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All New Barossa Valley Numbers and Premier Cru Chablis

 Hey Wine Drinkers, 

 First of all for this week, two brand new wines from Sami Odi, made by Fraser McKinley in the Barossa Valley. Earning his stripes at Torbreck in the early 2000’s, Fraser created the Sami Odi project in 2006 with the desire to produce some of the most spectacular minimally produced wines that the Barossa has to offer. All the wines are vinified separately from the best vineyards, showcasing how unique different terroir in vineyards can be. 

 The wines express both approachability in their youth and incredible depth to age. With very minimal sulphur added, you can expect incredible lengthy aromas that bounce out of the glass. 

All round exceptional Barossa wines that are produced in such small quantities. These will not last long.

Next up, we head to the north of Burgundy in Chablis, where we were lucky enough to get our hands on 3 dazzling Premier Cru releases. 

Chablis is the third most northerly growing region in France, behind Champagne and Alsace, and makes wines solely from the Chardonnay grape. Unlike Chardonnay grown in warmer climates, Chablis cooler growing region allows the wines to have a flint like character, often described as steel like.

With a rich 400 year history of wine making in Chablis. Benoit is the 14th generation to work the vineyards. It’s safe to say these guys craft iconic expressions of what Chablis is about. He holds intelligent use of oak to the highest importance, in order to show fantastic balance between bold richness and crisp acidity and minerality that is so unique to Chablis.

These are wines made to seriously impress. 

Lastly, for anyone who is around the shop on Saturday 17th, I will have open some awesome, skin-contact Riesling, and fresh, natural Pinot Noir from 3-5pm to pour at the front counter. See you there!

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 Sami Odi HD Syrah 2016

Sami Odi HD Syrah 2016

Our prime cask selection bred from the gorgeously balanced 2016 growing season is a sleek and vibrant portrayal of the Hoffmann’s prized ‘Dallwitz’ holdings. It’s vivid and high toned fragrance makes for pleasurable drinking now yet its taught disposition should provide ample framework for extended cellaring.
Sourced from the Hoffmann families oldest vines (DW-OLD ~ 0.775 Hectare) and our original four rows from the adjacent plantings (DW-95VSP ~ 0.354 Hectare). Both planted on their own roots in 1995 & the oldest plants between 1888 & 1912.

These 17 Burgundian Pièces were carefully assembled and bottled amidst the spring of 2017 after enduring their 81 week elevage. Bottles were filled without filtration, fining or sparging (the removal of naturally occurring oxygen & C02) and all transfer’s were completed via gravity prior to bottling.

Yields were 32 & 35 hectolitres per hectare

4791 bottles were filled.

 Sami Odi Little Wine #7

 

 

An unvintaged ‘assemblage’ composed of casks from 2017 (43%), 2016 (38%), 2015 (15%) & 2012 (4%). Exclusively sourced from our treasured plots within the Hoffmann’s ‘Dallwitz’ vineyard from vines planted in 1996, 1995, 1960 & the oldest vines planted prior to 1912.
6527 bottles were filled.

 JPB Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru Chablis 2016

 

 

This wine has a full nose of citrus fruits and a hint of smoke. The palate is rich with citrus and stone fruits and roasted almonds. The Montee sees up to 30% barrel fermentation for texture and complexity. This wine is ready to drink now but would benefit from cellaring (5-10 years).

Benoit's family have been making wine in Chablis for over 400 years. Benoit's father, Jean-Paul, put the domaine on the map, but it is Benoit who is taking their wines to new heights.

 JPB Droin Montmains Premier Cru Chablis 2016

 

 

An excellent introduction to the wines of Benoit and Jean-Paul Droin. Delicate aromas of tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine) and vanilla. The palate has refreshing acidity, fresh apples, and a lovely rounded finish. Drinking well now but would benefit from short term cellaring (5 years+).

Benoit's family have been making wine in Chablis for over 400 years. Benoit's father, Jean-Paul, put the domaine on the map, but it is Benoit who is taking their wines to new heights.

 JPB Droin Vaulorent Premier Cru Chablis

 

 

This comes from the very best part of the vineyard (close to Grand Cru classification). Fantastically perfumed with orange peel and spices. Generous on the palate but with excellent minerality and length. Drinking well now but will benefit from cellaring (5-10 years).


Posted: 15/02/2018
All New Fresh Fizz and The Return of a Jauma Favourite

Hey Wine Drinkers

Two brand new, super jazzy Pet Nats landed in store this week, right alongside one of our all time favourites from James Erskine at Jauma.

We're super excited about having the Frankly This Wine Was Made By Bob Pet Nats. Robert Colman sources grapes from the Orange region in New South Wales, brings them back to his winery in Blackheath and carefully crafts exceptionally vibrant and balanced wines by hand. Both bursting with ripe fruits and zesty acidity, these wines are ready to be chilled down and enjoyed in the sunshine with friends. 

Next up, we have the 2017 release of the ever delicious fruit packed, too easy to drink Shiraz from Jauma 'Audrey's Fairygarten'. We're all massive fans of the innovation and quality of the Jauma range, and this is one no exception. Expect strawberries, musk lollies, and roses beefed up with a nice bell pepper bite. Can't get enough of this one. 

