12 wines for tasting in January 2019 include classic Yarra Valley Chardonnays—modern and retro style, a fresh Gewürztraminer from an historic producer, a beguiling Italian blend, a sparkling Tempranillo and many more.
That’s right, a sparkling Tempranillo.
It’s outstanding. Trust me.
Or come in and taste it for yourself.
Blanc de Blancs 2017, Rob Dolan Wines — $27
Crisp, green apple notes on the nose and palate. Fresh zingy hint of lemon rind, brioche and white peach. 9 months on lees. WINERY FACT: 5 Star Winery Rating from James Halliday (Wine Companion, 2015)
Chardonnay 2017, Journey Wines — $38
The elegant yet intense nose has aromas of green apple, lemon tart and grapefruit. The palate is tight and long with white peach on the front-palate balanced by a distinct line of grapefruit acidity. WINERY FACT: winemaker Damian North is a former sommelier whose winemaking career has taken him to Tarrawarra (Yarra Valley), Benton-Lane Winery (Oregon) and Leeuwin Estate (Margaret River).
Chardonnay 2016, Tarrahill Wines — $30
Beautiful aromas of butterscotch, almond croissant and lemon tart. Palate of white stone fruit, crème brulee, lemon curd and bread and butter pudding. 30% new oak and 100% malolactic fermentation. WINERY FACT: 5 Star Winery Rating from James Halliday (Wine Companion, 2017). Vineyard is organic and biodynamic in transition. They use no insecticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers
Fumé Blanc 2015, Squitchy Lane — $30
Passionfruit, citrus, melon, peach and lime aromas. White nectarine, blood orange and apricot on the palate. WINERY FACT: Owner, former captain of Carlton Football Club, Mike Fitzpatrick fell in love with wine while a student at Oxford University.
Gewürztraminer 2018, Lilydale Estate — $35
Aromas of peach, lychee, pears and apple cinnamon spice. A fresh, deep palate of pears, honeydew melon and clove stewed apples. WINERY FACT: The vineyards were established in 1976, making them amongst the oldest in the Yarra Valley.
Rosé 2017, Santolin Wines — $25
Wild fermented Pinot Noir (84%)and Sangiovese (16%). Dry, textural and gently aromatic with wild strawberries, peach and pear notes and a musk-stick finish. No fining (Vegan friendly)
WINERY FACT: this is Santolin’s first rosé with a total production of only 5 barrels (bottled 24 Oct 2017).
Pinot Noir 2017, Journey Wines — $38
Aromas of red berries, plums and cherries, complemented by forest-floor and subtle oak. Silky tannins lead to a delightfully long finish. 20% whole bunch fermentation. Handpicked fruit from Lone Star Creek – Woori Yallock, Upper Yarra Valley (79%) and Willowlake – Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley (21%).
Nero D’Avola/Sangiovese 2017, Ii Capo, Santolin Wines — $30
Aromas of raspberries, plums and violets; earthy palate of black cherries and plumcake. 50% Nero d’Avola/50% Sangiovese. 16 months in oak, some 1yr old barrels. Only 300 dozen produced. WINERY FACT: this wine is Vegan friendly.
Le Bâtard 2016, Tarrahill Wines — $30
Aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and cherry ripe. Palate of light Christmas cake and chinese five-spice with a peppery finish. 80% Pinot Noir/20% Shiraz (approx). WINERY FACT: Vineyard is organic and biodynamic in transition. They use no insecticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers
Le Savant 2016, Tarrahill Wines — $80
Densely packed black fruit flavours and ripe tannins, layers of dark fruit, chocolate and spices. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon/2% Shiraz. Matured in French Oak (25% new) for 12 months. 96pts James Halliday.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2015, Squitchy Lane — $30
Cabernet Sauvignon 62.5%, Cabernet Franc 25 %, Merlot 12.5%. Spicy, red fruits and a waft of mint; medium bodied. Hand-picked, destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters. Fermentation in 7-10 days and individual parcels pressed and matured in barrels for 15 months prior to blending and bottling.
Sparkling Tempranillo 2014, Sutherland Estate — $35
Aromas of black cherries, chocolate licorice and spice with an off-dry to sweet palate of ripe summer fruits. Best in Class (2016 Winestate Annual Sparkling Wine Show). WINERY FACT: the vineyard was planted in 1995 with further plantings (Gewürztraminer and Tempranillo) in 2000. 200 metres above sea level.