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Alkoomi White Label Chardonnay 2016
Frankland River
Available by the dozen
Alkoomi take full advantage of the cool, maritime Frankland River climes, to encourage the development of all the charming fruit characters which articulate a fresh, unwooded Chardonnay. Young and young at heart, minus the oak and with a little more oomph than usual for this type of wine, finished to a crisp, fruit driven styling, it lingers long and fruit forward with some cheeky punch bowl flavours, lime rickey, pawpaw and peach. Its wonderful freshness make it a cinch with all cosmopolitan luncheon fare.
$1699each
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Alkoomi make a judicious use of water supplied from on site dams to prevent vine stress during extended dry periods, without sacrificing the naturally low yields that produce concentrated flavours. The vines are all pruned by hand, harvesting occurs in the cool of very early morning, usually starting at 2.00 am, to ensure that grapes arrive at the winery in top condition. Chardonnay is harvested throughout the cooler hours and pressed, juices are settled overnight and racked over a high proportion of juice solids. Upon completion of ferments, batches are held on sedimentery lees, regularly stirred to build complexity and texture before bottling. Alcohol 12.8%
 
Brilliant pale gold, emerald hues. Aroma of peaches and cream with subtle savoury notes. Honeydew melon and white peach on the palate with hints of vanilla and hazelnut and creamy textural structure underpinned by soft, mineral acidity. A generously proportioned wine made to appreciate in its youth, vibrant and fresh.
Allegrini Corte Giara Soave 2013
Veneto
Soave by name and suave by nature, the rejuvenating white wines from this tiny commune in the Veneto, are enjoyed around the globe for their remarkable approachability and stylish old world charm. Corte Giara is a cooperative of the best growers, they assemble their harvests every vintage to create a Denominazione di Origine Controllata, a predominantly Garganega wine in the tradition of the region, vinified alongside a component of locally grown Chardonnay. The perfect aperitif wine, a match to Al fresco and creamy risottos.
$1699each
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Corte Giara are a balance between the old and new world styles of wine. While remaining true to their regional Italian roots, they are innovatively crafted with inclusions of expatriate varietal grapes to create wines of great interest. Harvests of Garganega and Chardonnay, are all hand picked off fully mature vines in their third decade, grown to volcanic calcareous soils and trained to the Pergola system, planted to southeast facing hillsides at 150-250 metres above sea level in D.O.C. Soave. Bunches are destemmed and gently crushed into fermenters for a day of cold settle maceration, vinified for up to ten days at a cool 15┬░C, followed by partial malolactic in October and four months unwooded maturation.
 
Intense straw yellow hue, green highlights. Classic Verona nose, inviting and fresh, wild flowers and white peach characters, vibrant vegetable notes. Refreshing fruit within a supply structured, well rounded palate, juicy green vegetable characters and sliced pear flavours, before a cleansing, pleasingly dry finish.
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Alta Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio 2012
Adelaide Hills
Alta had a clear vision from day one, to showcase the Adelaide Hills as Australia's premiere cool climate wine region. Emphasis was placed on a careful selection of site, grape variety and controlled yields of the highest quality hand picked fruit. Alta was adamant that the Adelaide Hills would make a very good Pinot Grigio wine and have now made sure there's no doubt about it. Alta is fashioned to the Italian style, relying heavily on the varietal characters and naturally high acid levels in the grapes at harvest to provide aromatics and structure.
$1999each
$237DOZEN
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Regular vineyard assessments leading up to harvest ensure that fruit is harvested when the flavours are at their optimal intensity. Grapes are hand picked just prior to any decline of natural acid levels and treated to a whole bunch press ensuring the retention of soft juices that are vibrant in colour and low in phenolics. A complimentary strain of yeast is selected for its ability to highlight primary fruit flavours while enhancing palate structure. A cool tank vinification achieves a pristine wine with great depth of flavour. In keeping with the true Grigio style, Alta is filtered and retained in fermenters until the final assemblage, completely unwooded and unoaked.
 
