A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS…
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
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
“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!
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
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
“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
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
MATE’S VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2016
“This proves that New Zealand can play in the global chardonnay first league”
95 POINTS: JAMESSUCKLING.COM
OUTSTANDING: 18/20 JANCIS ROBINSON
HUNTING HILL CHARDONNAY 2016
‘Quite opulent fruit on the palate. Tense and Vibrant’
17.5/20: JANCIS ROBINSON
CODDINGTON CHARDONNAY 2016
“This is pretty concentrated chardonnay that can easily stand next to burgundian Premier Crus from top producers”
94 POINTS: JAMESSUCKLING.COM
ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016
GREECE IS THE WORD
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
Finca Las Moras Malbec – Fruit At Its Greatest Expression
Wines Grown at Altitude.
Irrigated by The Andes.
Exceptional Purity of Fruit.
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, 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
Sydney Trade Tasting
Monday 25 June
Tank Stream Bar
1 Tankstream Way, Sydney
Melbourne Trade Tasting
Tuesday 26 June
1st Floor / 175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Brisbane Trade Tasting
Wednesday 27 June
1 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Gold Coast Trade Tasting
Thursday 28 June
Gold Coast Demonstration and Tasting
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:
Save The Date: Deja Vu Sake Trade Tasting
Deja Vu Sake Trade Tasting
Monday 25 June
Tuesday 26 June
Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June
Please note that venues and final times are to be confirmed with a formal invitation to follow.
Tasting brands featured:
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.
2015 Louis Latour Burgundy, A Vintage Not To Miss
2015 Burgundy was an across-the-board success from the simplest Bourgognes to the great grand crus. The excellent growing season produced rich and fruity reds with beautiful tannins and a balance of acidities. These are wines with vibrant tension.
The whites are also very good with a ripe and rounded-textured style. Louis Latour, widely considered a top white wine house, also made some amazing reds in 2015 especially from grand cru sites. In fact, my favorite wine of the trip was the Louis Latour Charmes-Chambertin 2015. It’s mindblowing.
jamessuckling.com, April 2017
Mesta, produced by Bodegas Fontana, is an exciting and relatively new brand with all the fruit grown on organically farmed vineyards in Uclés, a high altitude DO in Central Spain. The wines offer expressive and delicious varietal fruit, crisp acidity with great length and balance, and represents terrific value.
The Mesta was a powerful association of shepherds in Medieval Castile, controlling the routes for herding sheep (hence the label) across the country. The vineyards are nestled deep in the land of the Mesta, and are still passed over by flocks on their annual migration, an authentic reminder of ancient rights and a cultural cue for continuing co-existence with nature.
Just Landed… from MARS!
Located in the Nagano prefecture between Japan’s Southern & Central Alps, Mars “Shinshu” is Japan’s highest whisky distillery. This site was chosen for it’s plentiful, soft, granite filtered water and the cool temperatures, which slow maturation.
The Mars “Tsunuki” Distillery is the mainland’s southernmost whisky distillery. The location has
a very warm climate in summer and a moderate winter. These different climatic conditions from
the Nagano region, allow Mars Whisky to create a
new single malt with very specific characteristics.
JUST LANDED IN AUSTRALIA – LIMITED STOCK
Komagatake ‘Tsunuki Ageing’ Single Cask
A single cask, single malt whisky. Distilled at Shinshu Distillery and aged at Tsunuki Ageing Cellar.
Displays an excellent balance between sweetness from the Bourbon barrel and its peat character with citrus characters like orange and kumquat. A full body leads to a sweet finish with a hint of roasted nuts and biscuits.
‘Komagatake ‘Shinanotanpopo’ Single Malt
A single malt whisky. Distilled and aged at Shinshu Distillery.
Floral notes and ripe fruit, like plum and fig, are evident on the nose. The palate is elegant with soft texture, and there is a delicate smokiness from the malt, with a hint of citrus, vanilla and spicy sweetness.
‘The Lucky Cat-Mint’ Blended Whisky
A blended whisky. Distilled, blended and aged at Shinshu Distillery.
