FATTORI WINES
MAY 2019


“The world of wine is formed by seasons, situations and conditions that are never the same” Antonio Fattori

Antonio Fattori, who runs the 95 hectare property, comes from a family of winemakers. With over a century of history, the winery has accumulated a solid base for continuing improvement and some expansion. Antonio Fattori and his brother Giovanni took over the family business in the early ’70s. Prior to then, the estate prospered under the direction of their father and the cellars served as a resource for well-made base wines, which were sold to many of the neighboring properties to be used under varied labels. Antonio made a decision in the early ’90s to produce his own wine with his own label, to begin to place the wines into the international market.

Located at the foot of the Alpone Valley in the Soave region of northeast Italy, Fattori has 75 acres under vine.

At each altitude different vines for different wines.

The white vineyards are found on the basalt slopes of the Alpone valley which are normally black, in some rare cases yellow and sometimes red, the origin of Terrossa, where the company was founded and where, still today, the winery is based.

All of the vineyards have an altitude of between 150 and 450m where the dry ventilated climate permits and facilitates a substantial cultivation when non biological.
Fattori have pointed towards altitude to benefit from the climatic transformation; the higher the vineyard the fresher and more nervous and mineral the aroma. They practice hillside farming, growing indigenous grapes such as Garganega, Durello and Trebbiano di Soave.

The Vines of Trebbiano di Soave at Fattori

“My idea is, especially for a white wine, I want the wine to gain complexity… I’m not interested in making wine simple and clean.  It’s possible to do that, but I love to open a bottle after three or four years and say, wow.” Antonio Fattori

The red vineyards cover the ridge dividing the Val d’Alpone and the Val d’Illasi, just above the village of Castelcerino and surrounded by the Lessini chain, from Monte baldo to the Little Dolomites. 

Up here, the basalt, apart from rare cases, leaves the area open to limestone which blends with yellow sandstone, rich in sulphur. These diverse components form a distinctive geological situation created by the combination of altitude and constant ventilation, a truly optimal location for Corvina from whose grapes, cultivated biologically, derives Amarone and the Ripasso Col de la Bastia.

Further expanding upon the relationship between viticulture and vinification, Antonio said that the durability of his wines depends upon the soil, and that his soils allow for the wines to age well. By planting legumes and grass amongst the vines, he allows for richer soil, as the cover crops help transfer nitrogen from the air to the soil, an ancient process that allows for mineral fertilization.  “It’s something of the soil,” said Antonio of his wines, “from the earth.  I want to give good quality wine at a good price”. 

Practicing “environmental sustainability” Fattori does not use insecticides or fungicides. Instead, they aim to eliminate insects by “confusing” the sexual process and with the use of copper and essential oils of vegetable origin. They are currently in the process of replacing chemical fertilization with organic fertilizers to enrich and harmonize the soils.

Antonio in Bastia Vineyard

DEJA VU SAKE SPARKLES AT IWC 2019
MAY 2019


REGAL ROGUE WINTER SERVE 
MAY  2019


TE KAIRANGA WINES
February 2019


Where the soil is rich & the food is plentiful.
Martinborough, New Zealand.

Te Kairanga has 250 acres of vines planted on four vineyard sites in the Martinborough appellation. This diversity provides the winemaking team with a wide array of aromatics, flavors, textures and styles to work with. The Martinborough Terrace, considered one of the premier growing areas, is home to the Home and Mcleod Vineyards. Once an ancient riverbed, it features deep gravel and alluvial soils and a mild climate.

All the properties are sustainably farmed.

 

Te Kairanga sits at an ideal confluence of geology and geography. The perfect climate and terrain to produce exceptional Pinot Noir.

The long dry autumns provide the right balance of warm days (creating ripeness) and cool nights (providing elegance) for producing top quality Pinot Noir and other early-ripening varieties.

JOHN KAVANAGH – CHIEF WINEMAKER
For  John Kavanagh there is nothing more important than endeavoring to produce wines that display the characteristics of their vineyard source.  To this end, the over 60 distinct Pinot Noir lots are individually harvested, vinified, and matured in barrels separately until final blending.

