White Wine Day – free samples!
To celebrate National White Wine day, this August we’re teaming up with Boutinot to offer a full day of free white wine tastings, as well as offering a huge 20% off all white wine glasses and bottles from 5pm.
Entry is free all day and evening.
Please see below information on the wines we will be sampling.
Alpha Box & Dice Golden Mullet Fury Semillon Viognier
Australia – Mclaren Vale
You just don’t do a “half mullet” – you have to be all in.
The mullet, like skin contact white wines, has been around for millennia. Things never go out of fashion, they just get re-discovered… it’s a cycle, see? The Buddhists talk of Samsãra, the endless cycle of birth, life and death, but we here at AB&D know that to reach true enlightenment you need to grow that shaved head out, keep it short on top, grow out the back and rejoice in the pithy textures and heady perfumes of skin-contact white wine.
The inspiration for Golden Mullet Fury comes from time spent working in Moldova, a country, who along with Georgia and Armenia, has thousands of years of practice in the arts of both skin contact and the mullet. Slinky and textured in the mouth with a smooth flow across the palate and sweet tannin fanning out on the finish. It’s red wine-making applied the white wine – the blend? – Semillon and Viognier… percentages don’t matter, but the end result does.
Much like the mullet.
LOOKS LIKE… Blondie
FEELS LIKE… Shagpile carpet
SOUNDS LIKE… Die Antwoord – Cookie Thumper!
SMELLS LIKE… Dried apricots and green peppers
TASTES LIKE… Gold, almonds, citrus
It’s a blonde bombshell of capsicum, guava and butterscotch on the nose with waxy, textured, almond, spicy and rich flavours throughout your mouth. Orange wine that’s actually worth all the hype!
ALPHA BOX & DICE were formed as a laboratory for viticultural exploration in 2008, as the team set up constructing a different wine style to represent every letter of the alphabet. Each member of the ‘Alphabet of Wine’ has its own unique personality that fulfils a different purpose – no two wines are created alike. AB&D wines are all linked by their environment and surrounding, being created holistically through minimal intervention, vegan friendly methods. However, they are completely distinct in their flavour, appearance and orientation. In this way, AB&D wines are just like a (mostly) happy family. With a culture soaked in community, quality and a laissez-faire spirit, Alpha Box & Dice will continue to inspire, delight and surprise in everything they do… and they do a lot!
Gymnasium Fritz Willi Riesling
Germany – Mosel
Meet Fritz Willi:
The namesake of Weingut Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770–1840), has FRITZ WILLI now as his own wine, the “FRITZ WILLI” Riesling. FRITZ WILLI is a modern and self-deprecating ambassador of his wine and the Mosel wine region. He is not only a wine expert but also a globetrotter, explorer, and enlightener – of course, with a lot of diligence, precision, and discipline, but, above all, entertaining, knowledgeable, and always with a twinkle in his eye.
Well, the namesake of Friedrich Wilhelm III is born in Potsdam, the former Prussian stronghold. FRITZ WILLI comes naturally from the Mosel.
In the vineyard
The grapes come from challenging steep-slope sites of the region, which require, in the Prussian manner, a lot of discipline, diligence, and perseverance. Unfortunately, FRITZ WILLI, with his Prussian roots, doesn’t have the feet for inclinations, like a true Moselaner. It’s strenuous for him to find good footing in the steep slope.
In the cellar
FRITZ WILLI can’t decide between tradition and modernity. He puts the grape must for his wine partly in traditional Mosel Fuder casks to begin fermentation spontaneously and the other part in stainless-steel tanks. In the bottle, both make a Riesling, which FRITZ WILLI loves to drink.
FRITZ WILLI Riesling has a classic Mosel liveliness, with juicy fruit and a dry mineral finish. It’s both a party wine and versatile with a variety of dishes and, thanks to its authenticity, it meets the everyday demands of Riesling connaisseurs.
FRITZ WILLI likes to chill out, put his feet up, and enjoy one or more glasses of Mosel Riesling in good company. He’s earned it, after so much disciplined, sweaty work on steep slopes. Good honest dishes without too much silverware shouldn’t be missing.
Fragrant aromas of ripe apricots, citrus and apple. Minerality and ripe, rounded stone fruit flavours are balanced by zesty lemon sherbert characters – giving an appealing off-dry style which retains a surprisingly crisp finish.
The Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium name originates from the Jesuit school founded in Trier in 1561. Through the centuries wine production from the estate’s vineyards helped to support the school. Today the estate consists of around 25 hectares on the steep slopes of the Middle Mosel and Saar – all exclusively dedicated to Riesling.
The cellars lie deep under the city of Trier – wher a stone in the foundations bears the date 1593.Here fermentation takes place in stainless steel or in traditional Mosel ‘Fuder’ (1000 litre barrels).
The school itself changed names a number of times following its foundation, but an interesting note is that one of its more famous pupils was Trier-born Karl Marx!
Adobe Reserva Chardonnay, (organic)
Chie – Casablanca Valley
Unoaked, sunkissed Chardonnay made from organically grown grapes.
A clear, bright pale yellow in colour, with refreshing citrus aromas of grapefruit and lime that intermingle with subtle tropical fruit aromas, especially pineapple, and a touch of herbs. On the palate, it is a balanced, fresh and fruity wine, with velvety texture and a persistent, enjoyable finish.
Emiliana is one of the world’s most important producers of organic and biodynamic wines and the largest in South America. Biodynamic is a comprehensive form of organic farming that heals the planet through regenerative agriculture. The land is a living being that has a natural balance. Emiliana firmly believe that human intervention should not affect the natural biological balance of the land, but preserve it.
The biodynamic calendar (based on the cycle and rhythm of the sun, the moon, the planets and their influences) is vital for their work; it’s a guide to organize different agricultural activities to obtain the best quality wines. The connection among the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms is also essential: they promote the use of biodynamic homeopathic preparations.