Healthy Savings Organic Wines Mixed Six Under $40 - 6 Pack Value
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Healthy Savings Organic Wines Mixed Six Under $40 - 6 Pack Value
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Healthy Savings Organic Wines Mixed Six Under $40 - 6 Pack Value

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Introducing our Healthy Savings Organic Wines Mixed Six Under $40 - 6 Pack Value, a delightful selection of premium organic wines carefully curated to deliver exceptional taste and value.

1 x Château Du Vieux Montpezat (Organic) 2016 ~ Bordeaux, France

Organic

Acclaimed owner of a St Emillion Grand Cru

Connoisseur "Forward in character and crowd-pleasing in style, with the ability to age."

Wine Enthusiast "This lightly structured wine is all fruit. Its red berry flavors are already well integrated with the smoky tannins that form its core."

The Winemaker "Aromas of cherries, cassis, blueberries, cedar, tobacco, cocoa, pencil, pepper, laurel, oregano and violet. Fleshy, juicy, velvety on the palate, dense fruit, delicately spicy, complex, very elegant and long-lasting. Aged for 12 months in 1/3 new oak barrels."

Roger Barlow "There are very pleasant fruity, ripe plum and spice aromas on the nose that continue on the palate. This is a delicious wine with a generous palate, fine-grained tannins, a voluptuous structure and a long finish." (2015 vintage)

70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc

Jean-Francois Meynard and Christelle Gauthier produce wine from three different Bordeaux appellations, all close to the Dordogne River; Côtes de Castillon, Saint Emilion and Entre-Deux-Mers. The most famous estate being Château L’Etoile de Clotte, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru. Both of their families have roots in the region extending back to the 19th century. Located in Saint Magne De Castillon, Château Du Vieux Montpezat is a small 10 hectare property operated on the principles of organic agriculture.

Bordeaux's Côtes de Castillon appellation is a growing area with AOC status since 1989. The approximately 3000 hectares of vineyards border Saint-Émilion and Bergerac and has similar tasting wines which are less expensive than its famous neighbours.

Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 per cent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines, both dry styles (particularly from Pessac-Léognan) and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.

A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend along with Merlot. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

1 x Georges Duboeuf Chardonnay Pays D'OC Blanc IGP (Organic) 2020 - Burgundy, France

84/100 - Wine Spectator (2018 vintage)
85/100 - Wine Spectator (2017 vintage)
84/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2005 vintage)
87-88/100 - Robert Parker (2005 vintage)
84/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2002 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Crisp and fresh notes of apple and peach are lightly spiced and marked by floral accents on the clean finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 500 cases imported. — GS" (2018 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Light- to medium-bodied and lightly spiced, with a plump profile offering apple and lemon notes. Creamy finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases made, 465 cases imported. — GS" (2017 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "With its distinctive enameled, flowered bottle, this sets out to be a fun party wine. It succeeds with its fresh, flowery, open fruit, enhanced by vanilla, spice and green apple flavors." (2005 vintage)

Robert Parker "Displaying toasty, yeasty white peach and peanut aromas, the 2005 Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc is an oily-textured pleasure machine. Thick, spicy, and expressive, it is riddled with apples, pears, and melon balls. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years." (2005 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "Soft, light and fresh, this wine has attractive acidity as well as crisp, green flavors. There's a touch of vanilla which broadens it out. It's a solid, ready-to-drink wine." (2002 vintage)

Winemaker Notes: A pale, golden straw colour. The nose is powerful and delicate, with intense pear, fig, pineapple and roasted hazelnut aromas and discreet hints of honey. Unctuous and lively on the palate, with hints of fig and vanilla. We recommend to taste this wine at 9-10 °C.

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais). Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine, and has shifted production to focus more on Beaujolais Nouveau.

Pays d'Oc is the IGP for red, white and rosé wines that are made in a large area on the southern coast of France. The catchment area for the IGP corresponds roughly to the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region – one of the largest winegrowing areas in France. The region covers all the wines that are not made under the strict laws that govern the AOC-level appellations in the regions: among them Corbières, Minervois and the Languedoc appellation itself.

The Pays d'Oc IGP is arguably the most important in France, producing the majority of the country's IGP wines. Five separate departments fall under the IGP (the Hérault, Aude, Gard, Pyrénées-Orientales and six communes in southern Lozère), which is delimited by administrative boundaries rather than geographical ones.

