(2024) Nicolò Carrera describes this vintage as 'complicated' and very dry and hot, with almost no rain in July and August, but September was fine and really suited their white wine grapes. This new wines is a Vermentino designed to be fresh and drinkable, but also worthy of ageing. Made in a combination of ceramic eggs and barriques. Small, creamy and nutty notes over ripe yellow apples, some interesting perfumed highlights that are floral and herbal. There's a feeling of lime and Ogen melon skins too. Lovely texture. mouth-filling, with very good freshness, lots of lemon juice and orange brightness. Pre-release sample at time of review, only 3,000 bottles produced. Please use the wine-searcher link below for prices and availability.
(2024) Very attractive nose with something green and herbaceous - nettle maybe? - orange rind and a hint of juicy ogen melon. The palate has a fat limey fruit core, really very good acidity, but the hint of ripeness and nectarine sweetness fills out the mid-palate. The juicy, lemony and delicately saline finish is beautifully done. Very good value this one.
(2024) Hattingly describe 2022 as "an unusual year," with double the normal sunshine hours during the growing season in some sites. This Chardonnay was whole-bunch pressed and 76% barrel fermented in old barrels, though only 19% was aged barrel for eight months. Around 60% of the blend went through malolactic fermentation. It's a fresh but meally, almondy wine, with plenty of crunchy yellow apple and citrus, but a suggestion of creaminess to the aromatics follows through to the palate. Lemon and orange on the palate is juicy and ripe - it's a crisp, light style, and yet there is texture and depth. Very well done in a broadly Chablis style.
(2024) Sourced from Hugel's vineyards around Riquewihr which are in the process of being certified for organic viticulture. Gorgeous nose of waxy preserved lemons, gently exotic, ripe apples and the most delicate touch of saffron spice. The palate has sweetness, but that's purely the ripe fruit, underscored by a sour lemon and grapefruit acidity that cleanses the palate. Medium-bodied but fruit-filled on the mid-palate, the finish is long and perfectly balanced.
(2024) A wine from the Eden Valley, made in a joint project between Jeffrey Grosset, famed for his iconic Clare Valley Rieslings, and Robert Hill Smith of the Yalumba family of wineries. Waxy and floral, its flits around Paraffin and minerals, a squirt of lime. The palate has a certain richness, a hint of peach but big core of citrus. Despite being bone dry and having all that lemony thrust of fruit, there's a certain weight and extract here that makes it feel relatively rounded and full.
(2024) Made exclusively with free run juice, this comes from a very cool vintage and despite a touch of residual sugar (4.4g/l) it is a zingingly fresh, mouth-watering dry wine. Citrus and white flowers dominate the nose, zesty and floral. On the palate, that squeeze of lemon juice freshness really bursts onto the palate, and this appears to be bone dry, the acidity and linear quality of the fruit deliciously energising.
(2024) With a huge pH of 8.2 this is as sharp as a tack, aromas of icing sugar and lime also have a ripeness to offset the crystalline precision. The palate has a sheer, bone-dry precision between its lemon and lime, taut fruit and shimmering acid length. Invigorating stuff, and rather fabulous. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for a previous vintage.
(2024) From a vineyard at 480 metres, one of the highest in the Clare Valley,there's petrol and beeswax in the aromatic mix here, as well as cool and pristine limey fruit. I really enjoyed the very dry, shimmering citrus and cool, crisp apple crunchnof this, the finish showing a little salts and spice.
(2024) Maybe this wine just hit my particular sweet spot, but I loved it. Initially there are waxy, parrafin notes in abundance, a fine mineral sophistication, and abundant lime fruit. In the mouth it's ravishing stuff, textured and citrussy with a certain fat, but with such vivid, streaking mineral and lime juice core.
(2024) From the Watervale district of Clare, the Stanway family first planted this vineyard in 1974. There's an intriguing hint of crushed almond and honey that's soon swept up in aromas of spring blossom and lime. A little beeswax nuance is delicate and peripheral. In the mouth there is a juicy peach ripeness at the core of this pale, almost transparent wine, but plenty of decisive, lemon zest and cool apple acidity too that balabces any hint of sweetness and leave a zippy, taut impression.