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Spring Loaded 2017

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Hooray. It’s finally September, and in the southern hemisphere that means the long cold wait is over. Spring is finally here! Chilly mornings, sunny days, the return of green to the garden, short sleeves for the overly enthusiastic, even the odd smiling face during peak hour – like a rush of blood to the head, the first signs of spring come as welcome relief from the long cold winter that was.

And so, as Mother Nature’s mood takes a turn for the better, so too does the outlook for lovers of good food and wine. Out the window go the big, juicy, fruit-rich reds that kept us happy during the cooler months, and in their place come a cast of aromatic whites, seriously food-friendly pink wines, plus a handful of fruit-driven, oak-free reds perfect for the season’s first barbecues. 

One of last year’s biggest selling packs, Spring Loaded celebrates all that’s good and great about the coming three months. We hope you love the selection!

Happy drinking,
 

The Drinks List Team

Large Pack (12 Bottles) - Spring Loaded 2017
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  • 1. DELINQUENTE ‘Tuff Nutt’ Bianco D’Alessano 2017
    RIVERLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Beautifully produced & insane value for money, the latest releases from Greg Grigoriou’s Delinquente label are easily his best to date. Leading the charge is the fresh & fizzy ‘Tuff Nutt’ pet nat made from Bianco d’Alessano. Slightly cloudy to look at, expect a bright cider-like nose of tart green apples, pear & sourdough bread, while the palate is tart, lively with fizz, long & dry. Drink it with spiced almonds & salty green olives.

  • 2. HODDLES CREEK ESTATE Pinot Blanc 2016
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    Franco D’Anna & team continue to turn out wines of frightening detail at prices that will drop your jaw. Here, estate-grown Pinot Blanc is gently handled: hand-picked, de-stemmed, gently pressed, fermented wild & lightly filtered prior to bottling. The results are delicious. Expect a tightly wound & subdued nose of green apple, citrus, beeswax & mineral, while the palate is pure & racy – almost Chablis-like in its feel – before landing clean & dry. Drink it alongside spaghetti with broad beans, peas, mint, basil & lemon.

  • 3. PRÀ ‘Otto’ Soave 2015
    VENETO, ITALY

    Made from 100% organically grown Garganega & with zero oak influence, this is a brilliant introduction to Soave from one of the region’s true stars. Drawn from vineyards near to the Soave village, expect classic smells of lemon rind, almond & beeswax, while the palate is rich & steely with pure stone fruit flavours & bright mineral texture. Perfect with freshly shucked oysters or simply to stash away in the cellar for the coming summer. Drink it with asparagus risotto.

  • 4. FLEET ‘Amis’ White 2017
    GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA

    We’re big fans of Lisa & Justin Jenkins, & the brilliant debut wines being turned out under their Fleet label. Following last year’s epic Cab Franc, the ‘Amis’ (friends) wines are every bit as delicious. The white is a blend of Pinot Gris (70%) & Riesling (30%) that’s whole-bunch pressed & fermented in large, old oak. The resulting wine displays bright orchard fruit & green leafy herb smells on the nose, while the palate is tight & compact with lovely mineral texture, length & line. Drink it with pan-fried flathead tails & lemon.

  • 5. UNICO ZELO ‘Esoterico’ 2016
    MULTI-REGIONAL, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Brendan & Laura Carter are the duo behind Unico Zelo, Applewood Distillery & Harvest. Drawn from the Riverland & the Clare Valley, ‘Esoterico’ is comprised of Muscat of Alexandria, Bianco d’Alessano & Riesling with varying levels of skin contact, oxidative handling & time in large old oak. Expect smells of bruised apple, pear, rose & ginger, while the palate is broad, tannic & beautifully textured. Drink it with kung pao chicken.

  • 6. BRASH HIGGINS ‘Nymph’ 2016
    MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Brad Hickey & Nicole Thorpe are responsible for producing some of the most exciting wines currently coming out of McLaren Vale. The white blend ‘Nymph’ is yet another standout in a long list of standouts. Here, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Viognier & Riesling were hand harvested over a 48-hour period prior to being de-stemmed & co-fermented – & the resulting wine is intense. Expect an exotic nose of baked apple, stem ginger & preserved lemon, while the palate is rich, textured, savoury & dry. Drink it with hot-smoked trout.

