Stellar - Shining Stars 12 pack

Stellar - Shining Stars 12 pack

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Wines Included:

Jeanneret ‘Big Fine Girl’ Riesling 2016 - Clare Valley, SA

Heart Pinot Gris 2017 - Beechworth, Victoria

Big Easy Radio Fiano Vermentino 2016 - McLaren Vale, SA  

Byrne Chardonnay 2016 - Sunbury, Victoria

Voyager Estate Chenin Blanc 2016 - Margaret River, WA

Ophelia Pinot Noir 2016 - Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Arlie Bank Cabernet Franc 2017 - Yarra Valley, Victoria

Delinquente ‘The Bullet Dodger’ Montepulciano 2017 - Riverland, SA

Some Young PunksSangiovese/Shiraz 2017 - Clare Valley, SA

Lana by Pizzini Barbera Nebbiolo 2015 - King Valley, Victoria

Frederick Stevenson Pignata Dry Red 2017- Barossa Valley, SA Cinsault, Shiraz, Mouvedre, Grenache blend

Fetherston Shiraz 2015 - Yarra Valley, Victoria 

See full wine notes below

 

 

 

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Wine Notes

Jeanneret ‘Big Fine Girl’ Riesling 2017 - Clare Valley, SA

THE WINE'S STORY

The Jeanneret story begins with Swiss chemist Denis Jeanneret and his wife Pat, and with all the hallmarks of Swiss precision and attention to detail, they set up their property in the Skilly Hills of the Clare Valley. Their first vintage release to the Australian market was in 1992.

 Son Ben is now driving things at Jeanneret, with a clear winemaking philosophy of letting nature take its course and to make ‘naturally perfect’ wines. They grow from two vineyards located in the Armagh Valley of north-western Clare, that are run with an organic philosophy, of all hand pruning and picking through to minimal handling in the winery. The results are worthy of the effort with the wines being impeccable representations of the Clare Valley.

M+Q NOTES

Pure, super fresh dry Riesling is what people love about Clare Valley Rieslings.

2016 was a perfect growing vintage in the Clare. Beautifully light and dry, aromas of white flowers and citrus, this is a very pretty wine. 

FOOD PAIRING

Poached prawns with lime spiced salt


Byrne Chardonnay 2016 - Sunbury, Victori

THE WINE'S STORY

Alex Bryne grew up around Ballarat and experienced wine making life as a teenager helping his family friends at the Taltarni winery. He moved to winery work at Dominique Portet in the Yarra Valley in 2002, before completing vintages in the Northern Rhone Valley of France, Margaret River and Argentina.

His time in Burgundy in 2008, cemented his love of cool climate viticulture.

He returned to Australia to take up an assistant winemaker role at Lethbridge Estate near GeelongCurrent day Alex makes his very own impressive cool climate wines from vineyards at both Ballarat and Sunbury, this is high quality, small volume Australian winemaking, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the varieties that he excels with.

M+Q NOTES

Small parcels of fruit are sourced from single blocks in Sunbury at the Galli Estate vineyard, to produce this elegant, medium bodied Chardonnay. White peach aromas with citrus and just a hint of oak.

FOOD PAIRING

Salt baked whole fish


Heart Pinot Gris 2017 - Beechworth, Victoria

THE WINE'S STORY

A field blend project wine from Tessa Brown and Jeremy Schmolzer. This is hand picking, foot stomping, basket pressing and wild yeast fermenting with the help from some friends too.

M+Q NOTES

inot Gris here has been co-fermented with is Riesling 22%, Fiano 18% and a touch of Gewurztraminer. The cool nights and fertile soil of Beechworth assist with achieving elegance between the flavour, the ripeness and the alcohol levels while the acidity is super balanced, this is one ‘smooth operator’. Gris achieves richness and a complexity, which sets itself apart from Pinot Grigio that will be leaner, tighter and much drier. Waxy lemon, with peach and pithy citrus, this is a textural beauty!

FOOD PAIRING

Caprino fresco - Fresh goat's milk cheese


 Big Easy Radio Fiano Vermentino 2016 - McLaren Vale, SA

THE WINE'S STORY

Justin Lane enjoyed a stint at the uber creative wineries Alfa Box and Dice and Redheads wineries in McLaren Vale. He has now moved to his own project winemaking and called it Big Easy Radio. 

Justin works with a range of different vineyards in McLaren Vale and seems most at home working with alternative varieties. His focus is on blends, usually two varieties in each wine, and from time to time a single-varietal release but he prefers the unconventional and a chance to create unique wine.

M+Q NOTES

Blended here are two white Italian varieties for a super crisp, dry and savoury wine. Tangy citrus fruits, floral notes, and crushed stone aromas, Justin describes this as ‘Proudly walking down the beach without any pants on’

Delicious any day of the week and we are in love with it’s packaging! Very cool wines, so keep a look out for this guy in the Australian wine scene.

FOOD PAIRING

Squid ink fettuccine with crab and chilli


Voyager Estate Chenin Blanc 2016 - Margaret River, WA    

THE WINE'S STORY

The Voyager Estate vineyard (oldest vines 1978) lies in the cool micro-climate of Stevens Valley within the greater Wallcliffe sub region of the Margaret River. 

While Voyager Estate is a long established vineyard in Australia, with the first vines planted in 1978, there is currently a revitalisation and modernisation occurring here. Significant, quality driven changes are being implemented as they conduct extensive soil profiling across the Estate so as to best be able to match the correct variety or clone to the correct soil and then include organic composts and principles.