This whisky has a clean light gold colour with sweet honey, a hint of hay and spices on the nose. It has soft sweet vanillin flavour with a little touch of wood. Finish is balanced and very smooth and minty.
Luigi Pira 2013 – The essence of Serralunga in a superb vintage
The next sentence could pretty well be cut and pasted from almost any previous Pira offer – just substitute the vintage. As usual, the 2013 Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo gave us a strong preview to the now-known exceptional qualities of this as a great Barolo vintage. Giampaolo Pira has continued his remarkable consistency of quality, and the movement away from letting any small-oak impact in the expression of his utterly distinctive Serralunga terroirs. This is a powerful set of Serralunga classics, and each wine individually celebrates its heritage with its own set of fascinating complexities and driving elements – all under the generally darker fruits, smoky, stocky Serralunga banner.
2013 is likely a great vintage. These wines do look like 2010 to me. Although Giampaolo notes the tannins are more forceful than usual, it’s hard to notice them amongst the volume and multitude of elements in these wines – they almost seem soft. Acids are fantastic.
While the Barolo wines are each from the in-focus 2013, this time we also make a particular feature of the current Langhe Nebbiolo. While I note that the term ‘baby-Barolo’ is creeping into the trade vernacular, which will of course lead to this term’s devaluing, I also point out emphatically that if it ever applies to a wine, this is it. Year after year. And we already know that 2015 will be one of those years…
Nebbiolo & Barolo normale
2015 Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo
Entirely taken from the following Pira vineyards in Serralunga, so an incredible pedigree. A true declassification, not a commercial line that takes wine in from wherever. Quite a bargain really.
This is very good – it could be Barolo for some people, this has a little more of the red fruits (and cherry skin) notes early, but it soon goes to its Serralunga roots, with the darker notes, some of that x-factor sappiness and the mineral drive and essential austerity. I’ll cellar some of this.
David Ridge, 2 stars
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Serralunga
Also a montaggio of the famous Pira vineyards, and certainly some parts of these, dating back to the 1950 plantings, are in this highly reliable Serralunga signature.
Immediately striking, and thinking first La Morra, choc and raisin, then it opens to cherry, sappy, fennel-seed. ‘Tar & roses’ character is gorgeous. Now smoke/porcini stock. Good length. Perfect. Authentic.
David Ridge, 2 stars
“…is soft, open-knit and expressive, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, while the red cherry and plum flavours retain their vibrancy. The tannins are remarkably soft for a young Barolo. 89-91pts” Galloni, Vinous Feb 2017
The Barolo cru
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo ‘Margheria’
Very typical Margheria; the darkest of the Pira Barolos and similar to other makers, in its density and muscular persona. Lots of sand in this vineyard, amongst the chalk, and the raciness eventually cuts through a big wine.
Big, cola, black cherry, cherry cola, charcoal, masses of feel and flavor, but clearly big tannins too. Almost dark Bordeaux or Napa in nature. Aromatics and palate both expand sideways, with mint and spice elements coming in. Fresh, zippy and tannic.
David Ridge, 2+ stars
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo ‘Marenca’
Consistently my favourite Pira. Often one of the best (most interesting/thrilling) Barolo’s of the entire zone. Pira shares this cru with Angelo Gaja (who use theirs for ’Sperrs’, along with some Margheria). So this is the only wine labelled Marenca.
This has that nervy, mineral drive all the way through. Tobacco, cherry, cherry liqueur, porcini, pepper and brown spices. Opens to clear faded rose characters. Gets exciting. This is full on. Challenging for a long time yet. This is fabulous, important and almost endless. Very fine acid right through to the finish. Easy
David Ridge, 3 stars
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo ‘Vigna Rionda’
In theory, this is the most celebrated vineyard in this northern part of Serralunga, and while this wine has never been doubted for character, it was often criticised for oakiness. They needed 12 years plus to work through this oak and shine. A problem no longer, this is undoubtedly a significant Barolo.
Quite different to the others, this is all concentric layers, much like big Burgundy. Fantastically complex and fascinating. Opens a bit to cherry-skin, sappy and cherry liqueur. Time. An exquisite, tingling finish.