  • 7. TRIENNES Rosé 2016
    PROVENCE, FRANCE

    Triennes’ stylish estate-grown rosé hails from the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence. The vineyards are farmed meticulously, incorporating a mix of organic & biodynamic principals, while the production process is twofold & begins with a lightning-fast skin contact before a cool, month-long fermentation. The result is a pale, pretty, mouth-watering blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah & Merlot where smells of raspberry, red currant & dried herbs give way to a fresh fruit-driven palate punctuated by crunchy acidity & a clean, drying finish. Drink it with crusty bread, ripe tomato & fresh ricotta.

  • 8. NICK SPENCER Rosé 2017
    GUNDAGAI, NEW SOUTH WALES

    The debut wines from Nick Spencer (formerly of Eden Road) are some of the most exciting we’ve tried this year. Drawn from a single vineyard located at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, this is dry & savoury copper-coloured rosé (Pinot Noir 95%, balance Tempranillo & Touriga) where smells of baked quince, juicy red apples, hay & minerals make way for a mouthful of wine that’s delicate & direct with subdued fruit, lovely acidity & a long, drying end. Drink it outdoors with antipasto.

  • 9. LA FICELLE DE SAINT-POURÇAIN 2016
    LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE

    This delicious drink-now blend of Gamay & Pinot Noir hails from the co-operative of Saint-Pourçain, an outer subregion of the Loire. This year, the ever-changing label features the Disney-like pink elephants of French artist Camille Besse. There’s much to love about what’s inside, too, kicking off with a bright & bouncy nose of wild raspberry, plum & sour cherry smells, while the palate is light, racy & built for all the charred & sticky things that your barbecue can manage.

  • 10. THOUSAND CANDLES 'Gathering Field’ Pinot Noir 2016 
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    Thousand Candles 2.0 is off to an exciting start, with viticultural Jedi Stuart Proud now responsible for what happens in both the vineyard & winery – & it's an exciting restart. From a selection of old barrels, expect a perfumed & multi-dimensional wine where smells of wild red fruits sit nicely alongside smells of dried mountain herbs & autumn leaf. The palate is firmly structured, long & delicious. Drink it with tuna tataki. 

  • 11. DORMILONA ‘Tinto’ 2017
    MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Those of you who bought last year’s Big Reds Are Go! pack won’t need reminding how good the wines of the ‘2016 Young Gun of Wine’ Jo Perry are. The 2017 instalment of the ‘Tinto’ is produced from 100% Margaret River Shiraz. Neon cherry to look at, expect a deeply perfumed nose of sour cherry, blueberry & incense. It’s bright & juicy in the mouth, not at all heavy & just the thing for spicy ribs straight from the barbecue.

  • 12. FRANKLAND ESTATE Shiraz 2015
    FRANKLAND RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Warm days, chilly nights & the rocky ironstone-rich soils of Isolation Ridge are the key ingredients in this jaw-dropping example of cool climate Shiraz from Australia’s extreme south-west corner. Fermented long & cool (& including 3% Viognier), expect a dark & tightly wound nose of graphite, white pepper, clove, incense smoke & black cherry, while in your mouth it’s medium-bodied & well supported by vibrant acidity & a wash of tight grainy tannins. Drink it with sticky beef short ribs.

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Medium Pack (6 Bottles) - Spring Loaded 2017
$150 inc GST
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  • 1. DELINQUENTE ‘Tuff Nutt’ Bianco D’Alessano 2017
    RIVERLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Beautifully produced & insane value for money, the latest releases from Greg Grigoriou’s Delinquente label are easily his best to date. Leading the charge is the fresh & fizzy ‘Tuff Nutt’ pet nat made from Bianco d’Alessano. Slightly cloudy to look at, expect a bright cider-like nose of tart green apples, pear & sourdough bread, while the palate is tart, lively with fizz, long & dry. Drink it with spiced almonds & salty green olives.

  • 2. HODDLES CREEK ESTATE Pinot Blanc 2016
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    Franco D’Anna & team continue to turn out wines of frightening detail at prices that will drop your jaw. Here, estate-grown Pinot Blanc is gently handled: hand-picked, de-stemmed, gently pressed, fermented wild & lightly filtered prior to bottling. The results are delicious. Expect a tightly wound & subdued nose of green apple, citrus, beeswax & mineral, while the palate is pure & racy – almost Chablis-like in its feel – before landing clean & dry. Drink it alongside spaghetti with broad beans, peas, mint, basil & lemon.