M+Q NOTES

The fruit for the Chenin Blanc is sourced from three Estate vineyard blocks and some of the oldest Chenin Blanc vines in Margaret River with original 1978 plantings. This Chenin Blanc we have selected in our September offer as it has something of a ‘cult’ following as it is just utterly delicious and fun. Brightly spiced apple fruits with layers of citrus and tropical fruits. The palate is medium weight and has a creamy textural balance.

FOOD PAIRING

Mussels, white wine, chill and garlic


Ophelia Pinot Noir 2016 - Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

THE WINE'S STORY

Ophelia Pinot Noir is a new player in Victorian wine scene. It is the creation of

Nic Harrison who is the vineyard manager of the Ocean Eight vineyard at Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula, in his spare time.

Ophelia has a distinctly lo-fi feel. It feels raw and unfettered, a very interesting, freeform version of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir that offers interest and drinkability.

M+Q NOTES

Slightly cloudy in a good way, with a funky chewy palate. It shows riper Pinot flavours of plum, black cherry and earth. There’s a little wildness here too. Fine, coco-laced tannins with a dusting of dried herb to the finish. 

FOOD PAIRING

Xiao long bao


 Frederick Stevenson Pignata Dry Red 2017- Barossa Valley

THE WINE'S STORY

Frederick Stevenson’s winemaking is self-described as ‘Debaucherous acitivities with grapes’ according to winemaker Steve Crawford.

Not at all your typical blended red wine from the Barossa Valley, 40% Consult 29% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre, this is super light-weight but holds a warm core of crunchy ripe fruit, it is the polar opposite of big Barossa whopper wines.

Only 5,000 bottles are produced from each vintage, with labels proudly sporting the works of young, emerging artists from Adelaide and change every vintage.

M+Q NOTES

A rustic mid-weight wine made in large oak barrels with no fining or filtering. Resulting in lush tannins with a core of ripe and juicy fruit with notes of earth

and bramble fruits, red licorice and clove.

FOOD PAIRING

Beef brisket with Brussels sprout slaw


Airlie Bank Cabernet Franc 2017 - Yarra Valley, Victoria

THE WINE'S STORY

Airlie bank is a second label at the Punt Road winery in the Yarra Valley. Winemaker Tim Shand and the team enjoy freedom to push boundaries in their winemaking. Their small-batch ethos has led to a great deal of creativity in their production and ever-decreasing doses of sulphur. Nothing is out of limits here if an opportunity appears, as demonstrated by this 100% whole bunch Cabernet Franc, 

M+Q NOTES

A rustic mid-weight wine made in large oak barrels with no fining or filtering. Resulting in lush tannins with a core of ripe and juicy fruit with notes of earth and bramble fruits, red licorice and clove.

FOOD PAIRING

Salumi


Some Young Punks  Sangiovese/Shiraz 2017 - Clare Valley, SA

THE WINE'S STORY

Col McBryde and Jen Gardner of Adelina Wines got together with good friend

Nic Bourke in 2006 to establish the Some Young Punks label. There is humour and fun reflected with these labels, yet the Adelina team are deadly serious when it comes to their wines.

M+Q NOTES

This is super small-scale production, with the wines always selling out soon after release. It is traditional and very minimalist winemaking with hand-picking in small lots, indigenous yeast fermentations, basket pressing and no filtration.  With 65% Sangiovese and 35% Shiraz all from the Hill River vineyard at Polish Hill in the Clare Valley. Savoury sour cherry fruit, plums and sweet spices, pinch of black pepper andfirm but juicy tannins.

FOOD PAIRING

Slow braised octopus in red wine and tomato

            


Lana by Pizzini Barbera Nebbiolo 2015 - King Valley, Victoria

THE WINE'S STORY

This is volcanic terroir up to 800 metres high on the slopes of Mount Teide (Spain’s highest mountain) and vines have survived here on the Canary Islands for centuries. Naturally low yields, it is artisanal wine growing with low input organic viticulture, ungrafted old vines and hands off, yet precise winemaking.

M + Q note 

THE WINE'S STORY

Lana is a new label from the Pizzini winery in the King Valley of North Eastern Victoria made by Joel Pizzini.

The Pizzini’s Italian heritage has inspired this Piedmont style red blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera and we think they have cleverly replicated the tannins that you would expect to find in the red wines in Northern Italy. Lana is actually named after the familys’ home town there.

M+Q NOTES

This wine highlights the best of the two varieties. Nebbiolo offers structure, tannin and savoury characters while the Barbera brings raspberry red fruits and lively acidity.

FOOD PAIRING

Fennel salami and olives


Delinquente ‘The Bullet Dodger’ Montepulciano 2017 - Riverland, SA

THE WINE'S STORY

 his is wild child packaging but don’t be afraid, nothing to worry about, the brand was designed by a guy called Ankles!

This is from the Riverland in South Australia, not too fashionable but it is a hot dry climate and is a home to growing many Italian varietals. Small batch, honest, unpretentious wines made with flair, similar to the packaging!

M+Q NOTES

Loads of forward fruit, crushed blackberries, plums, mulberry and licorice, loads of earth and spice and a dry inky finish that is medium bodied and completely ‘slurp-able’!

FOOD PAIRING

Grandma's sausage rolls

 


Fetherston Shiraz 2015 - Yarra Valley, Victoria    

THE WINE'S STORY

Single vineyard, tiny production with only 960 botttles produced! Fetherston Vitners, Chris Lawrence and Camille Koll are a new producer in the Yarra Valley that are totally committed to quality vineyard practises to ensure sustainability in their sites for the future. Chris worked at Yering Station and Camille previously at Domaine Chandon, so they understand the Valley well, and are very motivated to help protect healthy viticulture there.

M+Q NOTES

Elegant, vibrant Shiraz. Plums, black cherry spicy fruit, a mid-weight, floral-accented wine.

FOOD PAIRING

Bistecca alla fiorentina