The Aussies call Syrah “Shiraz” and carbonic maceration “carbo-crush”. This playful language translates directly into this bright and zesty bottle. This “micro-negociant” is run by two American sommeliers trying to bring all Australia has to offer to the US, and we are so thankful they’re doing it - this wine is awesome.
From a small vineyard just west of Melbourne, Australia, producers Niki and Tim make wines “guided by nature’s watch and mostly no one else’s.” Like the kindly elder that graces the bottle’s label, this wine is spunky and bold while maintaining an earthiness that encapsulates Babche’s humble mission.
“Babche” is the loose translation for “Nana” in winemaker Niki Nikolovska’s native Slavic language, hence the playful labels that characterize the producer. Niki’s own grandmother serves as the inspiration for this sparkling Chardonnay blend, focused on small batches and minimalist winemaking. Like a hug from Grandma, this wine is soft and warm with a zesty finish.
This intensely aromatic Clare Valley Riesling has a cult following and we understand why - gorgeous lean structure with a complex floral, fruity, and mineral-driven nose. This wine is bone dry with persistent length, which makes for a memorable, if not legendary, Riesling experience.
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