Vibrant pale yellow hue. Highly aromatic with spring blossom and fresh corella pear fragrances, spiced grapefruit and citrus blossom. A tightly structured palate expressing an excellent purity of fruit. Rich lemon and spiced pear flavours concentrate through the mid palate and linger through to a dry savoury finish. Exhibits great structure and will suit everything from white meats to Al fresco, a fine match to chilli infused and Asian inspired crustacea.
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Armchair Critic Under Over Chardonnay 2013
Tumbarumba
Chardonnay grapes picked off vines, planted to splendid decomposed granite soils atop the soaring heights of slow ripening Tumbarumba, are minimally handled with a view to maximizing fruit character and regional expression. Under & Over is a fresh and vibrant Chardonnay wine, fashioned to be enjoyed as aperitif or alongside good food, immensely approachable in its youth.
$1299each
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Tumbarumba's cool climate and elevated aspects, where the vines can be planted to altitudes of 900m, are vital to the production of remarkable Chardonnay wines exhibiting great elegance, subtlety and length. Sustainable viticulture calls for low yields, achieving intense wines of moderate alcohol, requiring minimal additions and limited oak. Armchair Critic source their Chardonnay from some of the finest Tumbarumba sites. Harvests of partially hand picked fruit are completely de-stemmed before a cool and quick, precision actuated vinification to maximise varietal purity. The finished wine is primarily treated to an unwooded maturation, a small component is aged in a selection of seasoned oak barrels to add complexity.
 
Pale light straw colour. Crisp aromas of river stones, citrus flowers, stonefruits and lemon. The palate is equally pure and fruit driven with grapefruit, citrus and white apple flavours supported by a fine mineral backbone and bracing acidity. A well balanced wine of character and complexity, crafted to a crisp and refreshing, faintly oaked, fruit driven style, Under & Over is decidedly a grown up style of Chardonnay.
Armchair Critic Under Over Pinot Gris 2016
King Valley
The choicest parcels of Pinot Gris are harvested from high altitude King Valley vineyards where the long and sunny autumn days combine with cool nights to yield fully ripened grapes exhibiting crisp fruity acids and well defined varietal expression. The winemaking team at Armchair Critic have taken great effort to fashion an exemplary Pinot Gris without the influence of any oak, to showcase all the prime fruit characters which make this innately food friendly style of wine the first choice to accompany white meats, seafoods and risotto.
$1299each
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Under & Over are crafted through a minimalist approach to vinification, the focus being on maximum expression of distinctive varietal fruit character and heightened regionality. Vines planted to clay loam soils at altitudes of 650 metres above sea level are nourished by ample rainfall and stimulated by the crisp, temperate conditions to grow Pinot Gris with flavour profiles very akin to their siblings in Alsace and the cooler climes of France. Grapes are treated to a brisk tank fermentation at lower temperatures in a quick and precise manner to maximize and retain purity of varietal fruit character. The finished wine is matured unoaked on sedimentery lees to build texture while maintaining freshness and vibrant acidity.
 
Pale colour with fine clarity. Lovely nose full of rose petal and orange blossoms, exhibiting a clean minerality. The palate is fruit driven, light to medium bodied with pear and nectarine flavours matched by spicey and floral nuances, showing the trademark viscosity and classic Pinot Gris textures.
Ashbrook Estate Verdelho 2014
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
Originally a native of Portugal, Margaret River has cordially received and given sanctuary to the wayward Verdelho grape, to make it, it's very own. Small wonder, as the maritime climes and sultry Indian Ocean breezes stimulate the vines with ideal conditions to ripen fully and develop maximum fruit flavour. Ashbrook is one of the oldest producers in Margaret River and has been fashioning Verdelho wines of some import for over a quarter of a century. The vineyard is now fully mature and yielding harvests of the finest Verdelho in the land.
$2299each
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Verdelho first came to prominence in the early days of West Australian viticulture when the patriarch of Swan Valley winemakers, Jack Mann, saw the potential of the variety for making fresh, lively table wines which are immediately approachable yet age gracefully. The development of Margaret River saw Verdelho planted to cooler environs, encouraging the grape to develop fully its unique character. Ashbrook's Old Block was established 1976 to cuttings sourced from the oldest vineyard in Swan Valley. A second parcel was planted 1987 and became known as Verdelho over the creek. It yields outstanding fruit, vinified completely unoaked, to express the exquisite varietal charm. Alcohol 14.6%
 
