Our lives have all been turned upside down.  We hope this ‘Wine Care Dozen’ will provide some comfort in these times.  It includes a special bottle of Champagne, in case you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you’re bunkering down.  Actually, no excuse needed for Champagne, so open it when you please.  Enjoy and take care.

NV Doyard Cuvée Vendémiaire Brut Champagne $85
The Doyard family has been growing grapes in Champagne since 1677 and the quality of their dedication shines through in their own Champagne. This is an intense, layered blanc de blancs of striking silkiness, with ripe stone fruit flavours complemented by a lovely mineral chalkiness.

2019 Praeter Sun Steps Riesling, Sutherlands Creek VIC $30
This textural riesling has subtle savoury tones alongside zesty citrus lift.  Fruit is sourced from the Geelong area where the coastal breeze imparts sea spray flavours in the fruit. A refreshingly dry and pithy finish makes for a crisp aperitif style.

2018 Collavini Villa Canlungo Pinot Grigio, Friuli Italy $37
The Collavini family have been consistently producing quality wine in Friuli since the late 1800s. This wine entices with white florals and a touch of almond. The palate also delivers citrus flavours and cleansing, mineral acidity.

2018 Shaw Smith M3 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills SA $55
Could this be Australia’s best chardonnay? It took the honours at last year’s Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, amongst a sea of the best examples from across Australia. This energetic core is packed with flavour – grapefruit pith, brine and smokey wafts.  A great contemporary style, that won’t appeal to Kath & Kim!

2018 Triennes Rosé Cinsault/Grenache/Syrah/Merlot, Provence France $27
A collaboration between two brilliant Burgundy families, the Seysses family (Domaine Dujac) and the Villaine Family (Domaine Romanée Conti). It is a light, dry, delicate style with just a touch of colour. With elegant red cherry fruit, raspberry and pomegranate, it’s a great glass on its own or with a bowl of linguine.

2018 Monopole Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley VIC $35
We make this pinot noir in collaboration with our talented friends at Punt Road Wines. And to our delight it won the trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the Yarra Valley Wine Show in 2019! Three times a year our staff head out to prune, pick and help blend our block of pinot (Block 5).  Fragrant black plums and cherries with a hint of earth form a silky rolling palate.

2018 Racine Pinot Noir, Languedoc-Roussillon France $31
Southern France is a diverse and dynamic region making a plethora of wine styles.  What’s more, their price points are on the friendlier side.  This pinot is juicy and dark fruited with a nice touch of spice that entices a second glass.  Fleshier tannins mean this can sipped with or without food.

2016 Brunel Côte du Rhône Villages, Southern Rhône France $34
This is a prime play on velvety grenache from the southern Rhône.  Blended with playmates carignan and cinsault which add structure and nerve to the ripe grenache, this plush wine is packed with flavour.  Thanks to a few years in bottle subtle earthy tones are creeping in.

2017 Chopo Monastrell Syrah, Jumilla Spain $26
Jumilla is a hot fertile plateau in the south east of Spain.  Its arid plains are moderated by the  Mediterranean sea, which suits the late ripening grape monastrell (aka mourvèdre and mataro). Inky spicey flavours lead into a bulbous core framed by savoury syrah tannins.

2018 La Buvette Castelmaure, Languedoc-Roussillon France $24
Like your reds with a chill? This bright and crunchy grenache and carignan blend is a great candidate thanks to clever carbonic maceration winemaking. It’s rounded and plush tannins roll across the tongue. Quite brash in its personality, a little chill won’t hurt to calm it down.

2018 Font de Joubert Côtes du Rhône, Southern Rhône France $29
A family run estate in Courthezon southern Rhône, with the sister in the cellar and brother in the vineyard this is a lovely jumble of black and red fruits, spiked with warming spices.  A great mouthful, perfect for pizza or pasta.

2018 Monopole Shiraz (by Bress), Bendigo VIC $37
Another of our in-house wines, this shiraz is made in partnership with Bress – a biodynamically farmed estate in Harcourt.  Each year we head up the Calder Highway to make the final blend. This elegant shiraz offers lifted violets and licorice root notes with a dark and spicy core.  Its chewy tannins remind you it’s an Aussie shiraz at heart.

Enjoy!


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