CellarHand Newsletter April 2018

Couple of monster releases on the home front this month, from two nigh-on perfect vintages for their respective regions. Sandra de Pury has put out her spellbinding 2015s from that jewel in the Yarra crown, Yeringberg, while Ben Glaetzer is gaga about 2016 in the Barossa – his Anaperenna and Amon-Ra will show you why. Other exciting vintage rolls include clos Clare’s Riesling from super ’17 in Watervale, perhaps Tim Shand’s best-ever Pinot for Punt Road, plus a range of wines from Marlborough’s brilliant biodynamic farmers, Huia. Plus, some review-driven news on Stefano Lubiana fizz, Pinot from PJ Charteris, Shadowfax’s skinsy Roussanne and Nick Farr’s “mesmerising” monument to mummy dear.
From Europe, we have the delightfully named “les jardins du Domaine Ostertag” and a similarly bucolic picture painted by Ingrid Groiss in the Weinviertel. Hattingley Valley’s been at it again, winning Winemaker of the Year 2018 at the same time as its new-vintage sparkling rosé arrives accompanied by its first NV. From France, we have a new set of splendid white burgundies from André Bonhomme of Viré-Clessé, and a second bite of the cherry from Taupenot-Merme and the excellent ’14 and ’15 harvests on the Côte de Nuits. Aromatically speaking, look out for new Riesling from Paul Blanck of Alsace and fantastisch Federspiel Grüner from Wachau legends Prager, Emmerich Knoll & F.X. Pichler.
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