Pale straw green hues. Ashbrook displays varietal bouquets of orange and passionfruit. The palate mirrors the aromatics, the naturally assertive acidity of Verdelho complements the elegant flavours and gives the wine a refreshing finish. An excellent depth and fullness of fruit, Ashbrook is sure to develop attractive honeyed characters. But who can wait? Serve chilled as the perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood and spicy cuisine.
Bidgeebong Triangle Chardonnay
Tumbarumba Gundagai
Available by case dozen only
The Bidgeebong Triangle encompasses three distinct districts, Tumbarumba at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, Hilltops and the Murrumbidgee plain around Gundagai. A vibrantly fruit driven, easy drinking cool climate Chardonnay, the finish is long and lingering.
$1499each
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Bidgeebong's state of the art winery is located at Wagga Wagga, in close proximity to Charles Sturt University, the nation's major wine science and research centre. Bidgeebong's vineyards are meticulously managed to yield grapes of optimum flavour and balanced acidity. The estate's Chardonnay vines in particular are some of the most fastidiously husbanded examples in the region. Parcels of Chardonnay are harvested and delivered promptly to the estate wineworks where they are crushed, inoculated and vinified to a fruit driven style, completely unwooded and unoaked. A combination of natural and controlled primary fermentation techniques are employed to construct a wine of great depth and complexity. Alcohol 12.5%
 
Mid straw colour. Clean and flavoursome with an abundance of tropical fruit flavours and aromas. A rich and generous easy drinking Chardonnay showing vigorous varietal characters complemented by a fresh clean finish. A white that would go nicely with smoked trout, fetta quiche or salmon fillets.
Bleasdale Potts Catch Verdelho 2013
Langhorne Creek
Available by the dozen
Frank Potts planted Verdelho cuttings, sourced off the isle of Madeira, into the rich alluvial flood plains of Langhorne Creek during the 1860s. Today, Bleasdale's Verdelho is fast emerging as one of Langhorne Creek's most stylishly savoury and pleasant drink now whites. Some of the grapes are hand picked from vines over eighty yeas of age. An estery, lifted fruit style of Verdelho wine, unwooded and dry, crisp and refreshing with zippy acidity and ripe fruit salad flavours, seasoned by a touch of lithe perfumed grassyness.
$1699each
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Bleasdale is Langhorne Creek's founding winework and Australia's second oldest family owner/ operated winemaking estate. The grumpy and shy bearing old vines which yield some of the nation's finest Verdelho deserve respect. In the cool of the night you'll find Michael and Robbie Potts with their merry band of growers, carefully harvesting the wonderful old vines fruit. The early ripening Verdelho is treated to low temperatures throughout the vinification process, producing a crisp white wine which exudes lifted fruit salad aromas over lively tropical citrus flavours. Fermented to dryness and bottled whilst young to capture the freshness and vital herbaceous characters, so important to the finished wine.
 
Light green straw hue. Fresh lifted aromas of lemon zest with floral notes and hints of fresh herb. Zippy bouquets packed with loads of fragrant orange blossom, melon and kiwi fruits. The palate follows through with ripe lemon and lime citrus flavours, complexed by stonefruits, a fresh zippy acidity and extra length. The rich and lively fruit on the palate, working in fine tandem with a wildly refreshing acid, make Potts Catch a natural food wine in it's youth.
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Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marlborough
Montana was launched to international renown in 1990 when it won the Marquis De Goulaine Trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world. Now considered the benchmark in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott by Montana is an assemblage of fruit grown to choice Marlborough sites. Three main terroirs predominate, on the northern side of Wairau Valley are young soils based on river silts and stone. At the southern end are older clay deposits, a divergence of terrains which yield Sauvignon Blanc harvests of unique and individual charm.
$1299each
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Marlborough is one of the most exciting places to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Soils in the Awatere Valley further to the south are of an intermediate age based originally on river silts but uplifted with time allowing soil development without further river deposits. A mix of five main rootstocks, SO4, 3309, 101/14, RG and Schwarzman. Most of the grapes are crushed and left in contact with skins for a few hours to increase the extraction process, achieving strength and fullness of flavour. The remainder is gently bag pressed to achieve fresh, clear juices which are fermented slowly at cool temperatures to retain the very distinctive regional and varietal characters. Bottled completely unwooded and unoaked.
 
