Wine of the week: 2017 Manon Wine Release

It’s no secret that some of Australia’s most interesting wine is currently being made in the Adelaide Hills. But what separates the superlative examples from the merely exciting ones is an ability to combine varietal and regional expression with balance, intrigue and complexity. These cuvées from Monique Milton and Tim Weber, as they consistently have for a short while now, do just that. Perhaps it’s due to an intuitive and thoughtful approach to organic farming or maybe it’s the diligent use of slow, manual techniques. Wherever the magic occurs, we can honestly say that these are special wines from a special site worth seeking out.

2017 Manon ‘Forest White’ Sauvignon Blanc
This is not your typical Sauvignon Blanc: a hint of orange blossom leads to notes of lemon barley, white peach and apricot. It’s savoury, textured and holds a refreshing line of acidity. $38

2017 Manon ‘She Blushes Gris’ Pinot Gris
Rose blossom with lifted red fruits, fresh acidity and a mineral-graphite edge. Quite structured; showing brightness and balance. $42

2017 Manon ‘Farm Rosato’
From a patch of 25-year-old Bordeaux varietals. Notes of rose hip, bath salts, strawberry and cranberry mark the experience. Really refreshing with a saline edge. $42

2017 Manon ‘Love Lies Bleedings’ Pinot Noir
A short maceration time has provided sap, spice and a herbal accent that’s followed by cranberry, raspberry and stony flint. This is brilliantly tense. $38

Forest Range, prices as marked
Available all stores

Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior