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Brand New Lucy Margaux is Here!

Hey Wine Drinkers,

Well, it's finally here. 6 brand new release wines from perhaps Australia's most highly acclaimed natural winemaker, Anton Van Klopper. He has continued to produce quality wines that are truly unique and express the terroir and fruit that he farms. 

By crafting incredibly delicous wines vintage after vintage, his success has travelled all over the globe with Lucy Margaux wines becoming some of the most sought after throughout many other continents. Anton uses no additives in his winemaking as not to restrain the wine of it's natural flavours and showcase what the earth gives him. 

As one of the pioneers of the Australian natural wine movement it's an exciting time to see Anton's release constantly pushing the boundaries of how unique and delicious minimal intervention winemaking can get on our home turf. It's safe to say he has inspired many young winemakers to venture down the path of organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking, with intention to give back to the earth for what it gives to us. 

This release features two single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Little Creek Vineyard and Picadilly Vineyard, a Merlot and a Pinot Merlot blend*, everyone's favourite the Village of Tiers Pinot Noir, and an exciting blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. 

*as the Merlot and Pinot Merlot are in extremely limited quantities, they are available for instore purchase only.

Lucy Margaux 3 Colours 2017

 

Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

Three colours red! Big, crunchy, juicy and fresh organic blend from Anton. Benefits from a light chill. No sulphur at all

Lucy Margaux Little Creek Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

 

A special Pinot Noir vineyard in Norton Summit (red clay over sandstone) that faces the ocean giving it intense afternoon sun and cooling afternoon ocean breezes. (Image Nigel the grower).

Lucy Margaux Deans Picadilly Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

 

Pinot from the coolest sight in the Piccadilly Valley (yellow clay over sandstone), faces the morning sun. (Image of the 3 Dean brothers)

Lucy Margaux Village of Tiers Pinot Noir 2017

 

Everything that fails in all the Pinot vineyards, a true taste of our part of the Adelaide Hills. (Image my ratbag cellar hands Loui and Christoph)

 

There are also only a few tickets left for our Natural Wine Appreciation night on the 24th of May and we have also announced a June date. All the information can be found here
This event is suited to anyone interested in knowing a little more about natural wines, or rediscovering an old flame. It won’t be overly technical – there is no assumed knowledge – rather, it will be a fun and informal night of discovery.

 

 


Posted: 14/05/2018
Pinot Showdown! Aussie Favourites vs The Rest of The World

 

Pinot Noir is a grape that we all know and love. With it's rich history in Burgundy dating back hundreds of years it is now crafting some of the most highly sought after bottles of wine in the world, fetching astronomical prices. So much has been done with this one single grape variety - wines can be soft, light and elegant all the way through to bold and intense capable of standing up to even the most robust dishes. 

It's this versatility that allows such a wide demographic of wine drinkers to gravitate towards Pinot Noir. They can be drunk on their own, shared in a group situation, matched up easily with food, both drinkable young and can have exceptional aging potential.

While Pinot Noir has deep roots in the old world (with Roman agricultural writer Columella describing a grape variety similar to pinot noir in Burgundy during the 1st century) its popularity has boomed with new world winemakers in areas like Oregon in the US, South Africa and South Australia. This has allowed for an incredible selection for Pinot lovers around the world.

But the question still remains, who does it best? Why do certain soil types, elevations, temperatures, and geographical location matter so much to the grapes and the end result of the wine. Whilst it's home lies in the Grand Cru soils of Burgundy there is without a doubt many new world producers giving these wines are run for their money. 

We are going to put this question to the test on Thursday 28 June in the Oak Barrel Tasting Room. Eight wines will be put to the test for you to decide who does it best.

The contenders on the night will be

De Salis Pinot Noir 2014 (Orange, NSW)
Domaine Simha Pinot Noir (Derwent Valley, TAS)
Michael Hall Pinot Noir 2015 (Barossa, SA)
Folium Pinot Noir 2015 (Marlborough, NZ)
Francois Labet Pinor Noir 2016 (Corsica, France)
Michel Sarrazin Pinot Noir 2016 (Burgundy, France)
O'Reillys Pinot Noir 2013 (Oregon, USA) 
2Naturekinder Spatburgunder (Bavaria, Germany)

WHAT: Pinot Showdown! Aussie Favourites vs The Rest of the World
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Thursday 28 June, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $30 / Non-Members $40
TICKETS: [MEMBERS] [GUEST]


Posted: 11/05/2018
Fun and Bright from The Other Right

Hey Wine Drinkers, 

Our week was brightened up with our ever favourite, cheerful, fun labelled, Adelaide Hills, husband and wife duo, Alex and Galit from The Other Right. These are some seriously delicious wines with a focus on organic farming and very few additions.

 

The name ‘The Other Right’ started as a family joke after Galit found it challenging to distinguish between right and left, giving driving directions with shouts like "Not This right, the Other right!!!"

Sourcing fruit from premium sites in the Adelaide Hills, their approach to winemaking focuses on minimal intervention. No actions are taken in the winemaking process that aren't needed, reducing the need for any additives or machinery. This is done to try and achieve a wine that is wild and untamed. These wines are full of life, offering styles that are not so typical of their conventional grape counter parts.  

This super fun, outside the box thinking applied to their winemaking showcase the free spirits of the winemakers. Each release is unique and delicious and this is no exception 

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We also have some super exciting news about the new release Lucy Margaux wines, we were super lucky to receive an extremely limited allocation(ONLY 25% OF WHAT WE RECEIVED LAST YEAR) of the new Lucy M release this time around, 6 new release wines will be arriving for the weekend with the 2017 P.M Pinot Merlot and 2017 Merlot in such small quantities they will only be available for purchase in store. Be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook for updates on it's arrival

The Other Right Sunshine on my Skin Viognier 2017

 

 

 

Viognier is a grape we can't get enough of. It really knows no rules, and although so far we've only seen 3 or 4 patterns for it, we can never predict which one is coming. This one is a bit like 2015 - strange and harmonious, or, simply put, strangely harmonious. It's like biting into a tangerine as soon as you get back from a swim catching sea buckthorns on a hot summer day.

