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With this underpinning philosophy, we provide programs in the key areas of Animal Welfare, Community Support and Education.
Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services chooses to be supported only by the sale of wines (listed below) where no animal products were used in the making.
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Viognier 2010Nose: Apricot blossom, lots of florals and some yeasty, biscuity notes. Palate: Silky, smooth fruit upfront without cloying sweetness. This is a graceful wine with medium weight and nothing over done. Soft but linear acid, the palate displays consistently with the floral characters on the nose, but also gives some slight almond and stonefruit kernel, giving this wine complexity. Some mealy, shortbread flavours round out the acid and support a dry finish. Method: Single block fruit was hand-picked and fermented naturally with wild yeast in a mix of stainless steel and old french barriques. Notes: This viognier was crafted by a talented and renowned wine maker, who is known for his elegant style in winemaking. Normally priced at $28 a bottle, we have been lucky to secure 10 cases. This wine needs a little breathing time to really open up, and it's best served slightly cooler than room temperature. It would accompany any Thai or fragrant curry dishes perfectly. Single Vineyard - Merricks North 13.7% Alc/vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Chardonnay 2009Nose: Peach blossoms, nectarine and melon spliced with some crisp, green character from the whole-bunch. Notes of grilled hazelnuts from the extended time on lees. Palate: Seamless and consistent fruit with acid perfectly aligned. An enticing palate of citrus and white stonefruit with the slightest nuttiness to round it out. Well balanced and good palate length, showing all the elegance expected from cool climate Chardonnay. This wine is best when served lightly chilled. Method: All hand-picked fruit, with 50% whole-bunch pressed, and 50% destemmed and crushed. Cool-fermented on lees for 10 months with regular stirring for added complexity. No oak. Notes: This Chardonnay comes from one of the most awarded blocks of fruit in the Yarra Valley. It was low-cropped and grown without irrigation to give the grapes a more intense flavour. This wine has been reserved for us, and is a small portion of what will be this vineyards labelled wine. In previous vintages this Chardonnay has attained regular medals, with 28 given to it in one year! Single Vineyard - Dixons Creek 13.8% Alc/Vol 8.2 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Sauvignon Blanc 2009Nose: Classic sauv blanc notes of grass, green bean, passionfruit and pineapple. Herbaceous aroma's of lantana. Palate: Crisp, dry fruit upfront with a grassy, green character. Fairly full on the palate with decent length and soft but supple acid. More french in style, this wine would pair well with salads, asparagus and barbecued vegetables. Notes: This cool climate Sauvignon Blanc has benefited from an extended ripening season allowing intense citrus/tropical fruit characters to develop. Northern Coonawarra 12% Alc/Vol 7.2 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products where used in the making of this wine.
Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2009Nose: Fresh young stawberries and lively green apples with hints of citrus, pear and yeast. Palate: The aromas are mirrored on the palate. This is a classic wine, beautifully balanced with complex flavours and a long finish of freshly fine-tuned acid. Fine persistent bubbles add to a creamy lingering mouthfeel. Notes: This is an elegant wine right down to it's colour of pale apricot with flashes of rose making it the perfect celebratory drink, ideal for weddings or significant milestones. This wine comes with a re-sealable top. No oak was used in its making. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for 3 - 5 years to enhance it's already complex flavours. Coonawarra 13.5% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Sauvignon Blanc 2012Nose: A mix of subtle white florals, some gooseberry and grapefruit blossom. Classic Sauvignon Blanc with hints of freshly cut grass, followed by traces of smokey barrel fermentation and some struck match. Palate: Mirroring the nose, the palate is long and elegant, with refined fruit, flint and linear acid. There is a delicacy to this wine, and it delivers in a way reminiscent of the French Sancere styles, which is echoed by the lower alcohol. It has crisp, dry acidity and minimal residual sugar. The small portion that was barrel aged gives the wine finesse and complexity. A perfect wine to match with fine elegant food. Methods: Wild Yeast fermentation, with whole-bunch pressing. A mixture of older oak to give mouthfeel and complexity, and tank fermentation for freshness. Fruit