Te Kairanga Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
This is undeniably Martinborough pinot: structured cherry, rose petal and strawberry flavours with a savoury edge and fresh acidity.
Gourmet Traveller Wine  – Feb/March 2019

Fresh, dry and fragrant rosé with watermelon, raspberry and a suggestion of fresh, green herb flavours. A delicately refreshing wine with a great texture.
Bob Campbell MW

The passion and specialty at Te Kairanga has always been Pinot Noir.

FINCA LAS MORAS
March 2019


The 5 Secrets of the Andes
Wines Grown at Altitude
Irrigated by the Andes Mountains
Great Exposure to Sunlight
The Andes shelters the valleys from the humid winds
Scarcely fertile soils are just what the vineyards need to produce premium quality grapes

‘UNO’ BY LA PROVA
April 2019


‘Uno celebrates the unique union of grapegrower, vineyard & variety’
Sam Scott- Winemaker

Sams’ fascination with Italian varieties grown in Australia and the ethos of La Prova begins with deliciousness – the textural, savoury and often rustic shape of Italian varieties make them great rinks and versatile food friendly wines, and subsequently are perfectly suited to our evolving culture and lifestyle.

These varieties also grow exceptionally well in the changing climate so they are a key part of the grape growing future.

To achieve this Sam seeks out the best sites and growers suited to the variety. Much of this happens in his backyard, the Adelaide Hills, which is a bit like a mini-Italy, where Northern Italian varieties flourish in the highest and coolest districts which rise steeply only 8km as the crow flies from the Gulf of St Vincent, to the rolling cool central ‘Hills towns and then the country gently descends to the warmer districts of Kersbrook in the north, and Macclesfield to the south, where southern Italian varieties will fully ripen.
However, he will travel to where-ever the best sites to grow these new to Oz varieties are, so McLaren Vale for Nero d’Avola and the King Valley for Prosecco.

RAISE A GLASS TO MUM ON SUNDAY 12TH MAY
April 2019


PHEW! THAT’S OVER.
January 2019


PHEW! THAT’S OVER.

The man in the jolly red suit has his feet up and summer can assume her lazy gait. Beat the heat and tint your days through a Rosé-coloured lens.

SLOW. SLOW. SLOW.


A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS…
December 2018


AHHHH DECEMBER!

Work parties. Kris Kringle. Deadlines and racing to get out the door. Put space between you and the mayhem with gifts that come dressed ready to go.

NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

VOYAGER ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016
(NSW & QLD ONLY)

GRAHAMS 10YO TAWNY PORT 750ML

GRAHAMS ‘QUINTA DOS MALVEDOS’ VINTAGE PORT 2004

GRAHAMS 20YO TAWNY PORT 750ML

GRAHAMS 30YO TAWNY PORT 750ML

GRAHAMS 40YO TAWNY PORT 750ML

MARS ‘THE LUCKY CAT- MINT’ BLENDED MALT WHISKY NV

MARS KOMAGATAKE ‘TSUNIKI AGEING’ SINGLE CASK WHISKY NV


FESTIVE FIZZ
October 2018


A fabulousness of frothy wrapped in the effervescence of excitement.

‘Tis the season to make merry and add some fizz to your frivolity! Cheers!


LOUIS LATOUR – AN OUTSTANDING DOMAINE VINTAGE 2016
October 2018


“2016 IS A SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS VINTAGE”
– JANCIS ROBINSON

CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 2016

93 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

PULIGNY MONTRACHET 2016

92 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

PULIGNY MONTRACHET LES CHALUMEAUX 1er CRU 2016

17.5/20 – JANCIS ROBINSON

MEURSAULT PERRIERES 1er CRU 2016

93 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

BATARD-MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2016

96-97 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

95 PTS – ATKIN

POMMARD EPENOTS 1er CRU 2016

93 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

16/20 – JANCIS ROBINSON

VOSNE ROMANEE LES SUCHOTS 1er CRU 2016

95 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

CORTON PERRIERES GRAND CRU 2016

96 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING

CHAMBERTIN CUVEE HERITIERS GRAND CRU 2016

97 PTS – JAMES SUCKLING


KUMEU RIVER ON TOP OF THE WORLD!
September 2018


KUMEU RIVER ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

Paul Brajkovich travelled to the UK recently to release the 2017 Chardonnays, and this included a major vertical tasting at Farr Vintners. The tasting focused entirely on Chardonnay from Kumeu River with 48 wines from
2006–2017.

