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Brisbane Tasting at The Valley Wine Bar on 20 September
We’re coming to Brisbane and The Valley Wine Bar has
kindly offered to allow us to pour some wine. We’ll have natural wines from
the Jura, Loire, Alsace and more ...
Please come and visit us from 5pm on Thursday 20 September if you are in or close to Brisbane. It’s a free tasting and we hope you’ll stay afterwards and have a glass of wine.
171 Alfred St, Fortitude Valley, 4006. Phone (07) 3252 2224
Perth Tasting at Wines of While on Thursday 11 October from 5:30pm
And some early warning that we will also be opening some new wines at Wines of While in Perth on Thursday 11 October from 5:30pm. We’re not sure what we’re going to bring yet. We have lots of new arrivals late in September and we’ll be looking at them before we decide what to bring. Somewhere there though will be some wines from Julien Brosselin, a brand new producer from the Languedoc.
58 William St, Perth, 6000, Phone: (08) 9328 3332
Wholesale tastings in Brisbane and Perth
We are also doing wholesale tastings while we are in Brisbane and Perth (Brisbane on Friday 21 September and Perth on Thursday 11 October). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a restaurant, wine bar or wine shop and are interested in meeting us and trying some wines.
The arrival of Dominique Andiran's special wines
We’re delighted to have just received the 2017 vintage of Dominique Andiran’s delicious, good value, Vain de Rû, the only 100% Colombard we know that is full of texture and flavour.
Why street wine? The French love a play on words. The word rû means small stream and rû is similar to rue, the word for street where casual parties are held and this wine is perfect for casual parties. Dominique’s first though was to call it vin de rû (sort of “wine of the street”). But the French appellation rules govern the size that the word Vin can be displayed on the labels and he wanted the letters to be big, so he changed it to Vain.
The grapes are grown on clay that is rich with limestone rocks which give this wine its vibrant minerality. Dominique adds further complexity through slightly extended maceration (a little over twenty hours) which has results in a richer flavour and more interesting texture without over-extraction of the polyphenols from the skins. The wine is aged in fibreglass tanks with there is no wood involved. This year it’s a little richer, at 13% alcohol (compared with 12% in 2016) and will work well with spicy food like chicken or vegetable curries. It’s more textural and mouth-filling as well.
We also have two other wines from Dominique, in smaller quantities.
Magnus 2016 is, unlike previous vintages, 100% Merlot. Normally it would have 20% of Tannat but in 2016 Dominique was unable to harvest his Tannat so had none to use in this wine. The result is the wine is slightly less savoury without the grip of the Tannat, and definitely ready to enjoy now. It’s more in the realm of slurpable and juicy, and very easy drinking, just a touch sweeter than last year.
Soyeux 2014 is a sweet with made with Gros Manseng, the same grape that is used to make the more famous sweet wines in nearby Jurançon. He makes this wine with a mix of just ripe and fully ripe, shrivelled grapes with concentrated sugars so that there is a nice balance of acidity and sweetness. In this vintage there is also just a hint of oxidative characteristics. The wine has 60 grams of residual sugar ensuring noticeable sweetness on the front of the palate, but the finish is surprisingly dry and not in any way cloying.
Soyeux is best translated as “silky” and it’s a beautiful word to describe this wine. Unlike his other wines this has a light filtration, for fear of refermentation, which is also why he waits for some years before bottling it.
Our next shipment, due at the end of this month, will have wines from l’Escarpolette, and this time also wines from Ivo Ferreira’s partner Julie Brosselin, whose grapes you have already have drunk if you tried Alice and Olivier De Moor’s En si Belle Compagnie Méridionale, as she sold them some Grenache Blanc which ended up in that wine. There are two shipments from the Ardèche – from Sylvain Bock and Samuel Boulay, and new vintages from Mylène Bru, Domaine Saint Nicolas and Domaine de la Garrelière.
September 2018 Newsletter Edition Now Available
The September Edition has lots of news for your entertainment. We have news about wines that have just arrived and more that are about to arrive in our next shipment, six special packs including our popular sale pack and a last bottle pack. We also have a story about some exciting restaurants in France that also serve natural wines. We have held over the final story about natural wines and gut health till the next newsletter.
To download the full edition of the September newsletter click on the link below:
Wine Talk Newsletter No 78
We have commenced the task of reviewing wine books that we find interesting. They are often about topics that impinge on natural wines such as terroir, healthy soils, winemaking techniques, appellations, the sense of taste and smell and related topics.
You can read these reviews by clicking on the link below:Wine Books
Let us choose
If you are uncertain what to order, simply send us an email describing the style of wine you like and the amount you would like to spend then we will choose a pack of either 6 or 12 bottles for you and send you an invoice listing the wines we have chosen. If you don't like the sound of any of them then we will swap them over for something else.
Complete wine catalogue on-line
In response to many requests we now have all of our wines listed along with the recommended retail price on the Buy Wine page which you can get to by clicking on the "Buy Wine" menu option above.
If you are not on the mailing list all you have to do is type your email address into the 'Sign Up to our Newsletter' box above and click on Send then confirm your choice. The newsletter contains information about special packs which contain a number of the recent arrivals.
We stock wines from the following regions/appellations:
Jura, Arbois, Arbois Pupillin, Savoie, Ayse, Vin d'Alsace, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Moulin a Vent, Champagne, Anjou, Fiefs Vendeens, Aveyron, Gaillac, Côtes de Provence, Ventoux, Rhone (southern and northern), Touraine, Bourgueil, Chablis, Saint Bris, Bourgogne Vezelay, Bourgogne Aligote, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Saint Aubin, Maranges, Monthelie, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Savigny-les-Beaune, Mercurey, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey Saint Denis, Puligny-Montrachet, Haut Cotes de Beaune, Chitry, Coteaux-du-Layon, Savennieres, Cheverny, Cour-Cheverny, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, Buzet, Muscadet, Languedoc, St Jean de Minervois, Cairanne, Coteau d'Ancenis, Vouvray.
Rent our lovely house in Provence
We have, for many years, owned a house which we bought with two friends from Sydney, in a small French village that is almost on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, north of Avignon. It is seven minutes drive from Beaume de Venise and about 20 minutes from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. You can find out a lot more about it by clicking on the link below:
Tasmanian Licence No: 58292
Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 it is an offence:
for alcohol to be delivered to a person under the age of 18 years.
Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units ($3,080 as at, July 2015)
for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase liquor.
Penalty: Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units ($1,540 as at, July 2015)