The Other Right Chardonnay 2017

 

 

 

In tune. While retaining the usual Fawn character of green apple on bread and butter, it's even more refined and, equally importantly, slightly oxidative. If you're into your Chardonnay, this one will pull your strings.

The Other Right All Fruits Ripe Pinot Noir 2017

 

 

 

All Fruits Ripe is a Jamaican expression for 'Everything is just great!' which sums up the vibe of this wine. Ripe and juicy. Wants it all here and now. A bit like a more wintery and more nuanced version of Away with the Pixies. Like in the past this one doesn't stand a chance to be drunk slowly; really easy going, the closest to vin de soif of all five current wines

The Other Right Dreams and Visions 2017

 

 

 

Coming from a vineyard that is meticulously managed to yield grace.
As a result, here comes our first structural Pinot. Finely tuned, all about subtlety. More on the dry herbs, spicy side. Noble-like. Also pretty. A happy place.

The Other Right Unfurl Shiraz 2017

 

 

 

We aren't easily moved by Shiraz, but this one is really moving. Especially suitable for those who have temporarily lost faith in this variety.

Vineyard that has never been sprayed with anything, not even copper or sulfur. Dry grown. Cracked soil and struggling vines yield grapes that are very sensitive to picking timing - we think we nailed that this year. Velvety, juicy goodness.

Very lush, in the most gentle way. Friendly generosity, purity and peace of mind that will follow you to the bottom of the bottle.

After the success of our SOLD OUT first natural wine tasting of the year, we are continuing our 2018 wine event calendar with another night of some of the most dynamic wines available in Australia and abroad. This event is suited to anyone interested in knowing a little more about natural wines, or rediscovering an old flame. It won’t be overly technical – there is no assumed knowledge – rather, it will be a fun and informal night of discovery.

It will take place at The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for guests.

 Drink well,

 

Drink well


Posted: 10/05/2018
Tasty Tassie Tipples

Hey Wine Drinkers,

This week we've got a new release from one of the shops favourite producers. Domaine Simha is one of Australia's premium level natural wine producers and crafts wine from sites in the Derwent, Coal River and Huon Valleys in Tasmania. Nav Singh works closely with experts growers on these vineyards and creates magical wines in micro batches, normally only 2-3 barrels of each are made. 

 

After sharpening his wine craftsmanship in Burgundy and Bordeaux, Nav return to Tasmania and makes incredible single vineyard wines that are expressive of the pristine terroir on which the fruit is farmed. Following biodynamic principles, lunar cycle harvesting, minimal additions with wild fermentation, the wines are then aged in demi-muid oak and clay based amphorae vessels in ancient winemaking methods, bottling without fining or filtration. 

The house of Simha originates from sanskrit for lion. To honour an heroic heritage, Domaine Simha wines take their titles from royalty and legends of the East

These wines showcase incredible quality, working with varities that suits the terroir perfectly. Domaine Simha is leading the way for premium Australian natural wine. We can't get enough of this release

Drink well, 
Joe 

Domaine Simha Rani Riesling 2017

60 dozen (800 bottles) produced

Pristine riesling of glacial purity and powerful terroir, promising great longevity

A mountain of light, awash in diamond brilliance
Fragrant white lotus, fresh rain, lime juice
cool Makrana marble, beauty, purity and starlight

METHOD NATUREL
Cool climate single vineyard origin: Coal River Valley Tasmania 42.7°S
Handpicked on a fruit day on the harvest moon
Whole bunch pressed, wild ferment, rested sur lie for 9 months
Bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance

Domaine Simha Raya Savauge 2016

1 demi-muid (800 bottles) produced

Characterful sauvignon blanc, matured sur lie en demi-muid for soft, food worthy texture
(lightly cloudy)

Golden fields at dawn
Lemongrass and grapefruit on oceanic waves,
clotted cream, wakame, vanilla bean
and the racy beat of hummingbird wings

METHOD NATUREL
Cool climate single vineyard origin: Coal River Valley Tasmania 42.7°S
Handpicked on a fruit day after the harvest moon
Whole bunch pressed, wild ferment en new demi-muid,
Rested sur lie, matured for 12 months
Bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance

Domaine Simha Vin Gris Rose 2017 

50 dozen (600 bottles) produced

Textural, mineral and food worthy with sheer flamingo elegance.
Perfect for long lunches and lazy afternoons on the deck.

NATURE
Fragrant peony roses,
strawberry, petitgrain,
pink peppercorn spice.
(lightly cloudy)

METHOD NATUREL
Cool climate single vineyard origin: Derwent Valley Tasmania 42.6°S
Vin gris method Pinot Noir Rosé
Handpicked on a fruit day before the harvest moon
Whole bunch basket pressed, wild ferment, 6 months on lees
Bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance

Domaine Simha Pinot Noir 2017

2 demi-muid (1500 bottles) produced

Pinot noir shaped by terroir and season

METHOD NATUREL
Cool climate single vineyard origin: Derwent Valley Tasmania 42.6°S
Handpicked on a fruit day after the harvest moon
Whole bunch wild ferment with gentle pigeage
Matured 12 months en seasoned demi-muid
Basket pressed, bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance

Domaine Simha Gamay Noir 2017

50 dozen (600 bottles) produced

Supple and articulate gamay with refreshing acidity

The song of the nightingale
Cascading wisteria flowers, wild raspberry
cherry, pink peppercorn, young love

METHOD NATUREL
Cool climate single vineyard origin: Huon Valley Tasmania 43°S
Handpicked on a fruit day after the hunters moon
Whole bunch wild ferment, traditional pigeage
Matured 6 months en seasoned demi-muid
Basket pressed, bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance

After the success of our SOLD OUT first natural wine tasting of the year, we are continuing our 2018 wine event calendar with another night of some of the most dynamic wines available in Australia and abroad. This event is suited to anyone interested in knowing a little more about natural wines, or rediscovering an old flame. It won’t be overly technical – there is no assumed knowledge – rather, it will be a fun and informal night of discovery.

