NV Doyard Cuvée Vendémiaire Blanc des Blancs, Champagne – $85
Based predominantly on the 2012 vintage with 50% reserve wines from 2011 and 2010, adding depth and richness. Slightly lower in pressure, with great fruit vibrancy, its elegant fine bead rolls across the palate gently thanks to extended lees aging (a minimum of 48 months) performed on all cuvées.
2008 Pol Roger Vintage Brut, Champagne – $165
It’s a rare treat to offer a champagne from the revered 2008 vintage, particularly from a house such as Pol Roger. Made from the house standard of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay and spending seven years on lees, this is tightly coiled and youthful. With a core of stone fruit and citrus, this will be a wine of great longevity.
NV Daosa Naturel Réserve, Piccadilly Valley SA – $38
This is up there with the mainland’s best sparkling. Planted by families Croser & Bizot (of Bollinger lineage) in 1995-6 in the coolest site of the Adelaide Hills to chardonnay only, its pedigree is guaranteed. On the palate there’s a line of intense fresh grapefruit and Meyer lemon, with oven fresh sourdough complexity, giving way to a long, fine finish.
2015 Little Cathedral Blanc des Noirs, Upper Goulburn VIC – $32
Planted solely to pinot noir at 280m altitude, this traditional method sparkling shows a slight blush and persistent fine bead. Winemaking is under the watchful eye of Dave ‘Bro’ Mackintosh and has hit the nail on the head here. There’s a purity of sour red fruits, with a cleansing chalkiness on the finish.
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2017 Von Hövel Riesling Feinherb 1 Litre, Mosel Germany – $53
2017 was arguably the finest vintage for this estate, since Max von Kunow took over from his father in 2010. The estate dates back to the beginning of the 19thcentury, however it’s been under the von Hövel name since the 1950s. The feinherb shows ripe pink grapefruit pith and hints of white florals, while the nervy acid line provides a talc-like finish.
2015 Leflaive Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Burgundy France – $89
The most highly regarded domaine in Puligny-Montrachet, we’re fortunate to have Claire Leflaive currently working the floor at CWS. Claire’s mother Anne-Claude was a leader in biodynamic farming in Burgundy, converting their property in 1997. Sourced from a plot further north in Auxey-Duresses, there’s a core of white nectarine and lemon curd, with subtle toasty complexity and a flinty mineral drive. Maintains the hallmarks of this exalted domaine.
2015 Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula – $40
A classic Australian chardonnay which walks the line between power and refinement. Ripe yellow peach and blood orange, with walnut complexity and subtly creamy mouthfeel. All the while retaining the trademark saline minerality of the Peninsula.
2017 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay, Coal River Valley TAS – $75
Tolpuddle vineyard is the envy of winemakers and viticulturists across the land, including Michael Hill Smith & Martin Shaw (Shaw + Smith) who purchased the site in 2011. The chardonnay and pinot noir being crafted here has only risen in quality, culminating in this current release. Pithy citrus, flint, smoke, tightly wound with a salty mineral finish.
2015 Clos Cibonne Cuvée Tradition Rosé, Côtes de Provence France – $46
The excitement of wine is that you’re always uncovering and learning. This is a case in point; aged rosé made from the tibouren grape. Treading their own path in Provence, Clos Cibonne have painstakingly resurrected this most distinctive, ancient and pernickety variety. With a touch of bottle age, this fleshy and savoury wine offers notes of rosehip and earthy fresh mulch. Packed with flavour and detail, don’t serve it too cold, or you’ll miss all its beguiling charms.
2018 Meadowbank Gamay, Derwent Valley TAS – $48
Gamay is a staff favourite here at CWS and we eagerly await the release of this wine from this meticulous producer in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. Peter Dredge is a legend of the Tasmanian industry and well respected amongst his peers, since taking over the winemaking duties at Meadowbank the estate is now well and truly on the map. Darker fruited and tightly woven, time in the glass reveals a very sophisticated, detailed wine.
2016 Gerard Raphet Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy France – $61
Based in Morey St Denis, the wines of Raphet are much loved for their silky tannins and elegantly framed styles. Fruit expression is poised, with a surprising undertow of intensity and exuberance. Now in the hands of the fourth generation, the combination of old vines backed by some old minds, with a touch of youth (great granddaughter Virginie works in both the cellar and vineyards) is a winning recipe. Combined with the fresh 2016 vintage, this Bourgogne Rouge is tactile and talkative, with a staining intensity that excites and impresses.
2015 Géantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy France – $138
Vincent and his son Fabien Géantet-Pansiot share a deep respect for their land and the region as a whole, which is evident in their craft. There’s lifted aromatics of dried herbs and ripe red berries, leading to a palate of bright red cherries and mirabelle plum, providing elegance. Moving through the mouth it tightens up with fine grained tannin and graphite minerality.
2016 Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir, Gippsland VIC – $83
2016 was an outstanding vintage for Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip Estate, who has been tending his small Leongatha plot since 1979. These most recent releases are of superior quality, due in many parts to vine age, experience and sustainable farming practises. This is distinguished Australian pinot noir, with juicy red currants, wafts of smoke and turned soil, all cased by a nervy but balanced tension. A must in everyone’s cellar.
2017 Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Shiraz/Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley NSW – $45
In honour of old Hunter River Burgundies, this 2017 Mount Henry Shiraz/Pinot Noir from the Hunter’s historic Mount Pleasant vineyard is a classic. Red fruited elegance and quenching acidity balanced by blueberries and violets, with beautiful poise.
2014 GB Burlotto Barolo, Piedmont Italy – $101
Established in 1850, GB Burlotto was the most progressive figure in Piedmont, being the first to sell his Barolo in bottle. Upon his death in 1927, the estate went into decline, with other family members unable to continue the momentum he set. Since fifth generation Fabio Alessandria took the reigns as winemaker, the estate is once again positioning itself as one of Barolo’s finest small producers. Elegant and inviting, even in their youth, these are wines of soul and finesse.
2017 Yabby Lake Syrah, Mornington VIC – $37
Not one of the main stablemates of Mornington, spicy syrah has an affinity for the region and we’re very thankful to producers such as Yabby Lake for bringing it to us. This piquant and peppery syrah woos with evocative aromas of cassis, rosemary and allspice. Its effortless structure swoons across the palate with a chewy grip to finish. A delicious wine for mains or cheese.
2012 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 Shiraz/Viognier, Yarra Valley VIC – $101
Yarra Yering vineyard needs little introduction, being at the pinnacle of producers. On top of that, 2012 was an outstanding Yarra vintage, producing wines of great substance and detail. Ideal conditions provide primary fruits of dark plums and blueberries, complimented by white spice and tertiary charcuterie characters. A cool climate line of mouthwatering acidity is woven with grain-like tannin providing a backbone for longevity.
2015 Mount Mary Quintet Cabernets, Yarra Valley VIC – $180
Playing in the same league as Yarra Yering, pioneering Mount Mary still sits at the very top tier of Australian wine. The Middleton family doesn’t rest on their laurels, constantly looking at how they can raise the quality of their fruit. Then a dream vintage like 2015 comes along, providing a long growing season and even temperatures. This Quintet simply sings, with raspberries, blackcurrants and a smokey herbal complexity. Ethereally balanced, placing it in great stead for longevity.
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