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ALL THE PREVIOUS WINES SELECTED BY THE SOMMELIERS FOR OUR WINE CLUB

2015 Monte Bernardi Tzingarella (IGT) Tuscany Italy Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc The Monte Bernardi estate extends over 53 hectares (130 acres), of which 9.5 hectares (23.5 acres) …

2014 Domaine Bruno Sorg Riesling Alsace France Alsace is a thin, narrow region found on the border of Germany. For a long time during its history it was …

2015 Graillot Syrah Heathcote Victoria This exciting venture is a collaboration between one of the Northern Rhone’s best winemakers, Alain Graillot; with an Australian Vineyard, owned by an …

2017 Clarence House Estate Pinot Noir – Coal River Valley Tasmania This wine is sourced from a small, well established vineyard in the Coal River Valley in Southern …

2015 Bodegas Del Abad – Mencia Bierzo Spain Mencia the grape variety and Bierzo the region are very on trend with sommeliers and wine lovers alike. As the …

2014 S. Delafont Minervois France (Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache) Samuel Delafont calls himself an Artisan Negotiant. He began his wine life as a retailer and consultant, setting up …

2015 La Calcinara ‘Il cacciatore di sogni – Marche – Italy La Calcinara wines began in 1997 in the Calcinara district of Candia (Ancona) when a leading expert …

2016 Poderi Dal Nespoli – Rubicone DOGHERIA Pinot Bianco Bidente Valley Emilia-Romagna Italy This winery was founded in 1929, remaining in the hands of two families over four …

Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan The story of Domaine les Hautes Cances is of a small family-run estate located in the village of Cairanne in the northern sector …

Grenache / Mouvedre / Syrah / Carignan Laurent Charvin runs this small family estate located in the north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The Domaine has small vineyard holdings of just …

A fantastic example of a South Australian Cabernet from the masters of Gruner Veltliner in Austria. Through a love affair of Australia and Penfolds, this winemaking family, with …

A husband and wife team with a long family tradition of winemaking in the Margaret River. They have sourced the fruit from the Burnside vineyard, which they helped …

In 1990, Guy and Sandra Vinden purchased 25 acres of land in the lower Hunter Valley. Fast forward 25 years and their son Angus is now heading both …

Barone Montalto is a prime example of what is happening in Sicily at the moment. New investors and winemakers coming onto the Island taking advantage of old vine, …

# 18 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 2017 Colomé is a remarkable wine estate in the northerly Salta region of Argentina, boasting the world’s highest commercial vineyards. It’s also …

This wine is a lot of fun, but don’t let the irreverent tone to the name and the label let you think this is a simple wine. Nothing …

2016 Felix Callejo Flores De Callejo Ribera del Duero, Spain The Callejo family craft some of the finest and brightest Tempranillo’s in the ‘modern Spanish’ movement. The wines …

  In the Langhe region of Piemont, Nebbiolo is king, however you cannot overlook the wines of Barbera d’Alba. These are bright and fresh wines and a great …

Jochen Dreissigacker is a young vigneron creating wines from some of the most exciting vineyard sites of Rheinhessen. He took over the reins at his family estate in …

Stephen George is an unknown icon of the Australian Wine industry. He was the pioneer of cool climate viticulture in South Australia, running against the then trend of …

Umbria is the home to Sangiovese based red wines, but with the addition of the local grape variety Sagrantino.    The DOC of Montefalco Rosso requires the blend to …

Beginning in 1998, Clos Des Fees settled in Vingrau, on the high cool slopes of the northern edge of Roussillon. They recognised the quality potential of the cooler, …

Gruner Veltliner is an Austrian grape variety that is finding a home in Australia. A favourite of sommeliers for their versatility and food friendliness. It requires a cooler …

The name means ‘land of the chaplains’, a reminder that the land was once owned by the Church until it was donated back to the city council in …

2015 Drake Samson Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley This is a collaboration between the Yarra Valley’s Mac Forbes and our own sommelier Matt Dunne. It was born from …