It will take place at The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for guests.


Posted: 03/05/2018
New Koerner Wines, Lambert Nebbiolo, and A Highly Aromatic Vinteloper Number

Hey Wine Drinkers,

  

This week we've got some amazing Australian natural wines from three of the top producers going around.

Starting off with Koerner wines from the Clare valley, a winemaking team of Jonathan and Damon Koerner. These wines are crafted to express the terroir of the vineyards the farm. WIth a minimalistic winemaking styles in very much a hands off approach, This means that the quality of the fruit is extremely important to creating wines of this high a quality. 

The Koerner wines are definitely a staff favourite here in the shop, and once you try them it's easy to see why. 

The newest form the Urban Winery Project by VInteloper is a floral, fruity blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling. Made locally just down in Rosebery. 

It is a project started by VInteloper with the concept of bringing people together to make and explore amazing food, drink, art and culture, and give everyone a go at helping out in making wine. It is one of only a few urban wineries around the world and it at the forefront of bringing people together with winemaking. 

This 2017 blend is no exception to their winemaking style, it's vibrant, fun, tropical, and ready to drink. Perfect for enjoying with friends at the park.

 

Finally, just landed in store one of the most popular releases of the year, Luke Lambert's Nebbiolo 2016. It appears as though every vintage of this wine gets better and better. Classic Nebbiolo with a youthful, Australian twist. This is a powerful wine with intense structure and acidity. Bold, luscious tannins provide exceptional length and aging ability with finishes of cassis and crushed rose petals. 

Ready to drink now or lay down for 10+ years, exceptional wine. 

Koerner La Corse 2017

50% Sangiovese, 25% Sciacarello, 15% Grenache & 10% Malbec. Numerous batches of fruit where sourced from Bass Hill, Vivian and Attunga Vineyards.

The fruit was picked over various days through out vintage and in the winery was 100% destemmed.

Whole berry ferments occurred using indigenous yeasts, they where plunged once or twice a day and generally lasted 2 weeks. Following this the fruit was pressed to tank where it settled off large lees for a few days and then was transferred to ceramic egg and old oak for 3 months of maturation. The wine was then blended to tank where it sat on fine lees for a further 6 months. Following this, a small sulphur addition was made and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Koerner Tiver Rose 2017

The Sangiovese (70%) and Sciaccerrelo (30%) fruit was sourced from the flats of Vivian vineyard, which consists of darker clay on limestone.

The grapes spent 24 hours on skins before being pressed and settled overnight. Natural fermentation happened in ceramic egg and neutral oak and lasted around 3 weeks.

The wine remained in it’s vessels on full lees for a further 3 weeks before being racked and blended to stainless steel to sit on fine lees for a further 4 months. Prior to bottling a small sulpur addition was made and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Koerner The Clare 2017

30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 20% Malbec & 20% Cabernet Franc. Numerous batches of fruit where sourced from Vivian, Attunga and Bass Hill Vineyards. The different batches where picked on various dates through out vintage.

In the winery the fruit was 100% destemmed, retaining as many whole berries as possiable. All fruit was fermented with indigenous yeast in open fermenters and hand plunged once or twice a day. Time on skins generally lasted two weeks before being pressed, settled in tank for a few days and then racked to ceramic egg or old oak, where it matured for 3 months.

The wine was then blended to tank where it sat on fine lees for a further 6 months. At this point a small sulphur addition was made and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration

Vinteloper Urban Winery Project #3 2017

It's wine made by the people, for the people. Courageous feet, loving hands and free minds. Everyone is invited to get involved in making wine as we de-stem the grapes with our hands, crush them with our feet, ferment with wild yeast, basket press & place in barrel for maturation.

Each process is demonstrated and explained in real time with real wine the result.

Wines made as part of the VUWP are matured in oak by vinteloper for the next 11 months before bottling. The release of these limited wines concides with the pop-up VUWP in the year following, encouraging those who have been previosly to re-visit and taste the products of their labour.

The Urban Winery Project #3 2017 is a highly aromatic blend of Pinot gris, Gewurtztraminer, and Riesling. Bursitng tropical fruits and vibrant citrus fill the nose with a light yet intense palate of similar description.

Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2016

The vineyard: The Nebbiolo block sits half way up Denton’s North Western slope, in the middle of the Yarra Valley, where it catches all the available sunshine hours. The soils here, granitic sand over granite bed rock, provide a very special and unique terroir for the Yarra. It’s this soil, along with the climate and variety, that gifts the wine much of its brightness, fresh red fruit and floral perfume, as well as its fine tannins.

The vintage:A warm dry growing season, the earliest harvest Lambert’s seen in this Nebbiolo block, allowed the harvesting of superb fruit with plenty of colour and power. The beauty of this block is that the Nebbiolo keeps its acidity even in the warm/dry years.

The winemaking: Fully destemmed, wild yeast fermented and held on skins for 20 days with frequent plunging and foot stomping. No temperature control. Pressed into 2 x 2200 litre oak (1 x Slavonian foudre and 1 x French foudre) and left unsulfured for 18 months, prior to bottling, without fining or filtration.

We are also having a massive clearance sale on 12 of our premium Burgundy range in a mixed six pack that has been exclsuively sourced and imported by us. There is currently limited stock left available so to see the range click here.

I will be offering tastings of:
Chateau de Chamirey La Mission 1er Cru Blanc 2015
Domaine de Perdrix Nuit St George 2015
Domaine de la Garenne Macon-Bussieres 2015
Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 2015

Here in the shop on Saturday 21st of April between 3 and 5pm so if you feel like sampling some top quality Burgundy come on down and say hello


Posted: 19/04/2018
Amazing Deal on Premium Quality Burgundy for a Limited Time Only!