was handpicked in the morning and immediately whole bunch pressed. No enzymes were used, instead the juice was allowed to settle naturally. After 4 days the fruit was transferred to a combination of tank (65%) and older oak (35%) to generate mouth feel and give complexity. After three months on lees the wines were blended, cold stabalised, fined and filtered. Vintage: 2012 was near perfect conditions for growing and ripening Sauvignon Blanc in the Yarra Valley. The picking window was small, with flavours going from cut grass to tropical fruits in a matter of days. Constant monitoring enabled picking to be carried out at the herbaceous stage. The grapes came into the winery in perfect condition with no signs of disease and full of flavour. This Sauvignon Blanc was dry grown with the fruit hand pruned, shoot thinned, leaf plucked on the morning side and there was no need for bunch thinning. Crop level was 2.25 tonnes per acre. This wine is best enjoyed whilst young and vibrant, however it will drink well for up to four years. Single Vineyard - Healesville 12% Alc/Vol 7.7 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Chardonnay 2012Nose: This is a classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay exhibiting aromas of peach, nectarine and minerals along with some complex barrel characters. Palate: This wine displays a lovely balance between minerals and delicate fruit sweetness with hints of ginger and spice. A nice line of acid and some creaminess coming from time on wood provides length without overdominance. This is an extremely easy drinking style guaranteed to suit even the fussiest of palates. Method: All fruit is hand-picked in the morning and refrigerated overnight. The following morning the grapes were whole-bunch pressed. No enzymes were used, instead the juice was allowed to settle naturally. Fermentation was allowed to start naturally on full solids with no acid addition. After a select period of time, the juice was inoculated with with cultured yeast and then transferred to a combination of wood and tank for fermentation. The wine is aged in only old oak, with no new oak in the blend. The wine was then left on lees for approximately 3 months, with no battonage. Just prior to bottling the wine was cold stabalised, fined and filtered. Notes: This is a wine that will suit many foods, occasions and palates. It is a great all-rounder made by Franco D'Anna and represents exceptional value at $13. Single Vineyard - Healesville 13% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Cabernet Grenache Petit Verdot 2007Nose: Rich red berries, plum and spices. Undertones of vanilla and some lovely barrel character. Palate: Bright berry fruit showing across the palate without too much residual sugar. Very juicy with a lovely line of acid and delicate tannin on a medium length finish. Method: Certified organic Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), Grenache (24%) and Petit Verdot (22%) sourced from Loxton was crushed and fermented separately before being blended in a mix of French and American oak. Notes: This is an unusual blend yet it works so well. I really like this wine. I like the rich red berries on both the nose and palate and I love the earthy qualities the Grenache brings to the mix. Grenache is one of my favourite varietals for this very reason. This particular wine was made on contract for a large English business who was unable to pay for it after the Global Financial Crisis. The winemaker, David Bruer and his vineyard, Temple Bruer are leaders in the organic movement in Australia and where the focal point for the formation of Organic Vignerons Australia. David contacted me after hearing about Goodwill Wine and offered me this wine at a very reasonable price. This is my new 'go to' red when I want something nice and juicy for a bbq. I highly recommend it. 13.9% Alc/Vol 8.2 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Nose: Rich blueberries and blackberries show through with pretty fragrance. Undertones of classic Coonawarra 'mint' characters, along with spice and some barrel character. Palate: Mint, blackcurrant, dust, vanilla and a smattering of dry leaf matter. The balance is excellent and it rolls along the tongue without any hiccups. The juicy fruit gathers good momentum, before fine-but-assertive tannin confidently takes control on a finish of considerable length. Method: Fermented for 10 days on skins, this wine was matured on American oak for 12 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: This is an attractive, medium-bodied wine consistent with what one would expect from the rich red earth of Australia's premier Cabernet region. It is a light yet insistent wine, which will mature well for the next 3 - 5 years. Firm value at $13. 13.5% Alc/Vol 8.0 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products where used in the making of this wine.
