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Modern McLaren Vale Masterclass Pack

McLaren Vale, SA

Six new wave reds from the vibrant, ever-evolving region of McLaren Vale!

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About The Pack

The changing face of McLaren Vale wine over the last decade or two has been amazing to watch. 

Yes, there's still plenty of hefty, rich Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache to warm the cockles if that's your thing. 

But there's a lighter side to McLaren Vale now too.

With more experimentation and more of a lean towards freshness and vitality in their red wines, the new wave of McLaren Vale producers coming through are adding a different shade to this famous region. 

There's plenty to explore in modern McLaren Vale wine and this pack is a great place to start! 

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McLaren Vale
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2019 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

The name 'Violet Hour' refers to the fading light owners Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly saw on the horizon as they picked the last bunches of Shiraz for their first ever release, the 2012 edition of this wine. A violet sky, a beautiful wine, and a new future ahead for the couple and their vines.

The Violet hour tastes as stylish as it looks, it hits that sweet-spot for all red wine lovers - a combination of elegance and power.

The pedigree of the McLaren Vale vineyard is second to none - it's one of the most respected sites in McLaren Vale where Seaview and Blewitt Springs meet. You get the lively, bright blue fruits of the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs with the power and structure of the Seaview terroir. It's a winning combination. The quality of the Shiraz speaks for itself.

Put simply, if you like McLaren Vale Shiraz with a fresh face - this is a must buy.

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2020 La Petite Vanguard Grenache

"Such a lovely drink, now, or a fair bit later."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine
The team behind Vanguardist uses the 'Petite Vanguard' label to experiment on certain parcels of fruit in order to find a better path in producing their excellent premium Vanguardist label.

The Grenache is a wine built for easy consumption, early drinking, and something that goes with a wide array of food styles.

The intense but low yielding vintage of 2020 supplied fruit that could handle plenty of whole bunch, as such about 50% of the Grenache this wine was fermented as whole clusters giving lightness and freshness to counteract the natural density of the fruit.

It's bright, lively and spot on for a fresh example of McLaren Vale Grenache.

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2020 Poppelvej Zoonotic Spillover Mourvedre

Savoury yet smashable is the meassge here.

Winemaker Uffe Deichmann has been tinkering with Mourvedre for a few years now. Up until this point, its all been in the context of crafting his delicious Dead Ohio Sky Rose.

The fruit this year looked particularly good, so Uffe kept a parcel separate, fermented it with his classic 100% whole bunch approach for a juicy yet savoury version of the variety.

When you think Mataro, you think moody, earthy, dark and serious - this falls in the lighter, fresher frisky end of the red wine pool. We loved it. It's just a shame its so limited. Hopefully he makes a little more in the future.

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2018 Somos Aglianico

The Somos wines are the product of two enthusiastic young winemakers looking to make wines from new and interesting varieties grown in classic regions. Benjamin Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantu are the duo behind them, smart guys with some tasty things in production.

This is their delicious Aglianico sourced from a small vineyard in McLaren Vale. It was fermented as 50% whole bunches, striving for a perfumed and medium-bodied version of this late-ripening Italian variety.

Totally more-ish and one of our favourite Aussie Aglianicos.

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2019 Dune Pyla

A new age McLaren Vale red wine here from the notable Lloyd family of Coriole fame. The brothers Duncan and Peter forging a new project from their Blewitt Springs vineyard.

Italian varieties have become one of the great stories of McLaren Vale, with Coriole doing plenty to champion these sun-loving grapes. Here, Nero d'Avola takes centre stage, surrounded by Negroamaro & Montepulciano as well as Rhone classics Carignan and Mourvedre.

It's savoury, spicy and full of lush McLaren Vale dark fruit.

Not a foot wrong so far from this exciting rising McLaren Vale project.

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2018 Varney Wines Entrada GMT

Alan Varney has spent time making wine in Portugal. He draws on those experiences to craft this top value range of Entrada wines.

He descibes this as "a fresh, approachable red blend styled on the very drinkable red wines of Portugal and Spain."

It takes Grenache in all its rosy, cherry-filled glory and meshes it to savoury Mataro and the exotically perfumed Portuguese variety, Touriga Nacional.

It's a lip-smacking, medium bodied red wine perfectly suited to all occasions.

For 95 point mid-week red at this price, it's hard to beat.

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Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

Sydney Metro orders will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by midnight 23rd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Sydney Metro here.

Melbourne Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and delivered the following day in Melbourne (Tues/Wed/Fri). We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by 10am 22nd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Melbourne Metro here.

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Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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Warehouse Pickup is available at our Sydney warehouse at 3 Fig, Ultimo, 2007. You are not able to browse our warehouse shelves and we are not licenced to sell over the counter, so please place your order online or over the phone before arriving. Feel free to call on arrival on 1300 668 385 and we can bring your order out to your vehicle.

Express Same Day Delivery is available for Sydney postcodes within 10km of the CBD. There is a $10 delivery surcharge and the order needs to be placed before 12pm midday.

Our Heat Policy can be viewed here. If you would like us to hold dispatch of your order for milder weather please leave instructions to do so in the 'SPECIAL REQUESTS' box found on the cart page before the final checkout. We are happy to hold it for as long as you like. All orders are fully insured so you can buy with full confidence that these tasty beverages will get to you in tip-top shape.

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FaQs

Do I have to order in dozens? No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

Are there volume discounts? No, our pricing is designed to be the best in market already - no marking up and then discounting down! For very large orders (weddings, etc) we are open to negotiating though. Just give us a call.

Do we price match? Yes, within reason. Everyday low & consistent pricing is something we strongly believe in. We want our customers to feel confident they are always getting the best price. If you see a price lower somewhere else let us know and we'll consider matching it. We'll even retrospectively issue you store credit if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

Can coupons and discounts be stacked? No, only one discount or coupon can be applied to an order at once.

I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me? This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store? No. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: 3 Fig St, Ultimo, 2007/ Please make sure you have placed your order before arriving at the warehouse

Can I special order a wine you do not sell? If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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