Xavier Weisskopf is one of the new generation of young producers buying into appellations in the Loire that are less developed and explored, enabling his purchase in 2005 …

The Field of Fairies. A great name from this Small co-op producer. Small and co-op do not normally go together, but this producer in the heart of the …

The Kientzler domaine is a small family-run estate consisting of just 12 hectares of vines, of which 3.7 hectares are classified Grand Cru.  The total output is a …

2013 Château de Lascaux, Languedoc France 60% Syrah 35% Grenache 5% Mourvèdre Jean-Benoît Cavalier (the 13th Generation) took control of the property in 1984, after finishing a degree …

Viña Marty was established in 2008 when Winemaker Pascal Marty set out to create his own project in Chile. Marty had been with Baron Phillipe Rothschild in Bordeaux …

2013 Journey Yarra Valley Chardonnay Journey is the love child of Damien North, Sommelier turned winemaker and he really has taken a journey around the world to reach …

A single variety Monastrell is a rare beast, really only seen in Spain. Monastrell is what the Spanish call Mouvedre, a grape variety better known in the  great …

2011 Condado de Haza – Tempranillo – Ribera de Duero – Spain Alejandro Fernádez is the poster child for the rise and rise of the ‘New Spain’. He …

Tripe Iscariot is the newish venture of winemaker Remi Guise who began his journey through wine in his country of birth, South Africa. After finishing University he spent …

2016 Comyn & Co  ‘Mrs White’ Hunter Valley Viognier / Semillon / Fiano. Scott and Missy Comyns are the husband and wife team behind the bold and edgy …

CVNE or CUNE – Pronounced Coo NEEY is winemaking royalty in the region of Rioja. CVNE (Compagna Vinicola del Norte de Espana) is one of the most renowned …

2014 Hahn Central Coast GSM USA 65% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre Since 1980 the Hahn family have cultivated their hillside vineyards in Monterey County of Central California. …

 50% Garnacha / 50% Tempranillo Since Alvaro Palacois came back to his family estate in Rioja, the wines of Remondo have steadily been on the increase. It should be …

2013 Capcanes  “Le Sendal”   Montsant, Spain Garnacha 85% Syrah 15% Capcanes is Co–op winery but not as we know it. Co-op’s are normally a haven for thin …

Trimbach is regarded as one of the top producers in Alsace and this is the wine that made their fortune. A wine of quality and distinction, but one …

An Australian making wine in Burgundy is not uncommon these days. Plenty of winemakers head over for a vintage, and end up staying. This is the case for …

2015 Colombo Pinot Noir  Martinborough NZ Martinborough is near Wellington down the bottom of the North Island of NZ. It began its life as a wine region around …

Luciano Sandrone is new to the world of Piedmonte, scratching together his savings to buy a small plot of land in Barolo in 1977. He started off making …

2013 Domaine de Viranel ‘Trilogie’ St Chinian Languedoc-Roussillon Syrah 33% Cabernet 33% Alicante Boushet 33% The grapes were hand harvested and vinified separately at the winery. The Syrah …

2012 Salomon Estate Shiraz – Finnis River South Australia A fantastic example of a South Australian Shiraz from the masters of Gruner Veltliner in Austria. Through a love …

France Beaujolais has been on a bit of a roller coaster over the last 30 years. During the 1980’s and early 90’s, Beaujolais Nouveau was all the …

2014 Chakana Estate  Malbec (Organic) Mendoza Argentina Chakana literally means “a bridge” in the ancestral indigenous language and refers to the link between the Andean culture and the …

Lössterrassen Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Austria Schloss Gobelsburgis the oldest winery in the Kamptal region of Austria, with a documented viticultural history dating back to the 12th Century …

2014 Between Five Bells – White Wine – Geelong Victoria Chardonnay / Pinot Gris / Riesling / Pinot Meunier Working with two local Geelong growers, David Fesq isolated …

There is a very innovative spirit amongst the growers and winemakers in the Beechworth region, with a high proportion of bio dynamic principles and a lot of alternative …

