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WHAT IS THE SLASHIE WINE CLUB???
The Slashie Wine Club is arguably the best (I think it is, Matt agrees with me) wine club going round. It’s a way to keep your home supplied with great wine, either by subscribing to get regular deliveries or as one off (but still regular right?) purchases.
Why is it the best? No other club has the combined powers of two sommeliers with award winning palates sharing the wines they make and they wines they buy for themselves at home, with pricing that benefits you from what might be called "vinous insider training".
Bloody hell, if I was me I’d want one!
THIS SEASON'S WINES
2 x 2013 Athletes Of Wine ‘Viñero’ Cuvée Extra Brut, Macedon Ranges VIC
Finally - after more than 6 years we get to share with you the first sparkling we ever made! After a very dry February in 2013 Matt suggested we pick our Pinot Noir early, find some Chardonnay to go with it and make some fizz. I agreed. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. And now it's ready! It's dry but generous with plenty of ripe citrus and red apple, a slight honeyed note, even a bit of fino sherry-like briny tang and quiet apple blossom.
2019 Terrason Aligoté Pétillant Naturel, King Valley VIC
Discovery is what Matt and I love about being sommeliers. A sparkling made from a rare (one of three in Australia) example of Aligote - Chardonnay's lesser known but cooler cousin - is a joy to find and share. White peach, flint, gentle nuttiness. An incredibly good and incredibly good value Pet Nat, made by Marc Lunt who has from 10 years in making wine in Burgundy to set up Terrason making wine in the King and Yarra Valleys as well as importing fine wines from small and sustainable producers across France.
2 x 2018 Athletes Of Wine ‘Alto! Alto!!’ Riesling blend, Multi-regional VIC
Inspired by the Germanic influence in the Alto Adige, Riesling now makes the heart of our white blend. It’s sourced from an organic vineyard in the King Valley (1/6 of fruit spent almost 9 months on skins) and blended with Macedon Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the Kyneton and Romsey vineyards. The Riesling had an intriguing spice to it all throughout elevage and we love the perfume and drive this beautiful grape brings to the mix.
2017 Château de Fontenay Tourraine Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley FRANCE
We're going to take you to the home of Sauvignon Blanc, before the Kiwis hijacked it. This wine is pure, fine and crisp, showing enough of the signature flavour profile of the variety, but giving it to you in a more subtle expression. Amazingly the Chateau de Fontenay is a property in the central Loire with winemaking history going back to 1680.
2016 Circe Pinot Noir Rosé, Mornington Peninsula VIC
One of the standout roses we've tasted over the last 4 or 5 months, an elegant expression of Pinot Noir, medium cherry red in colour with a softness and fleshy texture suitable for drinking on its own or with leftover Christmas ham! Circe is the side project of (ex-Mount Langi Ghiran and now Chandon) gun winemaker Dan Buckle and a chance to make wines from the region he grew up in.
2012 Athletes Of Wine ‘Vino Athlético’ Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges VIC
We love drinking older wines and now you have a chance to open a beautiful Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir that is really hitting its straps. This is a single vineyard selection from Hesket that is fleshy and full of sumptuous summer fruit. This wine always had a softness and charm to it and we still find when we open one that it disappears way too quickly!
2013 Athletes Of Wine 'Viñero' Hesket Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges VIC
Matt and I really enjoyed looking back at this wine next to the 2012 Vino Athlético – same vineyard, basically same winemaking - and the difference between the two labels is clear. You take the simple pleasures of the 2012 and add layers of complexity and longevity to get to the higher level of Vinero in 2013. Hopefully an insight into the commitment to quality and value that we aim for with every single wine, we’re proud of both wine and the way they reflect the vineyard and the vintage.
2 x 2018 Athletes Of Wine ‘Alto! Alto!!’ Barbera blend, Multi-regional VIC
An intense Piedmontese trio of Barbera (40%), Dolcetto (20%) and Nebbiolo (20%) from the NE of the state, blended with some Macedon Pinot Noir to lighten the mood. The 2018 version of our red blend returns to being genuinely medium bodied with a darker fruit profile, still some carbonic influenced juiciness and a speck of tannin just to straighten it up. We’ll be drinking it with black pudding and cranberry jelly on Christmas day.
2015 Bill Downie Petit Verdot, Riverland SA
We tasted this wine blind and guessed the price to be 2.5 times what it actually is - either we're bad at our job** or this is a wine that seriously over-delivers! In 2015 Bill Downie diversified his winemaking to include this organic Petit Verdot. Medium-full in body, with mouthfilling blackberry and blackcurrant fruit and some tobacco leaf and leather notes that signify a quality example of the Cabernets family.
**Note: Jancis Robinson made it her wine of the week and gave it 16.5/20, a score she recently gave to a wine that costs $90+!