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Greatest Hits: Volume III

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Taken from our most popular packs, Greatest Hits: Volume III brings together a dozen of our favourite wines this year in one ‘best of’ pack. And so, without any further ado, here are the wines that pushed our buttons for one reason, or in some cases many reasons. We hope you love them!

Sit back, relax and crack the top of something nice while you chill to our latest Autumn Grooves HERE.

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  • 1. Prince Estivac Sparkling
    Sparkling White Blend from Alsace

    While there is no doubt Alsace is well known for its aromatic white varietals it is probably not as well known as the steward of great sparkling. Well, this little drop will change your mind. This doesn't try to be Champagne and it's all the better for it. The aim is to produce a clean, fun and delicious sparkling that nods to its home in Alsace but overdelivers in quality, and it has that in spades!

    This is sensational value, made from Pinot Blanc and Riesling in a traditional method. Nashi pear and green apple with hints of lime. Cumquat, apple, zesty citrus lead in the mouth to a long finish. Excellent little wine and you would be just as happy popping this for a toast as you would cracking it at a BBQ to get the party started.

  • 2. Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2019
    German Dry Riesling

    Wow! This is one of the best Fritz we have tried to date. So saline and mineral, brimming with stone fruits and just rips along the palate. Nicely focused and the driest, stylistically, we have seen too. We have always loved the fresh, bright and juicy nature of this wine and the 2019 just takes it all to another level. Great stuff!

  • 3. Ricca Terra Bronco Buster White 2020
    Vermentino, Fiano, Greco and Arinto - WHAT!?

    This crazy and delicious blend from vermentino, fiano, greco and arinto grapes is produced by Ashley Ratcliff and family from the Ricca Terra farms of Riverland, South Australia.

    There is a lovely chalky and green melon that greets you on the nose that flows into succulent nashi pear and green tree fruits. It’s a bit like trying to catch wind with you hand as all the spicy fruit and mineral laden falvours and aromas rush around your senses. Crisp and dry with lip-smacking fruit and refreshing acidity that makes you want for more. So good!

  • 4. Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Giminiano 2019
    Crispy Tuscan White

    The 2019 Vernaccia di S. Gimignano is an absolutely delicious, every day white. Apricot, tangerine oil, mint, chamomile and yellow flowers all grace this tasty, supple Vernaccia from Fontaleoni. ANTONIO GALLONI

    Bright and somewhat crunchy with a direct line of fresh apple like acidity. Plenty to enjoy here with all the usual elements you would want from Vernaccia of this quality, apple fruit, lemon oil and white flowers along with just enough texture to provide a little tactile interest. Clean and clear cut and something I will be drinking a lot of as the weather starts to warm up again. TDL

  • 5. Fleet Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2020
    Skinsy Pinot Gris

    The wine comes off three vineyard; Dunns Creek Estate, Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula Vineyard, leased and fruit farmed by Moorooduc Estate; and Dr Steve Smith Vineyard in Balnaring. The grapes are all pressed to big old barrels for that textural component with a little extra time on skins for some weight and colour.

    The Gris is a perfect summer drop and be warned it's a little pinker than most and a little more delicious too. You can feel the summer sun with its vibrant citrus and tangerine hints along with crispy apple fruits, it's heady and spiced, packed with white florals. There is a little more fat on the bone then some Gris but it plays off so well against the racy acidity that gives this such a refreshing and satisfying finish and ultimately makes it feel so light on its feet.

  • 6. Antoine Olivier Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Duex Dins' 2018
    100% Chardonnay, Macon, France

    The Olivier vineyard's was established at the end of the 60’s after Antoine Moreau-Chevalier left vines to son, Hervé. After the family domaine was split between Antoine and his sister a few years ago he has worked tirelessly to transform the estate into a force to be reckoned with.

    He was one of the first to see the potential the vineyards had for producing great Chardonnay. With his eye on sites particularly suited to whites he has slowly built up a stable of exceptional vineyards, some of which had been abandoned for over a century.

    Fruit is sourced from Verze in Macon. He likes this particular terroir as it gives him good freshness and energy, unlike so many Macon which he considers fat.

