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Paper Kite White Wine
Thorne & Daughters

PAPER KITE OLD VINE SEMILLON

$398

By Thorne & Daughters

WHITE | BUTTER, BABY
Just think of anything yellow and delicious and you’re thinking of Paper Kite – butter, honey, peaches – they’re all here.

WHAT WE TASTE
Yellow flowers and honey with a sprinkle of salt

PERFECT PAIRING
With plenty of conviction, she stands up boldly to an array of flavours but works well for some contemplative thinking-drinking if there’s no food around.
TEMP CHECK
Give her a bit of time to shake the chill to better hear all she has to say. Get her out of the fridge about 15 minutes before drinking.
ABOUT THORNE & DAUGHTERS

They say, quite simply, that they are raising handcrafted wines along with their two daughters. But we think John & Tasha Seccombe are doing so much more than that! They’re raising the profile of forgotten grapes, reflecting on the heritage of a complicated wine-producing country and thoughtfully capturing a new narrative of what that could become.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Mother vineyard to the Tin Soldier, Paper Kite is a celebration of the heritage and history of Semillon in South Africa. It’s made from an old vineyard that includes a mix of both ‘normal’ Semillon and Semillon Gris – which is a mutation (Oh, yes! Grapes have mutants!) that’s almost entirely unique to South Africa – nobody is completely sure how it even happened!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Swartland, South Africa
Grape: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris
Style: Rich in flavour, colour and personality
The BLANKBottle Winery

PSEUDONYM

$280

By The BLANKBottle Winery

RED | PLAYFUL
Another exciting take on one of our favourite grapes from Pieter Walser. We could tell you what it is here, but where would be the fun in that?

WHAT WE TASTE
Cassis, oregano and really ripe strawberries

PERFECT PAIRING
Smoked duck salad, bougie cheese toasties, cumin-spiced lamb
TEMP CHECK
Can stand a lil’ chill
ABOUT THE BLANKBOTTLE WINERY

So much of our approach to wine has been inspired by Pieter Walser and his BLANKbottle wines – where the bottles typically don’t show the varietal to avoid any preconceived ideas about what people think they like and don’t like when it comes to wines. “You can’t judge it by the label; it takes drinking a whole bottle to get to know the wine.” He also designs those labels.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
While he doesn’t own any vineyards of his own, Pieter makes sure to work only with winegrowers who are farming with care, attention and intention; and he drives thousands of kilometers across South Africa every year to reach these people to source the exceptional fruit for his wines. Once the wines make it back to his cellar, Pieter is meticulous in his winemaking – not adding or removing anything…while sometimes also being a little off the wall.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
As with any of Pieter’s wines, it comes with a great story! The grower Pieter buys the grapes for this wine from, in an attempt to avoid his neighbour trying to steal his clients, invented a pseudonym for Pieter – he dubbed him the jam maker from Strand (where Pieter lives in South Africa).
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Darling, Western Cape, South Africa
Grape: Cinsault
Style: Serious fun
Ingredients: Grapes, minimal sulphur
Greystone

RIESLING PÉT-NAT

$320

By Greystone

SPARKLING | BUBBLY BABES
This feel-good little fizz is refreshing yet warming at the same time – like spritzy ginger snaps in a bottle!

WHAT WE TASTE
Pineapple, ginger snaps, jasmine

PERFECT PAIRING
Smokey BBQ ribs, Pretzel sticks, Siu Mai
TEMP CHECK
Best served properly chilled
ABOUT GREYSTONE

What happens when you hire a viticulturist from Penfolds and give him a sheep farm? He hires an ex-accountant studying wine and sets about planting vineyards destined for making some of the world’s best Pinot Noir (seriously, they’ve won an award) in less than 2 decades. Named after the unique limestone soils, a mix of fossils, seashells and small pebbles that have been fused together through the seismic movement of North Canterbury, Greystone has made big waves in the wine world under the stewardship of viticulturist & GM, Nick Gill and winemaker, Dom Maxwell.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Already certified organic, they’re working toward being totally regenerative and carbon neutral. Beyond that, Dom is exploring being extra low-intervention – to the extent that he’s even doing away with needing cellar space for some of his ferments, despite his wife suggesting maybe possums could be a problem… He’s pioneering a whole new type of winemaking, where wines ferment in the vineyard block where the grapes grow, which means all the yeasts are just from that particular vineyard and the wine continues to be exposed to the weather variations of the vintage.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
As we’ve learned, Dom is pretty big on not interfering with his wines – which means loads of attention to detail, but very little else. This unfiltered, unfined ginger-laced gem is not only delicious, but it’s also vegan-friendly!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Grape: Riesling
Style: Fresh & refreshing
Ingredients: Grapes + minimal SO2
Atlas Swift Robertson Chardonnay Bottle
Atlas Swift

