Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor

OTQ - short for 'On The Quiet' is a project, where Jules has been trying something a little bit different. With Jules incredible understanding of this varietal, she has been challenging and pushing techniques to stretch the conventional interpretation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. While crafting a wine which expresses the unique character of a very special vineyard. The effort and resulting wine is something I recommend you share.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle

Released on the 1st of September - comes a premium quality Chardonnay of exceptional pedigree. From an ideal vintage in Gisborne, superior ripeness has enabled the winemaking team to handcraft this limited release barrel fermented Chardonnay. This flagship ‘Irwin’ Chardonnay is a tribute to the late Bill Irwin and his son Denis, the founders of Matawhero Wines. Bill is considered the father of modern viticulture in New Zealand.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
Growing Region: Beaumes-de-Venise, Southern Rhône, France
Owner / Winemaker: Caroline Frey

This Paul Jaboulet dessert wine is made in a unique method called 'Vin Doux Naturel' - which translates as 'naturally sweet'. But this is only part of the story, as we are talking about a wine made using 'mutage', the addition of grape spirit to the must, and added before fermentation is complete. This action kills the yeast, and the unfermented sugar creates a sweet wine, which is really a blend of wine, unfermented grape juice and added grape spirit.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Regions: Barossa Valley & Eden Valley, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Craig Isbel

This Torbreck wine is a blend of Shiraz from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, combining the best of both wine regions. Sourced from several elevated sites throughout both Valleys, the Struie reflects the cooler side of the region and showcases the subtle nuances that are gained from warm elevated hillside viticulture. The blend is made up from 77% Barossa Valley fruit and 23% from the Eden Valley.