2013 Iacob Red   Dealu Mare – Romania Cabernet Sauvignon / Feteascå Neagrå Davino is the top producer in Romania and this is one of their flagship wines. A …

Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is Sardinia’s only DOCG appellation, and covers white Vermentino-based wines from the Northern end of the island. DOCG is Italy’s highest quality ranking and …

European Winery of the Year  – Wine Enthusiast 2011 Gerard Bertrand is one of the largest wineries in the South of France and many consider him to be …

2007 Finca Nueva Reserva Tempranillo Rioja Spain Miguel De Gregorio comes from a family steeped in grape growing and winemaking. He was responsible for one of Rioja’s first …

Sourced from the Barwite Vineyard planted in 1998 on a slope facing the Broken River; situated 10 minutes east of Mansfield in Victoria’s Upper Goulburn wine region. Dominic …

A blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan Kim chose the 2009 vintage of this wine back in 2012. We both loved the wine then and the 2010 …

Ernesto Catena, is the eldest son of Nicolás Catena of Catena Zapata fame. A 4th generation winemaker, he is defined by many as the “bohemian” side of the …

Susana Balbo is the dynamic presence behind one of the best wineries in Argentina. In 2012, she was recognized as one of the “Most influential women wine-makers” by …

Ciccio Zaccagnini was founded in 1978 under the name Fattoria Zaccagnini in the village of Bolognano. Back then, only one thousand bottles of wine per year were produced. …

Carignan 50% Syrah 45% Grenache, 5% Garcia and Schwaderer follow a pretty common theme in wine regions around the world. Two winemakers, working for large wine companies meet, …

Tesch is based at Langenlonsheim, a small village in the Nahe region of Germany. This area of the Nahe is hilly, described by Martin Tesch as a “mini-Rheingau”. …

The fruit for this wine was sourced from Sue Trott’s McLaren vineyard. Pruned for low yields, with minimal intervention throughout the year, the iron-rich soils anchor the vines …

Roussillon Southern France The Bergasse brothers are generally described as the pin up boys of Languedoc-Roussillon in the South of France. Charming and articulate, they exude French …

Adelaide Hills South Australia Two Trophies, two Gold Medals, a finalist for the Jimmy Watson in 2013, plus scores from local journalists of 94 and 96. This …

Beginning in 1998,  Clos Des Fees settled in Vingrau, on the high cool slopes of the northern edge of Roussillon. They recognised the quality potential of the cooler, …

Mendoza Argentina Mendoza is the largest and best known of the regions in Argentina and is broken down into many regions and sub regions. In a small …

Mendoza Argentina Ernesto started his own business in 2002, but I am not sure how hard he is trying to escape the Catena name. He has access …

Hunter Valley, New South Wales Chardonnay is the new Black and we just love this wine from the Hunter Valley. Harkham Winery is a new entrant in …

Margaret River, Western Australia Kate Morgan has been the senior winemaker at Fraser Gallup in the Margaret River for the past 5 years. Prior to this she …

 Hawkes Bay New Zealand Kindred Spirits is collaboration between Australian winemaker Corey Ryan and the friends he made over many years making wine in New Zealand, specifically …

Alsace, France Mader is a small family producer from the village of Hunawihr in the middle of the famed “Route du Vins” of Alsace. It is one …

Rias Baixas, NW Spain I have been waiting for one of the sommeliers to select an Albariño from Spain, as it is a wine style I have …

South Australia David Bowley the “maverick” owner and winemaker of Vinteloper explains that Adelo is derived from the Latin root meaning ‘obscure’. This makes a lot of …

Ribeauville, Alsace France  The Kientzler domaine is a small family run estate consisting of just 12 hectares of vines, of which 3.7 hectares are classified as “Grand Cru”.  …

Martinborough, New Zealand Drake Samson is a collaboration between two long time friends. Our very own Matthew Dunne and wine marketer and seller Nicholas Crampton. They both …

 Montsant Spain What happens when an architect turns vintner? In the case of Spanish architect Alfredo Arribas, the move spawned not just one, but two wineries—both infused …