ROBERTSON CHARDONNAY

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By Atlas Swift

WHITE | BUTTER, BABY
A delicate dream from the spiritual home of Chardonnay in South Africa

WHAT WE TASTE
Orange blossoms, salted butter, preserved lemons

PERFECT PAIRING
Lemon butter sole, Hainan chicken rice, mac & cheese
TEMP CHECK
Chilled but no need to be icy cold
ABOUT ATLAS SWIFT

Just unpacking the name of the brand gives you a sense of how proprietors Martin & Welma Smith view the world. Atlas, the titan of perseverance, tasked with holding up the sky represents how very seriously they take their commitment to protecting the lands on which they grow their grapes. It also speaks to the maps on which the terroirs they work with are laid out. Swifts, one of the fastest and most aerial of the bird species, represents their nimble exploration to find said terroirs. The project, which on the surface, focuses on site-specific Chardonnays from distinctive places scattered across the Western Cape of South Africa, carries with it so much more than just beautiful wines of exceptional texture (Martin is the KING of texture! – Cami). It carries with it the dreams of some of the most authentic souls we have the pleasure to know.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Martin & Welma see Atlas Swift as an opportunity to raise their young children in an environment where work can be fuelled by passion, where the land and the importance of protecting it, is paramount. They are shaping the next generation to be conscious and responsible for the unique place they hold in the world.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
It’s the most Chardonnay-y of the range – showing that dreamy buttery oaky side of the grape, more because of the kind of soil it’s grown on than the use of oak (try the Cape South Coast Chardonnay to compare – it’s made the same way!). Limestone & Chardonnay are a match made in heaven – one that gives us some of the world’s most beloved (and often, expensive) Chardonnays.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Robertson, South Africa
Grape: Chardonnay
Style: Pretty & plush
Ingredients: Grapes + limited sulphur
Le Fraghe

RODON CHIARETTO DI BARDOLINO

$210

By Le Fraghe

ROSÉ | PINK POWER
Racy, refreshing and refined – what more could we ask for from a serious rosé?

WHAT WE TASTE
Cherry sherbet (the powder, not the ice cream), wild roses and salty strawberries

PERFECT PAIRING
Grilled salmon, dhal, aged hard cheeses
TEMP CHECK
Serve from the fridge or ice bucket
ABOUT LE FRAGHE

A tale as old as time, women in wine baby! Matilde Poggi’s first harvest, on her family-owned 15th-century farmhouse, happened in 1984. She worked tirelessly at a time when large, quantity-driven firms and cooperatives dominated local production. Rather than following the masses, Matilde chose to concentrate on quality, revamping her vineyards to better express the area’s native grapes. Today, she is one of Italy’s most respected producers, and, in 2013 was elected President of the Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Indipendenti (Italian Federation of Independent Grape Growers or FIVI). More recently, she became the first Italian and first female president of the European equivalent, the European Confederation of Independent Winegrowers (CEVI).

Matilde has three daughters, to whom she’d like to pass on Le Fraghe one day (but we’re volunteering in case her girls don’t want it – wanna come?).

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Matilde’s farming & winemaking is certified organic and super low intervention – to the point that it’s often only Matilde herself working on the farm & in the cellar. Her work at FIVI and CEVI, as the voice of small independent wine producers, is invaluable.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Italy isn’t exactly famous for its rosé, but Matilde takes her Chiaretto (chiaro = pale) very seriously. She uses a method called Saignée for this one – which means a portion of the pink juice is poured off from the red wine fermentation, to give a pink wine. This also results in a more concentrated red wine (more concentrated because the remaining fermentation has a higher solid-to-liquid ratio).
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Cavaion Veronese, Veneto, Italy
Grape: Corvina, Rondinella
Style: Plucky lil’ pink
Ingredients: Grapes, Bentonite + SO2 (being certified organic in Italy, she's only allowed to use half the sulphur that other producers are allowed. Matilde uses about half of that)