 Not a member? The Oak Barrel’s membership is a one-off $25 fee. It’s for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied!

Frankly Bob Made This Rose Pet Nat 2017

 

A clever blend of Malbec, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Defined by the powerful structure of the Malbec, I was joyed to try this and explore the multiple levels of complexity.

Juicy red fruit and floral characteristics shines on both the nose and palate, this rich flavour is matched by the vivacious brightness of Riesling and great white and yellow fruit body of Chardonnay.  An elegant dance of nashi pears and raspberry jam.

 Whilst both big and rich, it also displays freshness and fruity characteristics that work 'oh so well' in pet nat. 

Frankly Bob Made This White Pet Nat 2017

 

Riesling and Chardonnay excellently married together to create the perfect aperitif sparkling.  

 On the nose there's a lovely aroma of brioche alongside a bright citus and grapefruit. Following on to the palate, which is crisp and clean with bright apricot and lemongrass. A fantastic example of a Sunday afternoon, refreshing fizz to get people talking 

Jauma Audrey's Fairygarten Shiraz 2017

 

The Jauma team has been working on this for years and she has finally come into fruition.

This is a carbonic styled wine, that is fermented in a closed vessel on its bunches. it's bright, light in appearance and flirtatious with wafts of raspberries, plums and anise. It's crunch, almost rose-like.

James and the team have smashed this one, we chilled it down and enjoyed it over laughs on a weeknight. How I imagine this wine was made to be enjoyed.


Posted: 08/02/2018
Buzzing New Wines from Laurent Saillard

Hey wine drinkers!

We are super excited to announce that new wines from one of the most exciting producers in the Loire Valley, Laurent Saillard, have arrived. 

After years of working in New York, Laurent decided he wanted to be able to produce the wines he so lovingly poured in the restaurant world. He decided to move back to the Loire Valley in France to learn about the ways of organic farming in the vineyard. 

His style went on to become unique to himself, making handcrafted wines that represented freshness and the highest quality of the grapes that he farms. Expect wines with outstanding freshness and ripe fruit that are incredibly easy to drink 

Not a member? The Oak Barrel’s membership is a one-off $25 fee. It’s for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied!

Drink Well,

Joe 

Laurent Saillard Scarlette Gamay/Pineau d'Aunis 2016

An ultra unique blend which showcases the skill of Laurent Saillard, so vibrant and alive in all aspects. This wine sees the blending of the king grape of Beaujolais, Gamay paired up with Pineau d’Aunis, also known as Chenin Noir. A grape that was once popular with French noble families around the 14th century, it is now grown in very small amounts, primarily in the Loire valley. This beautiful blend of grapes is aged in fibreglass containers and sees a very short maceration. What it creates in a combination of fresh jammy notes and bursting ripe fruit from the Gamay, and elegant, silky mouthfeel and a variety of spices introduced by the Pineau d’Aunis. Exceptional wine making.

Laurent Saillard La Pause Gamay 2016

One half of what creates the fantastic Scarlette, La Pause is a tie in to the fact that this would be the wine that vineyard workers were given to relax on their breaks and after work. This is a fantastic expression of what Gamay can be. Laurent ferments this wine of whole bunches to really encompass all the flavours of the grapes. Semi carbonic maceration really brings through fresh, ripe fruit characteristics. Half of the wine spends 6 months in old oak barrels, and the other half spends 6 months in stainless steel containers. It’s an easy drinking, fruit packed Gamay with light earthy undertone. Relaxing and unpretentious overall.

Laurent Saillard Joyfull Malbec 2016

Laurent Saillard puts his wine making charm to work on Malbec for the Joy(full) release. In his classic, fresh and fruit forward style. Rich deep fruits dominate the nose and palate, with rich cassis and violets shining through. It’s freshened up by semi carbonic maceration which furthers the rich floral notes and softening the tannins. It has the most intensity of the three reds, making it the perfect companion for aromatic red meat dishes.


Posted: 02/02/2018
New Wines from The Lone Ranger of New England


Hey wine drinkers, 

We are super excited to announce that the new release from one of our absolute favourite producers is in store now. Jared ‘Jilly’ Dixon is one of Australia’s most exciting natural winemakers, based in New England, NSW. This unique grape growing region offers some of the most interesting diverse microclimates Australia has to offer. Vineyards can range from extremely high altitudes (1000m+ ASL) in cool climates down into the warmer, lower sites in the West. 

Jared’s creative organic winemaking practices reflect the terroir of New England exceptionally. All of his wines see very minimal intervention, natural yeasts, no additives, and a small amount of sulphur added at the bottling stage.

We’ve been lucky enough to receive this amazing new release, including the Lone Ranger Petit Manseng, Lone Ranger Cabernet Franc, Lone Ranger Nebbiolo, and Big Cats Touriga Nacional/Tempranillo blend. All super tasty, we wouldn’t expect anything less, and ready to be enjoyed with friends.  

Not a member? The Oak Barrel’s membership is a one-off $25 fee. It’s for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied! 