The Pays d'Oc area has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Most of the rainfall is compressed into spring and autumn.

The region's viticultural history dates back to Roman times but the area is also know for its progressive approach to wine production. The Charmat method of producing sparkling wine was developed by Jean-Eugène Charmat at Montpelier in the early 1900s and, as mentioned, many producers adopt a New World approach to production and marketing. Some domaines will even bring in winemakers from Australia and New Zealand.

Pays d'Oc IGP wines were previously labeled as Vin de Pays d'Oc (established in 1987), although since 2009, the VDP category has been phased out of French wine laws. It has now been replaced with Indication Géographique Protégée, a category designed as part of a standardised wine-labeling convention in the European Union.

Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is an historic and highly respected wine region in eastern France. Burgundy wines have long had devout followers throughout the world and continue to do so today. Although Bordeaux produces about four times as much wine every year, Burgundy’s estimated 74,000 acres (30,000ha) of vineyards are considered to be of equal importance, producing some of the most exclusive wines on Earth.

The two key grape varieties of Burgundy are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both members of the extended 'Pinot' family of grape varieties. There are others too, of course, like Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Gamay, and Sauvignon Blanc but the primary focus of Burgundy’s production is Pinot Noir for Bourgogne Rouge and Chardonnay for Bourgogne Blanc. Located in the east-central part of France, Burgundy has 6 primary wine growing areas; Chablis – “shab-lee”. Côte de Nuits – the night slope, Côte de Beaune – the slope of Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise – the Chalon slope, Mâconnais – the region of Mâcon, and parts of the Southern Beaujolais.

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak. Bolder, richer, full-bodied and buttery Chardonnays are made using oak and are produced in California, Burgundy, and Australia. Unoaked chardonnays such as Chablis and those produced in Chile, New Zealand, and other parts of France are leaner and often crisp and mineraly, with delicate flavors. By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.

1 x Georges Duboeuf "Comme Un Air De Rose" (Organic) 2020 - South of France

Organic

One of the largest and best-known wine producers in France.

Known as 'the King of Beaujolais'.

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is a multi-award winning French winery and has a well-established reputation globally and in Singapore.

The Winemaker “Intense and fine aromas of white-fleshed fruit and peach, enhanced with citrus notes.”

Made from the Gamay grape; the emblematic Beaujolais grape variety, in the South of France.

This wine is produced by Les Vins Georges Duboeuf which is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais). Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine, and has shifted production to focus more on Beaujolais Nouveau.

Rosé derives its name from the French word for pink. In Spain it is rosado and in Italy rosato. Rosé’s flavours and styles are as varied as the food it matches. Rosé predates white and red wine with ancient rosé-style wines dating back 8,000 years. The colour of a rosé can vary dramatically. A deep fuchsia pink rosé may be bone-dry, though it’s likely to be full flavoured given balance by a gentle squeeze of tannin. Tannin primarily comes from the skin of a grape – as does colour. It’s tannin that sets rosé apart from white and red wine. Almost all wine grapes have clear juice; it’s the skins that give the colour. Grenache is the most popular grape used in rosé, with its lifted confectionary aromas, juicy red fruit flavours and mild-mannered tannins creating the textbook triumvirate for rosé. The temperate Provence region of France is home to some of the world’s most accliamed rosé, perhaps naturally, given it’s widely planted with grenache and its Rhône varietals; mourvèdre, cinsault and syrah.

1 x McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Semilion Sauvignon Blanc (Organic) 2020 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia

94/100 Nick Butler, The Real Review

5 Stars, McHenry Hohen Vintners (2020 vintage)
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Commended, International Wine Challenge (2009 vintage)
Bronze, International Wine Challenge (2008 vintage)
Bronze, Decanter World Wine Awards (2008 vintage)

Nick Butler, The Real Review "Serious value here. It's grass and cured lemons, lemon curd and dried green herbs, an arm-wrestle of a wine. Ripe and open when sipped, grippy and challenging with time to reflect."

Founded by one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking region, David Hohnen, and his brother in law, Murray McHenry, an accomplished fine wine retailer. Both have been making wine in Margaret River since the early 1970’s. McHenry Hohnen vineyards are 100% biodynamic. Their three unique vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s) produce wines that are a reflection of the land. McHenry Hohnen focus on crafting site expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.

