Summer is now in full swing, and we’ve put together a dozen for you wherever you choose to spend it – at home, by the pool or at your BBQ. Included in the pack starts with a savoury cider and a rosé from the Yarra Valley (summertime drinking sans rosé would be just unlawful!). Amongst them is a textural sauvignon blanc from the Yarra, a weighty but fresh Barossa white, chardonnay by the famed Oakridge, and a Margaret River chenin blanc. For the reds, we have kept the focus on lighter styles that can still stand up to BBQ meats like a serious Beaujolais, a spicy but juicy grenache/viognier from Heathcote, two medium bodied shiraz from the Yarra Valley and South Australia, a Corsican pinot noir and a delicious red blend from Tasmania.

 

Monopole Sidre, Yarra Valley $24

Made from Yarra Valley apples by a colaboration between us and Napoleone Cider/Punt Road, Monopole sidre was created! Naturally still in style, in ode to the traditions of the Basque region in Spain, this is a cider that is dry and reminscent of wine! Not for the faint-hearted, its powerfull, full-bodied and savoury. Bring on the pork and fennel snags!

 

2016 Turkey Flat Barossa White, SA $26

Turkey Flat is on everybody’s lips at the moment and rightly so. Slight tweaks in their approach over the last few years give us this wonderful, fresh glimpse of just what exciting wines this established Barossa name is producing.  This Rhône-inspired white has complexity teamed with a little weight and driving acidity – a  most delicious roast chicken wine.

 

2017 Yarra Peaks Romato, Yarra Valley $24

Cobbled together from pinot gris and arneis skins, Dave McIntosh’s artistic side really shines through in this rosé, in a wine that’s lightweight, savoury and spicy. This will work with your BYO Thai food, offering refreshment to both weather and chilli heat!

 

2015 Tracot-Dubost Bo Jus Beaujolais-Villages, France $26

Tracot-Dubost are quality focused, fourth generation grape growers based in the Beaujolais Cru of Brouilly.  Juicy, fresh and packed with rich, dark fruit, this gamay is versatile enough to cut through anything with a touch of fat or richness.  Old Kingdom or Simon’s Peking Duck would be good places to give this bottle a spin.

 

2017 Minim Floyd Grenache/Viognier, Heathcote, Vic $28

Part of the wonderful Boomtown co-operative based in downtown Castlemaine, Tim Sproal also issues exciting wines under his own Minim label, deftly expressing both season and sense of place. This unusual coupling of grenache & viognier offers up spice and florals, and a wine of unexpected tension and finesse.

 

2015 Vignette Shiraz, Yarra Valley, Vic $24

Great vintage, supreme region and made by a top guy (our very own, Latch McCallum).  This is quite the classic, loveable cool-climate shiraz.  With loads of spice, savoury character and juicy perfumed fruit, what more could you want? Well, apart from a 90 ounce Cape Grim steak on a red hot grill…

 

2016 Valentine Sauvignon Blanc, Yarra Valley, Vic $28

Conjured up with the express goal of pairing with the excellent food of the restaurant at Oakridge (where Dom was previously assistant winemaker) this textural, sauvignon blanc both refreshes and delights.  It pours cloudy, but is approachable and refined.  It’s crown sealed, for ease of opening, at an impromptu park picnic – BYO cheese!

 

2016 Voyager Estate Chenin Blanc, Margaret River WA $21

Well established producers in Margaret River, Voyager are famous for making classic wines that benefit with time in bottle. Drink this white while you wait for your cabernet to age, or for the cooler months to roll back in. Packed full of fruit and acidity, this chenin blanc is a perfect friend for fromage.  Pop down to the Cheese Cellar and ask Caitlin or Victor to cut you a selection of their favourite chenin friendly cheeses.

 

2016 Oakridge OTS Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Vic $24

Oakridge produces some of Australia’s best whites, and this bottling gives you insight into their quality, without the pricetag.  Lean in style and perfect with seafood, it’s time to chuck a couple of skewered prawns on the barbie.

 

2016 Francois Labet Pinot Noir, Corsica $28

Corsica is known as the ‘isle of beauty’ and this wine is a real beauty. A generously poured glass expresses floral and herbal notes, loaded with a palate of dense red fruits – pinot noir with a little taste of the Mediterranean.  The real question is what to eat with it – Scopri, Jim’s Greek Tavern or homemade mezze?

 

2014 Beautiful Isle ‘Red Delicious’, Tasmania $24

How does it go, ‘beautiful label, beautiful wine?’ – in the case of this red from the Apple Isle, happily the bottle shop logic falls into place.  Full of upfront red and purple fruits with a little touch of spice, this is a blend of five grape varieties.  What are they? Never you mind, just know that it’s red, and delicious.

 

2016 Norfolk Rise Shiraz, Mount Benson, SA $19

Coming from the picturesque Limestone Coast, the Norfolk Rise vineyard embodies this striking landscape in both its altitude and oceanic influences, producing a complex & fine shiraz.  With rich notes of pepper, violet flower, chocolate and blackberry, this very Australian shiraz deserves lamb cutlets.

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