Varietal:Pinot Noir; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Conventional
A drier style of rose that shows red berries on a light bodied palate with licks of earthy savouriness and fresh acidity, finishing clean and fresh. Drink with shellfish and crab or a charcuterie plate.
Varietal: 35% Sciacarrellu, 30% Merlot, 25% Grenache, 10% Cinsault; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Conventional
This Provence-like rose is tight, tense and saline with pink grapefruit and citrus rind. Underpinned with granitic minerals this sophisticated little wine finishes bone dry. Drink with fish skewers, vegetable terrines and goats cheese.
Varietal: 35% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 30% Cinsault; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Conventional
Fruit driven but crisp and crunchy, classically Provence in style. It shows guava skin, red currants and mandarin juice with a herbal undertow. Light foods like cured hams, chicken terrines and grilled fish.
Varietal:Tempranillo; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Organic
Tempranillo but a very light, dry fresh style of rose perfect for a hot day. The soft strawberries and white peach flavours marry really well with light tapas dishes as well as sushi and seafood salads. A great picnic wine.
Varietal:Nebbiolo; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Sustainable
A serious food friendly style of rose but delicate at the same time, strawberry and citrus zest with green apple acidity and a lick of talc-like minerality on the long finish. Drink with a charcuterie board in front of you.
Varietal: Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache; Closure: Cork; Farming Practices: Organic
Provence in style, this fresh, zippy rose is taught and tense delivering flavours of sour cherries, brambles, strawberries and citrus. Match with Bouillabaisse or salt cod.
Dalwhinnie is located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of Western Victoria, Australia and is a super premium producer of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.
After 40 years of growing grapes, the 16 hectare vineyard is now fully mature, producing true varietal fruit characters with great concentration of flavours. At 595 metres above sea-level Dalwhinnie is the highest and most remote of the Pyrenees district vineyards. Surrounded and sheltered by the highest range, this unique bowl of vines is a world unto itself, located in a naturally undulating trough which falls away from the hills, forming an amphitheatre nestled into the ranges.
The Fazi vineyard is situated on the sandy east coast of Corsica and is planted to the indigenous variety of Sciaccarellu as well as Merlot, Grenache and Cinsault. Established by Vincent Fazi in the 1970s, this vineyard produces only rosé wines.
6 hectares are owned and 12 hectares of vines leased and fully managed by the duo, with negociant parcels supplementing production of entry wines. The buzz at Gueissard is familiar as with any ‘young gun’ operation – a streak of mischief and humour underpins serious talent and skill. Clément worked at Domaine Tempier before the duo gained overseas winemaking experience, prior to setting up their own estate. An interesting counterpoint to the Old Guard producers of Bandol, pricing for provenance here is highly attractive, and this remains a producer to watch.
"Our beginnings as friends date back to La Rioja, where we met in 1998: Margarita Madrigal, Alexandra Schmedes and Gonzalo Rodríguez; Three winemakers, each with extensive oenological experience.
The beginnings of our own winery are located in Gonzalo's family winery in the town of Dosbarrios, located on the Ocaña Plateau not far from Toledo.
The respect for the wine tradition of this area made us create our winery here, basing our work on the philosophy of cultivating the native varieties: Cencibel, Garnacha, Malvar & Airén.In 2007 we opened our new winery in the town of Cabañas de Yepes, a few kilometers from Dosbarrios. It is here, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, where all the careful process of making our wines takes place.
In the old family winery of 1851 of La Plazuela, with its emblematic jars, we raised our La Plazuela wine."
Domenica sits 460m above sea level atop the granite ridge sweeping away to the south west of Beechworth. The wines are vividly reflective of their origin, a gripping mineral texture encasing the mature vine vitality of the varietals chosen to express it. Winemaking is traditional. Taste is more important than numbers. The yeasts comes from the site, not a packet. Pressings, solids and lees all play their part completing the picture. The wines are carefully maintained in oak bariques before being bottled unfiltered.
Domaine La Florane is an exciting find which further broadens the options of excellent Southern Rhône wines available in Australia. The 35 hectare property is situated on a south-facing slope at the highest point of the Visan appellation (elevation is 195 – 320 metres), viticulture is certified organic (biodynamic practice) and the winery has been purpose built to maximize use of gravity, with wines matured in wood and concrete. A key philosophy is that no stylistic blending is practiced at the estate – the same blocks make up the same cuvées each year, showcasing the season. Few Visan wines are seen in Australia. The hilly village is located around 10km north of Cairanne, with vines grown in clay-limestone soils. Domaine La Florane’s terroir is gravelly and scattered with large round pebbles; its aspect and high limestone content coupled with the steady mistral wind raises wines of freshness and invigorating natural acidity. Visan was granted Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation status in 1966.