NEW YEAR, NEW SHIPMENTS
We start the new financial year with a restock of the delicious Swartland chenin blanc called Tobias Steen, a tiny production, minimal-intervention wine from the hyper-talented young Bryan MacRobert. Ivy and Chiswick Gardens in Sydney took most of the first shipment and we were knocking back requests from all directions. Now we have the last 17 dozen bottles of the vintage, so be quick. We've also got new vintages of Sequillo red (2011) and white (2012) from the Swartland legend Even Sadie, plus his 2012 old-vine Skurfberg chenin blanc.
We have more 2012 Flower & The Bee red (souson) on the way from Spain; two more pallets from Alicante artisan Rafa Bernabe after three of the first six wines sold out in a week; and more whites from Valter Scarbolo in Friuli.
At the end of the month we have containers scheduled to arrive from France and Germany.
We'll have new champagne from Francoise Bedel and Christian Etienne; Mark Angeli, Olivier Lemasson, Thomas-Labaille and Sebastien Riffault from the Loire; Hervé Murat and Pierre Guillemot from Burgundy; Christian Ducroux and a range of wines from Maison Jean Loron in Beaujolais (including the ageworthy St Amours of Domaine des Billards); Guillemot-Michel from Viré Clesse in the Macon and a pallet of 2012 AC Chablis under screwcap from Alain and Cyril Gautheron.
Our much-delayed container of mostly 2012 riesling from Germany from nine of our exclusive producers (AJ Adam, Eva Fricke, Emrich-Schonleber, Fritz Haag, Rebholz, Willi Schaefer, Schloss Lieser, Schmitges and Zilliken) is also on the way. The arrival of this container will help cover the shortfall of the 2013 vintage, with producers able to bottle only about half of a normal vintage.
The next shipment from South Africa will include the 2012 Sadie Family signature series and the 2013 old vine range, new wines from Dombeya in Stellenbosch, and new vintages from Ataraxia in the Western Cape. From New Zealand we have reduced our range to three: Alluviale, Dada and the upstart from Marlborough, Takaki Okada's Folium sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.
We will fill another three containers from France, one from Spain and one from Italy as time and money allow in the second half of the year, and there are still plenty of exciting new wines to reveal.
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