Hey Wine Drinkers,

We are announcing an amazing offer this week valid only until the 1st of May. We are firm believers in that amazing wines should be experienced by as many as possible which is why we have this special limited sale on some incredible Burgundy wines from an high quality producer during some magical vintages.

A series of Oak Barrel private imports are up for grabs at a discounted rate. These wines are without a doubt a massive shop favourite, proven by the fact that we went all the way over there to bring them back. 

Firstly we showcase the wines of Chateau de Chamirey, an estate built early in the 18th century overlooking the village of Chamirey in Mercurey. This Domaine is planted over some of the best terroir in Mercurey, with over 15 hectares of Premier Cru vines.

The wines of Chateau de Chamirey are an exceptional expression of what high quality Burgundy is, elegant yet powerful across the range backed by impeccable balance. Both approachable in their youth and have 8+ years of aging capability. This is one not to miss.

Members of the Oak Barrel will also recieve a further 10% off! 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!

 

Chateau de Chamirey La Mission 1er Cru Blanc 2015

 

 

A highly aromatic wine with lime, citrus fruits, vanilla, and brioche. Light caramel and a touch of spice. The palate is equally rich and complex with a good measure of oak. Dense but balanced, long and persistent. A stunning wine.

Single price: $100.00

In any 6 pack price: $59.95

 

Chateau de Chamirey Clos du Roi 2015

 

The nose is intense with notes of spice such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and the palate is vibrant with red fruits and silky tannins.

A cold pre-fermentation soak takes place for four to six days to assist with the phelonic component's exctraction. Grapes are partially destemmed. Then full maceration lasts for 15 days during which we'll use only pigeages (punching the cap). Alcoholic fermentation is realised with natural yeasts.

Tasting notes:

Beautiful dark garnet-red colour with purple tints.
The nose is intense and empyreumatic with mild spices notes as cinnamon and nutmeg. Grassy and red fruits notes.
On the palate the wine is ample with red fruits notes. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Silky tanins.

Single price: $100.00

In any 6 pack price: $59.95

 

Chateau de Chamirey 1er Cru Les Ruelles 2013

 

An excellent example of Premier Cru Burgundy. A rich and aromatic nose with dried roses, red cherries, and citrus peel. Fantastic acidity on the palate along with red berry fruits, spices, and a deliciously savoury earthy note. Complex but elegant with a whole lotta length. Drinking beautifully now but can be aged (up to 5 years).

 

Single price: $100.00

In any 6 pack price: $59.95

 

Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey 1er Cru Les Cinq 2014

 

This is the unusually named "The Five", a top Pinot from Chateau de Chamirey. A rich and complex wine with aromas of black fruits, tea leaves, and a flinty, mineral note. The palate is dense with dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, a hint of smoke, and velvety tannins.

Single price: $175.00

In any 6 pack price: $115.00

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Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 2015

 

Seductive aromas of red fruits, particularly ripe strawberries. Plush and velvety palate with fresh red summer fruits. Fine and delicate tannin structure. This wine is a beautiful dark ruby colour with purple tints.

Tech specs: The Mercurey rouge is sourced from 13 different sites. 10 of these are very small plots and 3 are Premier Cru.

Single price: $74.95

In any 6 pack price: $44.95

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Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Blanc 2015

 

A beautifully floral nose with aromas of white peaches. The palate is initially full and rich, but it is also well balanced and fresh. This wine has a fantastic long finish.

Tech specs: the Mercurey blanc comes from 6 different plots accross the village. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place in barrels. Aging process is taking place 100% in traditional Burgundian 228 litres barrels as well as 400 litres barrels during 11 months with around 15% of new barrels. We only use light toasted French oak coming mainly from Bourgogne, Allier and Vosges forests.

Single price: $69.95 

In any 6 pack price: $39.95 

 

 Le Renard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Rouge 2015

 

A plush and medium bodied Pinot Noir, with notes of redcurrants and blackcurrants together with a dash of spice which gives it a beautiful lift. This wine shows incredible finesse with delicate and silky tannins.

The fruit for Le Renard are sourced from the domaine's top vineyards in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Mercury, and Givry, which makes this wine very unique.

Single price: $39.95

In any 6 pack price: $27.95

Next up we have the amazing wines of Domaine de Perdrix and Domaine de la Garenne. 

Le Domaine des Perdrix was not a renowned estate until the Devillard family took its management in 1996. Robert Parker says about this acquisition that it proves the existence of undiscovered
great quality terroirs among the Grands Terroirs of Côte de Nuits.
The quality of the vineyards, their rigorous management and vinification have established the Domaine des Perdrix as a renowned Domaine, one of the best among the "Grands Vins de Bourgogne".

Le Domaine des Perdrix has been on top of numerous blind tastings: best Pinot Noir of the World, best Echézeaux, best Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Domaine de la Garenne is located in Southern Burgundy the Maconnais region. It is renowned worldwide for the superb quality of it's white wines. A pristine example of quality white Burgundy , exceptional both on their own and matched up to a range of dishes. 

 

Domaine de Perdrix Nuit St George 2015

 

The vineyards producing our Nuits-Saint-Georges are located in the climats 'Au Bas de Combe' and 'Aux Barrières'.

Au Bas de Combe is one of the climat that is most renowned with its style of Vosne-Romanée and for its quality: between "village" and "Premier Cru".

Tasting notes:

Beautiful dark grenat-red and dark ruby colour with purple tints.
The nose develops black berry aromas (blackcurrant), graphite and white pepper notes.
On the palate, the wine is tasty, subtle, tangy, fruity . Tannins are very smooth.

Single price: $150.00 

In any 6 pack price: $100.00

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Domaine de Perdrix Nuit St George 1er Cru Aux Perdrix 2013

 

 

Bright and intense deep ruby colour with purple tints. The nose is opening on fresh fruits notes: raspberries and smooth spices as cinnamon and nutmeg.
On the palate, a lovely freshness, minerality and balance. Red fruits are predominant.