Merlot 2005Nose: Brooding aromas of blood plum and dark spices, with some raspberry, violets and subtle vanillin oak. Palate: Juicy and moreish, with some succulent acid. Raspberries, blackberries and fleshy blood plum flavours with some peppery spice on a long finish. Smooth, integrated tannins with hints of charred, vanillin oak help this wine deliver in a big way that still carries the agreeable seamlessness expected of Merlot. Decant for at least 15 mins, ideally 30 mins. This wine definitely benefits from some breathing time, opening up the bouquet and harmonising the palate. Method: Fruit sourced from a single vineyard. The wine was matured in a mix of 2nd use French barriques (225 litre) and hogsheads (300 litre) oak barrels for 22 months prior to bottling. Notes: I can't honestly say I have been a fan of many Merlots, finding a majority of them a little underwhelming. Often dubbed "the wine with a hole in it", Merlot often lacks presence on the middle palate, and as such can be an unrewarding quaff. It is most often used to blend in wines that need some taming. This Merlot made us really take notice of just what this varietal can offer, and still has the smooth tannin and long finish that makes Merlot such an easy drink. This wine is an excellent example of the varietal, and is versatile enough to accompany many dishes. This wine will further develop with careful cellaring over 2-5 years, or is ready to drink now. Single Vineyard - Central Coonawarra 13.5% Alc/vol 8.0 Standard drinks Pres. 220 added No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Shiraz Viognier 2010Nose: The co-fermentation of Viognier has given the bright red fruits in this wine a beautiful fragrance and freshness. Palate: This is a medium bodied wine with generous warmth, sweet spices and complex earthy characters from the tannins. The aromas are mirrored on the palate with the addition of bright mulberries and light red fruits. This wine is extremely subtle and delivers a delicacy that is in tune with its weight. It has lovely length and juiciness that touches on the whole palate. Notes: This is a wine with considerable interest and should be decanted and shared with enthusiasts over a special meal. James Halliday reviewed this wine in the latest edition of his Australian Wine companion and awarded it 90 points. He said, "The medium bodied palate is silky and well balanced, and ready whenever you are - drink to 2016" Single Vineyard - Red Hill 13.5% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products where used in the making of this wine.
Shiraz 2007Nose: Rich plum and blackberries show through with pretty fragrance. Undertones of vanilla and some barrel character. Palate: Smooth berry fruit showing across the palate without too much residual sugar. Juicy with well integrated acid. Soft oak, dark plum and some spice without big alcohol heat and weight. This wine is medium-bodied with harmonious tannins, and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next few years. Method: Upper Yarra single vineyard, hand-picked fruit, aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Minimal filtration was used. Notes: Cool climate Shiraz in its element is about fragrance and character, with a more medium-bodied palate, structured acidity and seamless tannin. For this reason this Shiraz is very easy-drinking, without the mouth-puckering tannin that can result in hotter climates. It's aroma and palate show nuances of flavour that can be otherwise dominated by sugar and alcohol heat if grown in warmer conditions. This is a lovely wine and great value at $16. Single Vineyard - Upper Yarra 13.5% Alc/Vol 8 standard drinks Pres. 220 added 750ml No animal products were used in the making of this wine.
Vegan Mixed CaseBelow is a list of the vegan wine we currently have on offer in our vegan mixed case. Should you wish to see the details on each of these wines, simply click on the individual bottles that we have for sale on this page. 6 Bottle Case Contains.. Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Coonawarra) x 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Cabernet Grenache Petit Verdot 2007 x 1 Merlot 2005 (Coonawarra) x 1 Shiraz 2007 (Yarra Valley) x 1 2 of each white variety is supplied in a 12 bottle case.
Mixed Red 'Vegan'Below is a list of the wine we currently have on offer in our mixed red case. Should you wish to see the details on each of these wines, simply click on the individual bottles that we have for sale on this page. 6 Bottle Case Contains.. Merlot 2005 (Coonawarra) x 2 Cabernet Grenache Petit Verdot 2007 x 2 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 x 1 Shiraz 2007 (Yarra Valley) x 1 3 of each variety is supplied in a 12 bottle case.
Mixed White 'Vegan'Below is a list of the wine we currently have on offer in our mixed white case. Should you wish to see the details on each of these wines, simply click on the individual bottles that we have for sale on this page. 6 Bottle Case Contains.. Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Coonawarra) x 1 Sparkling Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 2009 (Coonawarra) x 1 Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Chardonnay 2009 (Yarra Valley) x 1 Riesling 2009 (Coonawarra) x 1 Please note that a 12 bottle case will contain 2 of each variety.
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