Rising Stars Renegades Pack

A smattering of boundary-pushing yet smashable wines from the country's most innovative young producers.


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About The Pack

Here are six Rising Star producers who are doing things just a little bit differently.

It's a mix of skinsy, natural stuff, weird mystery blends and fresh, gluggable reds.

Feeling a little adventurous? Here's a no brainer of a pack at a great price!

2018 Express Winemakers Cheninade 500ml

Express Winemakers is Ryan O'Meara's pint-sized wine operation from the deep south of WA.

From kicking off in 2011, Ryan has assembled a group of top-flight vineyards from around the Great Southern that supply him with top-flight fruit to make his fun and creative range of wines.

He claim that this is "a lively barrel fermented Chenin Blanc to share." Well, if they wanted me to share it, he shouldn't have put it in a 500ml bottle...

This fun little Pet-Nat has "DRINK ME" writ large on its forehead. This is no sniff and swirl wine style, this is made for drinking on hot days with reckless abandon.

Unpretentious and utterly delicious - hand me that straw, please.

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2017 Switch Wines Snapdragon Skin Contact Viognier

The Snapdragon is Vanessa Altmann's big and juicy take on Viognier from McLaren Vale.

This is a ripe and juicy wine which screams its variety. A dash of Trebbiano thrown in for a little savoury edge and some skin contact give some textural layers, but at its core, this is a luscious white wine with plenty of personality.

A colourful wine, organically grown, from an enthusiastic young winemaker in top form.

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2018 Poppelvej Dead Ohio Sky Mourvedre Rosé

Poppelvej (pronounced 'Pop-ell-vee') is a pint-sized winery based in McLaren Vale started by young Danish sommelier-turned-winemaker, Uffe Deichmann with the help of his brother Jens.

 Uffe now has a small, ramshackle winery dug into in the side of a hill in McLaren Vale. He produces tiny amounts of wine with a minimal intervention philosophy.

A new Rosé and another string to Uffe's bow here. This is Mourvedre (Mataro) which is aged in cool, black Nomblot eggs on lees for three months. This aging builds lovely fluffy texture through the wine making for great mouthfeel.

It's fermented wild until it is totally dry, the natural earthy spice characters of Mourvedre making for a savoury, crunchy style of Rosé which is perfect for all occasions.

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2017 Somos Tintito

The Somos wines are the product of two enthusiastic young winemakers - one Australian and one Mexican - looking to make interesting and contemporary wines from McLaren Vale. Benjamin Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantu are the creative duo behind this exciting project, with the wines exported back to South & Central America as well as sold through just a handful of outlets and venues locally in Australia.

This is a mystery red blend from Ben and Mauricio. It's a compilation of predominantly red Rhone varieties with a few other bits and pieces thrown in for fun. The aim here was to create "A wine driven by primary berry fruit, savoury spice and acid line. Textural light red." and they've nailed the MO.

This is a top value little red and is squarely in no-brainer territory for those chasing a medium-bodied red that is loaded with charisma.

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2018 Delinquente Roxanne the Razar NDM Red

With this delightful Italian-inspired Montepulciano / Nero d'Avola blend, winemaker Greg Grigoriou goes in search of a "don't think, just drink" style of red.

Greg says "I just wanted a juicy, easy-drinking red wine with something a little extra going on just under the surface."  and he's done a very smart job of it. This is great value.

The juiciness of the Nero d'Avola being tamed by the sleekness and savouriness of the Montepulciano. The Riverlands and Ashley Radcliff continue to be the haven for young winemakers looking for affordable, well-grown fruit with some interest.

All that is on show here in Roxanne the Razor.

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2018 Gentle Folk Tiersmen Syrah

Deep in the rolling vineyards of the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills lives Gareth and Rainbo Belton.

They are two of the country's leading experts in seaweed who caught the wine bug a few years ago and now run a winery making small batches of fun and creative wines with their friends in the Basket range.

Gareth farms their three vineyards himself. He works organically in the vineyard and with little to no additions in the winery. The Gentle Folk wines have an energy and style all their own.

Gareth and Brendan Keys (BK Wines) split a parcel of Shiraz fruit from Erinn's Adelaide Hills vineyard. It's some of Gareth's favourite fruit to play with and this is the resulting wine.

The Tiersman Syrah is a light-medium bodied, spicy, crunchy and ready for a quick chill in the fridge. Syrah built for smashing, not for cellaring.

All whole bunches, all attitude. It's righteous little thing to drink.

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Returns are free for 100 days after purchase. You can view the conditions of our return policy here

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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?

Yes we offer volume discounts on larger orders. Orders over $499 get a 5% and orders over $999 get a 10% discount. This will be automatically applied during checkout.

How does the price match work?

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 match it. We'll even retrospectively refund you if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

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 and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store?

No, not really. 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: F5A, 42 Wattle St, Ultimo, 2007

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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