Margaret River is one of the best known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined cabernet sauvignon and intensely citrusy chardonnay varieties, the region now produces high quality Semillon-Sauvignon blends and Shiraz.

Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.

Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon is a classic white wine blend. It is most widely produced in France (most notably Bordeaux's Graves district), where both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are well-established varieties, and has more recently caught on in Australia (particularly Margaret River). The versatile blend is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but it is also the blend of choice for the world's most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure and mouthfeel from Semillon.

1 x McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Shiraz (Organic) 2018 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia

Bronze Medal - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
90/100 Stuart Knox, The Real Review (2017 vintage)
92/100 James Halliday (2016 vintage)
90/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2010 vintage)
Bronze - Tom Cannavan (2008 vintage)
Bronze - Jamie Goode (2004 vintage)

5 Stars - McHenry Hohen Vintners
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2009 vintage)
Silver - International Wine Challenge (2008 vintage)
Commended - International Wine Challenge (2007 vintage)

"Halliday Wine Companion - Australian Winery of the Year 2022 & 2023"

Huon Hooke "Deep red colour with tints of black and purple. The aromas remind of raspberry jam and 'forest floor', herbal and earth notes, the palate medium-bodied at most, with a soft and savoury texture and light, powdery tannins. The finish drops away rather quickly. It fades a bit but the wine is very approachable young."

Stuart Knox "Medium and bright ruby-red colour. Raspberries, broken slate and black peppercorns on the nose. A light to medium-bodied shiraz. It glides lightly across the tongue with red fruits and slate-like minerality. Acidity gives lift and brightness, and a fine tannic structure adds length. Very much a 'syrah." (2017 vintage)

James Halliday "There's a welter of dark fruits in this wine, and an equally handsome amount of tannins and oak. Wild, sweet blackberry flavours run through to the finish." (2016 vintage)

Tasting Notes "A seductive bouquet of fresh blueberries with strawberries and cream confection give way to cherry cola and fragrant white pepper notes. A soft and juicy palate abounds with ripe blueberries, Satsuma plums and red berry sweets. Whilst underlying milk chocolate, fresh vanilla pods and sweetened spices make for a memorable marriage of flavours. A velvety structure with lingering flavours makes this wine a crowd pleaser in any situation!"

Winemaker Notes "The fruit for this wine comes from Hazel’s Vineyard which is our southernmost vineyard. Whole berries were transferred by gravity into 5 tonne concrete fermenters. 30% of the fruit was hand harvested for whole bunch fermentation and additional spice and aromatic lift. Wild fermentation underwent at low temperatures and gentle extraction was carried out by pumping over twice daily. After 8 to 14 days on skins the juice was pressed and transferred to large format oak casks for 14 months maturation."

Founded by one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking region, David Hohnen, and his brother in law, Murray McHenry, an accomplished fine wine retailer. Both have been making wine in Margaret River since the early 1970’s. McHenry Hohnen vineyards are 100% biodynamic. Their three unique vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s) produce wines that are a reflection of the land. McHenry Hohnen focus on crafting site expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.

"McHenry Hohnen is tucked away off Bussell Highway to the south of Margaret River. The wines have bound from strength, a comment never truer than under the stewardship of winemaker Jacopo (Japo). Under his leadership, the wines have been catapulted into a new realm of quality. The chardonnays particularly exemplify that hard-to-achieve balance of pleasurable on release, and capable of graceful ageing. The move towards organics and sustainable farming has had a positive impact on the quality of the wines, and it is a delight to witness so much diversity in the vineyards - from experimental clones and new plantings, to sheep, chickens, olives and vegetables. McHenry Hohnen is an estate on the move - divert your eyes at your peril - EL."

Margaret River is one of the best known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined cabernet sauvignon and intensely citrusy chardonnay varieties, the region now produces high quality Semillon-Sauvignon blends and Shiraz.

Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.

Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced.

Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.

