About The Pack
This pack features six wines made overseas by outstanding Australian producers (well, technically, Timo Mayer is a German but the Yarra Valley has well and truly claimed him as their own, so he makes the cut).
The pack features wines from the USA, South Africa, Germany, Italy and France. It showcases Australian craftsmanship in a broader global context. Each of these wines are small-batch hand-crafted cuveés that are thrilling and engaging to drink.
Take a guided global wine tour from the comfort of your own home with wines by the hands of some homegrown heroes. This is the only mixed pack of its kind to be found anywhere on the internet. A rare treat and a fascinating tasting experience.
2019 Craven Chenin Blanc
Mick and Jeanine Craven met whilst lugging hoses in a Sonoma winery back in 2007. A relationship blossomed between the two, as did a shared passion for exploring the wide world of wine. Jeanine is South African, Mick is an Aussie; together they've made they've made their home in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
It took some time for Mick and Jeanine to find the right vineyard to produce a Craven Chenin Blanc.
In 2015, they stumbled across a vineyard up in the Polkadraai Hills that had just what they were looking for. The fruit these vines were producing was designated for making sweet wine. However, when approached about white a dry white made with his grapes, the grower jumped at the chance.
It's one of their best cuveés now. A razor sharp, electric Chenin with real energy. It's a wine that twists through the finish and finishes squeaky and dry. It's a first rate Chennin Blanc from this part of the world.Read more about 2019 Craven Chenin Blanc
2018 Sven Joschke Le Pete Sa Mere Arbois
"Kudos. And excitement."
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
During his time working in South Australia, Sven Joschke struck up a friendship with young Jura vigneron, Marin Fumey, of Fumey Chatelain.
Marin was gathering experience working at Barossa new wave icon, Spinifex, and spent a little time helping out Sven. Sven returned the favour with vintage in the Jura.
Whilst there, he procured a little Chardonnay which he put to barrel in 2018. The wine has spent two years in bottle before release. It's a ripper.
It's smoky, tightly coiled and shows all the saline minerality that the region is famous for. Precious little made it to Aus and it's expected to go quickly - this may be the first Australian made Jura Chardonnay to ever hit our shores.Read more about 2018 Sven Joschke Le Pete Sa Mere Arbois
NV M&J Becker Wines ODP Rose
"A detailed and intriguing rose, or very light red."
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
This wine is named for the Swiss term Oeil-De-Perdrix (a Rosé, or otherwise known as a Grey wine), which translates to "eye of the partridge" - an allusion to the pale bronze/pinkish colour of the wine in the glass.
This wine is inspired by the ancient field blends of the Champagne region where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were blended for a textural pinkish still wine. Except this version comes from Sanoma Country in USA.
Pinot Noir makes up 60%, Chardonnay makes up the remainder, it works beautifully in this style.
This is a powerful, textural example of Rose which has spent several years in bottle developing further complexity before release. It's excellent drinking and a unique offering from the Hunter Valley based James and Megan Becker.Read more about NV M&J Becker Wines ODP Rose
2018 Timo Mayer Remstal Pinot Noir
For this wine, Timo Mayer brings his talents to a small parcel of Pinot Noir grown in Remstal, Germany.
Timo makes these German wines with a bit of help from his son, River, who is himself winemaker. The duo make a wonderful fist of these wines.
In typical Timo style, this is all about the funk. It's a little richer and darker than his staple Yarra Valley offerings. And of course, as always, stems play a major role in the structure and the spice of the wine.
It's a wickedly drinkable Pinot Noir, with a wild side.Read more about 2018 Timo Mayer Remstal Pinot Noir
2018 Dr. Edge Gamay
The Dr. Edge Oregon Gamay is an excellent expresion of the variety.
Sourced from an organically certified Croft Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, Dredge makes this in a traditional style using whole cluster fermentation and foot stomping to bring this wine to life.
It's a spicy, light but structural example of Gamay that could go toe-to-toe with the most complex examples of Cru Beaujolais.
It's light in frame and incredibly delicious.
There will not be a better value American Gamay released in Australia this year. And as with all Dr. Edge wines, it's extremely limited.Read more about 2018 Dr. Edge Gamay
2019 Fletcher Barbera D'Asti
While his Nebbiolos from Barbaresco and Barolo are built in a traditional fashion, showing all the power and imposing, chiseled tannin that these regions are famous for, Aussie ex-pat Dave Fletcher's Barbaera is something of a softer, more 'new world' styling of the variety.
Barbera can be bony at times, all pointy acid and tart red fruits. Dave's is a more approachable affair, with more supple fruit, smooth, sweeping tannin, and a generally more playful personality.
You drink this while you wait for the Nebbiolos to mature. And you'll find plenty of pleasure while you do it.Read more about 2019 Fletcher Barbera D'Asti