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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!



2013 Athletes Of Wine ‘Viñero’ Cuvée Extra Brut, Macedon Ranges VIC
The second disgorgement of this fancy fizz, now accruing 8 years lees ageing.  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 sparkling. 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.


2020 Athletes Of Wine Alto! Alto!! Rosato, Multi-regional Vic

A bit more colour in our rosato this year, a stunning, pale pink, very 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.


2020 Athletes Of Wine 'Vino Athlético' Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges Vic

Whilst Chardonnay suffered in 2020, Pinot Noir seemed to pick up the slack. Not a big year in terms of volume it nonetheless is a high quality vintage for the region, with wines showing ripeness, depth of flavour and vibrant energy in spades. Pale-to-med ruby purple colour. Raspberry and cherry plum, earth and a suggestion of roast meat. Light body, intense red fruits continue on the palate, with some blackberry and a hint of oak. Somewhere between the exuberance of the 2018 and the focus and purity of the 2019 in style.


2020 Athletes Of Wine 'Vino Athlético' Shiraz, Heathcote Vic

Just the second ever AOW Shiraz. We were offered a beautiful parcel of Shiraz that was too good to pass up, particularly with the bushfires decimating NE Victoria last year. Heathcote Shiraz is one of the first wines I can remember being able to identify, my dad was very early to get on board this special pairing of variety and place. I wanted to stay true to the red-earth driven personality of classic Heathcote Shiraz, but give it a brighter texture and lighter weight by picking earlier - keeping the dark and powerful fruit, but introducing some red fruit notes and a lifted perfume you see in the best cool-climate examples of Shiraz/Syrah.


2018 Corofin ‘Folium’ Chardonnay, Marlborough, NZ
Such is the domination of the abomination that is Sauvignon Blanc, most wine lovers are unaware of the hidden gems to be found amongst the Savvalanch - some of New Zealand’s best examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Corofin are making wines of the highest order, 4 of the 5 vineyards sites they work with are certified organic, including this one. Too much going on here to do justice to in words, but I’ll try: powerful; bold, refined, refreshing; intellectual; immediate; satisfying.


2013 Villa Matilde Aglianico, Campania Italy
If Nebbiolo rules the north of Italy and Sangiovese rules the centre, then Aglianico is clearly THE red grape of the south...although Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese may have something to say about that! This 8 year-old example is just starting to hit its straps, an indication of the long-lived and structured wines that come from Campania’s warm southerly climate and volcanic soils. Aglianico is often described as the Nebbiolo of the south, with its paler colour matched with a perfumed nose and fine tannins. For me, the generous climate of the south sets it apart, with spiced poached plum and firm cocoa-like tannins.


Spring moderation bonus:

1 x 500ml O.Vine Wine Essence Water (for the times you are taking a bit easy)

Spring '21 training kit