1 x Chateau Maucoil Côtes du Rhône Villages Red (Organic) 2020 - Rhone, France

87/100 CellarTracker (2020 vintage)
91/100 James Suckling
92/100 James Suckling (2016 vintage)

4 Stars, Decante (2020 vintage)
Gold 2020, New Sorld list in London (2020 vintage)
Gold 2020, Chilean list in London (2020 vintage)

Organic & biodynamic

Anna Lee C. Iijima "A vein of graphite extends from nose to finish in this plump, blueberry-scented blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Fresh black-plum and cherry flavors are ripe but pure, lifted by hints of blossomy perfume and a lingering crush of minerality on the finish. Although at its best young, the wine should hold through 2025".

Wine Enthusiast "This blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah offer elegant restraint alongside pristine black-cherry and berry exuberance. Fruity and forward, it's shaded by nuances of thyme and wild mint. Fresh acidity and firm tannins lend structure. Enjoy this approachable yet elegant wine now through 2023." (2016 vintage)

Robert Parker "Another spice-filled effort ... it has a kiss of green in its leafy herbs, mint, incense and sweet red fruits. Moderately concentrated, medium-bodied and easy drinking." (2015 vintage)

Gault & Millau "Amazing wine with wild scents, captivating red fruits and peony, violet, tinted eucalyptus that permanently mark the taste buds!" (2015 vintage)

Jancis Robinson "Flattering, macerated red fruits. Very open nose and light. Good freshness" (2015 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Juicy, with raspberry coulis and plum skin notes lined with hints of anise and toasted vanilla. Offers an open, easy finish. Drink now. 5,500 cases made." (2015 Vintage)

The Winemaker "Beautiful deep colour of ruby colour. This wine is clean, bright. Aromatic nose, rich ripe fruit (blackberry and plum). Good concentration, wide and strong end of a long and beautiful evolution." (2015 vintage)

This wine is Grenache (51%), Syrah (15%), Carignan ( 23%) and Mourvèdre (11%).

While Chateau Maucoil only has a short history as a vineyard, the estate has a long history in the Rhone Valley that dates back to the Ancient Romans who used the property as an army fortress. Vines were planted in what we now know as Chateau Maucoil during the mid 1600s.

In 2014, Chateau Maucoil was certified as being 100% biodynamic. The Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation was introduced in 1966 and now applies to 16 in the southern Rhone Valley. Wines made under the appellation must meet higher standards than those of the plain Cotes de Rhone title and are from areas that show potential to produce distinctive wine of a high standard.

Introducing our Healthy Savings Organic Wines Mixed Six Under $40 - 6 Pack Value, a delightful selection of premium organic wines carefully curated to deliver exceptional taste and value.

1 x Château Du Vieux Montpezat (Organic) 2016 ~ Bordeaux, France

Organic

Acclaimed owner of a St Emillion Grand Cru

Connoisseur "Forward in character and crowd-pleasing in style, with the ability to age."

Wine Enthusiast "This lightly structured wine is all fruit. Its red berry flavors are already well integrated with the smoky tannins that form its core."

The Winemaker "Aromas of cherries, cassis, blueberries, cedar, tobacco, cocoa, pencil, pepper, laurel, oregano and violet. Fleshy, juicy, velvety on the palate, dense fruit, delicately spicy, complex, very elegant and long-lasting. Aged for 12 months in 1/3 new oak barrels."

Roger Barlow "There are very pleasant fruity, ripe plum and spice aromas on the nose that continue on the palate. This is a delicious wine with a generous palate, fine-grained tannins, a voluptuous structure and a long finish." (2015 vintage)

70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc

Jean-Francois Meynard and Christelle Gauthier produce wine from three different Bordeaux appellations, all close to the Dordogne River; Côtes de Castillon, Saint Emilion and Entre-Deux-Mers. The most famous estate being Château L’Etoile de Clotte, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru. Both of their families have roots in the region extending back to the 19th century. Located in Saint Magne De Castillon, Château Du Vieux Montpezat is a small 10 hectare property operated on the principles of organic agriculture.

Bordeaux's Côtes de Castillon appellation is a growing area with AOC status since 1989. The approximately 3000 hectares of vineyards border Saint-Émilion and Bergerac and has similar tasting wines which are less expensive than its famous neighbours.

Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 per cent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines, both dry styles (particularly from Pessac-Léognan) and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.