  • 7. The Wizardry Grenache Rouge 2019
    100% juicy Grenache, Heathcote

    Steve Webber is a man of many talents and passions. One of his is Grenache from upper Heathcote. He loves it so much he has established a brand around promoting the variety in the region. This is the 3rd vintage and of the wines and we are thoroughly convinced, not just because Steve stands behind, but because the wine is that good. The future is bright and so is this wine.

    This red delight reflects the name with definitely some magic in its makeup, dark cherry aromatics to start, with ripe but not jammy flavours as you sip in medium to fuller-bodied juicy fruits offsetting a fine, sandy tannin feel. There’s a lot going on for the price – look out for specials and keep an eye on it as the styling unfolds over the next few years. HALLIDAY MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2020

  • 8. Nunc Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    100% Yarra Valley

    Dave Mac formerly of Oyster bay and now Ar Fion heads up this awesome little collaboration that morphs from year to year. Working with growers from four Yarra Valley vineyards, stretching across the region's myriad of microclimates and soils this a classic looking Yarra Pinot.

    Yarra Station, Willowlake, Beenak and Primavera Vineyards, Yarra Valley

    The fruit from the Yarra Station and Willowlake vineyards was fermented as whole bunches for approximately 14 days. After a few light stomps they were pressed together to stay on light lees in old barrels. The remaining fruit (from Beenak and Primavera) was completely de-stemmed and fermented for approx 22 days with a light pump over every day. They were then pressed to a mix of old and two-year-old French barriques.

    After two months, malolactic fermentation was complete and the wines were racked together as a blend then returned to barrel for a further few months to help vineyard characters to integrate with each other and make a complete wine. At the end of August the wine was racked lightly again to tank, prior to a light sulphur addition in preparation for bottling.
    No fining or filtration.

    The result is a savoury, amaro- and tea leaf-inflected Pinot, with lifted notes of red cherry, raspberry and rose leading to a palate that is juicy and bright, medium-bodied, and with a deliciously smoky-spicy close.

  • 9. 5. SC Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2017
    Touriga & Tempranillo Blend

    When you get to read Jane’s review below we thought we couldn’t have it said it better. If you don’t know this wine from SC Pannell, well, consider yourself informed. An infectious and sumptuous red blend from Spain and Portugal's most important varietals. A match made in heaven.

    Sometimes, partnerships just work and sync immediately. Like these two Iberian varieties. Comfortable together, complementing the qualities of each to make an harmonious drink. Dark fruits, red and black licorice, roasted coffee beans, wood char and charcuterie, sarsaparilla and nutmeg. Medium-bodied, energetic and damn delicious. JANE FAULKNER. JamesHalliday.com

  • 10. Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2018
    Village Rhone Red

    The family have long owned a plot in the Courthezon sub-zone of Chateauneuf du Pape -in fact it is right next door to the revered, Chateau Rayas. Like so many in the area the norm was to grow and sell fruit and not make their own wine. However, in more recent times at Courtedune, the next generation of Caroline and Frederic Charrier returned to the estates over a decade ago with firm ideas of making their own wines from this unique plot of 40-60 years old, mostly Grenache, vines.

    The resulting wines are made in a non-interventionist manner - no new oak, no over extraction with the emphasis being on letting the fragrant fruit express itself without the high octane aspects of some of the regions more heady styles.

  • 11. Felsina Chianti Classico 2018
    Stunning Chianti Classico

    With a staggering 18+ tre biccherie awards to their name, Fattoria di Felsina is not only one of the greatest producers of Chianti Classico in the zone, but can also lay claim to being one of the greatest estates in Italy.

    Located on the southern boundary of the Chianti Classico zone at Beradegna, Felsina is run by the thoughtful, Giuseppe Mazzocolin, and together with consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei, he has guided the estate masterfully through the massive changes that have taken place in Tuscany in the last 30 years, always mindful of only making changes he thought would further the quality of the wines without obliterating the regional nuance. TDL

    The 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is endowed with so much class. In 2018, the Classico is a bit more restrained than it can be. That mid-weight sense of structure, though, gives the wine quite a bit of early appeal. Even so, I would cellar the 2018 for a few years, as all the elements haven't fully come together just yet. Dark cherry, game, smoke, licorice and earthy notes are a reminder we are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, even if the 2018 has less weight and overt power than Fèlsina fans are used to seeing. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous.com

  • 12. Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2017
    100% Barbera

    Located in the hills between Asti and Alba, Marchesi Alfieri is one of the most impressive estates in Piedmont, boasting its own castle atop the highest point in the village of San Martino Alfieri and commanding views over the surrounding countryside which includes the estate’s 24 hectares of vines. The main game here is Barbera d’Asti and under the stewardship of winemaker, Mario Olivero, the estate has made a reputation for modern-styled wines that still preserve the varietal character and regional typicity.

