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An exciting Kosher, Organic, Natural, Sustainable Shiraz made from Hand harvested grapes… bingo! It is made by Richard Harkham who named this wine after his grandmother. Her family moved to Israel from Iraq in the 1920s and she started making natural wines in Israel. Richard continues, now in Australia, the family tradition creating this wine that has been bottled without the use of preservatives or fining agents to convey the full flavors of the Hunter Valley and may show signs of natural sediment. The wine was produced without any sulphite additions yet its is made very much in the classic style of French Syrah wines from the Rhone valley.
Sept Winery Cuvee du Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo 2018: This wine is the fruit of grapevines cultivated on the Eastern hillsides of Mount Lebanon. With a fervent mission to reconnect with nature and to celebrate Lebanese grapes and soil, Sept aims to become an ambassador of Lebanon’s heritage and an inspiring model of biodynamic agriculture in the region and the world.
Reinisch St. Laurent 2015: Sankt Laurent is a highly aromatic Austrian native grape that is believed to be the offspring of Pinot Noir and an unknown second parent. Reinisch is nestled amongst the vineyards near the village of Tattendorf, on the western edge of the great Pannonian Plain 30 miles from Vienna. It’s well known among the country’s most prominent winegrowing centers.
Clos Henri Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc 2018: Very fresh New Zealander white wine; fruity citrus, pineapple, minerals Great wine for enjoying a late afternoon drink, or to accompany a light meal. From the well known Sancerre Genius: Henri Bourgeois.
It is an intense, ultra-concentrated dessert wine made from hand-selected grapes that have been shriveled about halfway to raisins by botrytis (the “Noble Rot”). It has the distinct honeyed character that comes from botrytis, giving the wines a more complex aroma and a lusher texture.
Tikves Bela Voda 2016:
This Macedonian blend of indigenous grapes offers loads of blueberries and jammy blackberry fruits as well as notes of crushed rocks and spring flowers, full-bodied richness, present, yet polished tannin, and a great finish.
Founded in 1885, Tikveš Winery has witnessed the independence of the Balkans, two world wars and one cold one, yet through it all they have continued to make wines from grapes native to the region: Katiceli, Kratosija, Vranec and Plavec. With the fall of communism and independence of Macedonia this historic estate was privatized and new investments were made to update the practices in the vineyard and cellar. Sustainable farming has replaced industrial farming, yields have been lowered and indigenous varieties have been preserved. With the assistance of Philippe Cambie they have modernized their cellar practices by utilizing temperature controlled stainless steel for fermentations with concrete and French oak barrels for aging.
Vouni Panayia Alina Xynisteri Dry White 2018: Clear, straw yellow colour with green reflections. The nose is clean and intense with aromas of citrus, melon, mango and white flowers like jasmine and is fresh and soft in expression with predominating taste of tropical fruits with a clean fruity finish.
From the best terroir of Cypres comes this easy to drink fresh white wine made with the indigenous grape Xynisteri.
Vouni Panayia winery was established in 1987 by Andreas Kyriakides. Now next generation is also in motion with Andreas’ sons, Yiannis, Petros and Pavlos. The family run winery produces wines from indigenous grape varieties, highlighting the exceptional character of the area’s unique terroir. Vouni Panayia wines blend tradition with innovation and experience with knowledge, showcasing select indigenous grape varieties that carry all the distinct characteristics of the region.
Markus Altenburger Blaufränkisch Vom Kalk 2015 this Austrian wine offers a fresh red currant and black cherry with an attractive floral character of rose, violet, and lavender.
Markus Altenburger is stoking a building fascination with Leithaberg wines. His vineyards perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, where vast, shallow Lake Neusiedl and the low Leitha mountain range wrangle for influence. His wines express the distinctive climate, limestone and slate soils, and the handful of native and traditional Austrian varieties he has chosen to work with.
In the few years since Markus took over his family’s estate, he’s moved from what he calls “well-behaved wines” to wines that are much closer to nature and bear a far more personal stamp. Working from 30 small plots (all now in the third year of organic conversion) scattered around the historic wine village of Jois, he is focused on blaufränkisch and a narrow range of now-rare native white varieties and old-vine chardonnay.
In addition, he and his wife Bernadette makes a few styles of distinctly Austrian rosé. He thrives on tapping into what he calls “the yin and the yang of Jois” — 800 years of winegrowing counterposed with thoughtful, innovative winemaking.
Vouni Panayia Maratheftiko Plakota 2018: Crimson red and intriguingly aromatic with and intense nose of black fruit: cherry, raspberry and blackberry with some earthy notes. Juicy and round palate, leading to a persistent and refreshing finish.
Maratheftiko is hard to find and rediscovered ancient grape from Cyprus. It does not have hermaphrodite flowers like most cultivated grape varieties and requires co-planting with other varieties in order to achieve fertilisation and fruit development.