Red Wines

Playful | Bright, Juicy & a mountain of fun. Lightness all around. 
Sexy with Substance | Juicy, exciting, sex bombs. Medium all around. 
Bold | Deep, mysterious with more layers than a parfait. Full-tilt, full-on.

Le Fraghe

BARDOLINO

$192

By Le Fraghe

RED | PLAYFUL
Start your red journey on a lighter note with this really refreshing red.

WHAT WE TASTE
Sweet-sour cherry and blueberry, with spicy nuances of cinnamon and black pepper

PERFECT PAIRING
Cheesy risotto, grilled salmon, Thai veggie stir fry
TEMP CHECK
Lightly chilled, please
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
We’ve said it before and we will say it again, we live for an underdog! Bardolino is often compared to Beaujolais, which, as far as the French are concerned, does not always carry the same sex appeal as its neighbour Burgundy (Bardolino is right next to Valpilicalla, so it can relate). Yet Beaujolais and Bardolino share some of the most wonderful “quaffing” characteristics. Sadly some of the best examples are often wildly underappreciated. We’re here to tell you that we’re championing this wine. All. Day. Long.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Cavaion Veronese, Veneto, Italy
Grape: Corvina, Rondinella
Style: Bright and light
Ingredients: Grapes + a tiiiiiny bit of 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)
Ottomani

CHIANTI SUPERIORE

$268

By Ottomani

RED | BOLD
Classic Chianti – but cooler. Way cooler.

WHAT WE TASTE
Blueberry, basil, tomato (and some crunchy cherry to boot)

PERFECT PAIRING
Ossobuco, smoked duck, fireplaces
TEMP CHECK
Room temp, if your room is no warmer than 20 degrees celsius. Otherwise, chuck it in the fridge and remove roughly 1.5 hours before dins.
ABOUT OTTOMANI

The story of Ottomani began with four friends who grew up together and turned a dream into reality. Not that far off from us girls at Crushed!

They graduated from the University of Florence with Oenology (that’s the science of wine) degrees and chose to separate for a while to get some exposure working in real wineries. With a few years of experience and some real savoir-faire in their back pockets, the boys came back together and purchased a farm of their own. In 2006, Ottomani was born with indigenous grape preservation and sustainability sowed into its mission statement.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
They’re organic and biodynamic, they hand-harvest everything and don’t irrigate their vines. They’re working hard to preserve the biodiversity of the region by propagating traditional indigenous varieties like Ciliegiolo, Bonamico and Malvasi Nera (also known as Uva Rara – the rare grape). The wines are unfiltered & unfined.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
The boys now all live together on their 100% self-sustaining farm! Everything they need, they grow, build or generate themselves or source within a radius of 20 kilometres.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Grape: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Bonamico, Malvasia Nera
Style: Chianti with pedigree
Ingredients: Grapes + just a very, very little bit of SO2
Cosmo Crazy Red Wine
Millton

COSMO CRAZY BY NATURE

$178

By Millton

RED | SEXY WITH SUBSTANCE
Crazy by Nature pretty much sums this bad boy up. It’s here and it’s ready to rock without any inhibitions or a care in the world.

WHAT WE TASTE
Punchy white pepper & cedar wood

PERFECT PAIRING
Black beans & rice, charred steaks, beef brisket
TEMP CHECK
Little bit of chill, like the perfect occasion for the wine
ABOUT MILLTON

The very first winery in the Southern Hemisphere to farm using biodynamic practices, James and Annie Millton have stayed true to their practice since establishing The Millton Vineyard in 1984. Along their journey, they’ve raised a beautiful family. They’ve passed down their know-how to their children who now play key roles in some of Millton’s more avant-garde collections such as the “Crazy By Nature” which is some of our favourite juice!

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
These guys are the poster children of sustainable farming – James Millton believes wholeheartedly in not only the benefit but the importance of biodynamics. The Libiamo range is lower intervention, with no filtering or fining (hence those fun crunchy bits in the bottom of the bottle!)
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Unabashedly trendy and playful, this wine is such a fun take on what Rhône blends can often be made of. With the addition of Malbec, to the more traditional Syrah and Viognier blend, they’ve allowed themselves to explore and create something nostalgic AND new all wrapped up in one!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Gisborne, New Zealand
Grape: Syrah, Malbec, Viognier
Style: Dry and punchy
Ingredients: Grapes + just a teensy splash of SO2
Crushed Wines

CURATED SUBSCRIPTION CASE

$1,930

By Crushed

SUBSCRIPTION | MONTHLY
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HOW IT WORKS
6 bottles to your door, every month. Or just once, if you prefer.

