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#FAQS – Why so many shades of Rosé?

Different types of Rosé

Have you noticed how many shades of rosé you can choose from these days? Historically the market trend was for rosés that were pale pink, low in tannin and enjoyed only in the warmer months. However, the global rise in rosé year-round popularity means most regions and producers have rosé in their range. You’re now spoilt for choice with a broader range of colours from subtle pinks to more deeply pink-red hues, and styles from bone dry to sweet, and simple drink-now to complex and age-worthy.

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Wine Cork

The horror – you have just opened a bottle of one of your favs and something is off. It doesn’t smell or taste the way you remember it. Wine is a natural, living thing – so it is quite possible something has gone awry – but the upside is winemakers always replace faulty wine* and screwcaps lower the chances of wine faults. Rather than suffering through – try our little cheat sheet for the top suspects.

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Why drink low intervention wine

Wine Revolution and Low Intervention Wines

We seek out Low Intervention wine, also called minimal intervention or natural wine because for us they are a greater expression of the vineyard, a vintage, the craft of winemaking and they’re naturally delicious! This niche category of wine are made by small-batch winemakers passionate about making honest wine.

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Vermentino grapes

Australia has one of the most diverse wine scenes in the world – 100+ grape varieties grown across 65 wine regions. We make great Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Grenache, and Semillon – but ‘Alternative’ Southern Mediterranean varieties are so well-suited to our winemaking innovation, curiosity, lifestyle, and warming climate. Brush up on some of the best alt. Italian varieties.


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What you’ve always wanted to know about Chardonnay

Chardonnay at Domenica

Pic by @domenicawine 

#Q+AS – CHARDONNAY (that you are too embarrassed to ask)

Chardonnay thrives in almost every corner of the world – so if you are into wine you have most likely had a glass or two of Chardy. But being one of the most popular, versatile, and diverse grapes means it is sometimes a bit hard to get a handle on. Here are all the things you wanted to know about Chardonnay but were too embarrassed to ask.

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Winemaker Ben Riggs

Put a smile on your dial with this fun, sustainable project from Mr Riggs – Mr Bright-Side – serious McLaren Vale winemaker Ben Riggs making wines we don’t have to take quite so seriously. Starting with the rainbow holographic on the label, these will be the star of the bbq, happy hour of weeknight dinner – and terrific value ($20) to splash out on a pack.


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Wayne and son in winery

Smallfry Wines Online Masterclass – SAT 20 JUN – feat. Barossa & Eden Valley, Certified Organic/Biodynamic pioneers. Est. in 2014 by Wayne Aherns + Suzi Hilder, Smallfry Wines was born out of a fascination with wild yeast – working naturally in the cellar as our ancestors did 100 years ago – small-batch, gentle maceration, natural yeasts, foot-stomping, hand plunging – integrating traditional farming with certified organic and BD practices in vineyard and winery.

“It came about not so much as a revelation more so as a slow realisation, one step in the vineyard leads to one step in the winery over more than a decade… We began in 2007, having attended my first workshop, I spread some horn manure at Eden Valley, then two months later we were planting some vines and the fundamental change in soil structure was undeniable, I knew I was onto something straight away.” – Wayne, Rebel Wine Chat.


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Rebel Wine Chats: Mij Patterson + Liv Maiorana from South By South West

If you’ve been getting into natural wine, you might have come across skin-contact whites. Basically, it means treating white grapes a bit more like red ones. Letting the skins, stalks, and juice spend more time together – soaking, fermenting, and imparting their wild, spicy, chalky, skinsy, textural, phenolic flavour profile – natural in avoiding modern techniques to clean up, filter, rub off the edges. Try our skin-contact White pack called the Orange Shake-Up.

Top proponents of the style are Mij Patterson + Liv Maiorana from South By South West (People’s Choice 2019 Young Gun of Wine Awards @younggunofwine) with their  2019 ‘Fieldie’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.

“We’re enjoying playing with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from our organic vineyard and seeing how we can encourage different directions and expressions of these grapes to something more textural and a little edgy (typically aromatic, clean and crisp). We have been experimenting with early fruit picks for natural acidity, co-fermenting field blends, varying skin contact timeframes, barrel fermenting, and oak maturation. We are constantly trying to find out what works best to express the fruit and create a very smashable wine.”

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