Mix Six Wine April: Great Things Come in Small Packages
Never underestimate the half bottle*. Perfect for drinking classy while staying classy, this month our selection focuses on quality over quantity. Treat yourself or find a few friends for a primo degustation featuring wines of serious value.
NV Valdespino ‘Inocente’ Fino
In what has become a saturated sherry market, this fino remains a shining light. Here, Bodegas Valdespino place emphasis on single site Palomino fruit, fermentation in oak casks and a ten-year-old solera cycle to keep tradition firmly intact. As a result, it’s a compelling drop which shows all of the oxidative complexities expected of the style combined with a vibrant edge – notes of salted almonds, bright citrus and briny olives mark the experience.
2012 Weingut Zilliken ‘Saarburger’ Riesling Kabinett
From Germany’s Saarburger comes a highly sought after Riesling from the esteemed Zilliken family. Upon opening, some aromatic development reveals citrus blossom, dried fruits and fig on the nose; before a pillowy-textured palate of peach and lemon pith, alongside background hints of exotic fruits and marmalade. While a hint of residual sugar offers generosity, the wine appears quite dry and finishes with a burst of both fresh acidity and savoury elegance. This is looking super.
2015 Domaine André Bonhomme Viré Clessé ‘Cuvée Specialé’
Though Viré Clessé may not be a household Burgundy appellation, it’s ability to yield impeccable wines is undoubted. Case in point: Domaine André Bonhomme, which was founded in 1956 and continues to craft Chardonnays of freshness and minerality. This, the domaine’s ‘special’ bottling is made up of fruit from vines aged between 28 and 70 years on clay-limestone soils. A blend of oak and stainless steel treatment provides rounded balance as notes of saline acidity, crunchy stone fruits and citrus peel fill the senses.
Viré Clessé, $32
2014 Curly Flat Pinot Noir
Here’s a champion of Victorian Pinot Noir which consistently offers brilliant bang for one’s buck. Concentrated in style, a lick of dark cherry interacts with tones of earthy spice, undergrowth and a hint of cacao. Texturally, there’s a lot on offer but each element is carefully held in check with a bright line of acidity. Decanting recommended.
2013 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
A pure expression of Sangiovese from the heart of Chianti. Winemaker, Paolo De Marchi’s old school approach to vinification adds considerable personality to a drop that’s framed by quintessential characteristics of sour cherry, bramble, baking spices and a firm tannin structure. An ideal match with Autumnal stews and long, slow braises.
2015 Clonakilla ‘O’Riada’ Shiraz
From the stunning 2015 vintage in Canberra, this is perhaps the best O’Riada Shiraz that we’ve seen. Spicy red and blackberry fruits, game and excellent ripeness is deftly balanced with integrated tannins and herbal sap. Put simply, this is one of those wines that makes you stand up and pay attention. Initial generosity on the palate provides broad appeal, but it’s quickly followed by a sense of fineness which can only be attributed to Clonakilla’s granite soils and cool climate. Sensational stuff.
* Please note: all bottles are 375mL
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