Jumpin' Juice Pinot Noir 2020
This has crisp texture and lifted perfume, it feels best drunk real cold, beachside, picnic blanket land, somewhere near body of water, in direct sunlight. Cherry juice, pomegranate, lift of balsamic tang. Some herbal notes in the mix. Nice smudge of nutty tannins. Good, bright finish. Simple, done real good. - The Wine Front
Spectrum Pinot Noir 2019
From the Highlands of Victoria comes this pinot noir of impeccable delight. Or something like that. It's off the quiet achieving Silentway Vineyard, a site that yields some seriously good wines. Meanwhile, it's a pinot noir that feels right-on - you know, good value but still delivers the full, silky deliciousness and ease of drinking expected of the variety. Cherry, pomegranate, Chinese five spice is the vibe. Ticks so many boxes.
Domaine de Ferrand Cotes du Rhone Mistral 2019
Low yields, fastidious organic farming, natural winemaking are the calling cards of Domaine de Ferrand. Using a classic blend of grenache, cinsault and shiraz, this is hard to ignore.
Smallfry Stella Luna 2019
A pitch-perfect, light fresh red that sees a blend of cinsault and shiraz set to a waifish 12% alcohol. Here's what Wayne Aherns, the amazing biodynamic vigneron behind Smallfry, has to say: A further extension into the fresh young red space from our Joven starting point, Stella takes us to a whole new level. As our cinsault plantings bear fruit it is a pleasure to be exploring the potential of this variety to counter the effects of climate change. Blending with some lovely whole bunch fermented shiraz has brought a roundness and darker fruit aspect without diminishing the vibrancy of the wine. There is a buzz around the concept of juiciness or wine that makes you salivate that is so very now and represents the current contribution to the wine lexicon that this wine fully encapsulates. - Thanks, Wayne. X
Cirelli Rosso 2019
Montepulciano can often go the wrong way – gluggy, soft, sweetish – but in the hands of great producers comes out spicy, imbued with herbal detail, swished with fine tannins, bright and lighter than expected but with good flavour and perfume in tow. Here’s one that ticks boxes. From organic farmed vines comes this savoury, just shy of medium bodied red wine that hosts pleasing sour cherry, truffley-undergrowth characters and brambly-berry. Straight up delicious drinking, is the message. You’re going to bust this one out first, we wager, it’s got that skol factor and general ambience of good times.
M&J Becker Wines Hunter Valley Syrah 2018
M&J Becker are a beacon of organic farming in Hunter Valley and are doing inventive and distinct things in the traditional wine growing region. While producing wines of extreme elegance on one hand, they also do experimental, intriguing wines on the other. This one is a slinky, just on medium weight syrah of spice, perfume and gorgeous red berry fruitiness. It feels almost nouveau in its way, so vibrant and fresh is its way.