David Ridge, 3+ stars
Brezza 2013 – Classical wines from a serious Barolo vintage
These Brezza wines, having certainly moved into the big league of producers with a decade of consistent high rankings, remain firmly in the more traditional school. Concrete tanks, long macerations (around 30 days) and big wood, characterize the gentle, traditional flow in the cellars beneath the Hotel Barolo.
2013 vintage is clearly regarded as a likely great. It is on a par, in many opinions, with 2010.
We open with Brezza’s compelling 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo; partly because it’s just so interesting, and also because it comes from a vintage which will also be recognised as a great. Wines like this, offer us a sneak peek at the coming greatness, and we should take the hint.
The regular or normale Brezza Barolo, continues a series of strong performances by this epitome of Barolo character and value.
The crus follow, and this year we are again able to offer all three of the wines the craftsman Enzo Brezza offers from their own Barolo comune vineyards. Each is distinctive and each promises authenticity and a long, illustrious future.
In short, 2013 is definitely a vintage not to let go past without partaking. Secure an allocation and an ex-ship price by contacting us immediately.
2015 G. Brezza Langhe Nebbiolo (vino lok glass stopper) – limited stock available now
We have to admit to resisting, for a couple of years, Enzo’s entreaties to bring this in. Was it…is it, an ultra-light red or an ultra-heavy rose? A remarkable wine, which captures Nebb’s character, radiant fruit, some complexities, textures and zip – and yes, some tannins – in a racy, fresh, lighter-weight mold. You’d better have a look at this somehow; it is one benchmark or model for easy-use Nebbiolo, going ahead.
“This is effectively a declassification of Barolo comune wines, most of it from the cru Rue, with those gorgeous rose and strawberry fruits and a classy, sappy overlay. Really great acid/tannin thing achieved here. The mind turns to the restaurant balcony just overhead, and pink veal drizzled with tuna mayo. Well mine does!” David Ridge
2013 G. Brezza Barolo
Brezza’s normale is always a good cross between the serious (cellarable) and approachable. Enzo uses a small amount of nearby Monforte d’Alba (Bricco San Pietro adjoining Bussia) to supplement the majority Barolo comune (San Lorenzo, Ravera & Fossati) in a wine with lovely ‘fading flowers’ strawberry, cherry-skin, young leather, rosemary and mint.
“Brezza’s 2013 Barolo is ethereal, mid-weight and gracious, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Dried cherry, sweet tobacco, spice and crushed flowers add lovely aromatic lift throughout. This is an attractive entry-level offering from Brezza. 88 pts” Galloni, Vinous Feb 2017
The Brezza cru –
Contrasts within a comune
These three Barolo cru are fascinating contrasts; quite different wines from three corners of Barolo comune. Moving more or less left to right, from almost into La Morra, Sarmassa and the occasional release of the super-charged portion of the Bricco Sarmassa are big wines of relative softness and generosity (like La Morra generally). Characters are typically mulberry, sweet licorice, ripe fennel seed, and various flowers and spices. The palate tends to expansive, but has a monumental structure underpinning and tightening this all up. Further into the centre of the comune, where the soil profile begins to alter from the richness-inducing Tortonian marl of the Barolo valley, to the lean, mean sandstone and chalk dominated Helvetian origins of the Serralunga valley, the classical Cannubi walks a tightrope. The red fruits, spice and roses can be quite generous at an early stage, as a Sandrone or one of Chiara Boschis’ wines often are, but Brezza’s rarely so. It’s almost always very shy and for some time. But the real glories lie some years down the track for each of these wines. The exquisite structures, ethereal notes and utter finesse take some time to become apparent. Then in the north-east corner of the comune we find the emerging beauty of Castellero. This cru is actually separated from Castiglione Falletto by just a final, almost cheeky finger of (Monforte’s) Bussia, but really does look Castiglione, with its cranberry, cherry, mint and orange notes and almost severe structure. The ‘spine’ is a notable feature. After a few years of using his Castellero in the Barolo normale, Enzo reverted to offering it as a separate cru from 2010. Good move.
