Notes on our Ozzy Shipment

Fresh from the Southern Hemisphere, we take a look at our latest Ozzy shipment. Predominently from the 2018 vintage, we've got some serious natty nectar from five of our Australian growers:

Momento Mori, Yarra

Bianco 2017 (100% Fiano) is testament to the near perfect fruit from the incredible growing season that was 2017. This fruit is normally dedicated to “Staring at the Sun,” but Dane decided to treat this particular parcel separately.

Fistful of Flowers (2018) is Moscato Giallo & Vermentino grown organically by the Chalmers family on the slopes of Mt. Camel in Heathcote, Victoria.  Floral and perfumed aromas, partnered with fresh and pure steely salinity on the palate.

Staring at the Sun (2018) includes Fiano, Vermentino, Malvasia and Moscato Giallo, although quantities are adjusted according to the vintage. Golden-amber, luscious aromatic nose of elderflower, poached spiced pear and lychee with some crystallised lime in the background.

Jauma, Adelaide Hills

Like Raindrops (2016) returns. A blend of three vineyards from across the McLaren Vale. 30% carbonic maceration in picking bins, half-destemmed, half whole cluster before being fermented in a mix of tank and barrel and then aged in used barrels. Highly perfumed, evoking smoky raspberry, mulberry, candied rose and spice-cake. Energetic red berry compote and an exotic floral pastille quality, gains richness and spiciness with air and finishes very long, with clinging sweetness.

A new wine called Lillies Grenache (2017) comes from 1940’s bush vines (Wood Vineyard again), brought to trellis in 1980. The flavour profile is much more roses and light red fruits. Lilies is called so as the Grenache sits next to 10 big beautiful ponds of water plants, fish and lilies. 

Fairygarten Shiraz (2017) is the fruition of a project that James has been working on for a few years. bright, light in appearance and flirtatious with wafts of raspberries, plums and anise. It’s crunchy, almost rose-like. As James says: Giggles, lots of giggles.

Alfred Dry-Grown Grenache (2017). 100% whole bunch, tightly wound, fine tannins, ethereal lift and brilliant aromatics. Fermented and aged in old French puncheons.

Patrick Sullivan, Yarra

Gee Dub (2018), dubbed Australian Muscadet! Pure, crisp and raw. Destemmed, seven days on skins, then pressed straight to tank. 100% Sémillon the Australian way. The wine is packed full of citrus and zesty acidity. White peach and lemon zest on the nose with flavours of juicy pear and apricot on the slightly textured and racy palate.

Half Full Red (2018): Always about optimism, the glass is always half-full! 70% early picked Shiraz, with 30% white grapes (including Viognier & Roussanne) added for tension.

Sunsets (2018): Pure juice, a rosé by any other name. Skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). The colour of summer and the scent of a holiday. Crunchy, lush, fruit bomb crazy.

Half Full Yellow (2018) is made from Sauvignon, whole bunch, carbonic, skin ferment (one month), ripe, tropical, pineapples and cream.

Xavier Goodridge, Victoria

Shirley Rose (2018). Cabernet and Shiraz, 100% whole bunch press. Fermented in stainless and old barriques, naturally occurring malo and left to sit on lees.  Pinkish bronze colour, fresh wild berries, tart cranberries, and a nutty earthiness round out the palate. Structure made delicate with roses, quince and a lifted lemony acidity.

Pa Pa Pinot Noir (2018) is 100% destemmed berries fermented in open top fermenters. Twelve days maceration with very gentle cap management to avoid too much tannin or secondary flavours. Perfumed Raspberries and red berry aromas meet lean acidity on the palate, a fresh, textural spring wine.

Halfway to Heaven (2018) is Chardonnay. Lean and racy, packed with citrus and stone fruits.

Gentle Folk, Adelaide Hills

Blossoms (2018). Pinot noir from a new vineyard in Norton Summit (organically farmed). Whole bunches lightly handled for a short maceration has created a wine of serious drinkability. Bring your straws and dancing shoes, say The Gentle Folk.

Tiersmen Syrah (2018). Fruit from the Ngeringa farm in Mt. Barker. No tricks, just whole bunches treaded by underfoot, pressed to old puncheons and rested over winter. Spicy aromatics, fine tannins and a vibrant freshness.

Vin de Sofa (2018). Don’t be deceived, this wine is no couch potato! Co-fermented Pinot and Cab Franc from high altitude vines. For the sofa, for the soif.

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