Alternative Reality White Pack

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'Alternative' grape varieties are causing an evolution in Australian wine, and changing the way winemakers and consumers think about our industry's future. These emerging varieties are often better suited to sustainably grow in our warm climate, and provide a myriad of delicious new flavours, textures and food-friendly styles.This pack allows you to discover some exciting new grapes for yourself, and sample some of the finest alternative grape variety wines in the country!

What's in the pack:

  • 2023 Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner
  • 2023 Varney Wines Entrada Vermentino
  • 2023 Unico Zelo Jade & Jasper Fiano
  • 2022 Dune El Beyda
  • 2019 The Story Marsanne Roussanne Viognier
  • 2023 Mercer Wines Picpoul Blanc

2023 Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner

The Austrian Grüner Veltliner grape is one of the current 'it' varieties amongst wine lover circles.

The Adelaide Hills region is where the variety is proving most successful, a fact that can be attributed wholly and solely to the inspired work of Hahndorf Hill guru Larry Jacobs. Jacobs prophetically first planted the variety in the region in 2006, since then many Hills producers have followed suit. But the Hahndorf Hill GRU remains the gold standard of Australian Gruner.

With a stack of Gold Medals and a lengthy history of outstanding reviews this is a clear benchmark for the variety - if you want to see what Gruner is all about, there is simply no better example in the country.

2023 Varney Wines Entrada Vermentino

The Entrada range from Alan Varney are all inspired by time he spent in a small Portuguese town back in 2017. Here he makes modern and affordable wines that are meant to be enjoyed straight away.

The Vermentino is a new addition to the range, and is a perfect wine to share with friends and family around the dinner table. Brightly flavoured with a mouth-watering line of natural acidity and a little bit of weight from time spent on lees, it's an excellent casual, easy drinking white wine.

A fun & playful wine built to share.

2023 Unico Zelo Jade & Jasper Fiano

The Unico Zelo owner/winemaking dynamic duo of Brendan and Laura Carter are hugely passionate about Fiano, and they wholeheartedly believe in this variety's suitability to Australia's climate and culture.

So do we, it's a winner.

This comes from the ancient sandy limestone soils on the iconic Ricca Terra Farms vineyard in the Riverland region of South Australia. Like in previous years it's a wonderfully textural wine, with the detail and balancew improving each and every year.

All up it's delicious to drink, perfectly built for enjoying with food and great value for money.

2022 Dune El Beyda

With the Lloyd family's commitment to experimenting with new varieties, Grenache Blanc makes a lot of sense in their range.

It's a variety which finds its home in the Rhone Valley. Given the success of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro etc in McLaren Vale, Grenache Blanc is sure to thrive. Here it is blended with a portion of Grenache Gris (10%) and Clairette (10%) for a little extra textural complexity.

This is a soft, honeyed, gently savoury white wine with good body and weight.

A chilled bottle of this and some fish and chips by the ocean would be a great way to spend an afternoon.

94 points & Top 100 Wines of the Year
- James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)

2019 The Story Marsanne Roussanne Viognier

This wine is made from the only plantings of Marsanne, Roussanne & Viognier in the Grampians region, a strange thing given how much Shiraz is planted in the region.

Rory Lane makes this in a full-bodied, richly textured style. Fermented with wild yeasts in ancient French puncheons and barriques, it undergoes full malolactic fermentation for maximum textural weight.

With 11 months on gross lees and bottled unfiltered, it boasts a creamy texture and a gentle grip on the palate. Light gold in colour, with loads of golden stonefruit flavours, it's the perfect companion for rich, robust white meat dishes.

2023 Mercer Wines Picpoul Blanc

Picpoul Blanc (Piquepoul) is a variety that is absolutely best mates with fresh-shucked oysters so it comes as no surprise that a Hunter Valley winemaker, in the land of the 'Hunter Oyster Shooter' (if you don't know what that is, you're not living your life right, would make a very good fist of it.

Aaron Mercer has a very impressive stable of high quality, easily accessible alternative variety wines and this is one of the most delicious and obscure.

To get to know this food-friendly Rhone white variety, this is the perfect place to start.

93 points
"It’s very light, utterly refreshing... Has a Hunter’s Semillon softness of acidity. Maybe it’s the Hunter winemaker’s touch. Great release."
- Kasia Sobiesiak (The Wine Front)

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