Easy-does-it, drink-without-thinking, “school night” wines – enjoyable with or without food, morning, noon or night.
NV Blind Unicorn pink pet nat, Margaret River, WA
Fun, party juice never goes out of style. Nobody knows that better than the fine folk at Blind Corner, one of Western Australia’s first certified organic-and-biodynamic wineries and the team behind our top-selling session wines. This dusty pink vision takes the same chenin blanc base as the classic Blind Unicorn and adds just a touch of shiraz juice, which lends a bit of extra palate weight and red fruit flavour to the otherwise super clean, laid-back Solo-for-grownups vibe that’s happening here. Say g’day to the approachable, all-rounder pet nat. There are occasions for every bottle … but this is the bottle for every occasion.
2018 Unkel Lost Your Way Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Wunderkinder winemaker Rob Burley has made a name for himself by crafting expressive, accessible wines that showcase the best of a given variety. Here, that’s Mornington Peninsula chardonnay fermented as whole bunches, pressed to old oak and aged on lees. The result is creamy in the mouth, and alive with a whole range of flavours and aromas: browned butter, ripened stone fruits, melon and rolled oats. Full malolactic fermentation yields a richer, rounder texture. It’s a beauty, sure to satisfy lovers of both the old and the new.
2018 P&V Session Orange, Margaret River WA
Our best-selling bottle, and with good reason. This is the ideal dip-your-toes-in-the-pool orange wine, made for us by the Blind Corner crew. A mishmash of fragrant white varieties, with varying time spent on skins. Chenin blanc, aligoté, sauvignon blanc et al., coming together in a tapestry of yellow and orange citrus fruits. Think tangerines, mandarins, and all the fun that comes along with them – oils, zests, piths and peels. Gentle tannins and amped up acidity keep it nice and zingy. We don’t call it session wine for nothing.
2018 A.R.C Wines The Vintage field blend, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Jessica Martin and James Audas, she of Hoggett Kitchen and he of Lo-Fi wine imports, have teamed up to create A Random Collection (A.R.C, get it?) of table wines sourced from various vineyards around Victoria. A quarter each of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot this is, a free-wheeling, spirited field blend indeed. Incredibly agreeable, in that is-this-a-dark-rosé-or-a-light-red kinda way, takes to a chill like a duck to water and offers maximum refreshment in the form of red flowers and berries, with crisp citrus tang. What’s not to like?
2017 Sassafras Salita Sagrantino, Canberra District, NSW
Sassafras are well-known for bringing elegance and rustic charm to sparkling wines, but don’t sleep on what else they’re putting in bottle. Sagrantino, the elusive, highly tannic red from Umbria in central Italy has found a home amongst the vineyards of Murrumbateman and the Hilltops in NSW. Deep, rich and intense, with pronounced hits of choc-cherry, blackberry and scorched earth. Dark, inky and brooding with pleasant astringency and bitterness that make this the right choice for an afternoon charcuterie plate, BBQ’d meats, or even a late night game of Scrabble with a block of dark chocolate on the side.
2016 Wizard Piss Shiraz, Yass, NSW
The brainchild behind the Mallaluka label, Sam Leyshon, had a batch of shiraz that he felt was perhaps a bit volatile, but thought he’d work with it. The Wizard Piss, wacky label and all, is the result of this experiment. There’s a pastoral edge to this ruddy coloured wine, all earth and bramble, balsamic bittersweetness, too, with raw, dark berry fruit and wild herbaceous edges. He himself calls it a “sour wine”, one that’s “not for the straight and conventional.” Neither are we, so that works out just fine.