Australia

Ben Haines 2011 Blanc de Blancs B-Minor

100% Chardonnay sourced from vines planted at the base of sandstone mountains in the historic Grampians appellation in Western Victoria.  This appellation is known for high quality Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, perhaps most notably from Best's Great Western. The soils are sandy loam over a vein of granite and the climate is typically cool and wet, especially in 2011. This is the sort of sparkling wine that sits at the intersection of pure enjoyment and geeky contemplation. There is plenty of freshness and natural acidity (a feature that Ben Haines is deeply passionate about) from the cool vintage and sumptuous, creamy texture from spending four years on its lees. The wine is bottled under crown cap without being disgorged, no dosage, and no added sulphur. The interplay between the leesy, toasty aromas and flavors of crisp lemon with tart apple and stone on the long and generous finish make this a dynamic wine perfect as an aperó or served around grilled vegetables this summer. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Paxton 2015 McLaren Vale Shiraz

We've been fans of the Paxtons since we started carrying their wines in 2008. Though we've never walked through the vineyards in Australia, we have hosted tastings with the Paxton family over the years, and they're great people. Their wines are also very delicious. This is a Shiraz blended from four of of their bio-dynamically farmed vineyard parcels, and giving a fresh but very generous introduction to the McLaren Vale region. There's a subtle touch of oak that blends perfectly with the lush silky Shiraz fruit. A full bodied wine, for sure, but with great balance and drink-ability.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99