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'The absolute future stars of Australian wine and their very own labels. Two Jimmy Watson winners, a couple of Young Guns of Wine and some of the best pedigreed winemakers in the country make up this incredible case'
Simon Green - My Wine Guy
  • Want to know what the winemakers from Oakridge, Deep Woods, Mount Langi, Best's, Thomas, Passing Clouds, Shaw & Smith, Tolpuddle and Giant Steps do with their spare time? Make more wine!!

    While not holding the tiller at some of the biggest names in the Australian wine industry, these upstart young(ish) winemakers are slowly crafting their very own wine labels. We call it the next generation of superstars. The soon to be household names that will be on your calling card in 5 -10 years time as the absolute must buy wines in the country.

    With a whose who finishing school as of the likes above, you can be sure that these new labels are going to be every bit as good as their forebears. In fact taking off the shackles of confinement that is crafting wines with a little more mainstream bent can often  mean a challenge to the status quo. A new-wave if you like.

    Names likes Out of Step, Comyns & Co, Musk Lane, Elderslie, Precipice and Nocturne may be pretty unfamiliar to you now. But come back in 10 years time, and I bet you will remember exactly the first time you heard about these exciting new wineries.

    But don't be alarmed... while these forward-thinking names might sound a little hipster and a little bit 'natural', they are by no means part of the new wave of natural wines that seem to think tradition wine faults are 'character' (no funky field blends of Sangiovese and Gewurztraminer with wax seals). We can promise you that much. This school of winemakers are definitely from the classic camp, having trained with some of the best. In fact Julian Langworthy from Nocturne and Adam Wadewitz from Elderslie have both won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in the last 5 years with wines they created, and Marty Singh was a recent finalist in the Young Guns of Wine Best Winemakers competition. With a penchant for a 'less is more, vineyard first' philosophy, some reliance on bio-dynamics and a great selection of terroir, this brash young upstart brigade are going to show you how it is done.

    Each case will feature one bottle of each of the following wines:

    2015 Musk Lane Earthside Syrah                                 (Bendigo, Victoria)
    2016 Comyns & Co Army Block Semillon                   (Hunter Valley, NSW)
    2016 Elderslie Hills Blend #1 Pinot Blanc                    (Adelaide Hills, SA)
    2015 Nocturne Chardonnay                                          (Margaret River, WA)
    2014 Out of Step Malakoff Vineyard Nebbiolo            (Pyrenees, Victoria)
    2016 Precipice Pinot Noir                                              (Yarra Valley, Victoria)

    Trust me on this case - it has been a pet project of My Wine Guy. We really want to uncover the emerging names in wine, and feel that this mixed case is one of the best ways to start uncovering the superstars of the future.

  • TASTING NOTES  

    2015 Musk Lane Earthside Syrah                 (Bendigo, Victoria)

    Serpentine Vineyard - Bendigo, Victoria.  Harvested 28 February 2015 at 14.7 baume. Fruit was hand-sorted, 100% de-stemmed, not crushed. Whole berry ferment in a single small open stainless steel vat. Hand plunged twice daily.
    Post ferment maceration - 30 days on skins. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrel. Matured in old french hogsheads for 11 months - no racking.
    Minimal sulfites.  Minimal filtration. No fining.


    2016 Comyns & Co Army Block Semillon     (Hunter Valley, NSW)

    This classic Hunter Valley Semillon is sourced from the renowned €œArmy Block € vineyard.The pristine fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed resulting in a wine of such purity.This elegant wine displays aromas of lemon lime citrus with a powerful core of juicy citrus fruit and a lingering lime sorbet freshness.


    2016 Elderslie Hills Blend #1 Pinot Blanc      (Adelaide Hills, SA)

    Made from Pinot Blanc a variety that melds both fresh, bright savoury characters and has the textural feel of Pinot variants. It is grown behind the range above Woodside and is a very cool, late ripening pocket. Natural acidity is at the nervy end of the spectrum.
     
    This vineyard is very well suited to white varieties, it consistently ripens about a week to ten days behind other sites in the mid valley of the Hills. This is due mainly to the cold air drainage to the site. The Granite parent rock along with interspersed quartz was always of interest too. This site is all about fine mineral acidity. This cracking Pinot Blanc displays zesty, floral verve finishing dry and crisp; it is delicious!

    2015 Nocturne Chardonnay                           (Margaret River, WA)

    2015 is the best Chardonnay vintage we have experienced in Margaret River. Despite a very warm January and generally early picking dates, the fruit largely had great flavour and amazingly vibrant acid levels. This is a 100% single-site wine from the Tassel Park Vineyard in the Treeton subregion of Margaret River. This tiny 0.37Ha vineyard is interplanted, somewhat unusually, with Western Australia's classic gin gin clone and the Burgundy 277 clone. The gin gin affords great fruit weight and texture while the 277 has great acidity and mineral line. The vineyard is south-facing and is planted on deep, silver-grey sands. The picking date is generally very late compared to the rest of the region.

