Some vintages see Gower all grown up and distinguished, and some vintages we find a true ingenu. Honest, pure, forthright and guileless in appearance, Gower 2017 is a study in preppy, youthful vigour wafting brashly past in Eau Sauvage. Bright and racy with a raspberry tang and the promise of good ageing that comes with fine structure and a plush exterior. As ever with Gower, we recommend decanting and even leaving a bottle open overnight to experiment with the development… assuming you have the self-restraint.
100% Lenswood Pinot Noir, handpicked, 100% whole bunch, wild-yeast fermentation, one month on skins, only four barrels made, 10 months in 25% new French oak, bottled in December 2017, unfiltered & unfined. Vintage 2015 and 2016 Won the Trophy for BEST Pinot Noir at the Adelaide Hills Wine Shows 2016 and 2017
Stunning Swaby is all game and no shame, effortlessly fulfilling the checklist of Chardonnay perfection: balance, structure, aromatics, seduction, generosity of spirit. Prettier and tighter than 2016, our 2017 Swaby is that oily spritz from a perfectly ripe tangerine as it pulls away from the tree. You can smell the last hints of springtime citrus blossom and the herbaceous leaf canopy and feel the lightly bitter tang of pith on the tip of your tongue. A gentle layer of flinty wood smoke curls through the branches. Refined, never fined, and seamlessly beautiful.
100% Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, handpicked, wild-yeast fermentation, only four barrels made, some bâttonage, 12 months in 25% new French oak, bottled in December 2017, unfiltered & unfined.
Everyone loves a plot twist. Skimming the surface, Archer Beau Chardonnay 2015 seems to be all light-hearted pear drops and sugar crystals on the nose. Read into it more deeply, thorough, and dense layers of gunflint and clove-pierced blood oranges are revealed alongside quiet echoes of honeysuckle. Textured, silky and mouth filling on the palate with luscious flavours of creamy fresh cashews and candied lemon. The crisp acid profile – mellowed over a year in bottle – provides fantastic length. An intriguing page-turner that you won’t easily put down. Only one barrel made; chosen by Kirsty as the best of the vintage. 100% Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, wild yeasts, nine months in 100% new French oak, 12 months in bottle, only one barrel produced. SOLD OUT
If you’ve ever watched a tango you’ll know that it doesn’t just take two… it takes careful coordination to turn potential chaos into a seamlessly spectacular duo. Like a beautifully choreographed dance, BK Remy 2015 interweaves vineyard and winery. Made from same fruit as our award-winning Gower, this single barrel was chosen by Kirsty as the best of the vintage. The gapless aromatic profile displays tobacco-leaf sweetness and fermenting Burgundian-forest oak leaves with deeper layers of stewed rhubarb and cherry pie. The characters on the palate are remarkably similar to the nose and rounded out with cornflour-smooth tannins. A true harmony of elements. 100% Lenswood Pinot Noir, wild yeasts, nine months in 100% new French oak, 12 months in bottle, only one barrel produced.
Where our Remy Pinot Noir displays fresh tobacco leaf characteristics, BK Mazi Syrah has the deep, brooding aroma of dried tobacco with the lift of oak. Rich, black kalamata olives and dark plums on the nose. On the palate the tannic structure is full-bodied and gripping but with a smooth, fine-grain texture. The flavours are pure French-Vietnamese fusion – slow-cooked beef in Asian spices. Feel free to cellar this wine for years, if you have the patience. Alternatively, consider decanting it for just as long as you’d like. Serve with the Christmas goose.
100% Blewitt Springs Syrah, 100% whole bunch, 100% in new French puncheon for 12 months, 18 months in bottle.