Address: Shop 1/780 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016 | Tel: 02 9310 5454
Address: Shop 1/780 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016 | Tel: 02 9310 5454
Hirotake Ooka began his career with Jean Louis Grippat managing his vines which were eventually acquired by Guigal. He also worked weekends with Cornas legend, Thierry Allemand, eventually worked with him exclusively. In the early 2000s, he acquired some of his own vines and a winery in the town of St. Peray. He produced his first vintage in 2001. His winemaking style is unconventional, preferring to work with vines that undisturbed. Not even organic treatments. His wines are also unfined, unfiltered and sulfur is never added. The Le Canon is blend of Syrah and Grenache from vines with an average age of 30 years. He allows some carbonic maceration at the beginning of fermentation and then finishes with daily punch downs. The wine is aged 24 months in tank and then bottled. The wine does carry some carbon dioxide when it is bottled which preserves freshness. Give it a nice decant before serving and you will be well rewarded with a wine of vast complexity and flavors. (Natural wine, no sulfur added)
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer continues to fashion big, bold Barossa Valley Shiraz. The 2015 Amon Ra Shiraz is another in a long line of muscular wines that manage to offer complexity, power and a surprising degree of elegance. Charred beef, black olives and espresso notes meet blackberries and cassis on the nose and palate, delivering near-tidal waves of flavor and personality. Fullbodied, intense and velvety, it should age well for at least a decade, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it still drinking well past 2030.
Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2016. 47% Nero d’Avola / 38% Shiraz / 15% Durif
To understand Quasimodo you must venture beyond the surface and explore the inner soul. As individual varietal wines they can struggle for love but when blended together they can sing, shine and bring harmony.
Quasimodo is a unique Australian blend of Nero d’Avola, Shiraz & Durif sourced from the regions of Eldorado and Rutherglen. It’s an amalgam of flavour and colour culminating in a complex rewarding wine.
Brought together from many different ferments with a goal of creating an affable blend built on the of layers flavours these three distinct varieties bring. Nero d’Avola is grown in our home vineyard and brings the vitality and bright red fruits. The Shiraz comes from a vineyard a short 5 minute drive down a dirt track from our winery perched amongst the boulders of a granite outcrop. This is a painfully low cropping vineyard resulting depth of flavour not attainable from higher yielding vineyards, this component fleshes out the mid palate. The final piece in the puzzle is Rutherglen Durif, dark and brooding the addition of just 15% gives the wine backbone and a subtle lick of tannin through the back palate without overpowering this medium bodied blend. Lightly filtered then bottled August 2017.
Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot 2016. Lifted berry fruit aromas combine with hints of violets and spice, flowing through to some dusty cedar notes.
A rich, smooth palate with complex layers of red and dark berry fruits. The palate is soft and generous with hints of vanilla, spice and chocolate, supported by fine-grained tannins and perfectly integrated French oak.
Light enough for cold meats or tartare, yet intense enough for smoky barbequed red meats.
Accordini Amarone della Valpolicella 2013. Intense red ruby colour with garnet shades, elegant bouquet with black cherry hints, very mature fruits and spices. It’s a wine with great structure and complexity, but still smooth and elegant.
Milcrest Syrah 2012. A single vineyard Syrah, grown on a North-facing, sun-drenched site and picked at optimum ripeness. It has Northern Rhone characters of white pepper and dried herbs, combined with a lovely fruit richness and generous oak character through extended barrel ageing.
Swinging Bridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. From its lofty position on the slopes of Orange, NSW, this family-owned estate is at the forefront of the new guard of premium, cool-climate winemaking, producing a range of elegant, handcrafted wines that not only reflect their unique provenance, but winemaker Tom Ward’s passion for his home region and his craft.
Densely Fragrant. Black current. Cassis. Tobacco Leaves. Leather. Spicy Vanilla Oak.
Sigurd Red Blend 2018 is a blend of Grenache (57%), Syrah (8%), Carignan (14%), Mourvedre (21%), all the components were fermented separately with around 10 to 14 day ferments with about 20% whole bunch. Fermented in 1000L wooden vats with heading down boards using native yeast, pressed to 1000L wooden vats and 500L used French oak barrels for about 15 months of elevage, left to settle in tank for a week and then bottled. A small amount of Sulfur just before bottling. The 30 year old Mourvedre out of Koonunga in Northern Barossa, the 25 year old Syrah from around Williamstown which I manage organically. Grenache from 80 year old vines in Tanunda and the young vine Carignan out of Northern Barossa area of Ebenezer.
Cirillo Shiraz 2017 – made with grapes sourced from high altitude vines from Steingarten on the border of Barossa and Eden Valley ranges.
With open fermentation, natural yeast , basket pressed and then matured in seasoned French and American oak for 12 months.
The colour is dark, ink-like in appearance. It displays earthy spice driven aromas, with hints of berry fruits. Soft and delicate on the palate, typical of shiraz from this region.
It carries mid-palate weight, with a lengthy finish that lingers in the mouth for some time. This wine can be enjoyed now or over the next decade or two.
Padrillos Malbec 2018. The Padrillos Malbec from Ernesto Catena shows lovely aromas of violets with dark fruits that fill the nose. The palate is soft, as toasty oak wraps around dark fruits with a hint of chocolate.
Medhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Blackberry, bay leaf and black olives with hints of spice and subtle floral perfumes drive the nose of the wine. The palate controlled by fine and talc-like tannins woven into a persistent and pure fruit finish. With tremendous poise and elegance, the 2016 Medhurst Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to improve with careful cellaring for over a decade. Ideally matched with locally farmed spring lamb cutlets and crisp rosemary, salted roast kipflers.
Johann Michel Cornas 2016 – Whiffs of truffle, leather and violet introduce this deft, nuanced Syrah. Blackberry and plum flavors are intensely ripe but muted by savory notes of spice and earth. Freshly balanced and supple on the palate, it finishes with a firm, penetrating grip of tannins. Lovely already it should soften and meld from 2021 and continue to improve through 2030. ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA
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