3 Pack - Drink Outside the Box Vol. 2

 

We're all about trying new things so naturally we recommend going for the mixed pack, but we understand that there are wine lovers who are strictly team red or team white. That's okay - we can help you out with that!

The wines

WILDMAN Astro Bunny Pét-Nat 2018 - Riverland

How much further out of the box can you get! Wild wine, wild blend of varieties ( 50% Vermentino, 25% Nero d’Avola, 25% Zibibbo),wild name, wild label and made by a wild man, Tim Wildman that is.

Tim is a British-born Master of Wine (MW) who runs his own portfolio wine business involving travel, education and film. I guess we can consider him an Aussie Pet Nat pioneer - there were only a handful of producers having a crack at Pet Nats when he started back in 2014.

The Astro Bunny is a Pét-Nat (aka Pétillant Naturel)which is a style of sparkling wine, an ancient method of making fizz which has been around long before the famous sparklings of Champagne, these drink young wines can be red, white or anything in between. A naturally sparkling wine which ferments in the bottle – they’re cloudy, fresh and funky!

Pink, pretty and super fresh. It’s all strawberries and rose florals on the nose. The palate is bright and zippy with just the right amount of fizz for fun. Peachy fruit flavours with a mouth-watering grapefruit tang on the finish. This is going to go down a treat in the warmer months – the ultimate park wine!

RANGELIFE Garganega 2016 - King Valley

Obscure and difficult to pronounce but utterly delicious. This cracking Garganega from Victorian winemaker Cam Marshall’s Range Life Wines made it into Max Allen’s (legendary booze journalist) top 24 bottles for Summer sipping. I concur.

Garganega -   gar-GAH-nehga - is native to Italy where it is best known as the white variety used to make the famous Soave wines.

Fragrant perfume of lemon rind, beeswax, honeysuckle and herbs. It’s absolutely banging with flavour, fresh pineapple juice, intense citrus - lemon and pink grapefruit, a slight herbal tang on the finish. Zippy acidity, chalky texture and a dry refreshing finish. Super tasty!

SWINNEY Tirra Lirra Frankland River Grenache 2017 - Great Southern 

The Swinney family in Frankland River aren’t your average grape growers. These guys are specialist grape growers and provide super premium fruit to top end wine producers. Integrating modern technology (drones, 3D modelling, remote sensors) with traditional viticulture to achieve maximum quality for some very lucky winemakers! They also produce their own range of small batch wines from their very best parcels of fruit – less than 1% goes into the Swinney label.

The fruit was hand-picked from the bush vine Grenache vineyard in Frankland River, sorted by hand and crushed into small open fermenters. 25% whole bunch, wild yeast ferment, 2 weeks on skins before pressing out to large format French oak where it rested for 10 months before bottling.

Such a pretty perfume! Red berry and dried rose petals, dried herbs, twigs, cinnamon and clove spice. The palate is long, textural and complex with firm dense tannins, cranberry acidity and a long dry savoury finish. Good drinking now but will unfurl beautifully over time.

ALL RED

BRAVE NEW WINE Rude Boy 2018 - Great Southern 

The Rude Boy is an unconventional blend of Grenache and Shiraz juice fermented on Vermentino berries, with a splash of tempranillo. A super moreish and enticing nose! Floral and earthy with forest berries and fresh herbs. The palate is flavoursome and crunchy. Juicy, spicy, sweet/sour cherry. Fine dusty tannins and a long savoury finish. Really really yum. Perfect spring time drinking. Give it some chill.

GREEN DOOR WINES Monastrell 2018 - Geographe

The nose is rich and concentrated with aromas of plums, black cherry, spice and sweet earth. The plush and smooth palate is loaded with juicy berries, black cherry, dark spice and a bit of earthiness. Medium body, full flavour - it’s just so succulent! Soft, supple tannins and a deliciously dry finish.

SWINNEY Tirra Lirra Frankland River Grenache 2017 - Great Southern 

Such a pretty perfume! Red berry and dried rose petals, dried herbs, twigs, cinnamon and clove spice. The palate is long, textural and complex with firm dense tannins, cranberry acidity and a long dry savoury finish. Good drinking now but will unfurl beautifully with more time.

ALL WHITE

ALTANESS Field Blend 2018 - Huon Valley, Tasmania

Incredible perfume - Sauvignon blanc scents dialled up to the max. Snow peas, fresh grass, white mulberry, passionfruit. The palate is not what I was expecting – it tastes like a memory, a refreshing Summer drink – something with passionfruit! It’s super dry and super refreshing with layers of texture and flavour. Crisp, crunchy, with super charged lime acidity and a long minerally finish. I know what I’ll be drinking when the mercury rises. 

SHERRAH 'Skin Party' Fiano 2018 - McLaren Vale

Super punchy aromas of peach blossom, lemon rind, pears and seashells. The palate is vibrant and textural with loads of flavour. Fresh and crunchy with a lick of briny savouriness on the finish. Mouth-watering. Smashable. Yum!

RANGELIFE Garganega 2016 - King Valley

Fragrant perfume of lemon rind, beeswax, honeysuckle and herbs. It’s absolutely banging with flavour, fresh pineapple juice, intense citrus - lemon and pink grapefruit, a slight herbal tang on the finish. Zippy acidity, chalky texture and a dry refreshing finish. Super tasty!

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