CellarHand Newsletter August 2021

A couple of big domestic releases lead the way this month, with great old mates Ben Glaetzer and Rob Mann releasing their flagship wines. Ben’s label turns 25 years old in 2021, and he’s celebrating in style with the ’19 Amon-Ra and Anaperenna. Rob and wife Gen, meanwhile, have put out the third iteration of their Calgardup Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s another absolute pearler.
In Pinot news, it’s Stefano Lubiana that’s making the headlines, with a pair of single-plot wines from 2018. Fellow biodynamic estate TWR is also making headlines, with more wines from their lovely 2020 vintage hitting the portfolio. And even hotter off the press are four 2021 wines from Airlie Bank, including the debut for Garden Red – a blend of Grenache, Gamay and Cab Franc from the Yarra Valley vineyard.
There’s plenty of Burgenland in this bulletin, with thoroughly diverse shipments from Gerhard Pittnauer and Roland Velich of Moric. These stretch from Pét Nat to Grüner blends via mind-blowing old-vine Blaufränkisch and Hungarian whites. Their good friend Hannes Schuster also features after a glowing, in-depth write-up from Wine Advocate‘s Stephan Reinhardt.
From France, we have a super-exciting set of wines from Frédéric Mabileau in the Loire Valley, plus organic, old-vine Chardonnay from André Bonhomme. From further north – well, England – we have the latest disgorgement of Hattingley Valley’s Classic Reserve non-vintage sparkling. And rounding out the news is G.D. Vajra, whose beautiful Albe Barolo from 2017 is the icing on the cake of a very tasty offering.
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