Thorn Clark Eden Valley Riesling 2009 $9.95
The wine is pale straw in colour. The nose is bright and lifted with lime juice, perfumed floral notes and honeysuckle characters. The palate is crisp, clean with vibrant, zingy lemon zest flavours combined with a hint of lime leaf. There is good mouthfeel, balanced with citrus fruits and natural acidity.
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Region: Barossa, Australia
Nuna Bonarda Reserve 2009 $11.95
The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir.
Purple-colored Bonarda offers a fruity, fresh nose featuring plums, mulberries and violets. Fruity, forward and easy-going, Bonarda is the perfect match to Argentine bistro cuisine.
Grapes: 100% Bonarda
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2008 $9.95
Pale green hues, this wine has a spice and aromatic profile showing feijoa, lemongrass, rose petals and tropical fruit. Long, fine and refreshing, the Yalumba Y Series Riesling shows grapefruit flavours with balanced mineral acidity and fruit sweetness. This leads to a long lingering flavour and persistence on the palate.
Gentle processing of the grapes, and the use of only the clearest juice, followed by a cool even fermentation, ensures that the fresh flavours of the variety are preserved in the final wine.
Region: South Australia
Luna Nuda Chianti 2006 $8.95
Luna Nuda Chianti DOCG is produced on the Tuscan hills in the zone of the Chianti region located around Florence with a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes. Following careful grape selection and maceration of the must over the grape skins for 10 to 12 days, an advanced constant temperature fermentation technique is applied, yielding a pleasant, full bodied wine that keeps its distinctive fruitiness for an extensive period of time.
- Nose: fruity with aromas of ripe red fruit and an elegant note of spice.
- Palate: fresh, savory and well balanced, it has a good structure.
- New world flare with respect for the old world tradition.
- A very modern take on an ancient wine.
Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo
Region: Chianti, Italy
Gouguenheim Syrah 2006 $6.95
An expensive-tasting Syrah that owes its chocolate-rich, plummy fruit to an impeccable upbringing in optimally-sited Argentinian vineyards. Funded by his Cognac-selling father, and steered by leading South American wine consultants Susana Balbo and Pedro Marchevsky, Patricio Gouguenhem put down roots in Tupungato’s ‘Valle Escondido’ (‘Hidden Valley’), an hour’s drive from Mendoza. Susana revels in the fruit quality, making strapping reds like this. Wine for gaucho grills.
Region: Mendoza – Argentina
Helfrich Riesling 2007 $7.95
Not quite completely bone dry, with a hint of florality and sweetness to the apple/peach fruit. Elements of minerality and just enough cut at the finish, this is a pleasing and versatile effort for the genre with some actual fruit and character. Easy to like.
Region: Alsace – France
Van Ruiten Vineyards ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel 2007 $16.95
Overview: After years of playing second fiddle to the so called “King” Cabernet, Zinfandel has finally become trendy, and in Lodi is the undisputed champion among champions. This Zinfandel fruit was hand selected from the first vineyard John Van Ruiten planted over 50 years ago and is among the families most prized grapes. Our 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel is packed full of blackberry, cherry and blueberry jam with barrel flavors contributing aromas of coffee, cedar, and finishing with anise.
Region: Lodi Appellation – California
Leitz ‘Eins Zwei Dry’ Riesling Trocken 2008 $14.95
Overview: This bottling comes from the Rosenberg vineyard in neighboring Geisenheim, long famed for its rose-scented Rieslings. In recent years, this site just hasn’t had a great grower working it. Johannes has leased a winery just below the vineyard to give him more space to work, and with the winery came old vines on the steepest section of this vineyard. In years to come we may once again hail the Rosenberg for the great site it is! A wonderfully dry but not mouth searing style of Riesling for those who love the delicate attributes of the noble riesling varietal but aren’t keen on any residual sugar.
Region: Rheingau – Germany