Among the attendees at the tasting were Jancis Robinson and Stuart Pigott representing James Suckling.

“Do we need white Burgundy?”
“Kumeu River is a truly great producer of fine, age worthy Chardonnay” – jancisrobinson.com

Read full article here

“Kumeu River somehow manages to make some of not just New Zealand’s but the world’s finest Chardonnay from vineyards in the Auckland suburbs” – jancisrobinson.com

Read full article here

THE CONSISTENTLY STUNNING KUMEU RIVER CHARDONNAYS
“The recent vertical tasting at the offices of Farr Vintners in London of every dry white chardonnay that Kumeu River in Kumeu, New Zealand, has bottled since the 2006 vintage was a remarkable demonstration of the consistent high quality and striking cool-climate style of this producer.”

Sturt Pigott – jamessuckling.com

Read full article here

KUMEU RIVER
MATE’S VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2016
“This proves that New Zealand can play in the global chardonnay first league”

95 POINTS: JAMESSUCKLING.COM

OUTSTANDING18/20 JANCIS ROBINSON

KUMEU RIVER
HUNTING HILL CHARDONNAY 2016
‘Quite opulent fruit on the palate. Tense and Vibrant’

17.5/20: JANCIS ROBINSON

KUMEU RIVER
CODDINGTON CHARDONNAY 2016
“This is pretty concentrated chardonnay that can easily stand next to burgundian Premier Crus from top producers”

94 POINTS: JAMESSUCKLING.COM

KUMEU RIVER
ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016


GREECE IS THE WORD
September 2018


GREECE IS THE WORD

Add some civilisation to your table and give your creations something to sing about. A dash of democratic fruit with a Mediterranean upbringing. Greece is the word and the archipelago has something to say.

Introducing:

Argyros – Santorini / Aegean Islands

Domaine Papagiannakos — Attica

Domaine Zafeirakis* — Thesselay

Douloufakis — Crete

Gaia — Santorini / Aegean Islands / Nemea / Peloponnese

Ktima Gerovassiliou — Macedonia

Ktima Tselepos – Peloponnese

Samos — Aegean Islands

Thymiopoulos* — Macedonia

Troupis — Peloponnese

CERTIFIED ORGANIC / BIODYNAMIC


Chateau de L’Escarelle
August 2018


Chateau de L’Escarelle
An Ecological Gem

Established in 1718 near the village of La Celle in the Coteaux Varois en Provence appellation, the vineyards of Chateau de L’Escarelle are located in a unique isolated setting, situated at between 2 and 500 metres above sea level. Average age of the current vines are around 50 years old.

Its environment is protected by new proprietor Yann Pineau, an ardent supporter of sustainable farming and biodynamics in the vineyard. Patrick Lobier has been head winemaker on the estate for the past
20+ years.

The estate includes a dedicated plot named “the garden of the pasha” which shelters more than 84 species of butterflies among some of which are endangered. The estate is chemical free and uses their own recycled water throughout the winery and vineyards. In 2020 the estate vineyard will be certified organic.


Top Of Their Class
August 2018


Louis Latour Romanee St-Vivant Grand Cru 2016

“This is a grand cru that shows its intensity and complexity and greatness from the beginning. Blackberry, licorice and stone aromas. Full body and a center palate that shows ripe fruit and full richness. Then the tannins kick in.

Great wine.”

100 pts, James Suckling

Louis Latour Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016

Love the depth of fruit and intensity of this wine. It has dark fruit and floral undertones, as well as meat, which is very captivating. Full body, purity of fruit and nice, powerful tannins. Chewy and powerful. Focused austerity.
A wine for the cellar.

99 pts- James Suckling

Graham’s Vintage Port 2016

Extremely complex aromas that show the classic Graham character of black-fruit marmalade and burnt oranges. Follows through to a full body with great grip at the finish. Lightly sweet. Chewy and powerful. Such a focus at the end.

99 pts – James Suckling


Father’s Day
July 2018


Barossa Valley approaching Spring.

The Douro Valley in Portugal.

Japan anytime of the year.

Sock it to Dad this year with a virtual trip for his palate without ever leaving the couch!