Single price: $200.00 

In any 6 pack price: $125.00

 

Domaine de la Garenne Macon-Aze 2015

 

An excellent example of wine from the Macon (Macon-Aze wines are from the village of Aze, north of Macon in southern Burgundy). A fresh and elegant wine with fantastic minerality. Aromas of just ripe stone fruits, citrus fruits, and orange rind with white floral notes. Excellent length and texture.

 

Single price: $59.95

In any 6 pack price: $34.95 

 

Domaine de la Garenne Macon-Bussieres 2015

 

 

Fine and delicate aromas of lime, citrus fruits, and pear. Fresh and delicious with white blossom on the palate.

 

Single price: $59.95

In any 6 pack price: $34.95 

 

Domaine de la Garenne Pouilly-Fusse 2015

 

Bright citrus aromas on the nose reveal this wine's crisp character. Plenty of acidity balaced with rich white fruits while fantastic mineral texture adds bite. This is a very well made wine. It's stunning to drink now but will age beautifully.

Tech specs: this estate is also part of the Domaines Devillard. The estate was purchased in 2008 by the Beaumont family. With the marriage of Pauline Beaumont to Amaury Devillard and the fine craftsmanship of winemaker Robert Vernizeau the reputation of the Domaine quickly improved and the quality of this wine has now been recognized by several international awards.

Single price: $84.95 

In any 6 pack price: $49.95

There are wines from 3 of the most incredible recent vintages that Burgundy has scene, with 2015 being whispered about as on the same par as the famous 2005. A true addition to any wine collectors cellar, and also perfect for drinking young and blowing away dinner guests with great quality.

These wont last long. We are offering all of these wines as part of a heavily discounted mixed 6-pack deal only. As we like to suggest, drink 2 now, 2 in 5-10 years, and 2 for special occasions.

I'll also be pouring a number of these Burgundy wines at our front counter on Saturday 21st from 3-5pm so if you feel like trying some exceptional wines from one of the most famous wine regions in the world, drop on in and say g'day.

Drink well, 


Posted: 17/04/2018
No Additives No Worries

Hey Wine Drinkers, 

 

Don't like loads of additives in your wine? We've got you covered. Seven brand new wines have landed in store, fresh and ready to go. From the Southern Rhone to the Yarra Valley, this week we've got some stunning wines based around biodynamic principles, minimal intervention, and wines indicative of the terroir of which they are farmed. 

Showcased in this newsletter are 5 incredible natural winemakers all focused on organic and biodynamic practices in order to give back to the earth that gives us wines as good as these. 

Valentin Létoquart from Val de Combrès based in Luberon in the Southern Rhone has 7ha of fully organic grape vines. The vines are all treated with natural herbal teas over copper and sulphur. Never any additions and all vinified with natural yeasts ,without a doubt one of the Rhone Valley's most unique winemakers. 

Tom Gautier of l'absurbde génie des fleurs (the absurd genuis of flowers) and his partner Miha make wine in the south of France, in the small region of Herault.Only 2000 bottles were made of their very first vintage, and we were lucky enough to see some here. Never any additions to their wines, no filtration or fining either. Amazing vinification of classic southern French varietals to create light, chillable reds ready for warm Sunday arvos. 

In the south west of France Mathias and Camille craft wine with biodynamic principles. With 45 year old vines, they craft vibrant and delicious wines. Located close to the famous region of Bordeaux, these aren't traditional Bordeaux wines. Expressive of terrior, fresh and designed to be consumed in their youth. Incredible food wine. 

Heading up to the Loire valley, Sébastien Bobinet and Eméline Clavez craft beautiful wines at Domaine Bobinet. Biodynamics play a huge role in the farming of their 2ha horse-drawn plowed site. Preserving the land on which they live and farm is vital, expressing the terroir of Samur-Champigny marvellously. 

Finally, heading back home to the Yarra Valley and Heathcote. Rhen Dodd and Janelle De Gabriele make wine under the Ephemera label. With a focus on organically grown Italian varietals, they create incredibly delicious and refreshing wines. Definitely a staff favourite in the store and a killer Aussie natural drop! 

Val de Combrès 'Funky Town' Carignan 2016

 

 100 % Carignan from a plot of 35 year old vines.

One of the most enjoyable examples of straight carignan we have ever tried, bright deep and clean.

Won't you take me to a funky town. 

Organic/biodynamic

l'absurde genie des fleurs - Tom Gautier Beguin Cinsault Carignan 2016

 

A clever blend of Cinsault and Carignan from one of our favourite biodynamic producers based in the Languedoc region.

Harvested from old vines with nothing added, this wine shows great complexity with layers of fruit and a touch of earthiness. The longer this wine was in the glass the more and more it showed new flavours, from bold ripe cherry to exotic stewed plums.

Definitely a fantastic drop, absolute please to drink and pairs well with spiced food. 

Biodynamic

l'absurde genie des fluers - Tom Gautier Meandre Carignan 2016

 

Tiny production Carignan from the south of France. Stunning expression of warm climate Carignan, ripe red and black fruits, vibrant cassis shines through on both the nose and palate.

Rich and silky texture carries the ripe fruit body with intensity showing what this amazing terrior and minimalistic winemaking can create. Definitely a brilliant biodynamic number and we are very excited to see what they produce in the future.

Biodynamic.

l'absurde genie des fluers - Tom Gautier Ploume Cinsault 2016

 

A tasty, light Cinsault by a certified biodynamic winery in the south of France. Almost Rose like in colour, fantastic chilled in the sun.

Not Cinsault in traditional sense, yet amazingly juicy and fresh, bright red flowers on the nose with ripe red fruit backing it up. Acidity provides excellent structure carrying great body through the wine. Definitely smashable light red made to be enjoyed straight away.

We adore this wine.

Biodynamic

Domaine Bobinet Hanami Cabernet Franc 2016 

 

Supple and delicious, Hanami was born in 2012 from the desire to make an aromatic early wine. From a blend of different plots of Cabernet Franc, the wine is fruity with an elegant and smooth texture and lively aromas.