Drink Well,
Joe

Jilly The Long Ranger Petit Manseng 2017

 

Petit Manseng hand picked from Toppers Mountain vineyard (deep, red soils-Tingha, New England) de-stemmed and fermented on skins for 4 weeks using native yeast. Plunged daily. Basket pressed to old oak once fermentation had completed. The wine was racked prior to bottling 

 

Origninating in South West France, Petit Manseng was introduced to the Australian market in the 1980's and 1990's. It now produces light, aromatic white wines all across Australia with a realtively low yield on the vine and small, thick skinned berries. These wines are have rich textural characteristics with medium furit and spices on the palate. 

 

Jilly Big Cats 2017

 

A 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional handpicked from the Toppers Mountain vineyard site. De-stemmed and fermented seperately. Hand plunged once a day. Basket pressed to old puncheons (500L)  

 

Two of Spain and Portugal's most famous grapes, Tempranillo is world renowned for producing rich full bodied wines such as Rioja. It is also very versatile for an aromatic red gape, often used in world class blends with Grenache and Carignan. Touriga Nacional is most well known for Portugal's most famous wine, Port, due to its bold structure and high tannins. However, today it is becoming more and more popular in the use of both high end and table wine, with modern winemakers utilisng clever oak use to soften the wine.

 Jilly The Lone Ranger Cabernet Franc 2017

 

This fruit was sourced from Wallington vineyard in Canowindra NSW (just west of Orange). This 10 hectare vineyard was planted in 1992 and sits on brown clay loam soils. This site is managed organically with full biodynamic certification. The Cabernet Franc was handpicked, 100% whole bunch fermented using native yeast. Stamped a couple of times and basket pressed at 3 baume to old puncheons (500L)/. Moved once before bottling with no fining or filtration. 

 

One of the principle grapes in the production of world class Bordeaux, alongside Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the primary grape grown at Chateau Cheval Blanc. It produces lighter wine than Cabernet Sauvignon, with more of a focus on softness and spicy aromas. Australian Cabernet Franc often includes flavours of soft red fruit, capsicum, and violet florals. 

 

Jilly The Lone Ranger Nebbiolo 2017

 

Nebbiolo handpicked from Toppers Mountain vineyard. De-stemmed. Fermented using native yeast plunged once a day and left on skins post ferment for 8 weeks. Basket pressed to old puncheons (500L) for 6 months.  

 

The iconic wine grape of Barolo and Barbaresco, historically famous for being heavily tannic in it's youth and settling down well into the decades. This wine however, is very approachable in its youth thanks to clever use of oak. Classic Nebbiolo aromas of rose petals and wild cherries, with a touch of tobacco on the nose. Bold violet and damson flavours carry the palate with great tannins and acidity. 


Posted: 25/01/2018
Farewells and New Wines From Borachio and Giovanni Armani Giorgio

Hello friends,

We have some lovely new releases starting to arrive in store, with many more to come in the lead up to Autumn. This week we have new wines from Mark Warner and Alicia Basa of Borachio (the pair also work with James Erskine at Jauma) and the ragazzi behind Giovanni Armani Giorgio (aka Frederick Stevenson, aka all around nice guy Steve Crawford). Their website (and Instagram) is truly something to behold, so do check them out if you have the chance.

We have some re–stocks on the way from Yetti and the Kokonut, Brave New Wine, and Gentle Folk (including some hard-to-find magnums of the Vin de Sofa in store now). We have a small cheeky re–stock from Jauma, and you absolutely must check out the Dub Style Tinnies from the good folks at Inkwell (it's organic, skin contact, preservative free sparkling Viognier in a can – what more could you want in life?). There will also be some long awaited wine events announced in the coming days.

On a more personal note, this will be my final newsletter as I'm returning to full time study for the year. I'll still be around a day or two a week so if you want to chat wine please feel welcome to drop in (as always) or send me a note to beth@oakbarrel.com.au. This has been a dream job for me, and part of that has been sharing and discussing great wines with you, our wonderful customers and friends, so thank you so much for your support.

So, this means we have a freshly minted wine buyer ready to bring you the goods. His name is Joe Perry, and he's a tall young Queenslander who earned his wine stripes working bars and restaurants across the UK. If you see him in store please make him feel welcome.

Drink well,
Beth

Name Image Tasting Notes
Borachio  

Pinot Gris 2017: One hundred percent organic, skin contact Pinot Gris. Pours bright ruby in the glass, drinks like a light red with a big of grip and quenching, textural acidity. Please note: This wine is also available as a magnum here.

Gold Tooth 2017: Three parts Chardonnay and two parts zippy Sauvignon Blanc. Chill it down and slam it or watch it unfold over a few days. A textural white for the summertime times. All Borachio's wines are organic and have no added preservatives.

Battered Sav 2017: Whole bunch pressed Savagnin topped with skin contact Sauvignon Blanc. Light aromatico, highly smashico! Please note: This wine is only available as a magnum. 

Giovanni Armani Giorgio  

Bianco Superiore 2017: We've travelled back to Veneto, leaving Friulian skin-contact behind and instead seeking freshness and something more suited to drinking with anchovies in the hot sun, naked. A simple wine for overly complicated, temperamental and highly emotional people.

Rosato dell'Amore 2017 (Nebbiolo): It's pink and wet. Pure romance juice, no matter your persuasion. Eat some vongole, read some poetry, take your pants off. Our cup runneth over.

