CellarHand Newsletter July 2017

A lot on this month. A couple of headline releases from By Farr and Onannon. The former has a blinding Sangreal and Farrside out from 2015 plus ’16 whites, the latter a couple of brand-new single-site 2016s from Leongatha and Red Hill. Another never-seen-before wine comes from Mount Mary, who toast a fine 2015 Sauvignon Blanc harvest with a barrel-fermented savvy under the Réflexion label. We have a couple of vintage rolls for some of our most-loved Aussie wines: Shadowfax has moved onto an instantly loveable Macedon Chardonnay and Pinot from 2016, and Frankland Estate’s’17 Rocky Gully Riesling has arrived along with the Estate version from the same year (a cracker for Frankland River, as you’ll see). Plus there are some changes at the top, first at Napoleone Brewers where hotshot Kai Dambergs has taken the reins, and at Delta where sailing enthusiast Heather Stewart is now at the helm. Staying in NZ, we’re delighted to announce that TWR and Burn Cottage have cemented their place in the first rank by once again appearing in the Fine Wines of New Zealand classification.
On the imports front, there’s some more fresh fabulousness from ’15 in Germany, with Theresa Breuer’s “masterpiece” from Berg Schlossberg arriving along with the superb GGs from Heymann-Löwenstein and what Jancis Robinson dubs “hipster” Riesling from Johannes Hasselbach of Gunderloch. Oregon is also celebrating a dream vintage – 2014 – and from that fine harvest we have the Willamette Pinot from rockstar vigneron J. Christopher. Looking at the classics, we’re tearing through Tissier Sancerre at the moment, moving onto 2016, plus we have some awesome reviews from Burgenland superstars Moric and Pittnauer.
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