The vinification is always a mix of pellicular and carbonic macération, so that we can keep the freshness and fluidity.

A wine to drink as an aperitif, for snacking, barbecues, platters of meats or rustic meals. Direct and tasty, a proper wine for gatherings!

Organic

Lestignac Va te de Boire Semillon Malbec 2016

 

A fantastic, creative blend from a progressive winemaking pair in Bergerac, near Bordeaux. Biodynamic farming of this fruit adds fantastic freshness and mouthfeel. Different to traditional Bordeaux, youthful and vibrant.

With fantastic structure lending itself to the Malbec, this wine fantastic body. Touches of juicy dark fruits with a light herbaceous touch. The semillon creates brightness with lovely white floral aromas, peaches and excellent citrus plushness.

Organic/biodynamic

Emphemera Chalmers Vineyard Vermentino 2017

 

Sourced from the Chalmers vineyard planted on Mt Camel near Colbinabbin in the northern end of the Heathcote GI, planted in 2009.

The vineyard is on an east-facing slope, with rows running east-west for even exposure and frost minimization, at an elevation of around 160m. The soil is red Cambrian clay, dating back some 53 million years. Organic viticulture.

In the cellar the fruit was fermented on its skins for 6 days, with around 20% as whole bunches in stainless steel, with no plunging or pumping over.

After 6 days maceration the ferment was pressed and the wine allowed to finish its natural ferment in 10-16 year old 225L French barriques.

The wine went through a natural malolactic fermentation and was aged on full lees for 3 months.

In preparation for bottling the wine was racked twice, and 45ppm of Sulphur Dioxide was added, this being the only addition made. No fining or filtration is used.

Biodynamic practices

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Posted: 12/04/2018
So, Shiraz or Syrah?

Hey Wine Drinkers, 

This week we are tackling the difference between Shiraz and Syrah, while genetically being the exact same grape they can be vastly different styles of wine. This iconic grape holds itself to some of the most famous names in the wine world over both hemispheres, from the hill of Hermitage in the Northern Rhone to playing an essential part in the make up of the famous Penfolds Grange. 

So what's the difference? 

Syrah is old world in style, popularised in the north of the Rhone Valley in France. This moderate climate produces wine much leaner and silkier than the Shiraz we know and love in Australia. These wines are often deep in colour and fruit flavour, tasting of bold dark cherry, cassis, tobacco, and spice. Tannins are often much softer yet still structured and the wines have immense complexity and power. 

Australia too produces excellent Syrah, and this label is used to distinguish the style that the wine maker was trying to achieve. This makes Syrah an ideal grape for both producing single varietal wine and blending with other grapes, up to 12 others in the case of Chateauneuf Du Pape. 

These wines are perfect for umami rich foods and grilled meats and vegetables.

Shiraz, on the other hand, was introduced via cuttings by James Busby in the 1830's to Australia. Australia currently has the older Shiraz producing vines in the world, dating back to 1843 (pre-phylloxera). South Australia produces arguably the best Shiraz wine in the world. 

Being in a much warmer climate, Shiraz differs from Syrah with the wines being much bigger in style. Warmer ripening periods produce full bodied wines, immense in structure showing ripe red and black fruit up front. Think dark plums, raspberries, with great black peppery finish. Shiraz often has much bolder tannins and acidity backing it's large structure format. Shiraz is the staple for classic Australian dry wines. 

Perfect for matching up against rich red meats and summer barbeques. 

We are also hosting our very popular Natural Wine Appreciations here at the Oak Barrel on the 5th of April, it's an awesome way to get to try a bunch of different natural wines from all around the world in one sitting. To purchase tickets please click here

Golden Ball Shiraz 2003

 

What a cracker! Cassis, red berries, and that brandied, hot cross bun, Christmas pudding kind of deliciousness. Still showing plenty of fresh primary fruits. On the palate it’s light and elegant, with ripe plums and a light savoury note to keep those fruits in check.

Michael Hall Stone Well Shiraz 2015

 

The Triangle Block displays the terracotta-red, iron-rich soils found in parts of the north and west Barossa and is managed under bio-dynamic principles. A warm and dry winter delivered early budburst followed by average summer temperatures. The Triangle Block was hand-picked on 9 February, all destemmed and fermented by indigenous yeast, 40% in closed puncheons. Matured for 21 months in French oak (12% new), unfined and unfiltered. Violets and boot polish on the nose, black cherry and olive on the palate, bright and vibrant with assertive, powdery tannins.

Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock 2002

 

Brilliant, dense crimson with a little more oak evidence (the volume was down so the newer oak percentage increased slightly). Heaps of the signature red berries and spices and lots of weighty yet supple tannins as normal. Very well balanced, considering the dry growing conditions

Jamsheed 'Illaj' Syrah 2015

 

'Illaj' is Hebrew for the word ‘Remedy’, and Gary Mills made this wine to chase away any illness.

A friendly and approachable Shiraz. Cassis and violet take the lead on the palate with hints of cured meat and aromatic spices. The palate shows black fruits and a dash of pepper, with velvety tannins leading to a lengthy oak influenced finish.

Mills' Syrah fruit was sourced from selected Yarra Valley sites. Each cuvee was fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in both new and old barrels and then blended to make what Mill's is calling, 'an easy drinking 'vin de table' Syrah'.

Testalonga El Bandito The Dark Side Syrah 2017

 

100% Syrah From a vineyard planted in 2001. 100% whole-bunch fermented. Craig does wonders with Syrah and this is no exception The palate shows pure fruit, fresh acidity and very fine silky tannins – wonderfully supple and graceful to drink. A triumph of understatement.

Domaine Du Tunnel Cornas 2014

 

The wine has a deep garnet color, with purple highlights.
On the nose, the wine, complex and mineral, exhales a flattering bouquet of violets, peonies, then black fruits predominantly blackcurrant and blackberry on a delicately grilled and spicy background.


The mouth opens with a frank attack, then shows a nice concentration and a density in evolution, with a rich and suave matter. The tannins are well coated with an aromatic expression predominantly of flowers, black fruits, pepper and smoke.