Rosso del Giorno 2017 (Sangiovese): An enthusiastic, vibrant and devoutly Catholic red wine for drinking with il diavolo and pepperoni pizza (Dominos probably) in bed. Cherries, plums, cigar box spice and dry tannin. Yummo.

 


Posted: 18/01/2018
End Of Summer Wine Sale

With an Ashes win, Sydney to Hobart controversies and the hottest day in Sydney since 1939 – what a summer it’s been.

There’s still a few weeks left of Australia’s favourite season, so still time to enjoy some wines that seems to come into their own in the warmer weather.

Last year The Oak Barrel travelled to France on a wine hunting mission and brought back a host of our French whites and roses, perfect for the Australian summer and all we associate with it.

From zippy, fresh roses to seafood ready delicious muscadets, we’ve had a ball sharing these in the past two months.

Now we’re offering what’s left of these smashing wines at absolutely fantastic prices to flavour what’s left of January and beyond (and to make space for our upcoming winter picks).

Take a glance at the list below – we don’t think you’ll find better value anywhere for these French beauties exclusive to The Oak Barrel.

La Negly L'Oppidum Chardonnay 2016

A pale white wine with golden tones, you will be seduced by its charming aromas of apple blossoms and white pears. The palate is bursting with fruit, and the lees contact adds texture to the palate. Nice crisp finish.

 RRP
$27.95

MIXED SIX
$15

La Negly L'Ecume Grenache Rose 2016

This is the epitome of summer rosé and anyone who does not buy this wine has missed a great experience and cannot be helped.

RRP
$19.95

MIXED SIX
$12.50

La Negly L'Ecume Grenache Rose Magnum 2016

This is the epitome of summer rosé (Magnum)and anyone who does not buy this wine has missed a great experience and cannot be helped.

RRP
$59.95

SINGLE
$29.95

La Negly La Falaise Roussanne Marsanne 2015

This wine has a pale yellow colour. The nose is dominated bypistachios and almonds intertwined with notes of Lychee. The palate is both powerful and generous.

RRP
$49.95

MIXED SIX
$31.95

La Negly La Brise Marine Roussanne 2016

A fresh and highly aromatic white with notes of peach, mango and almonds on the nose. The palate is powerful but lean with a delicious seam of salty minerality running through it. 

RRP
$34.95

MIXED SIX
$17.95

La Negly La Natice Rose 2016

A saignée wine made from Mourvedre, like the great rosés of Bandol – for half the price. Delicate aromas of strawberry, red currants, and citrus fruits. A refreshing palate with lean acidity and perfect length. An elegant wine.

RRP
$29.95

MIXED SIX
$20

La Negly La Cote Carignan Grenache 2016

Lovely fruit on the nose and palate. Black cherries, currants and peppery spice. Full bodied with a silky texture leading to a long satisfying finish.
This wine is terrific value.
The ideal companion to a T-bone steak.

RRP
$34.95

MIXED SIX
$17.95

Coing De Sevre Blanc Muscadet 2016

A lively wine with aromas of green apple and lemon that is both clean and rich in flavour. An impression of youth is heightened by an initial sensation of iodine, just as a fresh finish to the taste complements its rich complexity. 
Serve with the best the sea can offer.

RRP
$24.95

MIXED SIX
$12.50

Chateau du Coing de Saint Fiacre Muscadet 2016

This Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie is appreciated for its young, vivid, dry and fruity side that makes it the perfect companion of fish. Nevertheless, it can be appreciated on its own as well as aperitif.

RRP
$24.95

MIXED SIX
$12.95

Chateau du Coing de Saint Fiacre Muscadet 2014

This wine is appreciated for its vivid, dry and fruity side that makes it the perfect companion to seafood. A delicate, lemon colour with floral aromas of jasmine, pear and lightly toasted bread. The palate is juicy but more rounded than the 2016 with pure, citrus fruit character and a long, smooth fine-textured finish. 

RRP
$19.95 

MIXED SIX
$15

 Chateau du Coing de St Fiacre Comte de St Hubert Muscadet 2007

The wine has yellow colour with golden tints. The nose is expressive: the white flowers and the white fruits dominate (peach, apple). In the mouth, the wine is well structured and mineral. The dried fruit aromas mix with elegance the slightly honeyed flavours. 

RRP
$34.95 

MIXED SIX
$20

Chateau du Coing de St Fiacre Comte de St Hubert Muscadet 1996

The colour is golden. The nose is very powerful, with yellow jammed fruits ( peach, apricots). In the mouth, the minerality has softened considerably but is still present. The palate is excellent, smooth round and buttery. The lingering finish ends with honey notes. It is the perfect companion with river or sea fishes, but can also be paired with some cheeses. 

RRP
$49.95 

MIXED SIX
$31.95

 Chateau de la Gravelle Gorges Muscadet 2013

The golden colour of this wine is quite intense for a Muscadet. The nose is buttery and complex while the palate is full and structured. The minerality of the terroir is present but well balanced. Developed flavour of honey and a slight oily note on first opening. This is a great wine for aging, with an aging potential of fifteen years.  