A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend along with Merlot. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

1 x Georges Duboeuf Chardonnay Pays D'OC Blanc IGP (Organic) 2020 - Burgundy, France

84/100 - Wine Spectator (2018 vintage)
85/100 - Wine Spectator (2017 vintage)
84/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2005 vintage)
87-88/100 - Robert Parker (2005 vintage)
84/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2002 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Crisp and fresh notes of apple and peach are lightly spiced and marked by floral accents on the clean finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 500 cases imported. — GS" (2018 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Light- to medium-bodied and lightly spiced, with a plump profile offering apple and lemon notes. Creamy finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases made, 465 cases imported. — GS" (2017 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "With its distinctive enameled, flowered bottle, this sets out to be a fun party wine. It succeeds with its fresh, flowery, open fruit, enhanced by vanilla, spice and green apple flavors." (2005 vintage)

Robert Parker "Displaying toasty, yeasty white peach and peanut aromas, the 2005 Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc is an oily-textured pleasure machine. Thick, spicy, and expressive, it is riddled with apples, pears, and melon balls. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years." (2005 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "Soft, light and fresh, this wine has attractive acidity as well as crisp, green flavors. There's a touch of vanilla which broadens it out. It's a solid, ready-to-drink wine." (2002 vintage)

Winemaker Notes: A pale, golden straw colour. The nose is powerful and delicate, with intense pear, fig, pineapple and roasted hazelnut aromas and discreet hints of honey. Unctuous and lively on the palate, with hints of fig and vanilla. We recommend to taste this wine at 9-10 °C.

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais). Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine, and has shifted production to focus more on Beaujolais Nouveau.

Pays d'Oc is the IGP for red, white and rosé wines that are made in a large area on the southern coast of France. The catchment area for the IGP corresponds roughly to the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region – one of the largest winegrowing areas in France. The region covers all the wines that are not made under the strict laws that govern the AOC-level appellations in the regions: among them Corbières, Minervois and the Languedoc appellation itself.

The Pays d'Oc IGP is arguably the most important in France, producing the majority of the country's IGP wines. Five separate departments fall under the IGP (the Hérault, Aude, Gard, Pyrénées-Orientales and six communes in southern Lozère), which is delimited by administrative boundaries rather than geographical ones.

The Pays d'Oc area has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Most of the rainfall is compressed into spring and autumn.

The region's viticultural history dates back to Roman times but the area is also know for its progressive approach to wine production. The Charmat method of producing sparkling wine was developed by Jean-Eugène Charmat at Montpelier in the early 1900s and, as mentioned, many producers adopt a New World approach to production and marketing. Some domaines will even bring in winemakers from Australia and New Zealand.

Pays d'Oc IGP wines were previously labeled as Vin de Pays d'Oc (established in 1987), although since 2009, the VDP category has been phased out of French wine laws. It has now been replaced with Indication Géographique Protégée, a category designed as part of a standardised wine-labeling convention in the European Union.

Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is an historic and highly respected wine region in eastern France. Burgundy wines have long had devout followers throughout the world and continue to do so today. Although Bordeaux produces about four times as much wine every year, Burgundy’s estimated 74,000 acres (30,000ha) of vineyards are considered to be of equal importance, producing some of the most exclusive wines on Earth.

The two key grape varieties of Burgundy are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both members of the extended 'Pinot' family of grape varieties. There are others too, of course, like Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Gamay, and Sauvignon Blanc but the primary focus of Burgundy’s production is Pinot Noir for Bourgogne Rouge and Chardonnay for Bourgogne Blanc. Located in the east-central part of France, Burgundy has 6 primary wine growing areas; Chablis – “shab-lee”. Côte de Nuits – the night slope, Côte de Beaune – the slope of Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise – the Chalon slope, Mâconnais – the region of Mâcon, and parts of the Southern Beaujolais.

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak. Bolder, richer, full-bodied and buttery Chardonnays are made using oak and are produced in California, Burgundy, and Australia. Unoaked chardonnays such as Chablis and those produced in Chile, New Zealand, and other parts of France are leaner and often crisp and mineraly, with delicate flavors. By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.

1 x Georges Duboeuf "Comme Un Air De Rose" (Organic) 2020 - South of France

Organic

One of the largest and best-known wine producers in France.

Known as 'the King of Beaujolais'.

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is a multi-award winning French winery and has a well-established reputation globally and in Singapore.

