they aren’t firm. I’m uncertain as to the vessel for aging, though it isn’t Amphorae. Hazarding a guess, old French oak, probably some new. Wonderful to drink an Italian variety […]

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  • Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Le Braucol 2016

    Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Le Braucol 2016

    $34.00in any six

    $37.00 per single bottle

    Braucol is more commonly known in the south-west of France as Fer Servadou (or Mansois in Marcillac). This comes from a parcel of 30-35 year old vines grown on clay and limestone soils. Think of it as a Gaillac Pinot or Beaujolais with some sappy stems. But of course, it has its own irresistible personality […]

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  • Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Volcanique 2018

    Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Volcanique 2018

    $35.00in any six

    $37.00 per single bottle

    The 2018 Volcanique from Verdier-Logel is a beautiful, deep red colour. This wine has character. Minerals and spicy notes reveal an amazing expression of the terroir from which it comes. Both concentrated and harmonious. La Volcanique comes from basalt soils and the wine sees a maceration lasting three weeks, giving it more structure, substance and […]

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  • La Petite Mort Saperavi 2017

    La Petite Mort Amphora Saperavi 2017

    $37.00in any six

    $43.00 per single bottle

    2017 La Petite Mort Amphora Saperavi is a different beast entirely. Destemmed, whole berries are placed in Amphorae and left to do their thing for 193 days. Incredible really. Although the wine has plenty of colour, it’s not impenetrable and the tannins are lovely. Chewier than the Shiraz Viognier, but silky nonetheless. Full-ish body and […]

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  • Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Contre Pied 2016

    Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Contre Pied 2016

    $41.00in any six

    $44.00 per single bottle

    To be ‘Contre-Pied’ is to be diametrically opposed to something. In this case, this organic, carbonic Duras is the opposite of the rustic, sleepy winemaking associated with this variety, and plenty of Gaillac rouge in general. This wine originates from a block of clay and limestone soil in Cahuzac-sur-Vère belonging to a family friend of […]

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  • Cavallotto Dolcetto D'Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016

    Cavallotto Dolcetto D’Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016

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    $46.00 per single bottle

    Cavallotto’s single vineyard Dolcetto D’Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016 hails from 2.3 hectares of 30 year-old vines located within Castiglione Falletto’s legendary Monprivato cru. These Dolcetto vines face east, meaning it is cooler and later ripening. On these great soils, the mature vines, low yields and traditional winemaking result in a layered, deep and remarkably […]

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  • Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Duras 2015

    Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Duras 2015

    $46.00in any six

    $50.00 per single bottle

    Duras is a variety of France’s south-west that almost disappeared during the 1960s, and today is found pretty much exclusively in Gaillac, bar two small parcels found further up the river Tarn. If it weren’t for the Plageoles’ resuscitation of Prunelart and Mauzac Noir, Duras would certainly be the oldest vine variety still grown in […]

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  • Domaine de Courbissac Minervois Les Farradjales Rouge 2016

    Domaine de Courbissac Minervois Les Farradjales Rouge 2016

    $61.00in any six

    $65.00 per single bottle

    Les Farradjales takes its name from an old vineyard set in the high Minervois on rocky, white clay and limestone soils, roughly 12 kilometres uphill from the winery. In this very cool, stoney vineyard, Claux’s 70-year-old Cinsault vines yield only 20 hl/ha. It’s pretty rare to find a straight Cinsault but low yields and poor […]

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  • Domaine de Courbissac Minervois Les Farradjales Rouge 2017

    Domaine de Courbissac Minervois Les Farradjales Rouge 2017

    $62.00in any six

    $66.00 per single bottle

    From very low-yielding vines, the Farrajales Rouge 2017 is made from 100% Organic Cinsault grapes. This variety is more typically used in blended wines or Rose in the Languedoc. Domaine de Courbissac instead crafts a stunningly juicy, yet delicate red. Fantastic perfume of red berries and a touch of spice. Just beautiful! Les Farradjales takes […]

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  • Domaine de la Pinte Poulsard Ami Karl 2016

    Domaine de la Pinte Poulsard Ami Karl 2016

    $70.00in any six

    $81.00 per single bottle

    One of my favourite wines this year. A Paradox of bright fruit and spice vs deep complexity, the 2016 Poulsard Ami Karl from Domaine de la Pinte is aged for 18 months, topped up in old foudre. All Domaine de la Pinte reds are de-stemmed and macerated in concrete for a long time, up to […]

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  • Domaine de la Pinte La Capitaine 2016

    Domaine de la Pinte La Capitaine 2016

    $70.00in any six

    $81.00 per single bottle

    The holy red trinity of the Jura – Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir – Domaine de la Pinte’s La Capitaine 2016 is aged 18 months and topped up in old foudre.All Domaine de la Pinte reds are de-stemmed and macerated in concrete for a long time, up to 3 months sometimes. They are then pressed […]

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  • Tissot Singulier Trousseau 2017

    Tissot Singulier Trousseau 2017

    $76.00in any six

    $82.00 per single bottle

    Made from 5 vineyards grown on limestone and clay soils, from vines up to 80 years old. The grapes are destemmed and then fermented in cone shaped vats. Matured in 600 litre demi-muids for 1 year, 10% new. The 2017 Singulier Trousseau from Tissot has a stunning and expressive nose of plums, cherries, red and […]

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    $82.00 per single bottle

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  • Exopto Rioja El Espinal 2017

    Exopto Rioja El Espinal 2017

    $76.00in any six

    $88.00 per single bottle

    El Espinal is a fascinating wine which evolved in the glass and came up with totally unexpected flavours and textures. Very dark colour and surprisingly open on the nose. The texture is of luxurious – soft and plush with plenty of laced tannins. Pastile fruits of blackcurrant, nuances of cherry cola, blueberry and licorice root. […]

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    $88.00 per single bottle

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  • Exopto Rioja La Mimbrera 2016

    Exopto Rioja La Mimbrera 2016

    $148.00in any six

    $170.00 per single bottle

    Impenetrable, and one of the darkest pitch Tempranillo’s I have tasted. Dark, dark fruits, licorice and very tight. There are glimpses of morello cherries, which really lifts the wine and points to a compelling, mysterious evolution. Exotic notes kick in after you leave the wine for a few minutes. Thyme, lavender, grenadine and blood orange. […]

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    $148.00in any six

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