We have 20% - 40% off over 150 exciting wines in our Australia & New Zealand sale, far too many to list here so I have decided to focus today on these two countries’ flagship grape varieties.
Like many new world countries, New Zealand and Australia have built their winemaking reputation using grape varieties of French origin, but to consider these wines as mere copies of the French originals would be a great mistake.
Both nations have made these grapes their own, producing distinctive wines in an exuberantly fruity style that could never be replicated in their French homeland.
The selection I have chosen below come from some the finest family-owned vineyards in the Southern hemisphere and should illustrate just how wonderful the wines from these grapes can be when handled with care in their adopted new world homes.
In the case of Sauvignon Blanc, French examples from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley are generally elegant and mineral driven, whereas the wines from Marlborough are among the most aromatic whites produced anywhere.
We are delighted to have just begun working with Giesen, one of Marlborough’s finest estates.
Originally from Germany, over the last 35 years the Giesen brothers have laid deep roots in the Marlborough region, developing their own vineyards in the highly sought-after Wairau Valley.
The brothers are firm believers in letting the ‘terroir’ speak for itself with 20% of their vineyards certified organic, and many more currently undergoing conversion.
Made with fruit picked from the warmer Wairau Valley, Giesen's Bay & Barnes Block is a benchmark Marlborough Sauvignon packed with ripe tropical flavours; passionfruit, grapefruit, kiwi & lime all beautifully balanced by the crisp zesty finish.
Giesen's 'the Brothers' is subtly-oaked Sauvignon which has an alluring and exotic mix of ripe tropical fruit balanced with punchy herbal notes of fresh cut grass and crushed nettle. On the palate it is richly textured and complex with a long mineral finish. This is a seriously-impressive Sauvignon!
Shiraz, started out as Syrah in France’s Rhône valley, but quite different to Rhône Syrah, in the hotter, drier climates of Australia, Shiraz produces wines that tend to be rich and full-bodied with intense dark bramble fruit.
The first red wine I have chosen comes from another of our latest imports, Kangarilla Road.
Before founding the Kangarilla Road vineyard and winery in 1997, Kevin O'Brien, a winemaker educated at the highly-regarded Roseworthy College in Adelaide spent twelve years honing his skills at some of Australia’s top wineries.
His approach is simple, producing wines to enjoy drinking with or without food and with good friends. Kevin has earned a reputation for crafting well-balanced wines rich in intensity that consistently earn critical acclaim.
Kevin’s Street Cred Shiraz was made using grapes sourced from several vineyards throughout McLaren Vale's sub-regions, and was aged French and American oak, yielding a wonderfully savoury wine with juicy blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with hints of spice on the lively lingering finish.
We are still in the new world but my last selection comes with a long history, six generations of the Schrapel family have grown grapes in one of the finest spots in Australia's Barossa Valley. Current winemaker Geoff Schrapel has decades of experience behind him and his wines are highly praised for their purity and elegance.
Bethany Creek is a stunning Shiraz, made from early-harvest grapes grown on the Schrapel family’s Barossa vineyards. This is a very elegant, rather European style red with slightly floral and red cherry characters on both the nose and the palate. The finish is soft and smooth thanks to two year’s careful oak ageing.
All of the wines above will be available to taste in your local O’Briens store this weekend.