MONTHLY 12 PACK
February 2018 12 Pack
Handpicked by me, each month we release a 12 pack of wines that I think are drinking incredibly well at the moment. This selection is put together a bit like I would a restaurant wine list - there's balance, intrigue, difference and quality right across the board - everything here I would gladly put my name (and mouth) to. - Dan.
This month's 12 pack contains:
Pétillant Naturel rosé blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Riesling and Chardonnay from Alex Craighead's all-organic Nelson vineyards. It's dry, red-fruited and delicious. (Nelson, New Zealand)
What started as a solution to needing space in the winery is now a mainstay in Tom's fleet of wines. Making Space is a Pétillant Naturel Shiraz, but think nothing of Australia's traditional sparkling Shiraz, think Campari and Soda. (Barossa, South Australia)
White field blend of Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Stonefruit, acidity, tension and texture. (Nelson, New Zealand)
100% Chenin Blanc from 30 year old vines in Vouvray, Loire Valley. Mineralic, linear, precise. (Loire, France).
200-day skin contact field blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Viognier from the oldest biodynamic vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere. Farmed with love by James Millton and family. Textbook orange wine. (Gisborne, New Zealand)
Domaine Matassa's flagship wine from old-vine Grenache Gris and Macabeu on granite and schist soil. Some skin-contact in this vintage offers tension and texture on the palate. (Languedoc, France)
Theo has cracked it again. A field blend (so harvested and fermented together) from the clay and limestone abundant soils of North Canterbury. This wine is a deeper, darker-style rosé made from approx. 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Sauvignon Blanc, 1/9 Gewürztraminer, 1/9 Riesling, 1/9 Muscat - but ignore the fractions, enjoy the wine. (North Canterbury, New Zealand)
A blend of all things red and white - Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and friends. This is a red wine that truly drinks like a white on a hot summer's day. Plush red fruit bound together by its white wine component. Juicy, fresh, spicy. (Basket Range, South Australia)
Grenache from McLaren Vale but unlike anything else you've ever encountered. Juicy, fresh, delicious. A blend from their three vineyards that drinks with ease and gives pure pleasure. Earth and undergrowth surround a heart of spice and rose. (McLaren Vale, South Australia)
Nouveau is Tom's famous early-released Mourvèdre that never dissapoints. Cropped at low enough yields to ripen and be harvested early, the fruit sits in vats for just a brief period before being pressed off and fermented to dry. Bottled as soon as it has settled, Nouveau is juicy, fresh, spicy and fruity. It's amazingly textured, layered and structured for something that goes to bottle so quick! (Barossa, South Australia)
From Matthieu Barret's leased organic and biodynamic vineyard in Visan, about an hour South of the Domaine. Petit Ours ("Little Bear") is Matthieu Barret's nickname and 100% Syrah from clay and limestone soils. It is hand harvested, destemmed by hand, fermented and matured in tank for 9 months. Delicious, concentrated, unctuous. (Rhône, France)
Rouge de Causse is Gimios’s flagship wine, a 16 varietal co-ferment from their oldest pre-phylloxera vineyard planted in 1860! The exact grape varieties are not known, but there is a clear Grenache and garrigue presence as found in the great wines from the South. Expect pure fruit expression, long, persistent tannins and plenty of structure. (Languedoc, France)