So fizzy! A bead and mousse to make any Champagne producer green with jalousie but with a rustic, all-natural production method that takes out all of the fuss and bother – like a quick and dirty weekend in Champagne if you will.
A custard-apple bonanza on the nose and purity of fruit on the palate. Creamy acidity and excellent length. Pétillant Naturel is all about seeing the vineyard and the grape variety without the distraction of additives, and this one delivers in spades. Just all around good.
Bead and mousse galore, and a bowlful of mulberries and cream on the nose.
Meaty, earthy and lightly reductive on the palate with a lip-smacking, dry finish. Bone dry with excellent ageing potential with all of the characteristics of a fine Champagne without the dosage. More contemplative that our Pétillant Naturel Chardonnay, but still good fun. Will go great with cheese. Pretty much any cheese.
The aromatics on all of the 2017 wines are notable, but perhaps none more so than this season’s Grigio.
This is pure pear blossom and lots of it. Drinks beautifully as an aperitif and threatens to see you downing far too much in the sun (which we only recommend in moderation and purely as a means to increase your Vitamin D levels). More textured and serious on the palate than the nose would imply with steely, high-cheekboned structure.
It’s worth spending a bit of time just admiring this wine in the glass and seeing if you can come up with a name for the colour.
Like the faintest pinky orange glimmer on the edge of a pale grey cloud at sunrise. Provençale pink? A bathful of rose petals on the nose. Pretty and alluring up front but with genuine edginess at the back palate. The texture is all soft meringue peaks and valleys but the flavours are tart and tight, like newly-ripe wild strawberries. We urge you to share.
A fun game with this wine is Guess the Grape. Punchy, blossom-like aromatics that are clean and vibrant and evolve in the glass, taking you on a sensory journey. Far zippier – more like a dry Riesling – on the palate.
If you give the bottle a bit of a shake before drinking to mix in the light lees at the bottom of the bottle, you can really feel the fine chalkiness of light tannins. BK has been quoted as saying that he would make 10 chardonnays a year if he could so he could play endlessly with this malleable varietal… wines like this are the reason why.
This wine went through zero extraction going it the look of a heavy rosé in the glass. Classic Adelaide Hills characters of rhubarb and strawberry beneath a crispy oat crumble topping and a dollop of crème fraîche.
Just a hint of fresh bay leaf extract that is as pronounced on the palate as it is on the nose. A fuller wine than you anticipate with flavours of concentrated sour cherry. Got All I Want… Don’t Need to Pretend.