RRP
$39.95
 

MIXED SIX
$22.95

Chateau de la Gravelle Muscadet 2015

This Muscadet displays a luscious blend of white peach and lime on a glossy but impressively lively palate. Mouth watering salinity adds to the appeal of an infectiously juicy finish. 

RRP
$29.95
 

MIXED SIX
$16.95

Chateau Bouisset Grenache Rose 2016 

 Light pink, crystal clear color. Intense scent with dominance of red and white fruit. The smell passes smoothly into taste. On the tongue of a lively, full of life. Freshness encourages a pleasant acidity. A pleasant fruity conclusion.

RRP
$22.95 

MIXED SIX
$15

 Miselle Blanc Moelleux Petit Manseng

A superb bright golden colour, the nose shows white flowers (star jasmine), pear, and honey. The palate is full of freshness, roundness and elegance. It will seduce you with its aromas of citrus and exotic fruits, honey, and liquorice. There is good length leading to a fine acidic finish. 

RRP
$27.95
 

MIXED SIX
$15

 Miselle Rose Syrah 2015

A bright pink colour with orange highlights, the nose opens with floral notes followed by sweet orange, strawberry, and pomegranate. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate, and the fruitiness of the aroma carries over into an intense palate of strawberry, red berries and candied orange, ending with a light and spicy finish. A refreshing, well balanced wine. 

RRP
$21.95
 

MIXED SIX
$10

 Miselle Rouge Merlot Tannat 2015

The wine is bright purple with a nose showing the ripe plummy merlot and raspberry/ blackberry fruit although with a rustic earthy background. It’s what I call “an old world nose”. 
The palate has a silky medium body, with a little tannin showing through adding freshness. It has a soft finish. A very pleasant summer red. 

RRP
$21.95 

MIXED SIX
$11.95

 Les Fleurines Rose 2016

This rosé was made with a 100% shiraz and although there was nice fruit present, a little tannin could also be detected. This provided good length.
A worthy cold rosé served cold for the long summer lunch. 

RRP
$19.95 

MIXED SIX
$10

Les Fleurines Chardonnay 2016 

The colour is delicate with the nose showing citrus and apricot notes. In the mouth, the citrus and mineral notes stand out and although crisp, the palate is broad with a hint of malolactic creaminess. Contact with the lees guaranteed the chardonnay a little more body, and a long finish in the mouth. A great white wine choice both as an aperitif or for serving alongside dishes such as fish or salads. 

RRP
$19.95 

MIXED SIX
$10

 


Posted: 17/01/2018
New Wines From Manon, Mahana, Dupasquier, and Peter Wetzer

Hello friends,

Happy New Year! For the first newsletter of the year we've done a round up of some of our new and most interesting wines from near and far. There are plenty more to see in store (and popping up online soon) so please do keep checking back.

If you click on either the name of the winery or the images it will take you to all our available wines from that producer. You'll also be able to see pricing across the range (single bottles and mixed 6 packs) for members and guests alike.

Not a member? The Oak Barrel's membership is a one-off $25 fee. It's for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied!

Drink well,
Beth

Name Image Tasting Notes
Manon (Adelaide Hills, Australia)  

'Forest' White 2017: Manon have five small plots of Sauvignon Blanc on their farm, each facing a different aspect which creates different ripening stages and flavours. This wine is a mix of macerated, straight press and a blend from these vineyards. Preservative free, unfined, unfiltered and sealed with natural cork. Full of flavour and slightly lower alcohol at 11.5%.

'Farm' Rosato 2017: This wine is a blend of all the Merlot and Cabernets that grow on the Manon farm (a tiny amount) picked on the same day and pressed together with a good slurp of vibrant Pinot juice and then fermented together. Preservative free, unfined, unfiltered, and sealed with natural cork.

'Love Lies Bleedings' Pinot Noir 2017: This exciting wine has been pressed early to reflect the vineyard - its aspect and variety. A small block of Pinot Noir which is morning facing and sees no afternoon sun and has an over all feeling of lightness and delicacy. Chill down and drink up! Preservative free, unfined, unfiltered and sealed with natural cork.

Mahana (Nelson, New Zealand)  

'Blood Moon' Pinot Gris 2014: Vibrant orange in colour with an exotic nose suggesting Manuka honey, tobacco and musk leading to a textured palate loaded with ripe, golden, delicious fresh apricot kernel and almond oil notes. It leaves the mouth perfumed and fresh. The fruit for this wine is sourced from neighbouring 15 year old certified organic vineyards. Both vineyards are dry grown. The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, wild fermented, and had a month of skin contact. It spent 12 months in an old barrique before being transferred to a stainless steel tank for another 12 months of maturation. Some of the fresher 2015 vintage was added for weight and complexity. Bottled unfined or filtered and with only a minimal amount of preservative.

'Feral Lahar' Sauvignon Blanc 2015: The Mahana team believes is the most intense and perhaps purist expression of Sauvignon Blanc grown in the brown gravel of the Waimea Plains. It's a very smart, savoury, tightly wound and linear Sauvignon that you would struggle to pick as new world. The nose is subtle (not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc) suggestive of herbs, lime pith and just ripe peaches, leading to a linear, savoury and tightly wound palate. It should not be served cold but rather cool; that's when it shines. The finish has an apple cider-like, skin contact edge.

