Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vegan

Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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  1. GUNDERLOCH 'FRITZ' RIESLING 2017
    Citrus, floral, honey and white peach aromas, with some minerality notes. Fresh, creamy, juicy, round palate with some sweetness but balanced acidity. Off-dry in character with a cleansing acidity and plenty of citrus and stone fruit make this a perfect ... Learn More
  2. MEDHURST YARRA VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2018
    Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural ... Learn More
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  3. DALRYMPLE TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2018
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
  4. JOSEF CHROMY PINOT NOIR 2018
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
  5. JOSEF CHROMY PINOT NOIR 2017
    WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak and spice. Lifted bright, sweet ... Learn More
  6. GUNDERLOCH 'ROTHENBERG GROSSES GEWACHS' RIESLING 2017
    A mouthwatering German Riesling, sourced from the Rothenberg vineyard, a "Grosses Gewachs" or "Great Growth" vineyard. Off-dry in character with a cleansing acidity and plenty of citrus and stone fruit make this a perfect aperitif. Aromas of citrus, floral, honey ... Learn More
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