Tired of the same old varieties and want something a little bit different in your glass? Or ever find yourself staring at a wine list unsure what a Nero D’Avola (neh-roe dah-voe-lah) or Gewurztraminer (gur-vertz-tra-meaner) or a Gruner Veltliner (grew-ner velt-lee-ner) tastes like? We’ve got you covered with this selection of new and emerging varieties which not only has scored an amazing 91 Points or better from Australia's leading wine critics but serves to highlight that something new does not have to be expensive. 

The StarDozen consists of the following:

3 bottles      Vanita Nero D’Avola 2019
3 bottles      Yangarra McLaren Vale Vineyard Noir 2019
3 bottles      Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2020
3 bottles      Delatite Dead Mans Hill Gewurztraminer 2018

 

Yangarra McLaren Vale Vineyard Noir 2019
Noir indeed - this lovely light-bodied, juicy wine is a voyage of discovery by the intrepid Peter Fraser. The grapes were mechanically sorted 50% whole berries, wild-fermented, 14-16 days on skins, matured for 6 months in used French oak. A wonderfully different wine, welcoming investigation, not hiding anything. 62% grenache, 15% shiraz, 12% mourvedre, 6% carignan, 3% cinsaut and 2% counoise. Drink to: 2026; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2020
Small bunches started the ball rolling for a wine with an excellent mouthfeel and a faint white pepper varietal marker. The length and drive on the finish give the wine serious gravitas. Attention to vinification detail is its own reward. Drink to: 2023; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines for 2020; James Halliday Wine Companion

Delatite Dead Mans Hill Gewurztraminer 2018
A pioneer with this variety, the estate has really lifted its game. Once, aromatics were too often sacrificed for ill-conceived attempts to retain freshness. The result may have been higher acidity, but the phenolics were ropy and the exuberance of this most-exuberant variety, lost. Not any more. A resinous yellow segues to punchy notes of rose water, lychee and orange blossom. Ginger, even. Dutifully fresh, but more importantly, texturally detailed with sound use of oak. Long and eminently satisfying. Among the national benchmarks. Drink to: 2024; Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

Vanita Nero D’Avola 2019
This is a thick, chalky tannic release, packed with dark cherry, new leather, dried herbs and roses, plus a bit of spice. Feels kind of raw almond-like in texture and firm, black and red fruit flavoured, savoury, chunky, but still pretty fresh. Quite like the slightly rugged and raw feel here, and the wine is a good hearty drink. Tasted: July 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2022+; Rated: 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

 

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SKU 14598
Brand StarDozen
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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