Dupasquier (Savoie, France)  

Jacquere 2014: A rare varietal from Savoie, a small mountainous French region bordering Italy and Switzerland. This wine has an intriguing and somewhat unusual nose with aromas of pear, star anise, and musk. There are some light herbaceous notes with hints of wax and lanolin. The palate is fresh and grassy with light stone fruits up front. It finishes a ittle quick but it's such a curiosity that it kept us coming back for more.

Mondeuse 2013: This is considered to be Dupasquier's best wine. Aromas of blackberries, violets, and mixed spices with a moreish gamey character on the palate. It's somewhat similar to Cabernet Franc or Syrah (as the vineyard is close to the Rhone valley). This wine spends a year in barrel prior to release which softens that deliciously rich tannin structure.

Peter Wetzer (Hungary)  

'Somlo' Furmint 2016: A stunning example of Furmint, the legendary grape of Tokaj in Hungary. Made from the original 45 year old vine plantings. A brilliant and aromatic dry white with stone fruits, nutty and light herbaceous notes. Furmint is infamous for its biting acidity and Wetzer has managed to create a beautifully well balanced expression. Definitely a bigger style of wine (finished in French and Hungarian oak) but not without elegance. As with everything Wetzer makes, this wine comes highly recommended.

Rose 2013: A stunning, complex and aromatic wine with aromas of papaya, prickly pear, star anise and spice. Dry and savoury with fantastic acidity. It spent two years in barrel and two years in bottle. This wine came about as a happy accident, and it's one of the best rosés we've ever had. 

Kekfrankos 2016: Also known as Blaufrankisch (Kekfrankos is its Hungarian name), the dark red grape is often mistaken for Gamay or Pinot Noir. Wetzer's expression has pepper, mixed spices, and a deliciously savoury tannin structure. Partial carbonic maceration gives lifted red fruit notes, along with some whole berries and some whole bunches for those wild, brambly, earthy notes. This wine spends 14 months in barrel prior to release.

'Silverberg' Kekfrankos 2016: This expression of Kekfrankos is from Wetzer's very best vineyard, a small selection of 40-year-old vines in a clearing of a forest. The grapes for this wine go through a very long, slow ripening period. This is the more Pinot like expression with blackberries, cherries, spice, earth, and velvety tannin structure.


Posted: 11/01/2018
Christmas Wines Part 2 Lost In New Wine

Hello friends,

Here we have some beautiful wines from near and far that have arrived just in time for Christmas. There are plenty more new things in store (and popping up online soon) so please do keep checking back.

If you click on either the name of the winery or the images it will take you to all our available wines from that producer. You'll also be able to see pricing across the range (single bottles and mixed 6 packs) for members and guests alike.

Not a member? The Oak Barrel's membership is a one-off $25 fee. It's for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied!

Drink well,
Beth

P.S. Don't forget our inaugural Summer of Wine tasting event will be happening on Saturday January 20! There will be plenty of new and interesting wines to try, plus a cocktail on arrival!

Wines Image Tasting Notes
Yetti and the Kokonut
 

Mt Savagnin 2017: Sadly our Yetti and the Kokonut 'Beach' Savagnin sold out quick sticks, but then the equally delicious Mt Savagnin arrived in its stead. This wine is a little more refined. Unlike the abundance of tropical fruits found in the Beach Savagnin, the Mt Savagnin shows melon and citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon verbena) alongside a delicate floral aroma. Textural with perfectly balanced acidity. A stunning companion to the Beach Savagnin.

Gewurztraminer 2017: This wine is a little more refined. Unlike the abundance of tropical fruits found in the Beach Savagnin, the Mt Savagnin shows melon and citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon verbena) alongside a delicate floral aroma. Textural with perfectly balanced acidity. A stunning companion to the Beach Savagnin.

Brose 2017: This wine is a stunning blend of Gewurztraminer, Grenache, and Cabernet franc. Plush aromatic red berry fruits and musk sticks. Fresh acidity and lovely spiced tannin structure. The perfect party wine!

Sorrenberg    

Chardonnay 2016: One of the greats. Initially the nose of the 2016 Chardonnay is a little closed but it doesn’t take long to find honeydew melon and citrus with a lovely oak overtone. This carries on to the palate combining with hints of peach and apple  and slight spice from the oak. The acidity is well balanced with the oak creating a full lingering mouthfeel.

Cabernet 2015: The nose of the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Merlot is very approachable with hints of black fruits, dark chocolate and cigar box. Following through onto the palate combining with lifted florals, subdued dusty tannins and balanced acidity it creates an activated and alive palate with great length and finish. The blend consists of 30-40% Merlot and Cabernet Franc with the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sorrenberg's wines are certified biodynamic and can cellar for 10+ years.

Occhipinti
 

Bianco 2016: A blend of Zibibbo and Albanello. Aromas of freshly cut white flowers, apples, and apricots. Delicate stone fruits on the palate. Refreshing and almost saline acidity.

Rosso 2016: A blend of Nero d'Avola (30%) and Frappato (70%). Dark berry fruits, cured meats, and a lovely leafy / bushy note. Medium bodied with tart red berry fruits and licorice. Fine chalky tannin structure and perfect acidity.

