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Thursday
Sep172015

Corofin: Small Batch, artisanal Pinot from the southern valleys of Marlborough (new to Australia)…

At last we have started to find some available New Zealand wines that are getting us excited. First there was Michael Glover’s Mammoth project. Then, finding ourselves in the right place at the right time, along came a pair of eye-opening wines from Mike and Anna Paterson, under their new Corofin label. The below are two beautiful, refined, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs sourced from the slopes along the southern Valleys of Marlborough. It’s an area that we are sure to be hearing a lot more about in the coming years. The wines below are made in tiny quantities. We started with under ten dozen of each and they are already selling quickly!  

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Sunday
Sep132015

Francuska Vinarija (Serbia); a sneak preview

After decades of experience in vineyard management and consultancy with Domaines like Comtes Lafon, Zind-Humbrecht and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Cyrille Bongiraud, and his partner Estelle Germain (an experienced grower from a distinguished Burgundian family in Chorey-les-Beaune) went looking for a place to create their own estate.

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Saturday
Sep122015

Domaine Goisot: In the Yonne with Guilhem Goisot and his underdogs…

Photo © James Broadway Photography

In the hills and slopes just outside the AOC of Chablis and south of Auxerre there are two AOCs: Saint-Bris, for Sauvignon Blanc and Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre (Burgundy from the hills of Auxerre) for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These hillside soils are very, very rocky and rich in limestone to some 80-metres of depth. They also produce tiny quantities of outstanding Aligoté.

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Tuesday
Sep082015

Müller-Catoir? Let’s dance.

My name is Robert Walters, and I’m a Riesling lover. It’s been several hours since my last Riesling. If there was a self-help group for Riesling lovers, then I know that many of us would be members. Riesling Anonymous? At R.A. we would surely learn about the dangers of M.C. They would be right too - this storied Pfalz estate is now at the top of its game under winemaker Martin Franzen, producing many deliciously addictive beverages.

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Thursday
Sep032015

'15 Trade Days: new arrivals, releases, discovouries and friends...

Much can happen in a year. Over the past 12 months, we’ve bid adieu to some old friends while introducing a stack of new ones, both from home and further afield. 2014/15 has also paid host to some of our best tastings yet— Dots & Bubbles, Re:Volver, Prüm-Cha ’15 and Benjamin Leroux spring to mind, and still we have plenty of new wines to show you! And so to our annual trade day…

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Thursday
Sep032015

Vino Quantico, Etna: Lava Lovin'

Of all the new grower wines we shipped last year, I’m guessing none jumped out the blocks as quickly as Vino Quantico. I know this because when I went to grab a few bottles shortly after the release both wines were as good as sold out. Of course we didn’t have a lot of wine to begin with – Quantico is absolutely tiny, producing around 400 cases per year, total!

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Thursday
Jun182015

Matt Holmes, Bannockburn’s new chief winemaker: a brief bio

Matt has spent two years as Assistant Winemaker at Dromana Estate prior to duties as Vintage Winemaker at Bannockburn in 2005. He travelled to Canada after the Bannockburn vintage to take up the position of Winemaker for the inaugural release at Tantalus Vineyards, Kelowna, in British Columbia where he worked for four years. Three separate wines of his, from three separate vintages were awarded “Best wine in Canada”, “Best Riesling in North America”, and “Best White Wine in Canada” by Jancis Robinson.

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Saturday
Feb142015

A Bannockburn Bulletin

Many of our clients have asked to be kept in the loop regarding the recent winemaking changes at Bannockburn, so here’s what we know so far. Michael Glover has of course flown the coop and, as we write these words, might even be enjoying a nice plate of fush en chups in the Upper Moutere, Nelson.

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Friday
Dec192014

Season's Greetings from all of us at Bibendum Wine Co

On behalf of all of us at Bibendum Wine Co, a big, heartfelt thanks to all of our clients for the fabulous support you have given us throughout 2014! I think we can also speak on behalf of our growers/producers in extending their gratitude. Those of our producers that have visited our shores, have been regularly taken aback by the passion, knowledge and level of professionalism they encounter in the Australian market – something that reminds us how lucky we are to be working in such a rich and vibrant wine culture, and to count so many quality people as our clients.

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Thursday
Dec042014

Mas de Libian: the low down on vintage 2014

A typically entertaining histoire de la vendange from Mas de Libian's Hélène Thibon. We were getting a bit worried there for a minute, but when all's said and done we guess a 25% loss isn't too bad given this yield-blighted domaine's recent history. We'll get to taste the young 2014 Vin de Pétanque in February and will let you know how it's looking.

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