Absolutely remarkable value. When one of our new favourite people Jono Hersey first came on the show - before the madness of him cooking marron live - he brought along one of the wines that he's crafted with his brand Hersey Vineyard, his Clos Kuipto Chardonnay. For $25 a bottle, you need to grab a dozen. This is an absolute steal, great for drinking now but we reckon this thing has got legs in the cellar. Full malolactic ferment in almost entirely seasoned French oak, it's textural, saline, rippling with brioche, stone fruit and citrus, held together with a line of crackling acidity. Outrageous. Get some now.
While sadly this is not quite available yet, it's coming soon and we're lucky enough to have tasted it early thanks to Nick Dugmore of the Stoke Wines - and it's brilliant. Guroo, a project from the Southern Artisans crew (The Stoke Wines, SKEW), is dedicated to showcasing the potential brilliance of wines from Kangaroo Island, a region that hasn't had the popularity a region would hope for, and they're getting collaborative asking some of the state's best to craft wines from KI fruit. And you can't really go wrong with getting Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton to make some Shiraz from KI, because with her masterful hand, she's crafted a wine of poise, precision and overall deliciousness. Is this the best wine from KI ever? Possibly. Keep a very, very keen eye out!
Not for the faint of heart, but this is a wine that we absolutely adored when we had the incomparable Sharon Romeo and Gill Gordon-Smith on, bringing plenty of energy and plenty of Italian Wine - their shared passion. Made from a variety we really have very little knowledge about, Vernaccia di Oristano, from the island of Sardinia, something we're only learning a little more about as we have more guests on (see the Rose Kentish episode too!), it's crafted in an oxidative style under a veil of flor yeast in a fino sherry style without fortification, this is a nutty and alluring drop that we were absolutely gobsmacked with. We're lucky we can get our hands on this in Australia through Enoteca, something great for immediate drinking and definitely something to lock away - we had a 2004 vintage (!!!). If you're a fan of oxidatively handled wine, get your hands on some.
No shame about it: we gushed over Sven Joschke's wines when we had him on the show. We'd been a fan as soon we tried his Sangiovese, so much so that Brendan actually sent legendary wine critic Mike Bennie a message saying: "you need to review this". Update: Bennie gave it 93 points. Yeah, it's pretty amazing. Light, brambly and fresh, it's kinda what we love about red wine, structure, tannin and spritly acidity. Loves a chill too! We also tried all his other wines and they're all bloody exceptional too (Adelaide Hills Chardonnay and a Barossa Grenache the standouts). And it just so happen's Sven's a ripper dude to boot - with only a few vintages under his belt, the guy's got a bright future. Can't wait to see it.