Young, Fresh and Fancy Free...
Welcome to our latest Young, Wild & Free pack—a selection of wines that share a common thread of vivacity and free spirit!
A variation on a theme with six wines that ride the wave of raw, uninhibited vitality. Designed with drinkability in mind and a carefree ease to their approach.
We hope you enjoy these very fun wines!
2022 Chalmers 'Mother Block' Red Murray Darling, VIC
Chalmers decided to release three blends from their home blocks and this bright, jubey and moreish rosso is one of the results. It takes Umbrian native sagrantino, traditionally a tannic beast, and tempers it with the Sicilian nero d’Avola to produce a surprisingly supple wine. There are also splashes of aglianico, uva di troia, teroldego and piedirosso. It’s guzzleable and perfect alongside both simple plates of charcuterie or all things barbecued.
2021 GioVino Orange Sicily, Italy
GioVino is a collaborative project between Dario Serrentino of Mortellito and Michael Zaccharia of importer QuelVino. This is the first year he’s made an orange wine and it’s ridiculously delicious! Sicilian native cataratto is left on skins for ten days to become a story of fresh mandarin and salty coastline. Perfect spring/summer drinking and great with all snacks salty and fatty.
2021 Naturel Fizzique Pet Nat King Valley, VIC
For those not familiar with the silhouette, it’s bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, eight-time winner of the world’s most important bodybuilding show: Mr. Olympia.
The phrase natural wine gets thrown around more than a frisbee at Edinburgh Gardens in late spring. It’s a loaded gun and many great winemakers, importers, retailers and writers have weighed in on the definition. The conversation is the precursor of many fiery debates, but we prefer to drink great wine and leave the debate in the auditorium. This is easy-going pet nat designed to be drunk cold and fast. We're not sure if Ronnie is partial to pet nats, but we think he'd enjoy this on warm afternoons alongside some salty and fatty snacks. Lightweight, baby!
2022 BK Carbonic Pinot Noir Lenswood - Adelaide Hills, Sa
We always love BK’s notes, so here they are: “Something wild and fascinating comes of our Carbonic pinot noir… We promise we don’t peak at last vintage’s notes when we’re writing new ones, but—as we found in 2021—we’re seeing shades of spiced, gamey syrah and gamay.
Beyond a big hit of Beaujolais on the nose are jonquils, earthy mushrooms and pretty, fresh-hay aromas. Full of the essence and bounce of youthfulness. We also discovered—quite by necessity mid-tasting—that it goes beautifully with Edam.”
2022 Little Reddie 'Infringement’ Blanc Harcourt North, Vic
A new label from the widely loved Pat Underwood. The artwork appears courtesy of Victoria Police and their mobile speed camera on Kennedy St, Castlemaine. The idea behind the label being to release odds and ends with minimal waste. From a granite block in Leanganook, juice is drawn from a skinsy pinot gris then fermented in stainless steel followed by a few months in barrique. As Pat says: “A good drink when you’ve just finished mowing the lawns, with a bowl of chips at the pub or with some nice fish with butter and capers.”
2022 DEFIALY 'Pretty Much Red' King Valley, VIC & Riverland, SA
DEFIALY Wines are fast becoming one of the most sought after labels with their wines selling out shortly after release. His wines have gone from strength to strength and even his simpler releases, like this one, feel complete and thoughtful.
70% dolcetto (20% whole bunch) and 30% zibibbo, both kept on skins for 14 days. Smells and tastes of wine gums, savoury blackberry and cherry tartness and amaro spice. Chill it right down and drink with gusto!