Warning! Fabulous Wines Ahead …

Cuvée-Co Wines Ivy Elliot Rosé NV, Limestone Coast Australia
Grape: Pinot Noir predominantly, Chardonnay
Drink: Now or until 2020
Winemaker Peta Baverstock was one of the 50 Young Guns of Wine in 2019 and she has certainly made a splash with her Cuvée-Co wines since launching in November 2018. This wine comprises Pinot Noir (74%) grown in the Robe region of the Limestone Coast and Chardonnay (26%) from Padthaway.

Te Whare Ra Toru 2018, Marlborough New Zealand
Grape: Gewürztraminer (75%), Riesling (16%), Pinot Gris (9%)
Drink: Now or until 2020
Toru means three in Māori, reflecting the fact that this wine is a true field of three different varieties. The fruit is subject to a range of treatments – some parcels may be destemmed, some whole bunch pressed, others may undergo skin contact before the juice is blended for co-fermentation. Fermentation vessels are a mixture of stainless steel and large old French oak vessels. The wine is not fined and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Corymbia, Chenin Blanc 2018, Swan Valley Australia
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Drink: Now or until 2020
Wife and husband, Genevieve and Robb Mann launched their own label in 2013 after many years working in wineries around the world. Fruit for this wine comes from vines planted more than 25 years ago in a vineyard that was dry grown. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented using natural yeasts. A portion of the wine was fermented in French oak for four months before blending and bottling.

Ata Rangi, Crimson Pinot Noir 2017, Martinborough New Zealand
Grape: Pinot Noir
Drink: Now or until 2022+
This wine is named for the conservation project it sponsors. Project Crimson aims to save two red-flowering native trees in New Zealand – the mountain-loving Rata and the coastal dwelling Pōhutukawa. Fruit for this wine comes from the Martinborough terraces and is hand-picked and completely destemmed. Fermentation uses indigenous yeasts and maturation lasts 9 months in French oak (20% new). Winemaker, Helen Masters, was recently awarded the 2019 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, New Zealand Winemaker of the Year.

Yangarra Estate, Ovitelli Grenache 2017, McLaren Vale Australia
Grape: Grenache
Drink: Now or until 2025+
Another outstanding wine from the Yangarra team. This Grenache was fermented and matured in 675L ceramic eggs to produce a very sophisticated example of Grenache. The vineyard is biodynamic-certified and produces fruit that creates a wine of elegant structure and fabulous flavour intensity without overwhelming the palate.

Bird on a Wire, Syrah 2014, Yarra Valley Australia
Grape: Syrah
Drink: Now or until 2020
Winemaker Caroline Mooney grew up in the Yarra Valley and sources fruit for this wine from “lean gravelly soils” in the Yarra Glen. Highly rated by both James Halliday and Campbell Mattinson this Syrah is drinking beautifully now, expressing the elegance the variety and region are capable of producing when treated with expertise.