  • 3. BRASH HIGGINS ‘Nymph’ 2016
    MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Brad Hickey & Nicole Thorpe are responsible for producing some of the most exciting wines currently coming out of McLaren Vale. The white blend ‘Nymph’ is yet another standout in a long list of standouts. Here, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Viognier & Riesling were hand harvested over a 48-hour period prior to being de-stemmed & co-fermented – & the resulting wine is intense. Expect an exotic nose of baked apple, stem ginger & preserved lemon, while the palate is rich, textured, savoury & dry. Drink it with hot-smoked trout.

  • 4. NICK SPENCER Rosé 2017
    GUNDAGAI, NEW SOUTH WALES

    The debut wines from Nick Spencer (formerly of Eden Road) are some of the most exciting we’ve tried this year. Drawn from a single vineyard located at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, this is dry & savoury copper-coloured rosé (Pinot Noir 95%, balance Tempranillo & Touriga) where smells of baked quince, juicy red apples, hay & minerals make way for a mouthful of wine that’s delicate & direct with subdued fruit, lovely acidity & a long, drying end. Drink it outdoors with antipasto.

  • 5. LA FICELLE DE SAINT-POURÇAIN 2016
    LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE

    This delicious drink-now blend of Gamay & Pinot Noir hails from the co-operative of Saint-Pourçain, an outer subregion of the Loire. This year, the ever-changing label features the Disney-like pink elephants of French artist Camille Besse. There’s much to love about what’s inside, too, kicking off with a bright & bouncy nose of wild raspberry, plum & sour cherry smells, while the palate is light, racy & built for all the charred & sticky things that your barbecue can manage.

  • 6. FRANKLAND ESTATE Shiraz 2015
    FRANKLAND RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Warm days, chilly nights & the rocky ironstone-rich soils of Isolation Ridge are the key ingredients in this jaw-dropping example of cool climate Shiraz from Australia’s extreme south-west corner. Fermented long & cool (& including 3% Viognier), expect a dark & tightly wound nose of graphite, white pepper, clove, incense smoke & black cherry, while in your mouth it’s medium-bodied & well supported by vibrant acidity & a wash of tight grainy tannins. Drink it with sticky beef short ribs.

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Small Pack (3 Bottles) - Spring Loaded 2017
$80 inc GST
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  • 1. BRASH HIGGINS ‘Nymph’ 2016
    MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Brad Hickey & Nicole Thorpe are responsible for producing some of the most exciting wines currently coming out of McLaren Vale. The white blend ‘Nymph’ is yet another standout in a long list of standouts. Here, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Viognier & Riesling were hand harvested over a 48-hour period prior to being de-stemmed & co-fermented – & the resulting wine is intense. Expect an exotic nose of baked apple, stem ginger & preserved lemon, while the palate is rich, textured, savoury & dry. Drink it with hot-smoked trout.

  • 2. NICK SPENCER Rosé 2017
    GUNDAGAI, NEW SOUTH WALES

    The debut wines from Nick Spencer (formerly of Eden Road) are some of the most exciting we’ve tried this year. Drawn from a single vineyard located at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, this is dry & savoury copper-coloured rosé (Pinot Noir 95%, balance Tempranillo & Touriga) where smells of baked quince, juicy red apples, hay & minerals make way for a mouthful of wine that’s delicate & direct with subdued fruit, lovely acidity & a long, drying end. Drink it outdoors with antipasto.

  • 3. FRANKLAND ESTATE Shiraz 2015
    FRANKLAND RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Warm days, chilly nights & the rocky ironstone-rich soils of Isolation Ridge are the key ingredients in this jaw-dropping example of cool climate Shiraz from Australia’s extreme south-west corner. Fermented long & cool (& including 3% Viognier), expect a dark & tightly wound nose of graphite, white pepper, clove, incense smoke & black cherry, while in your mouth it’s medium-bodied & well supported by vibrant acidity & a wash of tight grainy tannins. Drink it with sticky beef short ribs.

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3 Cracking bottles for $80 inc GST