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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
2019 Athletes Of Wine 'Vino Athlético' Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges Vic
This has a generous palate and some creaminess to go along with yellow peach, grilled nuts and white grapefruit on the finish. Vino Athlético Chardonnay is a racy and refreshing kind of Chardonnay, a gateway wine that will satisfy lovers of the grape as well as those yet to be convinced of its greatness. Despite the lightness it announces itself as a wine with presence and character, clearly made from low yielding, high quality fruit.
2019 Athletes Of Wine 'Alto! Alto!!' Rosé, Multi-regional Vic
Our third ever still rosé, a very pale, dry example based on Sangiovese - it's all about elegance and subtlety. It has the gentle red cherry fruit we love and a touch of florals. As always, it can be enjoyed on its own or with food: pink fish grilled or tarator style; smoked or cured meats; a simple noodle dish – spaghetti aglio e olio, bun cha, guay teow pad Thai.
2010 Athletes Of Wine 'Viñero' South Gisborne Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges Vic
A stunning season with good rainfall in winter followed by a gentle summer and autumn, giving wines that are balanced and composed. 2010 was the first vintage we remember in our wine careers that stood up and commanded our attention. We love drinking older wines and are very happy to share with you 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.
2019 Athletes Of Wine 'Vino Athlético' Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges Vic
The wine should be attractively fruity, supple but not simple and the diverse aromatics and fine structure should tell you there is ambition to be more than just a wine for the everyday. We believe tannin is a key part of great Pinot, particularly Macedon Pinot, even when it’s under $40 a bottle. Loads of red and dark berries, nutmeg, perfume, gentle tannin.
NV Madame Dumont Brut Blanc de blancs
We decided you can’t have a spring wine pack and not have bubbles in it - even if you’re not celebrating anything (in fact, particularly if you’re not celebrating anything). An exceptional value fizz from the Loire Valley, a Chenin Blanc blend with typical notes of poached apple, lemon and a hint of honeyed spice. Hey it’s not Champagne, so grab a friend, head to the park and crack a bottle (and maybe bring a cheeky bottle of Aperol to top up your glass).
2014 Valiente Shiraz Heathcote, Vic
One of many winemaking projects for ex-sommelier, now journalist and wine writer extraordinaire Nick Stock. He makes wine in the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley in his home state of South Australia, and Heathcote in his adopted home of Victoria. Nick knows Heathcote well and prefers to craft a modern interpretation of the powerful regional style - picking earlier for more freshness, utilising whole bunch ferments were appropriate for some intriguing perfumed spice and keeping new oak in the background.