Cast your moccasins & ugg boots aside, Spring is here! We have selected a mix of wines, including a most refreshing cider, to ease you into the sunnier months. Whether it’s at your local park, a mid-week BYO or having something to take the chill off in the cooler evenings, we’ve got you covered. We’ve packed three shimmering Australian whites, sourced from river, valley & vale, added two textural wines from either side of the Pyrenees; a Catalan and a Burgundy – then onto a rich, but dry Yarra Valley rosé. For the reds, we have a local Pinot Noir, dark Riverland Petit Verdot and a juicy Spanish Tempranillo. Complete the dozen with Victorian contrasts in body and spice – one true Shiraz heartland, the other a Portuguese blend from King Valley.
Maley Cider, Valle d’Aosta, Italy $21
It wouldn’t be a spring mixed dozen without a cider, and this number is as fresh as an alpine daisy – hailing from the high slopes of Italy’s Valle d’Aosta. Treated more like traditional method sparkling, this apple cider undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle without disgorgement. The result is a pristine, complex drink with a fine acid drive. Perfect with fish and chips in the park!
2017 Riesling Freak No.3 Riesling, Clare Valley $24
John Hughes is obsessed with riesling – hence the riesling freak moniker! His passion for the grape is evident in the quality and diversity we see in his stable of all-riesling wines. 2017 in the Clare produced beautifully perfumed riesling, with steely minerality and driving acid. Freak exhibit no.3 is dry in style and a wine that is sure to make you popular with your friends next time you’re out for Thai BYO.
2017 Dormilona Blanco, Margaret River, WA $24
Jo Perry is a regular Queen Midas of the west, making great wines wherever she goes. A blend of mostly semillon with a touch of chenin blanc, this ‘Blanco’ has great purity of fruit, subtle depth and a pleasant grip, courtesy of some time on the grape skins. Make sure you throw a bottle in the fridge before your order your Indian takeaway – a wine that works with food where others fear to tread.
2017 Bondar Fiano, McLaren Vale, SA $29
For good reason, Bondar have been getting lots of attention after winning James Halliday’s 2017 award for best new winery. Outside of the grape’s southern Italian homeland, this is one the most varietal fianos we’ve ever tasted. Beautiful aromatics teamed with texture and lots of freshness, this white craves sunshine, some good company and an alfresco setting.
2016 NK Macabeo, Calatayud, Spain $24
Made from high altitude (950m!) vineyards comprised of slate and clay soils, this Calatalan white is driven by texture with a strong saline edge. Marinate some seafood and fire up the Weber, this wine is sure to please a crowd.
2014 Trenel Mâcon-Villages, France $27
Speaking of refreshing, here’s a chardonnay that hasn’t seen any oak, which really puts the focus on its minerally, acid driven palate. Complemented by riper fruits from the warmer southern climes of Mâcon and some slight oxidative handling, there’s plenty of texture and weight -perfect for oily fish or roast chicken.
2017 Monopole Pinot Noir Rosé, Yarra Valley, Vic $23
There’s nothing more seasonal than drinking rosé in the spring time, so we’re pleased to bring to you our latest Monopole release, a barrel selection from our friends at Punt Road. Recognisably pinot noir, and dry, of course, this wine is textured, weighty and to be enjoyed with food. Think salads, think fresh buffalo mozzarella, marinated zucchini and white anchovies.
2013 Little Cathedral Pinot Noir, Upper Goulburn, Vic $23
This red has everything that you want from a pinot – lovely integration of tannins, rich, elegant fruits and fresh acidity. Made from an award winning single vineyard in the Goulburn Valley, this wine will enhance any dishes that have a focus on game meats – anyone for yum cha?
2016 Bill Downie Petit Verdot, Riverland, SA $20
Recommended by Jancis Robinson herself and made by the wonderful Bill Downie, this wine is sure to please. Extremely vibrant, led by fresh acidity and dark brooding fruit. All the things you need to pair alongside some cheese and lamb, say at Jim’s Greek Tavern.
2015 Viña Illusion Prana Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain $24
Here we have an unoaked tempranillo that really puts the focus on bright juicy fruits and boy is this wine full of them. Zeroing squarely in on place and variety, this is loaded with red berries, plums and gentle, grippy tannins. Very approachable, unlike spring cleaning.
2017 Vinoque Novo Tinto, King Valley, Vic $21
Vinoque is a range by De Bortoli that really focuses on small plots from interesting and expressive sites across Victoria. Novo Tinto was inspired by Portuguese blends that are distinctly sweet on the nose but dry and bold on the palate. It is fleshy, rounded and bright and a good red to chill for a sunny Sunday lunch!
2015 Bress Silver Chook Shiraz, Heathcote/Bendigo, Vic $25
“Adam’s best release to date” as quoted by everyone’s favourite Shop connoisseur, Sam Theodoropoulos, who should know, having religiously drunk this wine (and many others!) for a number of years. Vintage ‘15 was an easy ripening season, allowed great concentration and the resulting wine beautifully expresses regionality with dark, rich fruits and lots of spice. Time for a steak!