Rheingau Germany The Rheingau is one of 13 designated wine regions in Germany and is completely dominated by the Rhine River.  Around the town of Wiesbaden the …

Barossa Valley, South Australia In earlier selections we have included a few of the great Grenache based wines from the Cote du Rhone in France. I was delighted …

Burgundy, France What do you get when you mix Japan, Germany and Burgundy. A winery to watch! Chanterives is a new producer in the Savigny-lès-Beaune region of …

Spain I have been waiting for one of the sommeliers to select an Albariño from Spain, as it is a wine style I have loved for a …

Rhone Valley France Grenache Syrah Mouvedre Lirac is a small village on the western side of the Southern Rhone Valley. It is one of the 13 designated …

Barossa Valley South Australia Soul Growers is small operation and the work of four good mates; David Cruickshank, Paul Heinicke and the Lindner brothers of Langmeil fame, …

Woodstock is one of the leading wineries in McLaren Vale, South Australia, owned and operated by the Collett family since 1973. The wines are now made by …

France This is a wine with an Australian Connection.  Nerida Abbott (An Australian Wine maker) established the winery in 1996, near the town of Montpellier in the …

Trentino is the most northerly wine-producing region in Italy near the Swiss alps. It is composed of two autonomous provinces named Trentino and Alto Adige. Trentino remains …

Italy Since 1907 the Campagnola family has managed this winery located in Valgatara di Marano, the heart of the Classic Valpolicella viticultural area.  Valpolicella is one of …

Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux France 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot Château Caronne Ste Gemme dates back to the mid 17th Century. The …

Ribera del Duero Spain The “in vogue” region for Tempranillo in Spain is Ribera del Duero.  It is two hours north of Madrid, in a high altitude …

Henty, Victoria The Crawford River Estate was established in 1874 as a sheep and cattle station and still remains in family hands. The vineyard, which was planted in …

D.O. Alicante, Spain The La Tremanda is an excellent example of what the Spanish are doing very well. Fleshy, juicy, drink now styles of wine that are just …

Mount Barker Western Australia La Violetta is the dream and creation of Andrew Hoadley and whilst not being one of Australia’s best know winemakers, he represents the …

Canberra Australian Capital Territory The Lark Hill winery was established in 1978, at 860m above sea level by Sue and Dave Carpenter. It is a real family …

This wine comes from the South of France in the appellation of Minervios. This is a relatively unknown region outside the wine trade, but value for money …

Alto Adige, Italy Pinot Bianco is the Italian name for the Pinot Blanc grape variety. Some earlier members might remember the Alsace Pinot Blanc (Albert Mann) we …

2009 Condado de Haza Tempranillo  Ribera del Duero  Spain Alejandro Fernádez is the poster child for the rise and rise of the ‘New Spain’. He is one …

This a wine that straddles two states- Mule is a new label for Yarra Valley stalwart – Innocent By Stander, who sourced the fruit for this wine …

There are three initials that send a shiver down all wine lovers – DRC -Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. These are the most expensive and most sought after …

South Island, New Zealand The Alma Mater is the signature wine of this small, high quality producer in New Zealand’s South Island. In 1997 Antonio Pasquale and …

The wines from the Rhone are elegant and powerful at the same time. Whilst the gerneric Coté Du Rhone wines are good, it is when they get …

Margaret River, Western Australia The first vineyard planted in the Margaret River was in 1967 by Vasse Felix, which is now owned by the Holmes a Court …

Three generations of the Pooley family have now been involved at the winery, which was established in 1985 in the Coal River of Tasmania. With a total …

Burgundy is one of the most famous and influential wine growing regions in the world. It is also very complicated. The many village names and vineyards that …

The region of Bordeaux is generally divided into two sections. The Left and Right Bank. The region of Bergerec is just a little further right and South …

Malbec – Mendoza – Argentina. Three words that are setting the wine world alight. Malbec is Argentina’s superstar, a bit like how Shiraz and Australia are famous …

2008 Fontana Fredda Papagena Barbera d’ Alba –Piedmont- Italy Fontana Fredda is located in the heart of the Langhe district in Piedmont and has a winemaking history …

