2naturkinder Fledermaus Pinot Meunier 2016
Michael and Melanie's story is now well known. They returned home to Michael's family winery in 2012 having fallen in love with vibrant, additive free wine while working in London and New York, and immediately set about converting the farm to organics. The following year they released their first tiny production and the volulme of the 2naturkinder wines has grown steadily since. They now work with roughly 5 hectares and the vineyards are largely comprised of shell limestone and keuper.
Their work in the vineyard is sensitive and, of course, strictly organic. They recently pulled out their Dormina vineyard and have planted that quite dramatic slope to 17 ancient local varieties - I'm incredibly excited to see the results of this given that the practice was proven and very widely used for hundreds of years before industrialisation.
Michael's work in the cellar is very carefully considered. He's deeply interested in expressing site through his wines and also wants them to great fun to drink.
As such, his wines are direct and pure and he clearly has a talent for coaxing delicious fruit from his vineyards.
2Naturkinder 'Heimat' Silvaner 2015
Adelina Eternal Return Arneis 2017
A fresh and aromatic Arneis from the lovely folks at Adelina. Floral notes and stone fruits on the nose with citrus fruits and Granny Smith apple on the palate. A textural wine with fresh acidity, minerality, and perfect length. An absolute pleasure to drink.
Champagne Agrapart 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Brut NV
Those who have followed this artisans fortunes over the years will have noticed the rise in purity and structure of Pascal's wines. This wine makes it obvious. To quote Rob, "It blows away the vast majority of the so called prestige cuvées." Unlike most prestige cuvées, Terroirs is produced from only great sites and is 100% grand cru. The fruit comes from four villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The vines average 40 years old, and Agrapart uses 50% reserve wine and 50% barrel for this cuvée. The wine spends up to 48 months on lees and dosage is limited to 5g/l. Disgorgement is carried out by hand and to order, roughly 2 months before collection. These standards (like the viticulture) are far higher than any prestige cuvées of the grand marques, to give Rob's quote some context, and it makes this wine an undeniable bargain. The current Terroirs is the most exhilarating version of this wine that we have shipped. Emblematic of the lacy depth and purity that Pascal Agrapart channels into all his wines, it is a wonderfully textured, pulpy and vibrant study of Côtes des Blancs greatness. It is also unbelievably delicious.
Alberto Loi Sa Mola Cannonau 2013
Ruby red color. It is intense and complex, floral, fruity and delicately spicy on the nose. The taste is dry, warm, fresh and tannic. It has good body with a pleasant flavor.
Alessandro Viola Note Di Grillo 2016
An absolute stunner from Sicilian biodynamic producer Alessandro Viola. Perfectly suited to the warm climate of Sicily, and us here down under, Grillo produces some fantastic, crisp wines to sit right alongside fresh seafood dishes.
Light in body with fantastic complexity, an array of stone fruit aromas bounce from the glass such as peach and nectarine. The palate is honeyed, carrying the white fruit flavours with fantastic mouthfeel, light chamomile and white flowers shine through.
The ideal warm weather wine that forevers tempts for another bottle.
Alfredo Maestro El Marciano Garnacha 2016
100% Garnacha, Sierra de Gredos.The isolated Gredos mountain range starts at around 120 kilometres west of Madrid and is home to a mosaic of tiny, old-vine vineyards planted mainly to Garnacha or Grenache. Alfredo pulls this wine together from seven small plots located in Navarredondilla (part of the Ávila district) that are situated at around a staggering 4,000 feet in elevation. In contrast to his organically-managed Ribera del Duero sites, these vineyards are farmed biodynamically (perhaps thanks to the 'extra' assistance he receives here from his green friends captured on the label!).
Crushed by foot, with 100% whole bunches retained, the wine is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel. The result is Spanish Garnacha in its most glowing form, and a wine that typifies Maestro's delicate touch and respect for his land. Striking a perfect balance of perfume, power and refinement, we’re not going to disagree with Señor Gutiérrez, below. It's a wine bursting with spicy, dark cherry, liquorice and lavender aromas and flavours. The powdery, high grown finish brings it all together. Superb.
“I already tasted the 2016 El Marciano, the Garnacha from Gredos from Alfredo Maestro, from plots of old vines throughout the village of Navarredondilla, in the province of Ávila. They keep the wine as pure as possible; it's bottled completely unoaked. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. It's fragrant, perfumed and floral, elegant, with very fine tannins and a fresh palate with just a touch of warmth in the finish. This could very well be the finest vintage of this bottling to date and one of my favorite Maestro wines ever.” 92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate
Julien Altaber 'Sextant' Bourgogne Rouge 2015
This wine belies its humble Bourgogne Rouge tag. It is made from grapes picked from his vineyards around the village of Saint Aubin. It is a silky Pinot with some elegance and structure.
Altos de San Esteban 'Perra Gorda' Mencia 2014
An easy drinking yet interesting Mencia blend from the Alto Bierzo. An elegant and fresh wine yet with plenty of depth, earthiness and complexity. Medium bodied, this wine is soft and easy enough to drink on its own, yet with enough depth and acidity to partner all sorts of food.
Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2016
Nestled in the Calchaqui Valley of Salta, the Amalaya Torrontes Riesling is produced in one of the highest wine growing regions of the world. Whilst living amongst the clouds, the Amalaya winemakes took the often misunderstood Torrontes grape, which is sweet on the nose but dry to the taste, and masterfully blended in a hint of Riesling to tame the flavour and bring out the delicious, uplifting aromatics.
Amato Vino Teroldego 2014
Deep, dark, brooding colour. Dark black/redfruits dominate the nose, blackberry, plum, mulberry… some tar and spice, heady perfume and brambly earth adding to the mix. Hints of cedar/pine add an ‘oak-‐like’ character to the wine – a fruit‐derived varietal character rather than any influence from the aged oak in which the wine matured. Hits the high notes with floral tones, and the bass notes with intense fruit concentration.
The palate is structured and firm, however whilst acid/tannins are in clear evidence the palate is densely packed and sweet‐fruited, showing blackberry, plums, eastern spice, tar and a cola-like character. A bold wine, upright and structured, yet approachable in its youth. Best enjoyed with food.
23% whole bunch ferment, on skins for 25 days. Matured for 16 months in aged French oak, unfined and unfiltered, with minimum sulphur for protection.
Only 123 dozen made from a single vineyard plot near Yallingup.
Amato Vino Trousseau 2017
Trousseau is a fantastic varietal. It's an ancient grape, first recorded in 1531. It's known as 'Bastardo' in Spain and Portugal, but we're more familiar with it being one of only 5 varietals grown in the smallest appellation in France: Jura. Jura wines are like nothing else on earth. They're somewhat similar to Pinot Noir. They have a fresh, crunchy acidity, brilliant red berries, and great depth and length.
This Trousseau is possibly the only one made in Australia. It's finished in amphora (a traditional clay, rather than an oak barrel) and only 30 cases were produced.