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  • Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2018, Yarra Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2018, Yarra Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    AUS15

    Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent varietal wines. The new Yarra Valley range of wines is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards which are expressive of the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.

     

    The grapes for this wine are sourced from the estate vineyards of Tarraford, Sexton and Applejack.

     

    The fruit is 100% hand-picked and then fermented in 4000 litre open oak vats. Rack and return takes place by gravity and some light hand plunges are carried out. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation and is then aged for 11 months in new and used French puncheons, of which 25% are new and 75% older oak. The wine is then bottled without filtration.

     

    Perfumed cherry characters come from the Sexton Vineyard, Campari notes from Applejack and Tarraford’s mocha and cocoa earthiness shines through. It has vibrant red and blue fruits but a lovely underlying earthiness, with mushrooms, truffles, savoury spice, and forest floor aromas. A beautifully elegant wine with breadth, structure and viscosity on the palate.

    £22.44

  • “Plexus” 2014, John Duval, Barossa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Plexus” 2014, John Duval, Barossa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    AUS30

    John Duval is a legendary name in Australian winemaking. As only the third winemaker to be entrusted with the making of Australia’s most famous wine, Grange, John worked for Penfolds for 28 years (including 16 years as chief winemaker) until his departure in 2002.

     

    Plexus is a blend of the varieties that excel in the Barossa – Shiraz (54%), Grenache (32%) and Mourvèdre (14%).

     

    The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Tanunda, Krondorf and Ebenezer regions, Grenache from the Tanunda and Ebenezer region and Mourvèdre from the Light Pass region.

     

    Shiraz gives the wine lovely weight and depth, the Grenache gives great aromatics along with softness and richness on the palate, while the Mourvèdre lends the wine a spicy character and good tannic structure.

     

     

    Fermentation is traditional in open steel fermenters after which the wine was 100% barrel matured for 14 months, with just 8% in new French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels) the balance being in three to six year old barrels.

     

    Deep crimson, the 2014 Plexus has an attractive red and black fruit character with savoury undertones. Generous on the palate, with a soft texture and fine soft tannins.

     

    £27.66

  • “M3” Chardonnay 2016, Shaw & Smith, Adelaide Hills, 13% vol, 75cl

    “M3” Chardonnay 2016, Shaw & Smith, Adelaide Hills, 13% vol, 75cl

    AUS13

    Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia.

     

    Nothing to do with motorways, the M3 Vineyard at Woodside is named after the vineyard owners, Michael and Martin along with Michael`s brother Matthew.

     

    Hand picked grapes were chilled overnight and then whole bunch pressed. The must was barrel fermented with over 50% wild yeasts in one third new, one third one year old and one third two year old French barriques (approx 228 litres) for ten months, during which time the lees were regularly stirred and partial malolactic fermentation allowed to take place.

     

    The ‘M3′ opens with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. Notes of brioche and toast add complexity to the elegant fruit. The palate is long and flavoursome, with great texture and bright acidity. Savoury, toasty nuances from the oak are beautifully integrated and linger on the finish.

     

    £30.24

  • “The Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2013, Yalumba, Barossa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    “The Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2013, Yalumba, Barossa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    AUS105

    Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Established by Samuel Smith a British brewer from Dorset who emigrated to Australia in 1847, the company is today run by Robert and Sam Hill Smith. The winery is in the Barossa Valley where some of the world’s oldest vines are to be found. Yalumba now owns over 1000 acres of vineyards in the Barossa, Clare and Eden valleys, but also buy in fruit from selected growers, some of whom they have worked with for generations.

     

    Yalumba is unique in that it is the only winery in the southern hemisphere to have its very own cooperage. They select the oak, then carefully craft the staves into barrels. A mix of French, Hungarian and American oak is used depending on the wine and the winemakers preference.

     

    The Signature” is Yalumba’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz blend. First made in 1962 the 100% Barossa fruit is made into a rich, complex and generous wine.

     

    The Cabernet Sauvignon components were sourced entirely from the Barossa Valley, and provide the rich lifted Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics and palate structure that “The Signature” is known for. The majority of the Shiraz comes from vineyards planted with old vines on the Barossa Valley floor. Four blocks were selected with vines planted between 1925 and 1969. These blocks provide the Shiraz sweetness, fullness, depth and add many layers of complexity.

     

    Made by Kevin Glastonbury, the wine is matured for 20 months in a combination of French, Hungarian and American barriques and hogsheads, a third of which are new wood.

     

    Extremely dark in appearance with a nose full of dark fruit aromas and the leafy freshness of mint and cool spices – the aromatics of complex Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is all about Shiraz with dark plum, licorice and a melange of berry fruits, round and rich supported by firm tannins that give this wine great cellaring potential.

     

    £39.84

  • “The Menzies” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Yalumba, Coonawarra, 14% vol, 75cl

    “The Menzies” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Yalumba, Coonawarra, 14% vol, 75cl

    AUS106

    Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Established by Samuel Smith a British brewer from Dorset who emigrated to Australia in 1847, the company is today run by Robert and Sam Hill Smith. The winery is in the Barossa Valley where some of the world’s oldest vines are to be found. Yalumba now owns over 1000 acres of vineyards in the Barossa, Clare and Eden valleys, but also buy in fruit from selected growers, some of whom they have worked with for generations.

     

     

    Yalumba is unique in that it is the only winery in the southern hemisphere to have its very own cooperage. They select the oak, then carefully craft the staves into barrels. A mix of French, Hungarian and American oak is used depending on the wine and the winemakers preference.

     

     

    The Menzies” is a single vineyard wine from the heart of Coonawarra terra rossa country. Most of the vines date from 1985 and produce small bunches giving wine of great concentration and flavour.

     

     

     The grapes were crushed to small static fermenters where the liberation of colour and tannin is controlled either by plunging the skins, pumping the wine over the cap or draining all the wine from the skins then flooding it back. Selected parcels are given extended skin contact before pressing. Ageing is for 18 months in 34% new French hogsheads & barriques, with the balance in 1 year and older American, French & Hungarian hogsheads & barriques.

     

     

    Deep plum/red in colour with a bouquet that leads with violet and lilac elements and follows on to spicy/pepper notes. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework. The finish is long and complex.

    £39.84