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!
Due to popular demand, 2021 Balmy Nights ‘Amber' had been replaced by:
2021 Express Winemakers Blanc Great Southern, Wa
Express Winemakers, led by Ryan O’Meara, carries the flag for all things crunchy, juicy and guzzleable in Western Australia. This is a blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc from three sites in the Great Southern sub-regions of Frankland River and Mount Barker. Some parcels see skin contact, others are direct pressed. Fresh, slightly textural and moreish, as always. This sets our barometer to warmer months ahead with great excitement.
2022 Jumping Juice ‘Half Full’ McLaren Vale, SA & Margaret River, WA
The much-loved label of Xavier Goodridge and Patrick Sullivan returns! We love these wines for their simplicity and vibrancy. Nothing to write home about, just delicious and downright drinkable juice for joyous times. This is dark rose/light red. All tart cherries and grippy tannins, puckering acidity, dry-savoury herbal characters and a very high refreshment factor. Chill right down and drink liberally.
2022 FIN ‘Le Vin du Rosiers’ Nagambie, VIC
FIN could easily be a misspelling of FUN because every wine from their stable abounds in it. This grenache/zinfandel blend comes from a vineyard planted on red granite sand soils, with the roots heading deep, through layers of ancient river gravel, seeking the cool aquifers beneath. They were picked and fermented separately, both destemmed and spent two weeks on skins before being pressed to stainless steel tanks. The result is an eminently drinkable yet pleasantly substantial chillable red.
2022 Giovanni Armani Giorgio ‘Rosso del Giorno’ Multi-regional, SA
We love Giovanni’s, i.e. Steve Crawford’s hilarious words here: Ebenezer, Ashton and Mount Compass DOCGs. Aged in large format oak, and some time in tank to keep things Swiss-Italian. Merlot is back like il diavolo Berlusconi and makes things più morbido, più rotonda, più sontuosa, while some left-leaning Adelaide Hills Barbera keeps it interesting. An enthusiastic, vibrant and devoutly Catholic red wine for drinking with il diavolo and pepperoni pizza (Domino’s probably) in bed. Cherries, plums, cigar box spice and dry tannin.
2021 Unkel ‘Life's A Beach’ Nelson, NZ
Rob Burley found his place in the wine world after working for a number of great like-minded producers abroad, but it wasn’t until he moved to Australia and started to work for Bill Downie and Patrick Sullivan that the concept for Unkel Wines was born. This is a fruit basket blend where ~50% of the grapes were fermented on their skins for a week then transferred to 5-year-old puncheons for six months before bottling. Delicious to smell, delicious to drink, chill it right down and be transported to a place with mangoes and lychees.
2022 Yetti & the Kokonut ‘Fruit Basket Block’ Eden Valley, SA
Yetti and the Kokonut is the vinous partnership of two friends. David Geyer if Geyer Wine Co. assumes the role of Yetti, along with vineyard management. Koen Janssens, the Belgian winemaking importer/sommelier behind Bink Wines, is the Kokonut and winemaker. A roll call of aromatic varieties comprise this true fruit basket blend: red muscat, brown muscat, muscat a petit grains, muscat d’Alexandrie, sultana, riesling, crouchen, verdelho, sauvignon blanc, viognier, semillon, grenache and mourvèdre. This vineyard was established in 1857 and is dry-grown and organically farmed. One word: delicious!