Welcome to the CellarHand newsletter for November 2017. Just like you, we’re gearing up for what we hope will be a season of great wine and cheer. Loads of domestic action here, with vintage rolls, new releases, gongs and novelties. On top of that, a light sprinkling of very fine imports.
On the home front, we have new releases from Charteris of Central Otago and the minuscule-make cult-hit Pinots of Philippa Farr. Vintage rolls include new Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Tim Shand at Punt Road – all from the superb 2017 vintage in the Yarra. Ben Glaetzer meanwhile, was raving about Barossa in 2016 – and his Bishop Shiraz shows us why Ben was so full of beans about it. This time of year is always crazy on the wine-show circuit, and we have immense success to report from TWR, Wairau River and clos Clare, while the Langworthys of Nocturne have been cleaning up all over their home state of WA. Plus, look out for the lawlessness of Shadowfax’s Pablo Escobar-fronted skin-contact Roussanne, and don’t miss out on the fun-size frenzy of our complete compendium of magnums.
On the imports front, we have the eagerly awaited 736 DT from Jacquesson, a return of the rogue romantic Nero di Casanova Sangiovese from La Spinetta, the first 2014 Pinots from Weingut Huber of Baden, plus some high praise for Piron and the bangin’ Beaujolais of 2016.
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