The Hermit Ram
Crazy, skinsy stuff from the ever reliable Hermit Ram turning everyday aromatic whites into esoteric works of wonder. Unfined, unfiltered sauvignon blanc takes a wild turn here, trading in trademark passionfruit, gooseberry and lime theatrics for musty, yeasty vibrancy and whole bunches of herbs, with a surprise crack of black pepper. Interesting, energetic and crying out for an endless variety of food pairings.
Gentle Folk Rainbow Juice
The main component of the wine is de-stemmed Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris covered in whole bunch pressed Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz rose. Also added to the blend are the serious pressings from the Riesling and Chardonnay. This grape stew is left on skins for 4 weeks before being pressed to a 100% stainless steel in 2019. Usual eclectic blend for Rainbow Juice this harvest - Is it rose, is it an orange wine? Who cares. Just pure delicious juice for summer drinking. - Gentle Folk
Arguably one of Australia’s most important white wines. Yep. The landmark skin-fermented wine is (a) affordable, per se and (b) seriously constructed under that affordability banner. It’s a landmark orange wine in Australia for its patient, considered winemaking and release. And we are so damn lucky for it. Semillon dominant with muscat and riesling.
Orange and marmalade, curry powder, whiffs of candied citrus, apple-y. My oh my does that bouquet appeal. Palate is chewy, chalky, tight and refreshing but shows depth too. Bergamot tea is strong in this wine too. Wild edged and delicious. Complex, energetic, generally just darn delicious. So much to think on but so much just to guzzle and enjoy. Compelling wine. Again. - Mike Bennie The Wine Front
Cambridge Road Cloudwalker
Short skin maceration for pinot gris and riesling (12 days). Organic fruit source. Hangs out in barrel, then gets bottled without additions and filtering in Spring. Nothing added at all to this wine, including no sulphur. "A gentle investigation into skin contacted wines", says winemaker Lance Redgwell.
Exotic perfume, loads of quince, ripe tropical fruits, apricot, curious and rich. Fresh in the palate, bright and vibrant with crisp acidity. Has a stickiness in texture, a gummy quality that sits well, then slippery too and finishes bright and vivacious. One of those textural experiences with a little dose of wickedness. Nice.
Momento Mori Bianco
Dane Johns is well-known for his quixotic wines under this landmark wine label Momento Mori - his quarry, the stuff in these bottles, bursts out of glasses with vivacity, freshness of fruit and general joie de vivre. Having shifted recently to the verdant wine-growing district of Gippsland, Victoria, the stake is in the ground for phase two of this shape-shifting project. Bianco, here, is fruit driven and pure-feeling. A tonic of citrus, green herbs, floral character and soft yet gently chewy-chalky texture. It's a complex wine worthy of contemplation.
A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. The Chardonnay portion is fermented in old oak on full solids. Whilst the Sauvignon Blanc components is split into thirds, each parcel is then handled independently. Some goes through carbonic maceration, some is left on skins and the remaining third is de-stemmed. Crisp, yet textural. Delightfully good drinking here.