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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.
Inama Carmenere Piu 2015: A new wine with a great personality. Inama is the first estate to create an important project with the Carmenere in the Colli Berici area and to give an identity to this variety with a new DOC: Colli Berici.
Carmenere is a variety that is often considered unique to Chile. However, few people know that Carmenere has been widely planted in Italy for a long time, and that in 2009 the DOC Carmenere Colli Berici (in the province of Vicenza) was recognized. It is in fact in the beautiful hills of this region that the Carmenere grape variety has found the ideal place in which to reach full ripeness.
It’s a vine that originated on the Dalmation Coast and spread throughout the Roman Empire in ancient times. This variety was grown especially in the Bordeaux region, and was long used in the typical blends of the area. However, due to its low productivity and difficulty of reaching full maturity (especially in an Atlantic climate like that of Bordeaux), Carmenere was not replanted after the phylloxera epidemic that struck Europe around the middle of the nineteenth century. This grape was considered extinct for a long time, until, only in 1994, DNA testing confirmed the opposite. It was discovered that Carmenere had traveled across the world, hiding in history. To the great surprise of scholars and growers, this vine was found widespread in Chile (where it had been confused with Merlot) and in the north-eastern regions of Italy.
About the label: This label was designed by Michela Coltro, an artist from San Bonifacio. The intention is to describe this wine, produced since 2005, at the beginning of Inama’s Carmenere project, as something young and lively, yet still classic and respectful of the style used for all the other labels. The idea was to design a cherub holding a cornucopia of fruit (classic figure) from which a bunch of red grapes comes out: Our Carmenere.
When it was formed, D.O. Priorat ignored twelve villages that belonged to the historic Priorat region and Cataluña. These twelve towns now form D.O. Montsant, a region tied to Cataluña’s culture and history. All of the vineyards are controlled completely distinctly and individually, in order to take advantage of the characteristics that the different terrains contribute to the Garnacha and other grapes. Similarly, the wine is vinified in separate, distinct lots separated by the zones that the grapes are sourced from. This extracts the different qualities of each soil – the fruit forward nature of the fruit sourced from the sandy soils, the complexity and concentration of licorella, and the structure of the limestone soils. The best lots of each vinification are blended after in order to obtain this unique wine, which demonstrates the range of qualities of the terroir of Montsant.
“Bright and youthfully energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show seamless texture and a hint of smoky minerality. An impressively long, focused finish features rounded tannins.”Josh Raynolds, Vinous – 91 points
Domaine Lafage Nicolas Grenache Noir vieilles vignes 2018: Domaine Lafage has been a favorite vineyard for the lovers of Vin de Pays from old vines wines. With a superb terroir, this Grenache Noir wine is a sure pleaser, light but full of flavors and accomplishing great personality.
Fraga Do Corvo Godello 2018: From the Spanish region of Monterrei in Galicia comes this impressive jewel, a very elegant and aromatic white wine with a delicate allusion to the flavors of lemon, pear and orange blossom complemented by its refreshing acidity. Nowadays, the white grape variety Godello is one of the most favorite in Spain, which was almost lost after the ravages of phylloxera.
Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru Alsace 2017: The Paul Blanck estate traces its history in Alsace back to the 17th Century, where they produce a stunning and diverse lineup of wines from enviable parcels in the Haut-Rhin district of Alsace. Located in the village of Kientzheim, Domaine Paul Blanck produces wines that are balanced, terroir-expressive, and versatile. Owners Frédéric and Philippe Blanck farm their vines without the use of chemicals, seeking to gain the clearest possible expression of vineyard character.
Yacoubian-Hobbs Rind Areni 2016: In the village of Rind, in Armenia, the Areni grape thrives in rich volcanic and limestone soils. Hot summers are tempered by cooler temperatures at these high elevation sites, and water is provided by the melting snow caps atop Mount Ararat.
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.
Lapostolle Le Petit Clos Apalta Valle de Apalta 2016: The nose is elegant and nuanced, with herbs, spices and a core of ripe red and black fruit, quite varietal and with integrated oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with round tannins and vibrant acidity, making it long and supple.