2013 G. Brezza Barolo ‘Castellero’
On the other side of the Barolo to Alba road from Cannubi is Castellero, almost into the neighbouring comune of Castiglione Falletto, and very much similar in style to the red fruits and acid drive of Castiglione wines. This is a cru really gaining in reputation for a serious persona. Critics can be wildly divided when assessing these, so it’s held back a bit in repute. But eventually…
“Dark cherry, pine, mint, blood orange and spices give the 2013 Barolo Castellero much of its exotic, resonant personality. Beams of tannin and acidity add to the wine’s energetic personality. The 2013 could use a few years to soften, but it is quite tasty, even today…the most impressive of these 2013s today. 92 pts” Galloni, Feb 2
2013 G. Brezza Barolo ‘Cannubi’
As usual, the great Cannubi presents a bit shy at the moment, and all of its characteristic radiant red fruits and brooding lushness are subdued for now. This is exactly why Cannubi is both challenging and great. It always seems to pick up weight, almost unlike any other Barolo. The eventual complexities are bewitching.
“Sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, rose petal and sweet spices give the 2013 Barolo Cannubi a very pretty, exotic range of expression. Medium in body and silky the 2013 will drink well with minimal cellaring. The 2013 is a bit light and at times fleeting, but it is attractive just the same. 90 pts” Galloni, Vinous Feb 2017
2012 G. Brezza Barolo ‘Sarmassa’
Nothing shy about the voluminous Sarmassa again! This time opening remarks are ‘Pomerol’ and after the lushness of the characteristic Pomerol (and La Morra) mulberry, the red fruits kick in, followed by porcini and spice. Heavily textured on the palate, with plenty of length, but it’s balanced, savoury and long.
“The 2013 Barolo Sarmassa is the most inward of the 2013 Barolos. Smoke, iron, savory herbs and a host of ferrous notes abound. Powerful and also a bit rough around the edges, the 2013 is very much closed in on itself today. If it softens, the 2013 might merit a higher score, but today it is unyielding, even within the context of young Barolo. 91 pts” Galloni, Vinous Feb 2017
Bruno Giacosa – Surely one of Italy’s Greatest Producers?
“I can think of no Italian producer whose wines have given me as much pleasure as the Barbarescos and Barolos from Bruno Giacosa. He is one of a handful of producers whose wines I will purchase without tasting them first.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #144
2011 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo Vigna Le Rocche Riserva
This reminds me of the perfect 2000. Aromas of blackberries, violets, smoke and sliced plums. Subtle, classic beauty for the nose. Full-bodied yet tight and refined. It starts off very slowly, but the finish comes after one minute of tasting. Spellbinding wine. So savoury and salty. Extraordinary.
2012 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo
A young wine that builds on the palate with plums, spices, cedar and hints of chocolate. Turns to hazelnuts. Full to medium body, but this builds on the palate. Juicy and chewy with caressing tannins. Love the way it grows on the palate. Better in 2019.
2013 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo Vigna Le Rocche
This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and ripe fruit. Aromas of plums and hazelnuts. Full-bodied and chewy. Fabulous finish. Needs three to four years to come together. Great wine.
2015 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba
An excellent vintage for Nebbiolo harvested later than the other varieties. This is from the Roero zone with its rich strawberry and orange fruits. Many shoppies and sommeliers buy this as soon as they can get their hands on it because its as good as many a Barolo and is a Giacosa Nebbiolo at economy prices.
The ‘Azienda Agricola Falletto’ Winery comprises twenty hectares of vineyards within the Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra and Barbaresco areas. The Asili’ Vineyard is regarded as Barbaresco’s Grand Cru.
2011 AA Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco ‘Asili’ Riserva This is the jewel; the rare red label Riserva, one of the world’s most sought collectibles. “The bouquet shows enormous depth and power with a generous presentation of dark fruit, cassis, balsam herb, cola, licorice, tar and lingering smoke.”
93 + erobertparker.com
“Most impressive today on the slowly mounting, elegant, mouth-saturating back end, which features big fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising length. Real essence of nebbiolo.”
