CellarHand Newsletter July 2018

There’s an even spread of home and away fixtures this month, with some very fine shipments sailing in from Europe while the domestic scene is littered with new releases.
From ye Olde Worlde, we have Burgundy from Domaines Matrot, Jean Tardy and Taupenot-Merme, plus a very handy Bourgogne Rouge et Blanc from Madame at Leroy. Staying in France, we have a new Côtes-du-Rhône white and red landing alongside a Cairanne and Gigondas from Pierre Amadieu. The Germans, bundled out of the World Cup in the group stages, fared much better in a Decanter Magazine panel tasting of GGs, and Koehler-Ruprecht of the Pfalz is winning lofty praise elsewhere. Austria is this month represented by the peerless Blaufränkisch of that maverick at Moric, Roland Velich.
Closer to home, the action is dominated by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with Nick Farr’s 2016 Sangreal and Farrside just two highlights of a brilliant suite of new releases. Onannon likewise has a host of new bits and pieces from ’16 and ’17, while Shadowfax’s Macedon wines go on garnering accolades. More Pinot, too, from the Mornington Peninsula’s Paul Scorpo and, from Central Otago, Burn Cottage and Charteris. Bigger red territory is covered by blazing reviews for Ben Glaetzer’s Anaperenna and Amon-Ra, while Geoff Weaver’s Sauvignon Blanc and the aromatic whites of biodynamic duo Anna & Jason Flowerday of TWR are also on fire.
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