CellarHand Newsletter July 2016

Pittnauer natural selection 2015


Lots happening in July, both on the home front and internationally. The 2014 vintage steps up the sibling rivalry between Nick Farr‘s superb Sangreal and Farrside Pinots, and the 2015 Chardonnay is exactly what you’d wish for if you had the imagination. Speaking of Chardonnay, Vanya Cullen takes the grape into a whole new realm with her Kevin John Legacy Series. Staying out west, Frankland Estate‘s newly rebadged estate series is all present and correct – fab regional, varietal drinking at top value. Stephen Pannell gives us another hit of vinous heroin, as he calls his beloved Nebbiolo, and those Australian champions of Italian grapes – the Chalmers family – have produced possibly their best-ever red yet in the utterly delicious 2015 Nero d’Avola from Heathcote. 
Those Italians do Italy well, too. Find out why one of the world’s foremost Italian wine critics reckons Cigliuti is THE Barbaresco producer that’s missing from your life. There’s also a seductive Sangiovese from Tuscany back in stock, while another Italian, Alberto Antonini, has been helping fulfil the dream of an Armenian visionary – and we have three new-but-ancient treasures from Zorah to show for it. Rounding out the export news is an engrossing Gemischter Satz, while Burgenland dude Gerhard Pittnauer goes au naturel, for your pleasure.
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