The Winemaker “Intense and fine aromas of white-fleshed fruit and peach, enhanced with citrus notes.”

Made from the Gamay grape; the emblematic Beaujolais grape variety, in the South of France.

This wine is produced by Les Vins Georges Duboeuf which is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais). Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine, and has shifted production to focus more on Beaujolais Nouveau.

Rosé derives its name from the French word for pink. In Spain it is rosado and in Italy rosato. Rosé’s flavours and styles are as varied as the food it matches. Rosé predates white and red wine with ancient rosé-style wines dating back 8,000 years. The colour of a rosé can vary dramatically. A deep fuchsia pink rosé may be bone-dry, though it’s likely to be full flavoured given balance by a gentle squeeze of tannin. Tannin primarily comes from the skin of a grape – as does colour. It’s tannin that sets rosé apart from white and red wine. Almost all wine grapes have clear juice; it’s the skins that give the colour. Grenache is the most popular grape used in rosé, with its lifted confectionary aromas, juicy red fruit flavours and mild-mannered tannins creating the textbook triumvirate for rosé. The temperate Provence region of France is home to some of the world’s most accliamed rosé, perhaps naturally, given it’s widely planted with grenache and its Rhône varietals; mourvèdre, cinsault and syrah.

1 x McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Semilion Sauvignon Blanc (Organic) 2020 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia

94/100 Nick Butler, The Real Review

5 Stars, McHenry Hohen Vintners (2020 vintage)
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Commended, International Wine Challenge (2009 vintage)
Bronze, International Wine Challenge (2008 vintage)
Bronze, Decanter World Wine Awards (2008 vintage)

Nick Butler, The Real Review "Serious value here. It's grass and cured lemons, lemon curd and dried green herbs, an arm-wrestle of a wine. Ripe and open when sipped, grippy and challenging with time to reflect."

Founded by one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking region, David Hohnen, and his brother in law, Murray McHenry, an accomplished fine wine retailer. Both have been making wine in Margaret River since the early 1970’s. McHenry Hohnen vineyards are 100% biodynamic. Their three unique vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s) produce wines that are a reflection of the land. McHenry Hohnen focus on crafting site expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.

Margaret River is one of the best known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined cabernet sauvignon and intensely citrusy chardonnay varieties, the region now produces high quality Semillon-Sauvignon blends and Shiraz.

Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.

Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon is a classic white wine blend. It is most widely produced in France (most notably Bordeaux's Graves district), where both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are well-established varieties, and has more recently caught on in Australia (particularly Margaret River). The versatile blend is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but it is also the blend of choice for the world's most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure and mouthfeel from Semillon.

1 x McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Shiraz (Organic) 2018 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia

Bronze Medal - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
90/100 Stuart Knox, The Real Review (2017 vintage)
92/100 James Halliday (2016 vintage)
90/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2010 vintage)
Bronze - Tom Cannavan (2008 vintage)
Bronze - Jamie Goode (2004 vintage)

5 Stars - McHenry Hohen Vintners
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2009 vintage)
Silver - International Wine Challenge (2008 vintage)
Commended - International Wine Challenge (2007 vintage)

"Halliday Wine Companion - Australian Winery of the Year 2022 & 2023"

Huon Hooke "Deep red colour with tints of black and purple. The aromas remind of raspberry jam and 'forest floor', herbal and earth notes, the palate medium-bodied at most, with a soft and savoury texture and light, powdery tannins. The finish drops away rather quickly. It fades a bit but the wine is very approachable young."

Stuart Knox "Medium and bright ruby-red colour. Raspberries, broken slate and black peppercorns on the nose. A light to medium-bodied shiraz. It glides lightly across the tongue with red fruits and slate-like minerality. Acidity gives lift and brightness, and a fine tannic structure adds length. Very much a 'syrah." (2017 vintage)

James Halliday "There's a welter of dark fruits in this wine, and an equally handsome amount of tannins and oak. Wild, sweet blackberry flavours run through to the finish." (2016 vintage)

Tasting Notes "A seductive bouquet of fresh blueberries with strawberries and cream confection give way to cherry cola and fragrant white pepper notes. A soft and juicy palate abounds with ripe blueberries, Satsuma plums and red berry sweets. Whilst underlying milk chocolate, fresh vanilla pods and sweetened spices make for a memorable marriage of flavours. A velvety structure with lingering flavours makes this wine a crowd pleaser in any situation!"