Nice and persistent finish that shows a good aging potential.

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Posted: 05/04/2018
Brave New Takeover!

Hey Wine Drinkers,

Today is definitely an exciting one. The new release from Brave New Wine has touched down at the Oak Barrel! 

Without a doubt some of our favourite wines here at the Oak Barrel, Brave New Wine produce some of the most creative natural wines on the Australian market. The husband and wife team, Andries and Yoko, are based in Great Southern in Western Australia and are extremely passionate about organic and sustainable practices in both the vineyard and in the winery. Their desire to push the boundaries of what wine can be with innovative blends, clever flavour infusions, and unique aging vessels creates some incredibly tasty wines. 

With achievements like being finalists in the Young Gun of Wine awards 2 years running (2016/17), winning the 'Danger Zone' Young Gun of Wine award in 2017 and winning over the likes of celebrity and natural wine advocate Action Bronson, Brave New Wine is without a doubt one of the best and most exciting wineries on the scene. I was blown away by how good the new releases were. Super excited to see what's in store for the future. 

Click here to view the whole Brave New Wine range!

 We are also hosting our very popular Natural Wine Appreciations here at the Oak Barrel on the 5th of April, it's an awesome way to get to try a bunch of different natural wines from all around the world in one sitting. To purchase tickets please click here

Brave New Wine Dreamland Riesling 2017

 

 

Single vineyard (conventionally managed) Frankland River Riesling basket pressed to older French old barrels, which were infused with hand-selected locally grown native herbs and spices during natural fermentation. Sent to bottle after 4 months with no fining, filtration or additives other than a small amount of sulphur.

Pale straw hue. A madman’s menagerie of aromas – citrus rind, cardamom, pomander, star anise, pepper berries on a classic great southern Riesling base of crushed lime and jasmine flowers. Pithy lemon and lime, tight and restrained, the spiciness is quite subtle on the palate leading to a refreshing gin & Indian tonic water finish.

 

Brave New Wine Magical Animal Chardonnay 2017

 

 

Single vineyard (conventionally managed) Porongurup Chardonnay pressed to a single brand new French oak puncheon. 100% Natural fermentation then rested on gross lees for 11 months before bottling with no filtration and no additions besides a small amount of sulphur.

Fresh & spicy nose with ripe peach, raw macadamia nut, Nan’s treasured sandalwood jewellery box, river mint and flint. Ritzy and slippery palate with delicately balanced natural acidity, luscious mouthfeel and long lime splice finish.

 

Brave New Wine Klusterphunk Chardonnay 2017

 

 

Whole bunch natural fermentation, pressed to older French oak barrels for 6 months on gross lees then transferred to ceramic egg to soak up some cosmic magic for a further 5 months under flor, bottled with no fining and filtration with only a small amount of sulphur.

Lifted spicy nose – curry leaf, cut hay laksa mint, sea spray and fresh beeswax. Tightly focused preserved lemon front palate which lifts to nutty, waxy and creamy notes at the back driven by a line of frisky natural acid.

 

Brave New Wine Doppleganger MV

 

 

An evolution this year for the first time a multi-vintage as well as multi-varietal wine. We have been for the last few years been putting away ‘mutha’ barrels of each blend before bottling where now no single vintage makes the main contribution. We love the butterfly that has hatched.

Riesling fermented for a very long time (8 months) on skins is still the backbone, supported by skins fermented (2 weeks) sauvignon blanc & gewürztraminer, as well as pinot gris which went through very long (4 weeks) carbonic maceration as whole bunches.

Persimmon skin colour. Very bright nose with fresh mandarin, quince paste, cloves, star anise and a splash of rose water. Slinky, slippery palate with Seville orange marmalade, rockmelon and honeydew, nutty and bready complexity at the back. Like tongue wrestling a frisky octopus.

 

Brave New Wine Nat Daddy Pet Nat 2017

 

 

Skinsy Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurz and Grenache co-fermented in a sexy melange, finishing in bottle with no additives at all for a fizzy climax.

Bright watermelon colour. Fruity, funky nose with ripe guava, negroni, cranberry and smashed strawberries. Sour plum, dried cranberries and apricots. Electric balance between fruit/funk/fizz with a moreish finish. Smash it.

 

Brave New Wine Pi'oui Pinot Noir 2017

 

 

Single vineyard (Denmark) tended by us. Dry grown and hand-picked. Natural whole bunch ferment in an open top oak Tyne after long carbonic maceration. One small portion lovingly hand plucked by hand and fermented as whole berries in puncheon with head board knocked out. Basket pressed to older French puncheons for 11 months with no racking before being bottled with no fining, filtration and no additives besides a small amount of sulphur.

Wild plum, sour cherry, wet ironstone gravel, pepper berries and mocha. Sexually slippery palate like very fine kirsch filled chocolate, native bush in a winter storm and firm stalky tannin grip.

 

Brave New Wine Schadenfreude Shiraz 2017

 

 

Three clones of Shiraz (174, 470 & Waldron) and a bucket of viognier 100% whole bunch natural open top ferments. Raised separately in older French oak on gross lees for 9 months before bottling with no fining, filtration or additives other than a small amount of sulphur.

Very bright nose with fresh raspberries dusted in black pepper, charcuterie, black liquorice. Medium weight, ferrous, fresh bloody meatiness, plush filled-out relaxed palate, stalky structural length and Chinese five-spice finish.

 

Brave New Wine El Rojo Shiraz Tempranillo Grenache Blend 2017

 

 

2017 EL ROJO Tempranillo, Shiraz, Grenache. NEW RELEASE
From one of WA’s greatest vineyards in Frankland River. Bush vine dry grown Tempranillo & Grenache, three clones of Shiraz. 100% whole bunch natural ferment then raised in older French puncheons on gross lees for 9 months.

Classic cola nut, dark plum, spicy tomato sugo and Old Jamaican chocolate. Generously luscious palate with lovely balance, plums and cherry cola, stalky scaffolding.

