The Leftfield Selection

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The Leftfield Selection

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The Leftfield Selection

A selection from producers willing to push boundaries and experiment with unusual grapes and methods to make outstandingly different wines..

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The Leftfield Selection

1 x Blank Canvas, Gruner Veltliner, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013

From renowned ‘flying winemaker’ Matt Thomson this is a wine of wonderful and pure aromatics. Grüner Veltliner showing classic notes of mandarin and ripe peach with an underlying trace of white pepper. The oak featuring in this wine is only obvious if you are told about it – it is there to provide richness and weight to the mid-palate, which is why the producer chose large French oak puncheons to do the job. The result is a well-structured, luscious rendition of an Austrian classic.

1 x Domaine des Trinites, L’invite Viognier 2017, Pays d’Oc, France

Made by British winemaker Simon Coulshaw and his Catalan wife Monica, a couple passionate about making high quality Languedoc wine in their vineyard in Roquessels. This is an `orange` wine, this means it is a white wine made with red wine winemaking techniques. While the grape juice and skins are separated immediately when white wine is made, the skins are left on for orange wine. This process - known as skin contact - produces tannins. Grape skins can be kept in the wine for between a week to a year to create different colours and flavours. The result is a complex wine with a fresh acidity that has notes of apricots and almonds with a spicy floral finish.

1 x Bodegas Naia, Naiades Verdejo 2014, Rueda, Spain

An extraordinary barrel-fermented wine from ancient, pre-phylloxera Verdejo vines, widely regarded as one of Spain’s finest white wines. Intense aromatics of ripe melon and pears balanced by leesy, yeasty notes. The palate is soft and textural with well-integrated, toasty oak characters, kiwi and grapefruit acidity and impecable balance. A deliciously bitter twist on the finish maintains the interest right though to the next sip.

1 x Welsh Family Wines, Blaufrankisch 2018, Willemette Valley, Oregon, USA

Welsh Family Wines produce small-batch, vineyard-specific wines that are food-friendly, expressive of varietal characteristics, and made with low-intervention viticultural and winery techniques. Their goal is to create delicious wine that is representative of the vineyard, the vintage, and the fruit. This Blaufrankish is brimming with black and blue forest fruits, soft elegant tannins and a lovely delicate spiced finish.

1 x RAR, Vins Singulars, Essencia 2017, Priorat, Spain

The name RAR not only makes reference to esteemed winemaker Richard Rofes’ (formerly at Scala Dei) but also means ‘rare’ in Catalan. The rarity here lies in his approach, which avoids the heavily oaked and extracted style of wines common to Priorat, in favour of a more elegant, fresh and fruit-driven expression.

1 x Bill Downie, Petit Verdot 2015, Riverland, Australia

Bill Downie is famous for his striking William Downie Pinot Noirs from Gippsland (where he lives), the Yarra (where he makes the wines) and Mornington Peninsula. These wines are produced in tiny quantities, so Bill spends most of his time telling people his wines are sold out. When he came across this biodynamic Petit Verdot vineyard in South Australia, he saw an opportunity to make an accessibly priced wine that would be available in greater volume. But because the vineyard has been organically managed for the past 15 years, and was recently certified as biodynamic, he also saw a site that fitted in with the philosophy of grape growing he pursues on his own vineyard in Gippsland. The wine offers great value and individuality from one of Australia’s great young talents. The resulting wine has a deep colour, dark berry fruit aromas on the nose that are ripe and intense with ink and violets. Ripe, fleshy fruit on the palate is nicely supported by rustic tannins.