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
The Chave Family has been growing vines in Northern Rhone since 1491. Jean-Louis Chave is the oldest estate in the Rhone and is still family owned and operated today. The family takes great pride in low yields and traditional farming practices but put extra importance on blending. Each vineyard has a unique terroir that give complexity and finesse to the blend. If a plot does not meet their standards they do not use it.
The Chave Estate is located in the commune of Maves in Saint-Joseph AOC, Northern Rhone, France. The St. Joseph appellation was named after a Saint whose job was protecting scorned husbands. (With a job like that, who wouldn’t need a glass of wine?) St. Joseph was previously known as Vin de Mauves. Mauves is considered the heart of St. Joseph as it is where St-Joseph began its expansion into the larger region it is today. This area is also blessed with similar granite soils of the famous Hermitage region. These soils and the cold “Minstral” wind allow for some of the most elegant and floral Syrah’s on the planet.
The nose shows red peppercorns and fresh plum, the palate brings to mind autumn leaves, violets and beef jerky. This is a very mineral driven and elegant Syrah. It is also quite bright, so we recommend pairing it with pork tenderloin or duck breast with a citrus marinade.
Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2016. Inky hue violet deep violet rim. Intense nose with red fruit aromas combined to complex smokiness. Palate with tight and focused tannins. Enjoyable now but require few years of bottle maturation to fully integrate aging notes. Very elegant and refined finish.
Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2019. Incredible value. Dom Torzi sets a modest price, but is invariably confident about the quality of his wines.
Bright blueberry and blackberry, plenty of pepper and spice, potpourri perfume. It’s medium bodied, sleek and dark cherry juicy, super fine tannin, some meaty and nutty flavours, gentle stony tannin pulling along the finish.
Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2017.
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.
Tim Smith Bugalugs Shiraz 2019. This features aromas of blue and black fruit, a hint of spice and a slippery, glossy palate packed with flavour. It’s Barossa to its core. But there’s freshness here too, a cherry pip acidity and some peppery, earthy characters through the finish.
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.
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.
Yelland & Papps Shiraz 2016. Dark cherry-red in colour with vibrant fruit aromas of dark plum, macerated summer berry fruits along with higher tones of raspberry and redcurrant. Here are hints of deep exotic spice, Barossa earth, roasting meats, licorice, violets and gentle nutty French Oak nuances.
Medium-bodied on the palate with a lovely bright line across the palate and a sense of space to the mouthfeel. Once more the fruit flavours are of dark and black-fruits; dark plum, blackberry, mulberry with some blueberry and raspberry notes adding lift to the wine on the palate. Plenty of spicy notes, meaty nuances, floral lift and earthy tones mesh together on the palate. The finish lingers persistently and is pure and juicy with the fruit coming to the fore, gentle sandy tannins providing support and a bright line of acidity providing the drive. Elegant, delicious drinking from the excellent 2016 vintage.
Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Syrah 2017-Aromas of juicy black cherries and boysenberries with a grind of black pepper. The palate possesses a fine grained texture comprising of ripe tannin which adds to the structure and depth of the wine.
Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Dark purple. Fragrant nose of grape skins, menthol and violets. Velvety texture, intense but not overbearing, notes of mint, menthol, eucalyptus and violets around a core of purple fruits, somewhat monotonous, long finish.
The Tellurian Redline Shiraz 2018 comes from Block 2 and Block 3 of the Tellurian vineyard growing on Cambrian soils formed over 500 million years. Deep, rich, decomposed greenstone rock and limestone with soil depths up to 2m allow roots to reach deep, while relatively low fertility controls vigour and yield.
Deep crimson-red colour. The nose displays charcuterie notes, slightly chary oak, and expressive dark fruit. The medium bodied palate is round and plush with dark fruit, and blackberry combining with and spice and soft tannins, making it a wine that’s very approachable in its youth. This is an impressive expression of Heathcote Shiraz. Delicious! For an ‘entry level’ shiraz this shows the true class of this producer!
Domaine Garon “Les Triotes” 2008 – Côte Rôtie (Blonde)
This is the main wine of the Domaine, made with Syrah grapes averaging 25 years of age producing an average yield of 36hl/ha. The fruit is from 4 lieux dits representing 4.50 ha in the Côte Blonde area of the appellation. About 30% of the grapes are vinified as whole bunches, both concrete vats and stainless steel vats are used for the fermentations that last about 2 weeks at 30°C. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 18 months with 25% of new oak and 75% of 1 to 5 years old barrels, the wine is then bottled without filtration.
PVins notes: This is a great example of a “Côte Blonde” wine. It will fully express its origins after 3-4 years cellaring with floral and spicy aromas, it is well-balanced and structured by the tannins, a cool climate style of Syrah. The wine may be cellared for up to 20 years in great vintages.
Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz 2015
From another great vintage, with 12 months élevage in French oak barriques, of which 20% were new. Exhibiting the typical characters of mixed red berries with a general spiciness to the velvety, viscous, well balanced and rounded palate. Powerful wine, with fine, supple tannins and a fabulous length. Great longevity again, but regardless, this will immediately appear on wine lists matched to grilled red meats without any detriment. 15.0% alc/vol
Medium deep crimson. Fresh dark cherry, blackberry herb garden aniseed aromas with espresso notes. Inky textured wine with lovely ripe dark cherry, blackberry fruits, slinky fine chalky tannins, underlying savoury nuances and bitter chinotto-like finish. Elegantly styled wine with lovely aromatic complexity and vigour. 15% Alc. 95 points – 2022-2038
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