Amarone is one of the Big Boys of Italian Wine made in the Valpolicella region of Verona. The unique feature of this wine, is that the grapes …

Oakridge was established in the Yarra Valley of Victoria in 1978. In early 2000 they flirted with corporate ownership, but now this high quality producer is back …

Carménère is a grape variety with a split personality. Carménère used to be widely planted in Bordeaux, but when phylloxera (The grapevine pest) wiped out the vineyards …

Brian Croser started the South Australian winery Petaluma in 1976, with the idea of planting the variety that was best suited to a particular region. Hence he …

The Barossa Valley has been at the forefront of Australia’s wine production for a number of years, some would even say for generations. Most of the significant …

Bodegas Fuenmayor was an initiative implemented by a group of entrepreneurs from La Rioja linked to the wine-producing sector. Kind of like a dream team, with a …

Kerri Thompson is the poster child for large corporate winemakers, leaving the fold to make fantastic wines on her own. She was chief winemaker for Hardy’s Leasingham until …

This is the second Lark Hill wine we have sent to our members. Their cool climate vineyard was established in 1978, at 860m above sea level by Sue …

This estate is located in the small village of Wettolsheim in the heart of Alsace. Alsace is on the border of Germany and France, and in fact at …

Tasmania is all about Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine right! The quality of this wine should come as no great surprise, as the winery has a big …

The Crozes Hermitage region is the engine room of the Northern Rhone. In the Southern Rhone it is all about blends (Up to 19 different varieties), whilst in …

2007 Cedro do Noval – Douro- Portugal 30% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) – 30% Syrah Portugal is famous around the world …

2007 Conda de Valdemar  Reserva – Rioja – Spain 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano Some pronunciations: Tempranillo (temp-ruh-NEE-oh)     Rioja  (ree-OH-hah) Bodega Valdemar dates back to …

2007 Vina Marro Reserva – Tempranillo – Rioja Spain    The Domenco de Jarauta family can trace their links in Rioja back to 1888. However it was …

2008 Chateau du Cedre , Cahors, South West France Cahors is a region in the South West of France which is all about red wine, or more …

The Southern part of the Rhone Valley is all about red wine, representing close to 80% of the total production, but it is also about variety with …

Duane Coates, the winemaker and owner of Coates Wines, has a passion for Australian Wines, but with a very European slant.  Duane is based in McLaren Vale  …

Mount Barker Western Australia La Violetta is the dream and creation of Andrew Hoadley and whilst not being one of Australia’s best know winemakers, he represents the …

Canberra Australian Capital Territory The Lark Hill winery was established in 1978, at 860m above sea level by Sue and Dave Carpenter. It is a real family …

This wine comes from the South of France in the appellation of Minervios. This is a relatively unknown region outside the wine trade, but value for money …

Alto Adige, Italy Pinot Bianco is the Italian name for the Pinot Blanc grape variety. Some earlier members might remember the Alsace Pinot Blanc (Albert Mann) we …

2009 Condado de Haza Tempranillo  Ribera del Duero  Spain Alejandro Fernádez is the poster child for the rise and rise of the ‘New Spain’. He is one …

This a wine that straddles two states- Mule is a new label for Yarra Valley stalwart – Innocent By Stander, who sourced the fruit for this wine …

There are three initials that send a shiver down all wine lovers – DRC -Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. These are the most expensive and most sought after …

South Island, New Zealand The Alma Mater is the signature wine of this small, high quality producer in New Zealand’s South Island. In 1997 Antonio Pasquale and …

The wines from the Rhone are elegant and powerful at the same time. Whilst the gerneric Coté Du Rhone wines are good, it is when they get …

Margaret River, Western Australia The first vineyard planted in the Margaret River was in 1967 by Vasse Felix, which is now owned by the Holmes a Court …

Three generations of the Pooley family have now been involved at the winery, which was established in 1985 in the Coal River of Tasmania. With a total …