Pale straw colur with green hues. Aromas of ripe, red capsicum and gooseberry dominate with tropical pineapple and grapefruit notes apparent. Displays full intensity of fruit, the ripe capsicum and gooseberry flavours with hints of pungency sit well alongside the supporting tropical fruit flavours. A well balanced wine showing the lively, crisp acidity associated with this style.
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Brancott Pinot Gris 2015
This elegantly aromatic expression of New Zealand Pinot Gris is sourced from cool ripening vineyards. A diverse range of soils and grape characteristics enable the winemakers to negotiate and construct an animated style of wine. Free draining stones over silt produce tighter, more highly structured wines. Richer soils with increased clay content yield fuller wines with varietal intensity. Gentle pressing and cool fermentation have preserved delicate spice notes, complemented by lush pear and light pineapple characters.
$1499each
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A mixture of vines and new Pinot Gris clones on Millardet 101-14, Couderc 3309, SO4 and Riparia Gloire rootstock. All grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed with a minimal skin contact, using a new type of bag press, which permits the juices to drain quickly, reducing the skin contact and minimising the extraction of phenolics. Free run juices were fermented at 15C with CY3079 yeast strains to retain maximum fruit character and add weight to the palate. Small amounts of other varietals may be included in the cepage, adding interest by enhancing the aromatics and flavour. Completely unwooded and unoaked, racked off lees before fining, filtered and bottled early to retain the fresh fruit characters.
 
Light straw hues. Aromas of fresh pear, stonefruits and subtle tropical notes. The palate shows pear and ripe citrus flavours, finishing to a well balanced, natural acidity. An assemblage of key cool climate vineyards achieves an immensely satisfying wine with distinct varietal character, intensity and freshness. Best enjoyed while young and lightly chilled, Pinot Gris is the classic food white, ideally suited to spicey Asian, tapas or Al fresco.
Brokenwood Latara Vineyard Semillon 2009
Hunter Valley
Available in cartons of six
Brokenwood have been calling on harvests from the Latara property since 1983, for the construct of a single vineyard Semillon in the tradition of Australia's most enduring white wine style. The auspicious clay loam soils at Latara yield a quality of fruit which demands early bottling, completely unwooded and unoaked, to capture the understated opulence of Hunter Valley Semillon as it evolves into a stately white wine of remarkable richness and depth. The Semillon of choice to accompany or flounder aux amandes or farced and truffled quail.
$4299each
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The Latara property was employed as a landing strip before being turned over to viticulture. It is now source to one of Hunter Valley's most resplendent and regal vintages of Semillon. Grapes are all hand picked, fruit is crushed, chilled and immediately pressed. Batches are inoculated to neutral yeasts for a prompt vinification and early bottling, just a few weeks after harvest in May, completely unwooded and unoaked. Alcohol 11.0%
 
Straw coloured, lovely green hues. Lifted cut hay and citrus rind characters, almonds, chalkiness and dried fruits. Long palate flavours and refined acidity, vanillin and nougat flavours, lemongrass and apple tart over a background of wonderfully drying, toasty complexity. A match to crisp skin poultry, Milanese recipes or Vietnamese fare.
Brokenwood Semillon 2015
Hunter
Available by the dozen
What makes a great vintage for Hunter Valley Semillon? Most would say one without flooding rain, ravaging fires or devastating drought. While this is certainly important, balance in the wine reigns supreme. Mid January always brings with it a slight nervousness in Hunter Valley. Having been battered vintage after vintage with drought and pouring rain, is it any wonder that black cats are avoided and ladders given a wide berth?
$2199each
$261DOZEN
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Brokenwood's first vintage was a labour of love for the partners, friends and families conscripted to help. Grapes were carried to the winery in the back seat of Len Evans Bentley. Since then, the estate has learned to live with drought and adversity, and to nourish it's precious vines on a wing and a prayer. In 1982, Brokenwood extended its operations to include the jewel of the Hunter Valley and planted it's vineyards to Semillon. Harvesting is all done by hand, grapes are crushed, chilled and immediately pressed. Neutral yeasts are applied and the juices are inoculated for vinification in fermenters, unwooded and unoaked without any malolactic. Alcohol 10.5%
 
Luminous green hue. Distinctive Hunter lemongrass/ straw aromas with some sweet apple blossom characters on release. Sweet fruit flavours initially on the palate indicating perfect ripeness at harvest. Excellent acid structure, long flavours of lime and apple blossom. Perfect in its youth, it's also a wine that will bottle age gracefully. To accompany Asian recipes and all fresh seafood.
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