From grapes sourced in the Kenton Valley, this is just one exampe of what these guys can do with Chardonnay.
Often I find that all of the wine I buy is to lay down for 10-20 years which is fabulous but what to drink now? Well this wine is definitely the answer to your problem - even if it is a very nice problem to have! Bright and fruity, Red Claw are Australian producer Yabby Lake's 'drink now' range of delicious wines made entirely from their grapes and with their signature care and attention. Citrus and stone fruit steal the show with the subtlest of oak spice adding complexity. And if that isn't enough to convince you, Victoria Moore marked the 2014 out as a 'benchmark for contemporary Aussie chard' with the 2015 being no exception!
From the ever-brilliant husband-wife team of Brendon and Kirstyn Keys at BK Wines, we bring you a new Chardonnay offering. BK do not own any of their own vineyard sites, but instead they rent acreage from local landowners. The name of this wine is inspired by the vineyard proprietor himself, because he only has one... well, we're sure you can figure it out yourselves!
Savagnin, more commonly found in the Jura has made its way in to the BK cellar and here's the product- a slightly skin contact, slightly funky and totally individual white that puts smiles on all our faces.
Another stunning vintage of this stereotype-defying Chardonnay from BK Wines
The Uberblanc Rieslings from Tasmania-based winemaker Nick Glaetzer are named after the 'uber' vintage that he spent in Germany, learning how to get the best from this great variety under the instruction of the best teachers there are. The Goldpunkt cuvee is a selection of grapes from a couple of parcels, and the style is inspired by the Grosses Gewachs of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
I don't think we can really shout loudly enough about how much we love this wine. One of the most exciting Australian Chardonnays we have ever tasted.
This is stunning Chardonnay. " Acts a lot like a wine from Ramonet (the great Burgundy producer)" 93pts, Stephen Tanzer. Minuscule quantities.
The devil (or at least the incredible flavour) really is in the detail with this wine. Hand picking, minimal intervention, natural fermentation in oak barrels and naturation on the lees keep the grapefruit and floral citrus nose while giving the wine a bit more to shout about on the beautifully rounded palate. With 96 points from James Halliday this is a go to wine for purity, minerality and most importantly quality!
Winemaker Taras Ochota explains the name, saying it is taken from 'the back of my 1960s bass amp I used in my misspent youth playing in punk bands.
It was such a simple less-is-more image which represents going back to basics, no fancy stuff, just old-school winemaking from an insane Basket Range vineyard.
"Mendoza clone grapes are hand-picked, pressed directly into French puncheons for a wild ferment and maturation (without mlf) for 10 months. It is an exquisitely balanced wine, grapefruit and almond kernel to the fore, the finish of great length. 97 points" - James Halliday
A rich, inky colour, this wine jumps out of the glass at you with excitement and flavour. The nose is full of dark plums, fresh, juicy blackcurrants and cherry cordial. This lifted by savoury spice, a splash of tamarind and a touch of mint. The palate is surprisingly light with medium tannins, despite its full colour. Fresh and concentrated autumnal fruits predominate - more hedgerow blackcurrants and damsons - and just a hint of spice.
"Cote Rotie for a picnic" - Jancis Robison, Weekend FT, JancisRobinson.com
Lovely purple flowers – violets and heather – on the nose. Touch of pepper. Something fresh and juicy and wild that dances across the palate with a vibrant energy you rarely see in wines from south of the equator. Joy in a glass. 12 – 12.5% drink now, what are you waiting for?
Deep and inky nose with black olive tapenade, toasted blueberries, wet stone, flint and pepper. Brooding. Decant this. Maybe twice. The palate certainly sits firmly on the Syrah side of the Shiraz/Syrah divide. The texture is sinewy, with cocoa-laced tannins wrapped taught around those black olives and, blueberries. Both dusty and fresh, this is a bottle of contradictions that reveals something new with every glass; every sip. Violently decant twice – let it breathe deep for it has quite the story to tell. 14.5% drink now - 2022
James Halliday 2015 Wine Companion – 94 points: "4% cabernet franc and maturation for 18 months in new and used French oak has brought out maximum varietal expression in its regional context, where mint and mulberry are often part of the mix; it is medium-bodied, with firm cabernet tannins, the oak largely a bystander."
"Skin-n-Bones gets its name from uncommonly long sking contact and a bone-dry finish". Brand new Pinot Noir from our favourite Adelaide Hills producer!
Low intervention Pinot Noir - inspired by Burgundy and the Minervois, made in Tasmania. Made by former Young Winemaker of the Year and Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy winner, Nick Glaetzer.
Oh wow. Cassis and cedar box with a touch of marmalade - this is the sort of bold and expressive nose that etches great Cabernet Sauvignon into the mind and soul. The palate is deep, rich, and fruitful, with ripeness balanced beautifully with poised, gentle tannins.
It isn't often that you get wines that are such a labour of love for such an affordable price. The grapes are handpicked and each parcel is dealt with seperately ensuring that you get the best possible flavour. Vivacious, luscious and tempting, this glides out of the glass and calls you in with its siren song. Give in to the waves of juicy cherry and raspberry. Be seduced by the blood orange and dainty floral edge and let the currants, kirsch and cloves mesmerise you.
Beguiling, moreish, tangy Pinoit Noir from an outstanding new producer. Richard doesn't want you to buy this because he wants all of it.
Here at Swig we absolutely adore being a bit silly and having some fun but occassionaly even we acknowledge that being grown up is necessary and this is one grown up, elegant and sophisticated wine! It has delicate floral top notes which are in perfect harmony with the spicy rich fruity character of Shiraz. An excuse to put on your favourite classical composer and indulge as only the most refined do.
Winemaker and owner Nick Glaetzer left his native Barossa for Tasmania to pursue a portfolio of 'cool climate' wines. His big goal was to make New World Pinot Noir in an homage to the Burgundian style, while still remaining very much a Tasmanian product.
Very fine pure nose and palate. One of the finest Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs to date. Very much in the cool climate style, showing finesse and elegance, but plenty of lovely, fine Pinot character.
Another stunning wine from the seemingly unstoppable Tom Carson, rightfully sweeping up awards such as the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015. It has lots of zippy, tangy, juicy raspberry flavours backed up by a savoury meaty undertone. Drinking well now but leave it a little longer if you want a bit more of those leafy, mushroomy characters famous from Pinot Noir.
Some of this remarkable wine comes from vines planted in 1888. It is one of the greatest wines we have ever sold. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.
'I should probably call this a pet-NOT, it has a slight PFFT on opening, but after that it is best treated as a highly aromatic, slightly cloudy, pétillant, orange / rosé wine. That trace of CO2 is vital though, as the wine was made without any sulphur dioxide additions whatsoever it’s the carbon dioxide that is protecting it.' - Winemaker, Tim Wildman MW
Everyone in the Swig office loves this! Rhubarb and custard tangy sweets with hints of melon and peach and a tart apple palate. Yum!
Glorious Petillant Naturel from our favourite people in the Adelaide Hills!