Burgundy is one of the most famous and influential wine growing regions in the world. It is also very complicated. The many village names and vineyards that …

Woodstock is one of the leading wineries in McLaren Vale, South Australia, owned and operated by the Collett family since 1973. The wines are now made by …

France This is a wine with an Australian Connection.  Nerida Abbott (An Australian Wine maker) established the winery in 1996, near the town of Montpellier in the …

Trentino is the most northerly wine-producing region in Italy near the Swiss alps. It is composed of two autonomous provinces named Trentino and Alto Adige. Trentino remains …

Italy Since 1907 the Campagnola family has managed this winery located in Valgatara di Marano, the heart of the Classic Valpolicella viticultural area.  Valpolicella is one of …

Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux France 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot Château Caronne Ste Gemme dates back to the mid 17th Century. The …

Ribera del Duero Spain The “in vogue” region for Tempranillo in Spain is Ribera del Duero.  It is two hours north of Madrid, in a high altitude …

Henty, Victoria The Crawford River Estate was established in 1874 as a sheep and cattle station and still remains in family hands. The vineyard, which was planted in …

D.O. Alicante, Spain The La Tremanda is an excellent example of what the Spanish are doing very well. Fleshy, juicy, drink now styles of wine that are just …

This is the second Lark Hill wine we have sent to our members. Their cool climate vineyard was established in 1978, at 860m above sea level by Sue …

This estate is located in the small village of Wettolsheim in the heart of Alsace. Alsace is on the border of Germany and France, and in fact at …

Tasmania is all about Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine right! The quality of this wine should come as no great surprise, as the winery has a big …

The Crozes Hermitage region is the engine room of the Northern Rhone. In the Southern Rhone it is all about blends (Up to 19 different varieties), whilst in …

2007 Cedro do Noval – Douro- Portugal 30% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) – 30% Syrah Portugal is famous around the world …

2007 Conda de Valdemar  Reserva – Rioja – Spain 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano Some pronunciations: Tempranillo (temp-ruh-NEE-oh)     Rioja  (ree-OH-hah) Bodega Valdemar dates back to …

2007 Vina Marro Reserva – Tempranillo – Rioja Spain    The Domenco de Jarauta family can trace their links in Rioja back to 1888. However it was …

2008 Chateau du Cedre , Cahors, South West France Cahors is a region in the South West of France which is all about red wine, or more …

The Southern part of the Rhone Valley is all about red wine, representing close to 80% of the total production, but it is also about variety with …

Duane Coates, the winemaker and owner of Coates Wines, has a passion for Australian Wines, but with a very European slant.  Duane is based in McLaren Vale  …

The region of Bordeaux is generally divided into two sections. The Left and Right Bank. The region of Bergerec is just a little further right and South …

Malbec – Mendoza – Argentina. Three words that are setting the wine world alight. Malbec is Argentina’s superstar, a bit like how Shiraz and Australia are famous …

2008 Fontana Fredda Papagena Barbera d’ Alba –Piedmont- Italy Fontana Fredda is located in the heart of the Langhe district in Piedmont and has a winemaking history …

Amarone is one of the Big Boys of Italian Wine made in the Valpolicella region of Verona. The unique feature of this wine, is that the grapes …

Oakridge was established in the Yarra Valley of Victoria in 1978. In early 2000 they flirted with corporate ownership, but now this high quality producer is back …

Carménère is a grape variety with a split personality. Carménère used to be widely planted in Bordeaux, but when phylloxera (The grapevine pest) wiped out the vineyards …

Brian Croser started the South Australian winery Petaluma in 1976, with the idea of planting the variety that was best suited to a particular region. Hence he …

The Barossa Valley has been at the forefront of Australia’s wine production for a number of years, some would even say for generations. Most of the significant …

Bodegas Fuenmayor was an initiative implemented by a group of entrepreneurs from La Rioja linked to the wine-producing sector. Kind of like a dream team, with a …

Kerri Thompson is the poster child for large corporate winemakers, leaving the fold to make fantastic wines on her own. She was chief winemaker for Hardy’s Leasingham until …

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