Domaine Tselepos Classic Mantinia Moschofilero 2018: A pleasantly aromatic dry white wine from the mountainous region of Mantinia in southern Greece. Elegant and youthful, with fruity aromas and flavors, this a wine made entirely from the indigenous grape variety Moschofilero, cultivated in the area for over 3,000 years.
Louis Boillot Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2017: This light red wine is from two of Burgundy’s most gifted winemakers together-working and tasting side by side-with the alchemy you’d expect, using no chemical fertilizers or weed killers, and meticulously pruning for balanced yields.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2018: Our story with chardonnay begins many many moons ago with the volcanic soils that cover the hillsides and mountains of our valley. Fresh cool fruit of apple skins and mineral combine with zestful acid.
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.
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico Roberto Stucchi RS 2017: Is a Sangiovese Chianti Classico DOCG. This is a silky smooth Sangiovese but it has more than enough power and acidity to pair with hearty fare.
Avignonesi Cantaloro Toscana Bianco 2018: This Cantaloro will remind you of a summer breeze and on the nose it will reveal notes of peach, golden apple, melon, and white flowers. On the palate, it is intense and refreshing. Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable
Marco Felluga Just Molamatta Collio Bianco 2016: Following the tradition since the beginning of 1800’s of exceptional winemakers, the descendents of Marco Felluga are the benchmark of DOC Collio Bianco in the Friuli north east of Italy. A fantastic blend, fresh and rich in mineral flavors.
Cantina PRA Soave Classico Otto 2018 is 100% Garganega, wine from volcanic soil in the Soave region. It’s incredibly well balanced, crisp and refreshing. Coming from 60-year-old vines, its a very elegant wine with notes of pear, citrus and minerality in a long finish. It’s also well recognized as vintage 2017 has been named one of the best wines by Wine Spectator magazine in 2018.
Brick House Gamay Noir Willamette Valley has found many friends since first released in 1995. Bright, floral and often laced with hind of anise or licorice, try this great french grape variety grown in Oregon, grown in a very similar terroir as the original Beaujolais Region.
Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2018 is a white wine capable of expressing the richness and personality of Sicily. It is made from indigenous grapes macerated on the skins and expresses aromas of fruit, citrus, aromatic and balsamic herbs and an expressive, traditional and direct taste.
Juve Y Camps Gran Reserva La Familia Brut 2016 Cava endowed with a bright and attractive pale golden color. Its tiny and abundant bubbles rise up forming numerous rosaries and a stable crown. High quality Cava from the hearth of D.O. Cava in Western Catalunya, Spain.
Les Heretiques is a 90% old vine Carignan and 10% Syrah. The Carignan vines average 40 years in age, with some of them being up over 100 years old! The fruit is sustainably farmed and harvested partly by hand and partly by machine. Half of the Carignan is vinified traditionally–destemmed and fermented in used barrel and macerated with skins for 30 days–and half as whole clusters with carbonic maceration. Those wines are blended with the Syrah and aged in a combination of steel tank and neutral oak vats.
It is named after the Cathars, a heretical Christian group once based on the Languedoc but wiped out by order of Pope Innocent III in 1208 in response to the murder of a papal representative by a Cathar supporter near Minervois. The castle which is the home of Château d’Oupia dates back to this time as well.
Domaine de l’Ecu, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Classic 2018: Domaine de l’Ecu is one of the OG organic/biodynamic viticulturalists in the Loire Valley and have farmed their vines in such a way for over forty years
La Biancara Bianco Masieri IGT 2016: La Biancara was born in 1988 by Angiolino Maule and his wife, Rosamaria. Before, they had worked for twelve years as pizza makers, but now they are dedicating themselves to the viticulture, their passion. At the beginning of 80’s, they bought a plot of land, about six hectares, in the hills of Sorio di Gambellara, where they built their house and winery.
Maison Roche de Bellene Chardonnay Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2017: The name comes from “Belenos,” an ancient Gallic god of sun and beauty. It is the origin of the city name, Beaune, which was called “Belena” in Roman times, and “Bellene” in the Middle Ages.
The focus at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines – 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables the winery to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style. The Maison’s entry-level white Burgundy comes from old-vine parcels in the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. The vines have an average age of 48 years and, as with all the wines, harvesting is done by hand.
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.
