The famous Sally's Paddock is now part of the Woods Wines family. This Langton's "Distinguished" wine has been listed in their classification since its inception, and is a true icon of the Australian industry. Made by Neill Robb and his daughter Sasha, the wines include Sasha's eponymous Pyrenees range of a NV sparkling, a Sangiovese rosé and a shiraz at very reasonable prices, as well as the next level Sally's Hill range which covers Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Cabernets. Naturally we also have the grand dame herself - The Sally's Paddock - which comes as a 375ml of the 2009 vintage, a 750ml for the 2013 and for a select few, an individually boxed magnum of the 2012 vintage. These wines have never been widely available in the past as they've only ever been sold directly by Neill himself, so this is a real opportunity. Call our office, or one of our consultants if you'd like to ask about these very special wines.
Made by Simon Black in Red Hill, these wines are made from premium grapes which have for some time made their way into a number of well-known wineries elsewhere on the Mornington Peninsula. We've secured their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for our list, but have already sold out of the Pinot! All three wines have proved popular and are well priced for their quality.
Another addition to our summer portfolio is Château Pech Latt, a beautiful estate located near Lagrasse, in the heart of the Corbières appellation, in Languedoc Roussillon, South of France. The vineyard has been cultivated in organic farming since 1991. The estate spreads over 340 hectares, encircled by hills at the foot of the Alaric mountains. These calcareous and red marl hills create a natural shelter offering protection from weather changes. Incidentally, the name Pech Latt comes from this particular environment: Pech means "top of a hill” and Latt, from the Latin Latum, which means "large”. The first vines, planted by the monks from the Lagrasse Abbey that was founded by Charlemagne, can be traced back to 784. We've chosen their AOC Corbières blanc (a delightful marsanne) and rouge (a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mouvedre) to complement our list. Ask one of our consultants if you'd like to have a look.
In our attempts to expand our French offering, we have managed to tie down an agreement with an exceptional producer of organic wines from the Côtes du Rhone. The Domaine la Lyre is a beautiful Domaine of 45 hectares located in Pouzilhac, a charming village near Uzès and the Pont du Gard in the South of France. The entire Domaine is cultivated in organic farming and produces natural Côtes du Rhône wines, with the utmost respect for traditions and authenticity. The Domaine is bathed by sunlight all year long thanks to the Mediterranean climate of the region and also benefits from a nice freshness brought by the nearby Massif Central Mountains. The vineyard is located on hillsides at an ideal altitude of around 250 meters. The terroir of the Domaine is mainly limestone clay, the soils also contains many stones. This is a typical Côtes du Rhône terroir and produces a blanc and a rouge which we now include in our updated portfolio. Ask one of our consultants, or contact us for more information.
WOODS WINES HAS MOVED
PLEASE NOTE NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBER
03 9329 1908
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Our new office details are as follows:
Woods Wines Pty Ltd
63 Melrose Street,
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Ph. 03 9329 1908
Orders can always be placed on our office number, 24/7, even when unattended. Simply state your name and business name, then list your order as usual.
Orders can also be placed directly with your consultant or emailed to
info @ woodswines.com.au or topwines @ bigpond.net.au
After a short break withour any Whispering Angel on hand, the new, 2013 vintage has finally landed and will start shipping to our customers this week.
As usual, winemaker Patrick Léon and owner Sacha Lichine have done an extraordinary job to produce another beautifully crafted rosé which has already started gaining accolades in Europe, where it was released to the arrival of their Spring.
We've updated our website with the new vintage, so if you're after a tasting note and some comments by the European press, click on the tasting note link on the Chateau D'Esclans page, or right here!
Hillcrest estate from the Yarra Valley, only recently moved onto their 2012 vintage which, as with most of the Yarra Valley, was quite small. So small, in fact, that the vintage is already completely sold out - as are stocks of the earlier vintages we list. The next couple of vintages are also going to be in very tight supply due to vintage conditions in the valley, but we will advise availability both here and in our portfolio listing as soon as the new wines come on line. Meanwhile, if you don't have a copy of our Autumn list, feel free to contact any of our consultants, or drop us a line at head office. . .
The first couple of months with Louis Max have been fantastic. Incredibly, we must announce that we have sold out of several wines already! The Mâcon Villages, Mercurey les Rochelles and Chablis Saint Jean are still in stock, but we have no more of the Fleurie Beaujolais, the Viré Clessé or Pouilly Fuisse. Of course we have more on the way, plus new vintages
Uncharacteristically, the bottles showed beautiful character and none of the expected after-effects of the travel within just a week of arrival! This almost never happens, but who are we to look a gift horse in the mouth? As a result, Louis is now an official Australian resident and the wines have gone on sale immediately. Give us a call if you're wanting to try them. You will not be disappointed!
Bob the writer
When he's not writing our news, Bob works behind the scenes as the wearer of many hats. He's the marketing guy, the IT guy, one of our delivery drivers, a self-nominated taster and our best chef! Well, that's what he says anyway. . . .