July 2019 Wines
1. Circe, Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, 2014
2. Nimbostratus, King Valley, 2016
3. Ten Minutes by Tractor, Wallis Vineyard, 2015
Circe, Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine Mornington Peninsula, 2014
My favourite sparkling wine produced in Australia from Dan Buckle – Chief Sparkling Winemaker at Domain Chandon by day and winemaker for Circe by night. This is the last year he will make his sparkling wine so don’t miss out on grabbing a bottle before they all go!
Dan makes this wine using the same method as that used in the Champagne region and this year’s vintage is more in the grower style of Champagne. Generous and easily enjoyable now, this will also develop delicious complexity over time.
Nimbostratus Whitlands Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, King Valley
This is the Chardonnay we enjoyed at Marion. It is produced by Dom Valentine (of Valentine Valere Riesling) and Clare Burder (Humble Tumbler). This is this first release and hopefully not the last!
The technical stuff … handpicked and whole-bunch pressed into barrels with fermentation using indigenous yeast. Maturation was for 9 months on lees and in French oak (25% news), which lends a lovely creaminess to the wine, which is balanced by the racy acidity found in fruit from this cooler climate at altitude. Drink now or through until 2022.
Ten Minutes by Tractor, Wallis Vineyard Mornington Peninsula, 2015
A beautiful expression of single vineyard Chardonnay from Ten Minutes by Tractor and named for the original owners of the vineyard, Peter and Elizabeth Wallis. This vineyard of 4.84 ha is north-northeast facing with a creek running along the bottom of the slope and was first planted in 1992.
Fermentation of the 2015 Chardonnay took place in French oak (17% new) using indigenous yeasts. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation, regular stirring of the lees and maturation for 10 months in barrel. Drink now or through until 2027.
1. Pyrette by Bindi, Heathcote, 2017
2. Hear Me Roar, Barossa, 2018
3. Pinemount Wines, Mornington Peninsula, 2016
Pyrette Shiraz 2017, Heathcote
A delicious outlier in the Bindi stable and always a pleasure to pop open and drink! The 2017 vintage was cool and this has provided wines with lifted aromas, spice and excellent (read delicious) purity of fruit.
Two vineyards in Heathcote contribute fruit for this wine – one on the Mount Camel Range in Heathcote where vines grow on the red Cambrian soil for which the region is famed and the other, a more southerly vineyard with a mix of shattered rock and Cambrian soil. Fermentation was in large vats using indigenous yeast, before maturation in French barrels (10% new). Drink now but if you can keep your hands off it, it will drink well through until 2025+
Hear Me Roar Shiraz 2018, Barossa
Made at Irvine winery in the Barossa and now completely sold out, this wine is an initiative from the Australian Women in Wine to raise money for education scholarships. The three winemakers involved come from some of the best estates in Australia – they are Sue Hodder of Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Emma Norbiato of Calabria Family Wines, Rebekah Richardson of Irvine Wines and Corrina Wright of Oliver’s Taranga.
The style is generous and velvety in structure with ripe, juicy red and black fruit and peppery spice that will drink well now yet age nicely over the next 5+ years.
Pinemount Wines Shiraz 2016, Mornington Peninsula
After working extensively in Western Australia, Imogen Dillon returned home to Victoria, where she produces wines from both the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. This is the first release of the Syrah and it won’t be the last. You will find a silky texture with flavours of black and blue fruits together with spicy pepper on offer here. Enjoy this now and through until 2020+.