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Ngeringa Tempranillo 2014

Estate- and therefore biodynamically-grown.

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Paxton Tempranillo 2015

Mattinson is our TWF resident champion of locally grown Tempranillo. Organically (biodynamic) grown.

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Ngeringa Eclat Brut NV

New wine out of the Ngeringa stable. Biodynamically grown. 40/60 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Sealed, thankfully, with a crown seal. Zero dosage.

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Yangarra Estate Roussanne 2014

There’s a bit of thought gone into these wines from Yangarra. Says on the back label “Grown on a 2 acre block on ironstone gravelly sand. Hand picked and whole berry pressed using basket press. 30% fermented in large ceramic eggs (half on skins for 90 days), 60% in older French oak, and 10% new French oak. 7 months in barrel and stirred on lees. Certified bio-dynamic.” And, luckily for me, I’m not quite a touch typist, but pretty damned quick. 269 dozen made.

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Paxton Quandong Farm Shiraz 2013

Biodynamically grown. Wild ferment. McLaren Vale shiraz.

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Krinklewood Wild Red 2013

Certified biodynamic/organic.

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Paxton MV Shiraz 2013

McLaren Vale shiraz, biodynamically/organically grown.

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Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard Semillon 2013

Biodynamically grown. Hunter Valley semillon.

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Yangarra Estate PF Shiraz 2013

Interesting new release. Grown biodynamically. No additions whatsoever. Falls under the banner of “natural” in its growing and making.

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Kalleske Buckboard Durif 2012

Single vineyard Barossa durif. Spends 16 months in a mix of new and used American oak.

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Kalleske Fordson Zinfandel 2012

Kalleske is of course certified organic/biodynamic, no mean feat given the size of their vineyard holdings. Respect.

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Kalleske Dodger Tempranillo 2012

Biodynamically grown tempranillo from a single vineyard in the Barossa Valley. Wild fermented.

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Paxton MV Shiraz 2012

Biodynamically-grown shiraz from McLaren Vale. Small proportion of whole bunches. Grapes come from four separate vineyards. Spends extended time on skins and is matured in both French and American oak.

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Stefano Lubiana Primavera Pinot Noir 2012

Stefano Lubiana’s Primavera pinot noir has moved from a fruity early drinker to a more serious wine over the years. It’s tracked the development of the vineyard in many ways. Biodynamically grown.

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Domaine Cornin Pouilly Fuisse ‘Clos Reyssie’ 2011

Grape variety: Chardonnay; Vine age: planted in 1937. Ambitious pricing for the region, but a very good wine. Importer: United Cellars.

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Cambridge Road Dovetail 2010

It’s a wine after Mountain X’s heart. A blend of pinot noir (71%) and syrah from Martinborough. Organically grown “with assistance from biodynamic techniques”. Grown on vines ranging from 19 to 24 years of age. Wild yeast. Almost entirely destemmed though a small portion of whole bunches. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with “extremely low sulphur”. Interesting all round.

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Brash Higgins Omensetter 2008

Over to you, Brad Hickey, ‘it’s our first proprietary blend, all from shiraz and cabernet off our Omensetter vineyard.  The idea came to mind when we were tasting the 2008 shiraz  in barrel and discovered 5 tremendous barrels.  Discussion ensued about how and if one could know when a wine had reached it’s oak threshold during elevage.  Nobody in my circle in the Vale had aged wine for more than 2 years in barrel, afraid that the oak presence would eventually throttle the wine within. But what if the wine we were tasting had reached it’s threshold of oak influence, then what would happen? How would it evolve? Think of the world of untapped savouriness’.

‘I had seen up close how Chris Ringland’s 48 month elevage for his top shiraz in new Radoux hogsheads lead to some dramatic, delicious results.  I also remembered how the winemaker John Kongsgaard in Napa would talk of a “death and resurrection” in the longer barrel ageing in his chards and syrahs, very operatic fellow that he is. The syrahs in particular pulled wicked notes of aged beef, fresh beef blood, charcoal embers, creosote, sweet cherries, black currants, pepper-stuff that challenged the grey matter between my ears’, he finishes.

The wine is 90% 2008 shiraz and 10% 2009 cabernet sauvignon to ‘freshen and firm it up’. The wine spends three years in five new French hogsheads, then two years more in bottle and it will also be made from 2010 and 2012 vintages.

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Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

Made using sauvignon blanc (54%), semillon (43%) and verdelho. Biodynamically grown. A small proportion (6%) spends time in oak.

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Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2012

‘This is the first time we’ve got a Bannockburn to bottle without fining and filtering’, offers Blair Walter, winemaker, ‘we’ve been doing this since the first pinot noir release and it’s been tough to get brighter level of clarity, but we figured that if it’s good for pinot noir it will be sufficient for chardonnay’. This is 60% from the Elms vineyard, 30% from Calvert and 10% from Cornish Point, 20-year-old vines down to 6-year-old vines. Felton Road is pretty much the largest producer of chardonnay in Central Otago, by the by.

Hand-picked off the Demeter certified biodynamic vineyards, ‘we’re getting fruit maturity at lower sugars, so this was picked at the end of March, and came off very quickly’, says Walter, ‘we don’t like the golden coloured chardonnay berries, and we pick for vibrancy’. It’s whole bunch pressed and goes straight to barrel, less than 15% new oak, wild yeast, malo kicks off in spring, usually. Maybe a stir now and then, but no regular batonnage.

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Foxeys Hangout Kentucky Road 777 Pinot Noir 2012

Single block. Only 70 dozen. All clone 777 pinot noir. Touch of new oak but not a lot. Biodynamically grown. Cellar door only.

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