Winemaker Notes "The fruit for this wine comes from Hazel’s Vineyard which is our southernmost vineyard. Whole berries were transferred by gravity into 5 tonne concrete fermenters. 30% of the fruit was hand harvested for whole bunch fermentation and additional spice and aromatic lift. Wild fermentation underwent at low temperatures and gentle extraction was carried out by pumping over twice daily. After 8 to 14 days on skins the juice was pressed and transferred to large format oak casks for 14 months maturation."

Founded by one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking region, David Hohnen, and his brother in law, Murray McHenry, an accomplished fine wine retailer. Both have been making wine in Margaret River since the early 1970’s. McHenry Hohnen vineyards are 100% biodynamic. Their three unique vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s) produce wines that are a reflection of the land. McHenry Hohnen focus on crafting site expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.

"McHenry Hohnen is tucked away off Bussell Highway to the south of Margaret River. The wines have bound from strength, a comment never truer than under the stewardship of winemaker Jacopo (Japo). Under his leadership, the wines have been catapulted into a new realm of quality. The chardonnays particularly exemplify that hard-to-achieve balance of pleasurable on release, and capable of graceful ageing. The move towards organics and sustainable farming has had a positive impact on the quality of the wines, and it is a delight to witness so much diversity in the vineyards - from experimental clones and new plantings, to sheep, chickens, olives and vegetables. McHenry Hohnen is an estate on the move - divert your eyes at your peril - EL."

Margaret River is one of the best known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined cabernet sauvignon and intensely citrusy chardonnay varieties, the region now produces high quality Semillon-Sauvignon blends and Shiraz.

Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.

Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced.

Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.

1 x Chateau Maucoil Côtes du Rhône Villages Red (Organic) 2020 - Rhone, France

87/100 CellarTracker (2020 vintage)
91/100 James Suckling
92/100 James Suckling (2016 vintage)

4 Stars, Decante (2020 vintage)
Gold 2020, New Sorld list in London (2020 vintage)
Gold 2020, Chilean list in London (2020 vintage)

Organic & biodynamic

Anna Lee C. Iijima "A vein of graphite extends from nose to finish in this plump, blueberry-scented blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Fresh black-plum and cherry flavors are ripe but pure, lifted by hints of blossomy perfume and a lingering crush of minerality on the finish. Although at its best young, the wine should hold through 2025".

Wine Enthusiast "This blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah offer elegant restraint alongside pristine black-cherry and berry exuberance. Fruity and forward, it's shaded by nuances of thyme and wild mint. Fresh acidity and firm tannins lend structure. Enjoy this approachable yet elegant wine now through 2023." (2016 vintage)

Robert Parker "Another spice-filled effort ... it has a kiss of green in its leafy herbs, mint, incense and sweet red fruits. Moderately concentrated, medium-bodied and easy drinking." (2015 vintage)

Gault & Millau "Amazing wine with wild scents, captivating red fruits and peony, violet, tinted eucalyptus that permanently mark the taste buds!" (2015 vintage)

Jancis Robinson "Flattering, macerated red fruits. Very open nose and light. Good freshness" (2015 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Juicy, with raspberry coulis and plum skin notes lined with hints of anise and toasted vanilla. Offers an open, easy finish. Drink now. 5,500 cases made." (2015 Vintage)

The Winemaker "Beautiful deep colour of ruby colour. This wine is clean, bright. Aromatic nose, rich ripe fruit (blackberry and plum). Good concentration, wide and strong end of a long and beautiful evolution." (2015 vintage)

This wine is Grenache (51%), Syrah (15%), Carignan ( 23%) and Mourvèdre (11%).

While Chateau Maucoil only has a short history as a vineyard, the estate has a long history in the Rhone Valley that dates back to the Ancient Romans who used the property as an army fortress. Vines were planted in what we now know as Chateau Maucoil during the mid 1600s.

In 2014, Chateau Maucoil was certified as being 100% biodynamic. The Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation was introduced in 1966 and now applies to 16 in the southern Rhone Valley. Wines made under the appellation must meet higher standards than those of the plain Cotes de Rhone title and are from areas that show potential to produce distinctive wine of a high standard.