New Wines from the Southern Hemisphere

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New Wines from the Southern Hemisphere

South of the Equator, big strides have been made in wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina.

2013 Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone Shiraz Heathcoat, Victoria, Australia

Rufus Stone refers to the death of King William II, who was known as Rufus. Rufus was beived to be killed by an arrow that was shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell an Ancestor of the Tyrrell winemaking Family. This 100% Shiraz was harvested from individual blocks on the vineyard and transported to the Hunter Valley Winery. The wine was matured in predominatly French Oak Barriques 20% of which was new for 18 months. The deep color hints at the intenstiy of the well-rounded ripe Shiraz. The nose is filled with Aromas of ripe plum and dark cherries with a hint of vanilla and white pepper. As soon as it hits your tongue it is fully of soft fruit with a nice balance of minerality but complexe structure and acidity that always leaves you wanting more.

$26.99 per bottle


2015 3 Rings Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

On the nose this wine presents with vibrant dark raspberries and blackberries lifted with a subtle spiced black pepper, cedar and liquorice notes. A big wine on the nose is definitly telling of what to expect on the palate showing a fully body with ripe raspberry and blackberries. The palate is accompanied by fine tannins that flow down the tongue with a long finish of black fruits and spice.

$15.99 per bottle


2017 Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia

This 98% Grenache is accompanied by a 2% splash of Shiraz creating a wine that has amazing aromas of rose petals and cherries. This wine has perfectly soft tannins that just graze the palate with a refreshing acidity that makes this wine perfect for a hot summer day. One of the great things about this wine is that everything the winery does is by hand, from picking to sorting and pressing the grapes in their basket that dates back to 1928. 

$32.99 per bottle


2015 Wirra Wirra Church Block Red Blend McLaren Vale, Australia

This wine is named after the original vineyards that were across from a small bethany church that was also across from wirra wirras central old iron stone cellars. They source their grapes from personal vineyards as well as well respected growers to create a wine that is 52% Cabernet Sauvinon, 36% Shiraz, and 12% Merlot. They use French and American Oak Barriques and Hogsheads for a period of time to give strucutre and aromas to the wine. The nose brings forward cassis, blackberry and a lightly earthy aroma. The palate is packed fully of blackberry, dark cherry, and ripe plum. It finished with fruit sweetness and dark chocolate notes with fine tannins and big body.

$17.99 per bottle


2018 Chasing Venus Sauvingnon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

In 1769, Captain Cook took command of the HMS Endeavor, setting sail for the Pacific to study the passage of the planet Venus across the disc of the Sun. Little did the world know, this was a ruse for Cook’s true objective: He’d been commissioned by the British to find the mysterious and elusive “Southern Continent.” On this voyage, Cook became the first European to explore New Zealand, and he did eventually find Australia. Quite the accomplishment for a captain who was just out Chasing Venus. This wine has intense aromas of grapefruit, mango, and freshly mowed grass. On the palate it has intense flavors of lychee, citrus, and starfruit and finishedd with lime-zest and refreshing acidity.

$14.99 per bottle


2017 Jules Taylor OTQ Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

The Jules Taylor OTQ series as a pure expression of Jule’s winemaking and the location where the grapes are grown. They sourced the fruit from speific blocks of the Wrekin Vineyard where they they were handharvested then aged in old French oak barrels. These grapes created a wine that is fully of blackberry aromas as well as black cherry and plum with slightly smokey overtones from the french barriques tey were aged in. This wine is layered with hints of baking spice that flow through this juicy blackberry and boysenberriey filled wine inbetween those layers you will also find hints of dark ripe plums and finishing velvety tannins. 

$33.99 per bottle


2015 The Owl and The Dust Devil Red Blend Argrelo, Mendoza, Argentina

 This amazing Red blend is made up of 39% Cabernet Savuginon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and 10% Tannat. This single vineyard blend is given its backbone and structure but has a silkey profile from the malbec and the petit verdot and tannat give a depth to the core of the wine. The finca Decero’s Remeolinos vineyard sits at 3500ft in elevation in the sub region in Mendoaz. The juice is put into small French Oak barrles 40% of which are new for 18 months. The aromas fill the nose with rich grilled meats and a slight hint of cherry. The palate brings forward fennel and red flowers with raspberry and plum. Download the App to your phone to have the lable tell you a story about the wine. In the App store Theowlandthedustdevil

 $28.99 per bottle


2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc, Mendoza, Argentina

This Winemaking Team is made up of Female Winemaker Adriana Catena (Daughter of Nicolas Catena) and Alejandro Vigil combined their powers and life long loves of Cabernet Franc to Create this wine. 93% Cabernet Franc is balanced out with 7% Malbec and is aged in French Oak barrels for 16 months. The nose on this wine doesn’t shy away and is filled with cassis and ripe currants, sweet spice and, a hint of black pepper and clove.  The oak integration provides flavors of cedar and vanilla. The juice itself provides flavors of red fruits with hints of eucalyptus and black pepper. 

$21.99 per bottle


2014 Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage, Swartland, South Africa

Pinotage is always an interesting grape but when it is done well it can be great. This wine is a combination of 30% New French Oak, Hungarian, and American oak for 14 months. Everything from this Vineyard is handpicked and sorted. This wine is rich and packed with flavors of ripe blueberries, mulberry, and mocha with the oak treatment lends flavors of exoctic spice and creamy vanilla was prominent tannins and a long lingering finish.

$18.99 per bottle


2017 Sadie Family Wines Skerpioen, Swartland, South Africa

This amazing blend of 50% Chenin Blanc and 50% Palomino wine is unique and is pulled from specific parceles of two vineyards that have chalkey limestone soils. The grapes are picked and pressed together and co fermented in old wooden casks. The palate has a great crisp acidity and freshness with ripe grapefruit, white florals, anise, lemon curd, and a nutty complexity. The finish is long with a salty minerality and bright acidity.   

$68.99 per bottle


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