    What a gorgeous sheen of purple this thing has when you pour it. Aromatically the first whiff is all about these dark plum and wild black cherry characters but a vigorous swirl and the aniseed, fennel frond, baking spice and burnt orange peel notes start to appear and they waft through those bigger, bolder aspects. It hits the palate with a burst of cool but reasonably large scaled and mouth-filling fruit that is layered with interest and detail but also delivers on the deep, sumptuously fruited promise the nose hinted at. Barbera really hits its peak in years like 2017 and this is another polished and flawlessly delivered example from one of the masters of the style.

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  • 1. Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2019
    German Dry Riesling

    Wow! This is one of the best Fritz we have tried to date. So saline and mineral, brimming with stone fruits and just rips along the palate. Nicely focused and the driest, stylistically, we have seen too. We have always loved the fresh, bright and juicy nature of this wine and the 2019 just takes it all to another level. Great stuff!

  • 2. Ricca Terra Bronco Buster White 2020
    Vermentino, Fiano, Greco and Arinto - WHAT!?

    This crazy and delicious blend from vermentino, fiano, greco and arinto grapes is produced by Ashley Ratcliff and family from the Ricca Terra farms of Riverland, South Australia.

    There is a lovely chalky and green melon that greets you on the nose that flows into succulent nashi pear and green tree fruits. It’s a bit like trying to catch wind with you hand as all the spicy fruit and mineral laden falvours and aromas rush around your senses. Crisp and dry with lip-smacking fruit and refreshing acidity that makes you want for more. So good!

  • 3. Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Giminiano 2019
    Crispy Tuscan White

    The 2019 Vernaccia di S. Gimignano is an absolutely delicious, every day white. Apricot, tangerine oil, mint, chamomile and yellow flowers all grace this tasty, supple Vernaccia from Fontaleoni. ANTONIO GALLONI

    Bright and somewhat crunchy with a direct line of fresh apple like acidity. Plenty to enjoy here with all the usual elements you would want from Vernaccia of this quality, apple fruit, lemon oil and white flowers along with just enough texture to provide a little tactile interest. Clean and clear cut and something I will be drinking a lot of as the weather starts to warm up again. TDL

  • 4. 5. SC Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2017
    Touriga & Tempranillo Blend

    When you get to read Jane’s review below we thought we couldn’t have it said it better. If you don’t know this wine from SC Pannell, well, consider yourself informed. An infectious and sumptuous red blend from Spain and Portugal's most important varietals. A match made in heaven.

    Sometimes, partnerships just work and sync immediately. Like these two Iberian varieties. Comfortable together, complementing the qualities of each to make an harmonious drink. Dark fruits, red and black licorice, roasted coffee beans, wood char and charcuterie, sarsaparilla and nutmeg. Medium-bodied, energetic and damn delicious. JANE FAULKNER. JamesHalliday.com

  • 5. Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2018
    Village Rhone Red

    The family have long owned a plot in the Courthezon sub-zone of Chateauneuf du Pape -in fact it is right next door to the revered, Chateau Rayas. Like so many in the area the norm was to grow and sell fruit and not make their own wine. However, in more recent times at Courtedune, the next generation of Caroline and Frederic Charrier returned to the estates over a decade ago with firm ideas of making their own wines from this unique plot of 40-60 years old, mostly Grenache, vines.

    The resulting wines are made in a non-interventionist manner - no new oak, no over extraction with the emphasis being on letting the fragrant fruit express itself without the high octane aspects of some of the regions more heady styles.

  • 6. Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2017
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6 Cracking bottles for $166 $132 inc GST