Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 'Gras Moutons' 2018
I think people forget that 'Mouton' is sheep, which always tickles me a little re Mouton-Rothschild. This is not mutton dressed up as lamb, however, though it is pretty fat.
Almost a Chardonnay-like flavour and weight here, but with a little something else. It's rich and creamy (in context of appellation), with sea shells, peach and pear, maybe even some banana, yet excellent freshness with that weight, but wait! It’s really good. Something different. Something delightful. We drank the bottle while watching series 3 of Ozark on Netflix (for context). – WineFront.com.au
Domaine de Belle-Vue Macération Pinot Gris 2018
Rarely seen cuvee from Domaine Belle-Vue – an orange wine shimmering in amber hue, lively with clove-spiked orange fruit character and chewy tannins.
Harkham's Aziza's Rosé 2019
Our natural Rose was fermented by indigenous yeasts, without the use of any additions or preservatives. It has been bottled without fining agents or unnecessary stabilisations to convey the full flavours of the Hunter Valley and may show traces of natural sediment. The wine was produced without any sulphite additions and contains a natural high level of CO2. This may be perceptible as a slight spritz and dryness while young and will keep it fresh for a longer life. - Harkham
Jules Metras Beaujolais 'Bijou' 2018
A Fantastic gamay from star, younger generation producer Jules Metras who counts Alex Foillard and Kewin 'Keke' Descombes amongst his friends. This generational shift from fathers to sons has brought added interest into the region.
Olivier Riviere Rayos Uva 2018
One of the more rebellious and interesting wine producers of Rioja, Olivier Riviere is a bright spark in a landscape often dulled with mass-market wine making, overt oak handling and wines deadened with weight and alcohol. Here’s a bright, fresh-feeling and very lively red. Indeed, it’s one of P&V’s most anticipated wines each year, such is its vivacity, liveliness and generally gulpability. It’s highly if not wildly perfumed with pretty, berry fruitiness, shows crisp tannins, cranberry-like acidity and subsequent chalkiness. Such a different take on the regional staple, tempranillo, and redefines the ‘joven’ category along the way. Magic drinking.
Roucas Toumba’s Les Grands Chemins 2018
50% Grenache and 40% Old vines Carignan and 10% Syrah, all fermented together. Lovely bright colour, fresh delicate and lifted aromas. Very attractive and fresh in the mouth – fruity and spicy with attractive hints of ‘garrigue’ spice – sappy fresh and long on the palate with good weight, grip and persistence. This is unquestionably one of the greatest values I offer every year, it's a superb artisanal wine that leaves a lasting impression. - Andrew Guard