Il Frappato 2015: This is a truly lovely wine. Delicately perfumed nose with red berry fruits, light to medium bodied with a fine chalky tannin structure. Slightly savoury with great length.


Posted: 20/12/2017
New Release Wines Just In Time For Christmas

 Hello friends,

It's that time of year again so I've done a sweep of the shop for some of our new and interesting local wines. Here we have wines from across Australia: Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. However, there are plenty more new things in store (and popping up online soon) so please do keep checking back.

I'm experimenting with a new layout this week, so if you click on either the name of the winery or the images it will take you to all our available wines from that producer (particularly Brave New Wine and Bobar). You'll also be able to see pricing across the range (single bottles and mixed 6 packs) for members and guests alike.

Not a member? The Oak Barrel's membership is a one-off $25 fee. It's for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied!

Drink well,
Beth

Wine Image Tasting notes
Brave New Wine

Sunshine and Hercules (Riesling): Aromas of lemon verbena, lime blossom, and sweet beeswax. Tight acidity, fine chalky texture with crushed limes, preserved lemon, and wet granite minerality. Complex with a deliciously long finish. Single vineyard and organic fruit (though it's not certified). Fermented in both amphora and French oak puncheons.

Bâtard Sauv (Sauvignon Blanc): Tropical nose of green mango, paw paw, and feijoa with a wild nuttiness. Luscious slippery texture, mango and honeydew melon flavours with green walnut complexity and a refreshing tangy finish. Single vineyard and organic fruit (though it's not certified). 19 days skin contact, fermented in amphora under flor for 5 months.

Noon Shine (Grenache + Riesling): Super bright pomegranate hue. Aromas of wild raspberries, strawberry coulis, and redskin lollies. The palate is light and savoury with a fresh fruit sweetness balanced by lean acidity and a crunchy red apple skin finish.

Bobar

Viognier: A beautiful Viognier from the Yarra Valley. It's had some skin contact, but it's quite light and aromatic with hints of lemon pith. The palate is wonderful: subtle, elegant, textured, with nice acidity, citrus fruits, and a long delicate finish.

Shiraz Viognier: This expression has a larger volume of Viognier than is traditionally added, creating a light, bright and lovely style of red wine. Bright red berry fruits, soft earthy notes, and lean acidity. Interesting, moreish and almost too easy to drink.

Petit Verdot: A beautiful and aromatic style, similar to the one released by Gentle Folk in 2016. Plush red and black berry fruits, violets, musk, and subtle earthy notes. Lighter than traditional Petit Verdot (which can be big inky affairs) and very lovely to drink.

Gentle Folk

Rainbows: A blend of 23 different varieties, sitting somewhere between a red and a white (though without being a rosé). Aromas of just ripe berry fruits and Christmas spices. The palate has lean acidity and brilliant red fruits.

Blossoms: A fun, light, and refreshing red. Bright red berry fruits (cranberry and redcurrants) with a light earthy note. The palate is bright and velvety smooth with plums, rose petal musk, and fine tannin structure.

Vin de Sofa: Fantastically aromatic with mixed red and black berry fruits. Slurpy, musky, and delicious palate. A wine made for Netflix and chill. Preservative free.

Harkham
 

Semillon: Striking citrus fruits on the nose (lemon and grapefruit) lead to a fantastically textural palate with damn fine acidity. Perfect for a hot summer's day. Preservative free.

Chardonnay: Bright and fresh with citrus fruit aromas. Ripe stone fruits and striking minerality on the palate. Preservative free.

Shiraz: A beautiful take on the ole Hunter Valley Shiraz. Aromas of dark cherry and spice with light leafy, earthy notes. Medium to full bodied with plush red berry fruits and plums on the palate. Fantastic spiced tannin structure and length. Preservative free.

 


Posted: 13/12/2017
New Rose Wines

Édouard Manet A Bar at the Folies–Bergère 1882.

We have seen a surge in new rosés over the last few months, and with summer (mostly) here and Christmas fast approaching we thought we'd round up a selection of the best rosés we have in store. We currently have rosés from Argentina, Australia, Austria, France, Georgia, and Hungary.

Personally, I was a little sceptical of rosé until a couple of years ago. A few things happened: I discovered Bandol – the prized region for rosé in Provence (in particular the stunning wines of Domaine Tempier and Château de Pibaron), and I spent some time in Nice with family, where rosé is served like Evian. More recently, we've been trying new local rosés all through Spring. It's a tough gig but someone's gotta do it.

Besides, rosé history is actually pretty interesting. Rosé wines are considered to be the oldest wine style. The techniques used for making red wines today weren't available in antiquity (such as extended maceration, creating rich tannic red wines) and the theory goes that red wines were often made like rosé because they would otherwise be too harsh.

Rosé became popular after WWII, lead by none other than the formidable Mateus (meaning 'gift of God'). Side note: the trivia section for Mateus on Wikipedia is something to behold: Elton John once sang about Mateus, and it was one of the wines stockpiled by Saddam Hussein.

