Surprised? Probably not as much as we are. Over the few months in Red Hill, we’ve been quietly building a Collective of wines we’re now proud of… so with a month left before daylight saving starts, we thought it was time we frocked up and prepared you for some fun. Welcome to our very first newsletter and the beginning of your wine journey and pleasure seeking at the Red Hill Wine Collective.
$192 half doz. or $350 a doz.
We are kicking off with this wine because for the last few months this has consistently been one of our best selling Pinots. And as most of you know, value in Mornington Peninsula Pinot isn’t always given. But David Chapman from Allies doesn't just deliver value, he drives it right through the front gate. Sourced from three vineyards in three sub-regions it's silky, decent tannin support and very malleable to all drinking conditions. We won’t always use critics notes because we back our own, but Campbell Mattinson from the Wine Front writes a doozy!
“They’ve got a bit of magic dust going on down at Allies wines it would seem. Just about everything they touch seems to turn to gold. This is a fantastic pinot noir. It’s tense, taut and complex, which is a good start, but the fruit is ripe, the texture is satiny, and the finish is long. I’m not going to go into “descriptors” because there’s no point and they’re boring anyway. It’s regional, varietal, and tip top, and that’s all there is to it.”
Campbell Matthinson, The Winefront (he also gave it 95 points if you must know)
$240 in 6 pack (or 6+6 for $415)
From high in Main Ridge, straddling more famed producers, here is a stunning Chardonnay that is local by nature but reveals length, poise and honey-suckle peach. Sweet nectar of the gods! Sometimes quality is so obvious you look at a producer bemused at what price they are giving it away at. And clearly, we weren’t the only ones, as it recently won James Halliday's Dark Horse Award at the 2019 Wine Companion Awards. Watch James Halliday's Principia Video here.
Red Hill Wine Collective is proud to present two of Bordeaux’s leading women visiting Australia - Hortense Idoine Manoncourt, President and owning family member of Château Figeac, which has been in her family for over a 120 years; along with Australian born, Bordeaux negotiant Emma Thienpont . Let them take you through 6 vintages of the unique and extraordinary Château Figeac over two exquisite dinners especially curated by two of Australia’s finest chefs.
Tracing its roots back to the 2nd century, Château Figeac isn’t only one of the leading estates of St-Emillion, it’s also one of the most unique for Bordeaux. Being comprised of equal (most years) parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that lie on a deep, Médoc-like Graves (gravel) topsoil, the wine has often been described as the most Médoc-like St-Emilion. With the flavour profile that straddles Right Bank and Left Bank, and equally comprised of the 3 most important varieties in Bordeaux, one could say that it’s almost the truest expression of Bordeaux as a whole - and this neighbour to Cheval Blanc still offers great value for collectors (for now).
Long living, structured and elegant - critics and wine lovers alike have all remarked that the quality of the wines has never been better, making now, the perfect time to acquaint yourself with this legendary Chateau.
Paired with two innovative, 3 course menus, will be: 1985, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 vintages of Chateau Figeac. As these are the only 2 public events Château Figeac will be hosting in Australia, we recommend to book quickly to avoid disappointment.
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