About The Pack
This mixed pack is designed as the perfect set-and-forget option for those looking to keep the house stocked with interesting, delicious red wines with a great story.
These are our favourite recent red discoveries here at Different Drop, made by producers we love. And it is offered to you at our very best price.
The pack covers a wide range of styles and varieties - from light, ethereal reds through to those richer and fuller-bodied. You'll find wines from icons, rising stars and cult figures in the world of wine. No matter what your preference, we hope you fall in love with these wines just as much as we have.
The pack will be updated on the first of every month. Your first pack will be shipped the next business day following your subscription. Choose your frequency, skip or cancel at any time (we'll send you a reminder before each delivery) - it's just that easy.
Our November Pack includes:
2018 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir
PJ Charteris is an experienced winemaker and one of the country's top Wine Show Judges.
A Kiwi native, PJ has spent much of his professional career working in the Australian wine industry. He spent time at Penfolds and Lindemans before being appointed Chief Winemaker at Hunter Valley icon Brokenwood, where he stayed for twelve years.
Charteris is PJ returning to his NZ roots. It's his chance to put forth his own spin on the Central Otago region. This, PJ's 'village' Pinot Noir, comes from a vineyard high up on Felton Road in Central Otago.
The aim here is to craft something that is complex yet approachable in its youth. PJ includes a little whole bunch which gives a gentle smokiness to what is lovely ripe and open fruit. It's a much more subtle and restrained style of Otago Pinot Noir and one that's immediately approachable.
Still, it shows plenty of power, plenty of fruit. It's a lovely example for the region which will only get better over the next 3-5 years.Read more about 2018 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir
2017 Fontanafredda Ebbio Langhe Nebbiolo
If you're interested in what all the fuss is about with Nebbiolo grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, this is a great way to dip your toe in the water.
This is made by Danilo Droco - the acclaimed winemaker behind Mirafiore - and comes from selected vineyards across the Langhe appellation.
Made with very minimal influence from oak, Danilo preserves all the natural charms of the Nebbiolo grape. It's rosy in perfume, brightly red fruited and carries the signature defined tannins the variety is known for with an easy approachability.
Value for money wise, you can't really go wrong here. It's an easy-drinking option that won't bust the bank account.Read more about 2017 Fontanafredda Ebbio Langhe Nebbiolo
2018 Bondar Wines Junto GSM
In only a few short vintages this dynamic couple have carved out a niche for their eponymous label as one of the most exciting and in demand wineries in McLaren Vale.
Drinkability is writ large across the range. The 'Junto' (Spanish for 'together') is a wine made for easily enjoying with friends and family. The 2018 may be the best release of this wine to date.
The Grenache component a much less than in previous years (70%), the power of the 2018 vintage bringing a richer, more silky wine to bottle on release. This is as delicious as medium-bodied reds get from this part of the world.
Incredibly versatile and impossibly more-ish, Andre and Selina have done it again.Read more about 2018 Bondar Wines Junto GSM
2018 Simao & Co. Tempranillo
Simon Killeen's mission is to bring the diverse range of wines from the North-East of Victoria to the rest of the country. Good sites run by good growers, the wines made with skill - spread the word.
It's wines like this that are getting his message out there.
This Tempranillo from the Alpine Valleys is sensational. Fruit grown by Mark Walpool, hand picked and crafted by Simon's hand, this is a modern, vivacious version of this classic Spanish variety. Oak plays only a minor role, the sublime, juicy fruits are the wine's heart and soul.
It's quite simply a wine with great energy and a gorgeous thing to drink.Read more about 2018 Simao & Co. Tempranillo
2018 Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon
A beautifully different style of Margaret River Cabernet here from the 2016 Young Gun Winemaker of the Year, Josephine Perry.
There are few, if any, other winemakers in Margaret River that would dare release their Cabernet Sauvignon without any new oak, but that is precisely what Jo chooses for her own.
It's about fruit first and foremost, her trusting the vineyard and her instincts on when to pick to ensure that all structure in the wine is derived from the grape rather than an oak tree.
It's a gloriously feminine style of Cabernet - lifted and precise.Read more about 2018 Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon
2019 Mada Syrah Nouveau
The modern Australian Shiraz/Syrah is a much different beast to that of twenty years ago. Thank the wine gods for the evolution of style, it's allowed for great wines like this to come into existence.
Hamish Young has got a good eye for fruit. For this fresh, nouveau take on Syrah, he sourced from a vineyard he describes as "Possibly the warmest, hungriest site in Canberra." It was fermented as 100% whole berries for max aromatics, cold soaked for a week, fermented for two weeks, then pressed to a combination of ceramic egg and a French puncheon.
There's also a dash of Grenache and Mataro thrown in for a little extra 'pop'. This is a highly perfumed, exuberant style of Syrah, which is reliant on impeccable fruit for its appeal, not oak. If you love the trend towards medium-bodied, youthful reds, this is going to be right up your alley.Read more about 2019 Mada Syrah Nouveau