Orange is the new black! Or something like that. If you cant get enough of orange wine then this is the perfect pack for you! What are you waiting for!?
Wowique Blanc I.O.G. 2020
Could be one of the hardest wines to list on a wine list, let alone ask for by name… Warwick Billings, a legend of cider making, makes the wine. It’s a no additive, Adelaide Hills wine, looks like some skin contact, definitely not filtered or fined by the volume of lees in bottle. One for the left of centre pile. It hissed and fizzed at me when I opened it. I couldn’t find any info on the wine anywhere, nor anything on the bottle to give more detail.
Light and dry, brisk with fizz, flavours and scents of green apple, farmhouse cider (light) and faint green almonds. Palate has a little more sense of fruitiness, but lean, and the wine finishes with a walnut husk smudge of texture and flavour, which could go down a dark path with time… generally, this feels pretty fun to drink! I like the wild nature of the wine, the sense of raw and alive is there too. I’d definitely drink this, though I know it is likely for a sect rather than the masses - The Wine Front
La Petite Mort Qvevri Gentil 2020
Gewurtztraminer and muscat on skins for 151 days in qvevri. A delightfully aromatic wine balanced with a dry layered palate. Floral with fruit and spice finishing with chalky tannin and wonderful texture thanks to the extended time on skins.
Moorak Skin Contact Chardonnay 2020
Takes on three days skin fermentation and is produced from only the free run juice of chardonnay grapes from Mount Gambier, a quiet little hot spot for an emerging artisan/avant garde wine community.
Fleshy feel with fine ripples of powdery tannin. Juicy citrus, light pear characters, licks of fennel/dill herb, a squiggle of saline acidity. Yummo! It’s distinctly textural in style but holds lots of brightness and refreshment factor. It’s a wonderful, easy access drink in the vogue of orange wines, but should please all comers. - The Wine Front.
Dirty Black Denim Electric Marsanne 2020
Hold on to your hats, we've got a wild one here! Sunbury marsanne grown by the Humis family in Sunbury and made into wine by brothers Tim and Lawrence Scanlon. The 2020 vintage had 3 weeks skin contact, in their words "really brutal maceration, 3 times a day we bashed it around, like a taxi rank line in the Fortitude Valley". Then aged in oak and tank. There is a great balance of zipline acidity and plush fruit here, with a dollop of tannin to get your teeth into.
Mas Que Vinos Los Conejos Malditos Blanco 2018
As our resident Spanish speaker translated, "the naughty bunnies".
Indigenous Spanish varieties, this wine spends 6 months on skins in neutral vessel. What emerges is a succulent, earthy, aromatic and savoury.
The biggest threat to these old vines are not the extreme conditions they face each year - whipping winds, blistering heat, bitter cold, lack of rain - it is rabbits. Cute as they may be, the destruction they cause is massive - taking out entire hectares of vineyards each year. whole cluster natural fermentation of arien and malvar in amphorae.- Mas Que Vinos
Combes Savage Garden Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Yarra Valley sauvignon blanc that seems some time on skins. Bright, fresh and aromatic. Bitter orange peel balanced with jasmine and bright citrus acid. A delight!