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New wines are like new friends: awkwardness and excitement on the go in equal measure, pleasures found heightened as a result. 919 Wines Durif is black and brilliant, the boldest of the bunch. Lino Ramble’s Nero D’Avola is one of our favourites from SA: singing punchy ripe cherries and strawberries. Purple Hands Montepulciano is wonderfully perfumed and scored 95 from Mr. Halliday. Curtis Limited Series ‘16 Grenache from McLaren Vale is brimming with blue fruits and spice whilst Geoff Hardy’s Malbec follows up with violets and plums, finishing with ramrod tannins: get a steak! Mr Mick’s Sangiovese isn’t one to miss this month, it was awarded top wine out of over 1000 entries in the Adelaide Review Hot 100! Finally, a little bonus from us in the form of Sidewood’s Mappinga ‘Fume’ Sauvignon Blanc with a whopping 4 Gold Medals. Get spicy with these varetials!

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We got excited when these hit the tasting bench this month so we’d love to share our thoughts. Sidewood Mappinga’s 2013 quadruple Gold ‘Fume’ Sauvignon Blanc is extraordinary. It’s not your average cut grass and cat spray Savvy, as this wine has spent time in French oak. Only the best quality fruit stands up to this treatment and the result is superb: a texturally complex white wine with notes of pear, passionfruit and vanilla. Let it get close to room temperature to let the aromatics show you what they’re on about. Mr Mick’s ‘Novo’ Sangviovese also brags its bling. It was awarded top wine out of over 1000 entries in the Adelaide Review Hot 100! It’s light and slurpy, but seriously good with a mouthful of red fruit strapped into a healthy body of acid and a whisper of tannins. Geoff Hardy’s Handcrafted range is something we’ve come to love and his 2016 Malbec delivers with 93 points. A great fit with a piece of meat, it’s delicate with violets and purple fruits washing over with tannins. Put it in the dungeon for a few years if you can. Curtis Family Vineyards sent us their Limited Series Grenache a while ago and we’re still loving it. Classy, confected and plenty of blue fruits and spice, perfect at the dinner table. Purple Hands 95 Halliday pointed Montepulciano is mid-weight and aromatic, with buckets of ripe fruit, a touch of aniseed and a little smoked meat. Savoury balancing sweet, this one will grab you – we’re sure of it. 919 Wines Durif is properly classy, with a bold onset of ripe, robust black fruits and generous swab of tannins. It will cellar for a looong time, so we recommend a double decant before you crack into it. Lino Ramble’s fame is rising and we’re glad to let their Nero D’Avola out of our hands for you to try. This is delicious. Sparkling fruit brightness and fragrances on the nose leading to a mouthful of red cherries and strawberries, chased through with appropriate acid to balance the sweetness.

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