About The Pack
"The Experimental" is a collection of our most unique, most obscure, most exciting, groundbreaking and innovative wines. It is designed as an education in the weird and wonderful world of Australian wine and an easy way for you to sample what’s on the cutting edge of our industry.
You won’t find a classic Barossa Shiraz here, it’s all about great examples of experimental winemaking, wacky blends and rarely seen varieties.
These are all delicious and highly regarded wines in their own right, and are definitely wines that make you say 'Wow'!
If you want to broaden your wine horizons there is no better way than with this totally unique tasting pack. Feeling adventurous? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
2020 Express Winemakers Cheninade
Express Winemakers claim that this is "a lively barrel fermented Chenin Blanc to share."
Well, if they wanted me to share it, they should have bottled it in magnums only...
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.Read more about 2020 Express Winemakers Cheninade
2020 Brave New Wine Dreamland Riesling Botanical
"Funky, mouth filling roller coaster of flavour!"
- Brave New Wine
The fourth incarnation of this wildly experimental botanical Riesling from Yoko and Andries at Brave New Wine.
A fascinating interpretation of Great Southern Riesling here. This is fruit from the same vineyard as the Sunshine and Hercules, but with a twist.
It is fermented in old wood with a mix of native herbs and spices from the surrounding bushland. It takes this Riesling into a new stratosphere.
Complexity, harmony, individuality - this has it all. This glistening golden wine is absolutely spot on for its unique styling. Cannot recommend it enough if you want something uniquely delicious for your next wine-geek get together.Read more about 2020 Brave New Wine Dreamland Riesling Botanical
2020 Yetti and the Kokonut Project Wine
The Project Wine is a one off release wine that will change each vintage, depending on what's around at the time.
This year, it's an opportunistic blend of Riesling (60%) from the great Stonegarden vineyard, fermented on skins for three weeks, blended with Red Semillon from the Adelaide Hills.
It's a fresher orange wine that the time on skins might suggest - clam, composed, tense with racy, glassy acidity and a bitter twist of citrus fruit that will suck you back to the glass time and time again.Read more about 2020 Yetti and the Kokonut Project Wine
2020 Konpira Maru Piss Christ
There are zero boundaries at Konpira Maru, whether that's with winemaking, blending or indeed naming the wines themselves.
This little number seriously pushes the envelope though! The Piss Christ is an unholy yet delicious Rose made from Grampians Sangiovese.
It's not the pale Provence-style Rose that many producers are producing these days, it's a Rose with the volume turned right up to 10.
It's fresh, smashable wines like this that have built this duo such a cult following. No inhibitions whatsoever. Get at it while you can.Read more about 2020 Konpira Maru Piss Christ
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 Mac Forbes EB49 Funky Bunch Cabernet Franc
"This Cab Franc is the perfect wine to pair with your Saturday afternoon BBQ."
- Mac Forbes
Mac Forbes has a deft touch when it comes to Bordeaux varieties.
This is Cabernet Franc made in a lively, smashable style. It's bright and juicy yet varietal - the perfect lunch-time red.
Where many Cabernet Francs are hard work as a young wine, this is ready to rip into.
A delicious new addition to the Mac Forbes range from the spectacular 2019 vintage.Read more about 2019 Mac Forbes EB49 Funky Bunch Cabernet Franc