    The fruit was handpicked on 22nd February and whole bunch-pressed directly to one new and one two-year-old puncheon, with no settling or fining processes. This juice was then carefully monitored and spontaneous fermentation kicked off on day three after pressing. After a five-week ferment the wine remained unsulphured on gross lees until November of that year. It did not undergo malolactic fermentation. At that stage the wine was emptied from barrel, then settled, filtered and bottled.
    It's a spectacular site this one, making spectacular white wines. It's generous in flavour and has oodles of personality. That vibrant acidity chimes clear as a bell and an upper class accent from very expensive oak rounds it nicely. Baumé: 12.2; Alcohol: 13%; pH: 3.3; Total acidity 8.1g/L - Julian Langworthy


    2014 Out of Step Malakoff Vineyard Nebbiolo                             (Pyrenees, Victoria)

    Malakoff is one of those places where, to me, it looks like it would be a bugger to do anything but grow grapes. Hard red ferrous clay soils with heavy deposits of ironstone & quartz interspersed throughout. Combined with warm & dry conditions through the growing season (though with cooler nights) it presents a myriad of challenges. But it also produces fruit of great intensity, predominantly shiraz & nebbiolo, now widely sought after by producers in the know.

    From vines planted in 2000 by the John family & still meticulously farmed by them to this day, & from a vintage that was pretty much a cracker all across Victoria, we present our second exploration of the site in the 2014 Malakoff Estate Vineyard Nebbiolo.

    Site: Malakoff Estate Vineyard, Pyrenees, Victoria

    Winemaking: Hand picked, destemmed to 4 x one ton open pots & wild yeast fermented. Gently plunged daily, pressed after 12 days, barreled down for a couple of weeks then racked & blended before maturing for around 8 months in old hogs heads. Racked again, settled (but not filtered or fined) before being bottled in November 2015. Released September 2016.


    2016 Precipice Pinot Noir                               (Yarra Valley, Victoria)

    The vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley in Gladysdale on Prices Road. Planted in 1988, this extremely steep site is planted to D Clone.

    Fruit was hand picked. With approximately 70% de-stemmed and 30% whole bunch making up the ferment. 22 days on skins prior to draining and pressing.

    The wine was matured in a selection of 1 YO, 2 YO and seasoned French oak Puncheons for 7 months.

    Although still quite youthful indeed, the wine is already showing quite generous fruit weight, reflective of the season. Some savoury and sappiness notes are evident along with some distinct dark cherry character with fine tannins.







     

  • 2016 Comyns & Co Army Block Semillon                   (Hunter Valley, NSW)

    'Grown on the Army Block, a well-known block in Hunter winemaking circles though perhaps not-so-much outside of said circles. I think I recall Brokenwood putting out wines  under the Army Block name but I know little else about it.

    The wine is good. It's piercing. It's Hunter semillon, straight, pure, direct, uncompromised. Lemon, wet slate, a whisper of herbs. Bone  dry and impressively persistent; it has a keen future.'
    93+ Points, Campbell Mattinson

    2016 Elderslie Hills Blend #1 Pinot Blanc                    (Adelaide Hills, SA)

    'A  lovely textural white'
    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    'The wine is a gorgeously textural, rich and satisfying white made from pinot blanc grown in a high, cool vineyard at Woodside.'
    Max Allen - Australian Financial Review


    2015 Nocturne Chardonnay                                          (Margaret River, WA)

    'A side-project for Alana and Julian Langworthy (of Deep Woods fame). Alana is a cheesemaker (bless her) though she was/is a winemaker too. Fruit sourced from a vineyard in Treeton, with a mix of Gin Gin and Burgundy 277 clones.

    What a nice wine it is too. It has spicy biscuity oak, a bit of struck match sulphide, and juicy white nectarine, fresh pineapple, and grapefruit. It delivers plenty of flavour, but with a certain delicacy, the acidity fine and cool, with chalky textural detail, and a long toasty spicy oak laden finish (though not too much). Classy.'
    94 Points, Gary Walsh

    2014 Out of Step Malakoff Vineyard Nebbiolo            (Pyrenees, Victoria)

    'Direct from the Out Of Step folks: €œA very different cat to our 2013 Nebbiolo from the same site. Some similarities in that the fruit was once again spectacular (the John family truly are great growers) & that there were no additions other than sulphur dioxide once the wine was through malo. But picked a little later for extra weight, & fermented in a mix of one ton open pots & a couple of smaller vessels (as opposed to the €˜13 which was through necessity entirely fermented in picking bins). From a season rather darn close to perfect to boot.'
    The wine has immediate appeal. It's a Nebbiolo that does not need to be decanted; it champs at the bit. It's floral, leathery, hit up with asphalt, perhaps raspberried and definitely spicy; and yet despite its eager-to-please persona it's also sturdy. It tastes and feels like nebbiolo. Unmistakably. Maybe there's some alcohol warmth but maybe in context it doesn't matter. This is good. Very. At the price, particularly so.'
    93 Points, Campbell Mattinson - Wine Front

    2016 Precipice Pinot Noir                                              (Yarra Valley, Victoria)


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