 

Brave New Wine Gamin Grenache 2017

 

 

Really grateful to get our hands on some of this stellar fruit. Grown by legends on one of Australia’s great sites. Dry grown bush vine Grenache hand-picked, long carbonic maceration and natural fermentation 100% whole bunches in open top oak Tyne and raised in older French oak puncheons for 9 months before bottling with no fining, filtration or additives except for a small amount of sulphur.

Cherry ripe, dark plum, pot-pourrie, cocoa powder, fresh panettone. Formidable palate, spicy black and red fruits, bay leaf, umami and roasted chestnut. Dense, layered, complex and long.

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Drink Well, Joe 


Posted: 28/03/2018
Stunning Wines From Close To Home and Some Excellent New South Aussie Naturals

Hey Wine Drinkers,

 Just landed in store this week is a range of fantastic premium wines from De Salis. A small family winery located in the NSW cool climate wine region of Orange. Every thing they do is handcrafted and vinified in a minimalistic winemaking philosphy. 

With the 'Lofty Vineyard' sitting at an altitude of 1050m, this elevation creates an incredibly unique grape growing conditions for Australian wines. With only an incredibly small portion of Australian wineries above even 600m, these wines show incredible finesse and structure, backed by fantastic length and intensity. 

With wines as good as these being produced by De Salis at the moment, it is certainly an exciting time for the NSW wine scene.

We are also hosting our very popular Natural Wine Appreciations here at the Oak Barrel on the 5th of April, it's an awesome way to get to try a bunch of different natural wines from all around the world in one sitting. To purchase tickets please click here

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!

 

De Salis Wild Fume Blanc 2016

 

Whole bunch pressed, the juice was allowed to commence ferment on bulk pulp from indigenous microflora. After 24 hours tank fermentation the 'wild' ferment was transferred to old French barriques and lees stirred weekly for 9 months.

Blackcurrant, lime and gravel on the nose, fruit salad and cream on the palate - this Fume style is bone dry with a round mouth of fine chalk drawn out to a mineral fine lime finish.

This is what Sauvignon Blanc is really about! Cellaring 4-6 years.

De Salis Pinot Noir 2014

 

Predominantly MV6 with a small portion of 114 & 115, cold soaked for 14 days. Burgundian hot ferments to 30+ degrees, plunged twice daily, 25% new oak for 12 months. Unfined, unfiltered, minimal sulfites, triple racked with no other additions. The 2014 Pinot Noir has bright fresh berries, rhubarb, and herbaceous notes with hints of fennel seed and anise. central on the palate is wild strawberry & cherry drawn through by velvet tannins finishing with a lingering savoury, blood orange note.

This wine will continue to develop for 8-10 years. 

De Salis M 2014

 

38% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for De Salis 'M'was de-stemmed and whole berries fermented separately in 1.5 tonne pigage pots with hand plunging followed by post ferment maceration for 3 weeks. The 'M' was matured in 40% new French oak for the first year - second year all older French oak. The De Salis 'M' nose has raspberry, mulberry, plum, cocoa and brown sugar. A soft juiciness of dark forest fruits with a touch of rhubarb, hints of tomato and tobacco leaf on the textural mid palate and a long fine tannin finish.

Cellaring 10+ years.

De Salis F 2014

 

57% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

A cool start to the 2014 groiwing season followed good winter snow moving through a cool spring finishing with a long cool Autumn. Individual parcels of de-stemmed whole berries were fermented separately in 1.5 tonne pigage pots with hand plunging and post ferment maceration. The 2014 De Salis 'F' spent 24 months in French barriques, with the first year in 40% new oak. Racked from gross lees for the second year in old French oak.

Crimson in colour. Red & blackcurrant, blood plum, dark chocolate, cassis and coffee on the nose, the 'F' has bright fresh berry fruits. Savoury tobacco leaf and a fine stalkiness lead to palate filling tannin and a long soft finish.

This wine shall cellar well for 10+ years.

 

You can never have enough Pet Nat right? Architects of Wine have managed to create some incredibly interesting and tasty wines with very clever use of versatile grapes like Nebbiolo and Moscato Giallo.

These minimal intervention, small batch wines represent the terroir in which the grapes are grown and the care that goes in the wine production. Fruit is hand sourced from vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and the Clare valley.

Architects of Wine Riesling Nebbiolo Pet Nat 2017

 

A genius pairing of Riesling and Nebbiolo together in a lightly sparkling style. The standout structure is immediately noticeable, with the citrus notes and acidity providing good balance. Bold red fruits of raspberry and cranberries show through up front with moderate tannins and great mouthfeel overall.


With a dry backbone to it, it's definitely refreshing whilst showcasing great fruit characteristics.

Greath length on this one to stand up to red meat based appetisers or enjoyed on its own

Architects of Wine Moscato Giallo Pet Nat 2017

 

Such a unique style of Pet Nat made from Moscato Giallo, or Yellow Muscat. Known for making dessert wines in Northern Italy, this is a grape that is not all too well known in Australia. Well what an introduction this is, lightly fizzed with a zesty acidity this wine is incredibly drinkable.

Such a floral aroma with yellow and white flowers shining through, on the palate it quickly changes to ripe melons, pears, and apricots. Apricots and citrus peels follow through with zippy acidity keen the array of fruit in line.

A fantastic aromatic apreitif ready to be drunk straight away.

 

Architects of Wine Vini Misti 2017

 

An exciting blend of Pinot Noir, Dolcetto, Moscato Giallo, Riesling, and Nebbiolo. Deliciously light and fruit forward with strawberry and savoury cherry skin aromas up front. The rose petal notes of the Nebbiolo are noticeable with the zesty acidity of the Riesling keeping fantastic structure in the wine and Dolcetto providing great fruit characteristics.

Would be perfect enjoyed lightly chilled down in the sun. Definitely a fun that is incredibly easy to drink.

Drink Well, Joe 


Posted: 22/03/2018