96 + Galloni Vinous
“This is an incredible wine…” 99pts jamessuckling.com
Custard & Co – From Orchard To Glass
Set in the middle of apple growing country in the south-west of WA, Custard & Co strive to be different, making true, whole apple cider from local fruit.
Revelling in all that nature throws at them and using spontaneous wild yeast from the apples at each pressing, their caustic-free open fermentation process takes somewhere between 4 and 12 weeks, with the occasional hugging of the tanks by Mr. Custard for additional love.
With no concentrate or flavouring, Custard & Co create real apple ciders. From the sparkling Original to the yeasty Scrumpy, they allow seasonal fruits to naturally affect the textures and flavours of the cider, something they embrace with open arms.
Wild yeasts, open fermentation and good times!
Vintage Dry Apple Cider 5.5% ABV
An old-school, lip-puckering reminder of the good old days, this crisp, dry cider is best enjoyed with friends.
Scrumpy Apple Cider 6% ABV
Scrumpy is simple. Unfiltered, uncarbonated and open fermented.
Original Apple Cider 4.5% ABV
A light, sparkling, 100% filtered cider with huge stone fruit flavours created by Custard’s own wild yeast strain. Perfect with a slice of lemon, over ice.
The goal set by founder, Mark ‘Lord’ Ward, is to bring consumers back into the world of drinking vermouth through the aperitif/digestif occasion. Available in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Regal Rogue is turning heads and leading the charge in this mission to bring the category back into vogue through simple serves over ice, mixed and reverse classic cocktails. Regal Rogue is an award winning brand with a family of varietals including Lively White, Bold Red, Wild Rosé and Daring Dry presented in 500ml bottles.
The World’s Drinking Vermouth!
Regal Rogue is a celebration of 100% Australian wine with native Australian aromatics. With 30% less sugar than traditional vermouth, the Regal Rogue range is classed as semi-dry, creating the ultimate quaffing aperitif. All of the wine used, is sourced from boutique vineyards in regions renowned for their specific grape styles and then blended with the native Australian aromatics. With influence from a 60 year heritage of blending vermouth in Turin, Italy, this process creates utterly unique recipes in order to produce a fresh, quaffable family of distinct wine aperitifs.
Regal Rogue Daring Dry is an extra-dry aperitif, led by savoury and light salty notes creating a umami finish. Marrying a grassy Sauvignon Blanc from South Australia with native anise myrtle, quandong and native thyme, followed by white pepper, gentian, olive leaf and juniper.
Signature tipples – RR Daring Dry over ice with tonic and an olive or caper for an aromatic long serve or 1:1 with vodka as a dripping martini and a caper on the side for cured meats and cheeses.
Regal Rogue Lively White is a semi-dry aperitif, bursting with citrus and floral notes. Marrying a Hunter Valley Semillon with native lemon myrtle, desert limes, finger limes and native thyme with elderflower, lemongrass, grapefruit and chamomile.
Signature tipple – RR Lively White over ice with tonic, lemon, lime and rosemary as a long drink ideal for afternoon snacking or light seafood.
Regal Rogue Bold Red is one of the world’s first dry red vermouths (a semi-dry aperitif) led by aromatic spice and rich dried fruit. Marrying Hunter Valley Semillon and Barossa Valley Shiraz with native pepper berry, wattle seed and native thyme followed by cinnamon, clove, star anise, nutmeg and ginger.
Signature tipple – RR Bold Red over ice with tonic, ginger ale or beer, an orange wedge and slice of ginger as a long drink or in a reverse classic manhattan, led with Regal Rogue.
Regal Rogue Wild Rosé is a semi-dry aperitif, led by tropical fruit and fruit spice notes. Marrying a Shiraz Rosé Blush from the Adelaide Hills and native illawarra plums, rosella and strawberry gum with rhubarb and kina.
Signature tipple – RR Wild Rosé over ice with sparkling wine, a lemon wedge and mint sprig as a spritzer. Ideal with tropical fruits for that cheeky mid morning aperitif moment.
Toast like Royalty, Live like a Rogue!