Regal Rogue
July 2018


Vermouth is back and Australia’s history runs deeper than you think.

In 1855 Noilly Prat was a favourite tipple amongst discerning drinkers in Sydney and then in 1878 Seppelt submitted a vermouth to the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way and our favourite at Déjà Vu Wine Co. is the new-world style in Regal Rogue that has no wood ageing, a semi-dry palate and stays as true to the wine base as they can. Ideal as a low-abv aperitif or as a refreshing vermouth-led classic.


Argentinian Malbec
June 2018


Finca Las Moras Malbec – Fruit At Its Greatest Expression

Wines Grown at Altitude.

Irrigated by The Andes.

Exceptional Purity of Fruit.


Fortifieds
June 2018


Fortifieds – Stanton & Killeen, Kalleske & Grahams

When the wind bites and the cold lies in wait at your door, wrap yourself in a glass of something special and leave winter for the birds.

Fortified wines. Stay a little longer and linger.


Clarendelle
May 2018


Clarendelle, Inspired By Haut-Brion

The oldest recorded luxury brand in the world still in existence today is Chateau Haut-Brion, the famous Bordeaux first growth proclaims, with the reference of ‘Ho Bryan’ in the 17th century, diarist Samuel Pepys records from 355 years ago in 1663. 

‘And there drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan (sic), that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with.’ – Samuel Pepys, 10th April 1663

Today Chateau Haut-Brion is still arguably the most highly regarded Bordeaux first growth, with the most recent release from the 2015 vintage rating 100 points by Robert Parker and 98 points by Wine Spectator and James Suckling.

In 2005 family owners of Chateau Haut-Brion decided to make the first premium Bordeaux brand under the name Clarendelle. Through the creation of Clarendelle, Clarence Dillon Wines and Domaine Clarence Dillon wish to shed a new light on the tremendous potential and savoir faire of the region, that have made it a benchmark for the entire world.

The Clarendelle family of wines complements the great wines of Domaine Clarence Dillon and they all share the same style and unique identity: elegance, balance and complexity.

With outstanding terroir and an expertise handed down over centuries, a top-end Bordeaux brand has been created with some 80,000 cases being produced and sold in over 60 countries.


Deja Vu Sake Trade Tasting
June 2018


Sydney Trade Tasting

Monday 25 June
15pm

Tank Stream Bar
1 Tankstream Way, Sydney

Melbourne Trade Tasting
Tuesday 26 June
1.305pm

Kuro Kisumé
1st Floor / 175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Brisbane Trade Tasting
Wednesday 27 June
2–5pm

Aria Brisbane
1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Gold Coast Trade Tasting
Thursday 28 June
2–5pm

Gold Coast Demonstration and Tasting

3–3.45pm

Yamagen Japanese Restaurant
QT Hotel Gold Coast
7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Special Sake Cocktail demonstration by Adam Bastow
of Etsu Izakaya and Iku Yakitori.

Adam has won many bartender competitions and we are very excited to have this opportunity to use his talent to create 3 cocktails using Dewazakura Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo, Houraisen Kanjuku Umeshuand Yoshinogawa Yuzushu.

Tasting brands featured:

Dewazakura

Shichida

Houraisen

Kunizakari

Tengumai

Tsukinosakura

Fukuju

Yoshinogawa

Amanoto

Kenbishi

Enter Sake


Save The Date: Deja Vu Sake Trade Tasting
June 2018


Deja Vu Sake Trade Tasting

Sydney
Monday 25 June
15pm

Melbourne
Tuesday 26 June
15pm

Brisbane
Wednesday 27 June
2–5pm

Gold Coast
Thursday 28 June
2–5pm

Please note that venues and final times are to be confirmed with a formal invitation to follow.

Tasting brands featured:

Dewazakura

Shichida

Houraisen

Kunizakari

Tengumai

Tsukinosakura

Fukuju

Yoshinogawa

Amanoto

Kenbishi

Enter Sake


Mother’s Day
May 2018


Mother’s Day

It’s not because it’s pink.

It’s not because it’s bubbles.

It’s because she’s earned it and with all gimmicks aside — she’s your Mum!

Raise a glass on Sunday 13th May to unconditional hugs, Mum style.