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CAN I CUSTOMIZE IT?
Once you subscribe, we'll send you an email to hear more about your fave (and least fave) wines plus anything else you’d like us to know about your wine preferences. Whether you're brand new to small-batch wine or a cork dork who knows exactly what you'd like, we are here to make you your perfect 6 pack every month.
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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Each wine will include a neck tag with a QR code that takes you to the bottle's page on our website so you can read all about your new wine crush! Sometimes we will sneak in something that’s not on the site – in that case, we’ll write some info just for you.
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Playful Red Guthrie Galaxy Carbonic Carignan
Guthrie Family Wines

GALAXY CARBONIC CARIGNAN

$360

By Guthrie Family Wines

RED | PLAYFUL
“Wow! That’s a whole lot of fun in your mouth!” Fifi said it best! Katy Perry to the Heirloom Grenache’s Britney Spears.

WHAT WE TASTE
Handfuls of sour Skittles, blood orange and cranberries

PERFECT PAIRING
Burgers & fries while jamming to Baby One More time (according to Blair)
TEMP CHECK
30 min of chill
ABOUT GUTHRIE FAMILY WINES

Blair and Caroline Guthrie are making honest wines, farmed responsibly. Their baby side project (only 600 cases a year) is filled with so much love – their wines are comforting and lighthearted as a Sunday morning dance party in your bathrobe. Beneath that, they are strongly focused on preserving and encouraging the good in the world – environmentally, ethically and everything in between.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Blair makes this wine *because* of the vineyard. The Testa Vineyard was planted in 1912 and is a reflection of everything Blair is looking to represent in his wines – farmed organically since before anyone cared about that, family-owned, fluffy dogs running around. The fact that the vineyard is SO old also helps tone down how much fruit the vines produce – Carignan can produce up to four times the amount of fruit as Cabernet Sauvignon. Less fruit = more concentration = better quality wines (think about watering down mix-a-drink, it’s no good when it’s too diluted)
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Mendocino County, California, USA
Grape: Carignan
Style: Crunchy and bright
Ingredients: Grapes + absolutely minimal sulphites
Mixed

OUR BIRTHDAY BASH CURATED CASE

$1,700

By Champagne Lamiable, The Wine Thief, Hans Herzog, Le Fraghe, The BLANKBottle Winery and XECO

OUR BIRTHDAY BASH CURATED CASE
We picked some of our very favourites to celebrate our first birthday!

WHAT'S INSIDE
SOUFFLE D'ETOILES GRAND CRU EXTRA BRUT by Champagne Lamiable
Sparkling - Bubbly Babes
If you generally love Champagne - you will absolutely love this baby.

COLOMBARD by The Wine Thief
White - Flower Power
Sorbet shops and sea breezes – this is summertime smiles in a bottle.

PINOT GRIS by Hans Herzog
Orange – Freaks & Geeks
Is it pink, is it orange? Either way, it’s freakin’ yum!

RODON CHIARETTO DI BARDOLINO by Le Fraghe
Rosé - Pink Power
Racy, refreshing and refined – what more could we ask for from a serious rosé?

RETIREMENT AT 65 by The BLANKBottle Winery
Red - Playful
Coming from a vineyard block that started work at the same age we’d like to be retiring, this lively, lovely wine is anything but over the hill!

FINO by XECO
I Don't Identify - Fortified
A uniquely refreshing salty ocean breeze in a glass.

WHAT WE TASTE
SOUFFLE D'ETOILES
Brioche, kiwi and lemons

COLOMBARD
White grapes, quince, rockmelon sherbet

PINOT GRIS
Salty, silky, golden delicious dream!

RODON
Cherry sherbet (the powder, not the ice cream), wild roses and salty strawberries

RETIREMENT AT 65
Pretty perfume, raspberry leaves, crunchy cassis

FINO
Olive juice & salty lemons

OUR FAVE THINGS ABOUT THESE WINES

SOUFFLE D'ETOILES
This wine is extra brut, which means it’s really low in sugar - which must mean it’s good for us? Right? So drink up!

COLOMBARD
Talk about hands-on – hand-bottled, hand-corked, hand-labelled and hand-waxed, there’s a lot of our Wine Thief, Ewan’s love (and time) in every stage of this wine.

PINOT GRIS
Excuse us while we go full wine geek here – but there’s a fermentation technique called ‘carbonic maceration’ that’s usually used in the light, fun reds. Hans did that! With this white grapes! Try it! Now!

RODON
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).

RETIREMENT AT 65
Gosh, we love that Pieter believed so much in the fruit from the vineyard. Despite it having been ravaged by birds and/or sheep for many years, Pieter managed to produce his first vintage of this small little block, 65 years after its inception.

FINO
It’s so versatile! Serve it over ice, straight up in a glass, or mix it with your favourite tonic, lemonade, or even bubbles! Cocktail options are endless. Have fun experimenting!

THE TECHNICAL STUFF
SOUFFLE D'ETOILES
Place: Champagne, France
Grape: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

COLOMBARD
Place: Breedekloof, South Africa
Grape: Colombard

PINOT GRIS
Place: Marlborough, New Zealand
Grape: Pinot Gris

RODON
Place: Cavaion Veronese, Veneto, Italy
Grape: Corvina, Rondinella

RETIREMENT AT 65
Place: Darling, Western Cape, South Africa
Grape: Cinsault, Syrah

FINO
Place: Jerez, Spain
Grape: Palomino