NV Jacquesson Cuvée 740 Magnum, Champagne – $288
The best release yet of this cuvée from one of our favourite grower producers the Chiquet family. Based on the 2012 vintage and sourced from the villages of Avize, Ay, Dizy, Hautvillers and Oiry, there’s a freshness and purity of citrus fruit that’s immediately enticing with subtle autolytic notes adding complexity and driving chalky minerality.
NV Doyard Cuvée Vendemiaire Blanc des Blancs, Champagne – $80
Based predominantly on the 2012 vintage with 50% reserve wines from 2011 and 2010, adding depth and richness. Slightly lower in pressure, it’s elegant and fine bead rolls across the palate in a gentle and fine manner thanks to extended lees aging (a minimum of 48 months) performed on all cuvées.
NV Christophe Brut Tradition Blanc de Noirs, Champagne – $59
Made from pinot noir this grower champagne offers up immediate pleasure with a ripe core of smoke, mandarin peel and wet stone. It’s finely framed, with an electric acidity that excites the tastebuds and carries the savoury flavours.
NV House of Arras Brut Elite, Tasmania – $43
Arras is producing world class sparkling wine, winning the trophy for Wine of Show at the National Wine Show in Canberra in 2015, the first time a sparkling wine has ever won such an accolade. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon with struck match complexity and green apple acidity, a standout example of Tasmanian sparkling.
2008 Ocean Eight Sparkling Cuvée, Mornington Peninsula – $40
Disgorged to order, this classic pinot/chardonnay has spent 8 years on lees providing complex yeasty/toasty flavours supporting red currant and lemon curd. A fine bead throughout, there’s a cleansing chalkiness on the finish.
2015 Bernard Moreau Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy France – $55
The hype of the 2015 vintage producing wines of power and purity is on show here. Ripe lemon pith and white peach with nutty fine oak complexity and driving acidity lending great line to this wine.
2015 Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy France – $48
Classic aromas of smokey flint reduction balanced by green tropical fruits, this is immediately appealing on the palate with an openness and balanced acid backbone.
2014 Matrot Meursault, Burgundy France – $136
After a little more time in bottle the 2014 vintage on the golden slope is proving to be a triumph for chardonnay. This village level wine from the Matrots is no exception with an understated depth of fruit, subtle oak casing to support and amazing drive. Textbook chicken wine.
2016 Dexter Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula – $44
Recently winning a string of awards, winemaker Tod Dexter is a master of the region. Ripe tropical fruits and lemon curd with struck match complexity make for a wine of great concentration. Ripe natural acidity threads along the palate leaving a lasting freshness.
2016 Deep Woods Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Margaret River – $43
Everything winemaker Julian Langworthy touches turns to gold at the minute, with this wine a point in case. Stone fruit, lemon zest and orange blossom tempered by classy nutty oak and lees driven depth makes for a classic, detailed chardonnay with underlying minerality.
2016 Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers Gamay, Beaujolais – $45
This miniscule estate, literally beneath the Chignard’s house, produces outstanding gamay. Fleurie-like floral aromatic lift and Moulin-a-Vent-like depth and intensity, with a fine thread of tannin throughout.
2015 Stephane Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy – $86
Beautifully lifted and expressive, with hallmark gritty and earthy characters synonymous with Morey. There’s dark elements of violets and anise, almost rustic in structure which lures you back for more.
2015 SC Guillard Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Corbeaux, Burgundy – $133
Pristine red currants and vibrant wild berries with hints of sweet spice. Still tightly coiled providing haunting length.
2014 Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward CF/CS/Mal/PV, Margaret River – $86
Perfumed aromatics of violet and petals leads to high-toned dark stone fruits and berries on the palate with great depth in the middle and cigar box complexity. Fine grained structure balances effortlessly.
2013 Fletcher Barolo, Piedmont Italy – $78
An obsession for Nebbiolo took ex-pat Dave Fletcher to the hills of Piedmont where he and his family have lived full time since 2012. As winemaker for Piedmont’s largest bio-dynamic producer, Fletcher’s own philosophy is formed around sustainable farming. From the revered 2013 vintage this shows the hallmarks of classic Barolo, with roasted meats, ground coffee and red fruits. Spine-tingling acidity and fine but firm tannins carry this wine beyond all expectation.
2011 Yeringberg Chardonnay, Yarra Valley – $76
After the cool vintage of 2011 this chardonnay from pioneering Yarra family the de Purys has opened up and developed into a stunning wine. Lots of tertiary notes of cashew, candied orange and toast with bright acid line providing the backbone.
2009 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 CS/Mer/Mal/PV, Yarra Valley – $101
Yarra Yering vineyard needs little introduction, being at the pinnacle of Yarra producers. The warm vintage conditions provided a brooding wine of black cherries, anise, bramble and graphite minerality. A classic expression of a Bordeaux blend, that will make a thoughtful gift.
2012 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 CS/Mer/Mal/PV, Yarra Valley – $101
The 2012 vintage was hailed as one of the greats of this century to date which is on show here with great power and poise. Primary fruits of red cherries and plums are complimented by undergrowth and tertiary characters of tobacco and leather. A cool climate line of mouthwatering acidity is woven with grain-like tannin providing a backbone for longevity.