This aromatic Barbera from La Morra offers scents of black cherries, cinnamon, and wet herbs. It is a bright and clean wine, with a fresh acidity reminiscent of ripe raspberries and mandarins. The brief passage in oak creates a slightly softened and balanced texture.
Ktima Tselepos Driopi Classic Agiorgitiko Nemea 2016:
Agiorgitiko – An exquisite grape variety prevailing in Nemea vineyards
The viticultural zone of Nemea, one of the largest winemaking regions in Greece, is surrounded by mountain ranges ending in hills and gentle verdant slopes covered in vineyards, where agiorgitiko is the prevailing grape variety. Named after Agios Georgios (St. George), which was the previous name of the region, agiorgitiko is considered to be one of the exquisite indigenous varieties of Greece. Since 1971 with an area covering 2.000 hectares, it has comprised the prominent red zone of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) of the Peloponnesian vineyard. The agiorgitiko variety is referred to as “Hercules’ blood” due to deep ruby red colour of its grapes.
In 2003 wine producer Giannis Tselepos pursuing his dream to expand his wine making activity decides to purchase a vineyard covering an area of 8.5 hectares after a long search throughout the Peloponnesian growth. This 50 year-old vineyard is located at Koutsi, Nemea at an altitude of 380 metres. Nemea is well-known among both wine producers and wine lovers as the perfect location to produce wines of the highest standards with great ageing potential from agiorgitiko grapes. Agiorgitiko produces quality wines with intense colour, rich in polyphenols and with high levels of tannins.
With the establishment of a brand-new, bioclimatic winery within the premises of the Estate, located at the subzone of Koutsi, Nemea; with exceptional Agiorgitiko vineyards (PDO Nemea) stretching over 10 hectares; with the valuable experience and know-how acquired over our long-course in the art of winemaking, creating the multi-awarded wines of Tselepos and Driopi Estate; with knowledge, passion and dreams for even more exquisite wines.
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.
Ktima Biblia Chora Areti White 2017 is produced from the Assyrtiko varietal cultivated on the Biblia Chora estate, near Ambelia, where the soil is limestone and clay.
On the nose-bright citrus notes (lemon/lime) with touch of white flowers and saline quality. On the palate-high tone acidity, evident stony minerality with concentrated citrus and red orchard fruit, a dry, crisp wine that shows depth and a long complex finish. Potential for ageing is 10 years.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2018 is a very interesting Rose from a volcanic terroir in the island of Sicily, Italy. Grown from organic grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio varietals, this is a great fresh wine for the summertime but also a serous pairing for a large variety of delicious seafood, fishes and many other entrees.Goes especially well with eggplant and meatballs.
Alois Lageder Conus Lagrein Riserva 2014 is a typical Lagrein red wine with most of the good qualities of this varietal grape grown in the most interesting terroir at the south of the Tirol. A 100% Alto Adige Reserve from an excellent year 2014.
Maison Joseph Drouhin Brouilly Domaine des Hospices de Belleville 2015 displays a deep red purple robe, a fleshy body with supple, caressing tannins, perfectly balanced, fruitiness is present with a delicately peppery note to finish. It is a great vintage. The colors are very pretty, often very intense. The bouquet is also intense with notes of ripe red fruits. Overall the wines show a nice tannic structure.
Juve Y Camps Gran Reserva La Familia Brut 2014 Cava endowed with a bright and attractive pale golden color. Its tiny and abundant bubbles rise up forming numerous rosaries and a stable crown. High quality Cava from the hearth of D.O. Cava in Western Catalunya, Spain.
Ovum Wines Off the Grid Riesling 2017: This exquisite Riesling was entirely fermented with native yeast in both concrete egg and neutral wood. Given extended lees contact, it’s textural and loaded with dry extract. Flavors highlight citrus rind, grapefruit and wet stone through the long and satisfying finish.
Leclerc Briant Réserve Brut Champagne: Brut Réserve delivers the depth and fruitiness expected of a Champagne made from black grapes with the underlying flavors of brioche and almond from nearly three years aging on its lees. Chardonnay brings an underpinning of lemony acidity giving an impression of lightness and freshness. The finish is firmly dry with lingering notes of chervil and coriander.