About The Pack
The rise of skin contact white wines in Australia has added another interesting orange tinge to the rich tapestry of Australian wine.
From rosy Pinot Gris and spicy Sauv to some more extreme styles, you'll get to see some of the best Australian examples of the style in this pack.
Great value and the perfect place to start exploring the delicious world of skin contact white wines.
2018 Between Five Bells Amber
Dr Ray Nadeson is your classic 'mad scientist' in the wine world. An academic and scientific background sits behind a seemingly endless creative streak in his winemaking. Each vintage there's new projects brought to bottle. Here's his latest instalment.
The B5B Amber is a bottling from a single 800L terracotta amphora. Around half the wine is made up of Pinot Gris that sat on skins inside the earthen vessel for 45 days before it was joined by a wild motley crew of white varieties bringing different colours and detail to the party.
Unsurprisingly, Ray's second crack at an amber wine is a massive success. Spicy, grippy and a little bit wild, this is a great example of Australian amber winemaking.Read more about 2018 Between Five Bells Amber
2016 Quealy Turbul Friulano
Quealy owners Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy were pioneers of skin contact white wines in this country, and the Turbul Friulano is a super-duper example of the style.
It's exotic and wild in flavour, but it's the texture and structure that defines this wine. In this way it shows more like a red - it's really quite powerful and grippy but delicious at the same time!
Mike Bennie declared it "Fantastic example of the genre here, complex, detailed refreshing, glorious to drink."
Great option for a dinner party wine to wow your friends with something different!Read more about 2016 Quealy Turbul Friulano
2018 Cambridge Road Cloud Walker
Cloud Walker is an ultra-juicy blend of Pinot Gris and Riesling from the Cirrus Vineyard in Martinborough.
The grapes are grown organically, there's nothing added to the juice at any point in the winemaking process. What you see in the glass is the end result of great fruit nursed to bottle with a gentle hand.
Skins play a part, as do old barrels and ceramic eggs.
With no preservatives added to this wine, this is as natural as wine gets and it's down right delicious to drink.Read more about 2018 Cambridge Road Cloud Walker
2016 Ruggabellus Quomodo
Abel Gibson has a rare feel for the dark art of skin contact white winemaking. His instincts and attention to detail yield wines of extraordinary and rare power and precision.
Quomodo is built around a core of intense Eden Valley Riesling. With Riesling as the spine and small inputs from deftly handled Semillon and Muscat adding aromatic highlights and layers of texture, this sits at the top of the pile of Australian 'Amber' wines.
Indeed, Mike Bennie went so far as to call it, "one of Australia’s new era, great white wines."
It's a wine that makes you quiet and contemplative. A very special wine and a unique and important touchstone of the Australian wine landscape.Read more about 2016 Ruggabellus Quomodo
2018 Si Vintners Baba Yaga
A fun little creation here from natural farming wine duo Si. Vintners.
For those interested, Baba Yaga is the name of a fabled Russian witch. This is skin contact Sauvignon Blanc seasoned with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon for rosy colour and added flavour depth.
There were no additives or preservatives used during either farming or vinification, just the natural balance of the fruit given up by mother nature keeping this wine in peak drinking form.
An original take on Rosé/Amber styled wines, and one with plenty of charisma.Read more about 2018 Si Vintners Baba Yaga
2018 Brian Gris 375ml
If you thought Pinot Gris was a white grape, then you need to try this. The Brian Gris was picked three weeks after the Pinot Noir for the Brian wines. By this point, the skins turn purple, morphing from a simple white grape to a fascinating red!
From there, the fruit spent six weeks on skins and was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with zero sulphur. This is a cloudy, funky, chewy wine that's not for the faint of heart.
This is the most utterly smashable version of the Brian Gris to date.
A little outrageous and outrageously delicious. All the things we've come to expect from the Brians.Read more about 2018 Brian Gris 375ml