Australia’s Finest Riesling?
John Vickery has been instrumental in shaping the history of Riesling in Australia. Over half a century’s worth of experience has given John Vickery an understanding of Riesling grapes that is un-matched. It is this knowledge, combined with his reputation for extraordinary attention to detail, that has produced Australia’s finest Rieslings.
The Vickery label is more than just a legacy for his stellar career and countless awards; it is the preservation of his winemaking methods and extraordinary knowledge of this most noble grape variety, that will be passed on for generations to come for the benefit of all lovers of classic Australian Riesling.
Vickery’s hallmark approaches were cool fermentation and careful handling and it was in the latter years with the introduction of refrigeration and air bag presses, that John was best able to capture the Riesling grape’s fine delicate flavours.
With more than fifty Trophies and an incredible four hundred Gold Medals (and a Jimmy Watson for good measure) John Vickery is recognised as an inspiration and benchmark for many young (and old) winemakers. Highlights of his career include winning the 2007 Wolf Blass Riesling Award at the Canberra International Riesling challenge. He was humbled to be judged by his peers as Australia’s Greatest Living Winemaker in a survey conducted by Epicure in 2003. But he considers his most rewarding contribution to the Australian Wine Industry, being the first to re-introduce the screw cap with the 1998 Richmond Grove Watervale and Barossa Rieslings. This was by any measure, the single most significant event in the improvement in quality of Australian Riesling.
In 2007 John was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for ‘service to the wine industry as an oenologist, particularly through the development of innovative methods for Riesling production.’
As the youngest son of two wine industry icons, Peter and Margaret Lehmann, Phil’s path into the Australian wine industry may have been somewhat predetermined. Initially weathering the irresistible pull of the industry, Phil took a detour from wine and completed an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering at Adelaide University, intermingled with a few harvest stints with his family’s business at Peter Lehmann Wines.
The allure of a career in winemaking could only be ignored for so long, and Phil began a two year international pilgrimage throughout Napa, Stellenbosch and Burgundy. It was during this time he realised wine could be far more than simply a drink, or a job, but rather an essential part of a life’s rich tapestry, weaving the seasons, culture, people and history of a region, into a greatly fulfilling life. After heading back to Australia, Phil promptly completed formal winemaking study with a graduate diploma in Oenology at the University of Adelaide.
Phil is not only Peter Lehmann’s son, who was a most respected winemaker and Johns greatest friend, but Phil also happens to be John’s protégé for Vickery wines.
Their shared history is the beauty of this partnership – Phil, like John, understands the vital importance of fruit quality and depth of flavour to make great Riesling, and revels in the opportunity to learn from Australia’s greatest Riesling winemaker.
Introducing Stanton & Killeen Wines
Stanton & Killeen Wines appoints Déjà Vu Wine Company as its National Distributor
Stanton & Killeen Wines announced today a new distribution partnership has been formed with Déjà Vu Wine Company, effective August 17, 2016.
The announcement follows Stanton & Killeen’s recent complete vineyard rejuvenation, enabling the 141-year-old wine company to create environmentally sustainable pathways to deliver unsurpassed fruit quality, thus a significant improvement in wine quality.
Wendy Killeen, CEO of Stanton & Killeen Wines, said there were strong synergies between Stanton & Killeen and the Déjà Vu Wine Company.
“The timing of the new partnership with Déjà Vu Wine Company is perfect as we release the new vintage wines from our beautiful vineyards. We’re excited to join forces with this dynamic and progressive operation lead by Andrew Cameron, Peter Crannage and their team.” Ms Killeen said.
“We look forward to championing Stanton & Killeen in the industry. The brand has an enviable reputation with visibly strong family values, not to mention superb quality table and fortified wines,” Mr Cameron said
“A 5 red star Halliday rating and 141 years of continuous family ownership will also help sell the story of such a credible brand.”
Stanton & Killeen Wines have produced highly sort after wine from the Rutherglen region for more than 140 years. With continuous family ownership in a wine region that is world renowned for full-flavoured reds and fortifieds, long-term relationships have been cultivated alongside vines that are many decades old.