Winemaster's Selection Mixed feat. Best's, Hentley Farm & Nugan

Winemaster's Selection Mixed feat. Best's, Hentley Farm & Nugan


This is the perfect dozen to ensure you always have the right bottles on hand.

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How's it taste?

In this mixed dozen you will find two bottles of each of the below wines plus detailed tasting notes in each case.

How was it made?

2 x Howard Vineyard Fourth Leaf Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Family-owned and operated, Howard Vineyard produces estate grown, elegant cool-climate wines that are renowned for their delicate notes and distinctive fruit purity. Their vineyard is also known for being one of the premier sites in the Adelaide Hills for Sauvignon Blanc, due to the height and east/west facing aspect, which is why it was chosen to produce our Best in Society Spring White. The combination of these two factors means partial sunlight which results in cooler temperatures; perfect growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc. Eight hours on skin and a short time on lees which adds additional flavours and texture to the wine. 

2 x Best’s Great Western Riesling 2017
Since 1868, Best’s has been making wines uninterrupted, always striving to produce expressive, authentic regional wines in Victoria’s Great Western region. Best’s has been owned by two families since 1866 – the Best family, who founded the winery; and today, the Thomson family, having purchased the property in 1920, after Henry Best’s death. Best’s is now run by Viv Thomson’s son, Ben Thomson, the fourth generation of the Thomson family to manage the winery. Best’s old vineyards, planted in the 1860s, are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world. The invaluable Best’s Nursery Block contains almost 40 varieties (some unidentified to this day). The 2017 vintage in the region was a classic, thanks to the fantastic winter rains, which set the vineyards up for ideal spring growing conditions that saw great flowering and fruit set. The mild summer conditions and long ripening period ensured that the fruit matured in near perfect conditions for harvest. 

“Bright straw-green, fuller than many of its vintage peers. The length of the palate is exceptional, as is the fluid line of the intertwined citrus fruit and acidity, lime and Meyer lemon fruit. The result is a riesling that will be drunk before its due time, and I would be happy to join forces tonight.” 95 points, James Halliday

2 x Cooks Lot Allotment 666 Pinot Gris 2018
Cook family estate is a boutique winery producing wines from the premium cool climate region of Orange. Based on the edge of Mount Canobolas, winemaker Duncan Cook, who studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University, makes complex and elegant wines which exemplify the region’s terroir. Cooks Lot works with a number of small growers in Orange and on occasion other regions, that focus on growing premium fruit. “This Pinot Gris is such a versatile wine, the crisp fruit driven palate pairs well with any cuisine. It’s a wine I love to take out for dinner with friends as everyone loves it and we know it drink well with whatever end up eating.” Duncan Cook, winemaker

“Pretty. Attractive aromas here to hook you in. Introduce yourself to Cooks Lot - you won't be disappointed. Soft through the mouth, the fruit purrs from gate to post. Neat textural touches add detail and interest. A delicate ginger spice slithers along bringing cinnamon poached fruit to the fore.” 92 points, QWine Reviews.

2 x Winemaker's Selection Mandala Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Our Winemaker’s Selection is at the heart of The Wine Society range. It demonstrates our strong relationships with some of the finest winemakers from across Australia and beyond, who have dedicated their time to craft premium wines exclusively for our members. With outstanding quality and character our Winemaker’s Selection showcases the best of Australian wine. Charles Smedley of Mandala Wines made this Pinot Noir exclusively for us. Charles established Mandala in 2007. The vineyards, primarily at the home base of Dixons Creek, have vines up to 25 years old but the spectacular restaurant and cellar door complex is a more recent addition. 

2 x Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif 2015
Otherwise known as Petite Syrah, Durif is a rich and robust red grape variety that revels in the warm, dry conditions of the Nugan family’s Manuka Grove Vineyard at Hanwood in New South Wales. After the harvest, the grapes were crushed, yeasted and pumped over in traditional style to avoid the extraction of bitter tannins. The wine was then transferred to American oak for fermentation, followed by a further 24 months maturation in new, one year old and seasoned French and American oak prior to final blending and bottling.

2 x Hentley Farm The Rogue Field Blend 2016
A blend of 45% Grenache, 18% Mataro, 15% Shiraz, 12% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet, the grapes for this wine are sourced predominantly from the Hentley farm estate and neighbouring north western Barossa vineyards. The top soil is mainly red clay loam, and the subsoil varies from shattered limestone to salt & pepper siltstone and bluestone at depth. A modern food friendly style wine that presents a true patchwork of tradition and innovation. Complexity, texture and vibrancy are the key characteristics of this unique blend.

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