But I digress. There are generally three ways to make a rosé. Skin contact, saignée, and blending. Skin contact allows red grapes to have some skin contact but not enough to make a red wine. Saignée is French for 'bleeding' and it's the process of removing part of the freshly pressed juice of a red wine. Blending mixes both white and red grapes. Rosé wines can be still or sparkling, almost clear in colour to a light red, and can range between bone dry and sweet.

Our summer rosé picks are listed below. As usual, for clarity, the single bottle and mixed 6-pack prices are displayed. If you are an Oak Barrel member you will receive your 10% discount on all single bottle and mixed 6-pack prices. Click through the products to see your total discount.

Not a member? The Oak Barrel's membership is a one-off $25 fee. It's for life, and it gives you 10% off products in store and online, including tickets to events. If you want to become a member and get a discount instantly, add the membership product to your cart (alongside any products you were after) and the discount will be immediately applied!

Drink well,
Beth

Name Image Tasting notes Price In any mixed 6 wines
La Negly L'Ecume Grenache Rose 2016   Aromas of crushed rose petals and wild berries. Citrus fruits and light spices on the palate. Light to medium bodied, dry, and textural. This has been our go–to rosé for a few weeks now.

Grenache (60%), Syrah (35%), and Mourvedre (5%).

This wine is also available in a magnum.
$19.95 $14.95 
Chateau Bouisset Grenache Rose 2016    Beautifully aromatic with delicate red berry fruits, white peaches, pear, lychee, and floral notes. A light but complex palate with fresh lean acidity. This wine is silky smooth and almost too easy to drink.

Grenache (55%) and Syrah (45%).
 $22.95 $16.95 
La Negly 'La Natice' Rose 2016

 A saignée wine made from Mourvedre, like the great rosés of Bandol – for half the price. Delicate aromas of strawberry, red currants, and citrus fruits. A refreshing palate with lean acidity and perfect length. An elegant wine.

Mourvedre (70%), Syrah (15%), Cinsault (15%).

 $29.95  $24.95
GilGraves Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2017  

Pale golden peach in colour. Highly aromatic with gumnut blossom, apricots and rose petals. Dried apple, rosemary, lemon, and mandarin on the palate. Hand picked, whole bunch pressed with a combination of old French oak and stainless steel. A lovely minimal intervention wine from Kaye Graves and Ken Gilchrist (made with Boomtown wines).

A beautiful and delicate rosé made from Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Heathcote, Victoria.

 $29.95  $26.95
Stuart Proud 'Up the Mountain' Rose 2017   A fun and light minimal intervention and sustainable wine from the legend that is Stuart Proud (drummer for Yarra Valley industry band Yeastie Boys and custodian of the famed 1000 Candles site).

A blend of Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Pinot Noir.

This wine is also available in a 1.8L flagon here.
 $34.95  $31.95
Patrick Sullivan 'Pink Pound' Rose 2017   A light and aromatic Pinot Noir rosé from Patrick Sullivan. It's dry in style but not without being rounded and generous. The grapes for this wine are dry grown (meaning they are not irrigated, producing better quality fruit) and certified organic.

See all our Patrick Sullivan wines here.
$34.95  $31.95 
Peter Wetzer Kekfrankos Rose 2013 
  A stunning, complex and aromatic wine with aromas of papaya, prickly pear, star anise and spice. Dry and savoury with fantastic acidity. It spent two years in barrel and two years in bottle. This wine came about as a happy accident, and it's one of the best rosés we've ever had.

See all our Peter Wetzer wines here.
 $37.95  $33.95
Do Re Mi Tavkveri Rose 2015
This is a rich and flavoursome style of rosé made from the indigenous Tavkveri grape. Aromas of bright red berry fruits and musk are matched by herbal and earthy notes on the palate. Excellent tannin structure gives this wine plenty of length. Drinks best lightly chilled.

See all our Georgian wines here.
$54.95 $48.95
Pheasant's Tears Tavkveri Rose 2015   Bright and aromatic with strawberries, cranberries, and hibiscus on the nose. A rich and dry style palate with raspberry vinegar and dried herbs. Definitely not your typical Rose, this is more akin to a light red. Nice acidity and good tannin structure with a long finish. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. A stunning living wine. 

Pheasant’s Tears wines are made using traditional methods. Their grapes are farmed organically, and their wines are fermented in qvevri: clay vessels lined with organic beeswax and buried in the earth.

See all our Pheasant's Tears wines here.
 $59.95  $53.95
Gut Oggau Rose 2016
  Gut Oggau painstakingly restored a 17th century winery abandoned for at least 20 years (including its 200-year-old screw press). The vines’ two decade period of neglect was fortunate, as this meant all pesticide and chemical treatments had washed away. This let them begin working immediately on vines biodynamically, and they are now fully Demeter certified.

When they began to work with the wines, they noticed each seemed alive with its own persona, so they decided to craft labels centered around the personality inside each bottle. They created a family of wines: each wine is given a name of one family member and their face is illustrated for each label.

This wine is a blend of Blaufrankish, Zweigelt, and Roesler. The grapes for this wine are hand harvested and destemmed. The wine is a direct press Rosé. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.

See all our Gut Oggau wines here.
 $110  $99

Need some tunes for your hot summer rosé party? You can find songs written about rosé here and here.


Posted: 07/12/2017