Gentle Folk Summertown Blanc
A new vineyard for Gentle Folk in 2019. Sadly the Sauvignon Blanc was lost at Scary Gully after the 2018 harvest but they luckily managed to find a special site close by. The Cottell family vineyard is a 1.1ha block of relatively old vines in the very beautiful Summertown/Ashton valley that is home to many a great vineyard. The northerly aspect allows the fruit to ripen fully and leave behind many of the less desirable Sauvignon characters. It’s a generous and full-bodied wine with great depth and character which still holds a great acid line that you see in Sauvignon Blanc grown in cooler sites. We envision many bottles of this wine will be drunk at the park and beach over summer. - Gentle Folk
Fond Cypres de Toi Blanc
This white wine is produced from Chardonnay from friends in the Limoux and it offers a fresh, effusive bouquet of fresh cut melon, herbs and flowers, tasting succulent and vibrant with luscious fresh pear and a slatey juicily refreshing palate. It finishes with crisp mineral freshness and salinity - an attractive and moreish wine. - Andrew Guard, importer.
We love these wines. So much detail and interest here. Such great farmers and extraordinary vines. A very different take on chardonnay too. Superb.
Coup de Genie Provence Rose
A righteous, classic version of Provence rosé from happy vineyards, produced by good humans and generally doing an elevated version of a well-known style. This one packs in a lot of detail and a lot of refreshment factor. Think watermelon juice, cranberry tang, faint apple skins chewiness, some floral character and just the faintest yeasty funk. It's light, ultra refreshing, thirst quenching stuff, when you talk straight.
Calyx Syrah for Seasides
Yuri makes his wines in a tiny shed in Keilor, minimal sulphur is used, only old French oak and no filtering or fining, he is also a lovely chap. Even though this is only his second vintage, he is displaying plenty of class in his highly drinkable wines.
Syrah for Seasides is 80% Syrah from Pyrenees and 20% Viognier from Redesdale. The Syrah component was half whole bunch, while the Viognier received the full treatment, they were co-fermented and received little other trickery. This is so slurpable, it is of the avant garde side of the fence of this classic blend for sure, dark cherries, floral notes and fine, velvet tannins make this an easy one to return to glass after glass. Watch out for Calyx in the future, but enjoy while you can still get some.
Cinsault, mataro, grenache, less syrah. Possibly one of the most sincerely thought about ‘entry level wines’ on the planet. Set your guns to stun.
Fragrant wine, pretty and floral, red currants and raspberries. Palate has crunch and freshness, big tang of acidity, some ferrous notes, vermouth-like acidity. Brisk and fresh. Frisky. Lovely summery red. Simple done so so well. This should be on high rotation, if you can get some. - www.winefront.com.au
Ochota Barrels From the North Mourvedre
Licorice, Russian caravan tea, black forest cake and medicinal spice ooze from the glass.
The exotic black cherry, Moroccan wisp and deep earthy undergrowth has a voluptuous dark aura that seduces one into a haze.
The palate is long, lithe and richly winds into a sheen of finely tuned tannins that flow across the palate like being wrapped in a warm opiate soaked velvet blanket. - Taras Ochota