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Altair Estate is a new boutique estate, presenting a variety of modern wines that shine a new light on the classic Margaret River and Italian grape varieties

White

Pinot Grigio

Vintage 2022

$26.00

Margaret River’s moderate Mediterranean climate and cool maritime influence gives strong seasonal consistency between vintages and the ability to achieve perfectly ripe fruit. The aim for this Pinot Grigio is to reflect its freshness and energy, that is why the focus was on the sugar levels in the picking season. It is a wonderful appetizer drink and perfect to drink cold on a hot summer day.

Tasting Notes

This wine is fresh, energetic, and vibrant. The pale-yellow colour hand out the citrus profile like lemon peel, green apple and crispy pear accompanied by savory tones such as blanched almonds, black tea and a note of fresh sage. When you taste the wine, the first thing you notice is that striking zesty acidity, which is alluring. On the palate its character maintains its fresh characteristics like white nectarine, cantaloupe, aniseed, and honeysuckle attend the aromas earlier picked up on the nose. The texture and complexity of the wine reveals the use of skin contact. This light bodied wine represents everything that it should.

Vermentino

Vintage 2022

$28.00

When we look at Vermentino the aim was to balance the racy acidity with an off-dry palate. It represents the ability of the variety with the freshness being the soul that express a summer and beach vibrancy. The focus during picking Vermentino is to represent that crunchy acidity and the fresh flavour expression of this grape varietal. This Vermentino flatters with oyster, saline nuances in food and it embraces the Asian cuisine.

Tasting Notes

This Vermentino shows in the glass a bright and clear pale yellow-green colour. An alluring nose of green rock melon, sweet and tangy mangosteen followed by that typical crispy green and red apple. It shows off its youthfulness. The aromas picked up in the nose moves further to the palate. You fall into a soft bed of dried roses and chamomile while that tropical fruit salad presents itself. It is shaped and framed, and goes all the way through, from the front of your palate to the back. It has volume and capacity, yet still subtle. The residual sugar in the wine gives you that gentle texture and it accompanies that prominent acidity very well, as it invites you to have another taste.

Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage 2022

$30.00

For 2022 the grapes were picked slightly riper for concentrated flavour development that goes towards a tropical spectrum. This Sauvignon Blanc distinguishes itself from others in the region. Altair Estate presents a style that is full bodied with a deep lemon colour. Best served in a Burgundy glass that collects aromas but allows the wine to open. Goes with seafood, white meat and goat cheese or drink just by itself.

Tasting Notes

Altair Estate presents a style that is full bodied with a deep lemon colour. A layered nose of dried lime, mango, grapefruit peel, earl grey and sweet quince. On the palate there is a natural punchy acidity typical for this varietal. Textural impact due to skin contact and the use of French and Hungarian oak. The palate correlates with the aromas earlier picked up on the nose and is defined by a fresh saline finish.

Reds

Rosé Pinot Grigio

Vintage 2023

$24.00

Our aim is to create a fresh and textured wine. The skin of the Pinot Grigio gives the winemaker a unique opportunity to create a Rosé that is distinctive in its colour and complexity. Machine harvesting and three days of fermentation on skins gives this wine its colour, unique flavours, and structural tannins. When the desired texture is reached the fermentation is continued in stainless-steel tanks without the skins until dry. To elevate fragrance and enhance mouthfeel, the wine spends six weeks on Vermentino lees, with minimal battonage.

Tasting Notes

Produced from the dark Pinot Grigio grape this wine exhibits a unique copper colour. Inspired by creating a complex and textured Rosé – this wine expresses its own outstanding characteristics. Aromas of watermelon and rose petal are distinct and engaging on the nose. On the palate there is detail of cumin and coriander spices, plum marmalade, raspberry and cherry. Skin and lees contact add another dimension of depth and savoury drinkability whilst the phenolic structure is teasing and tactile, creating a finish with layers and length. This textural and food-friendly wine finds its harmony paired with prosciutto, crustaceans, and Asian cuisines.”

Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot

Vintage 2021

$26.00

The conditions in Margaret River are quite consistent looking at the coastal influence, temperature, and overall Mediterranean climate. Weather in the first week of February was mild and rain fell, providing welcome relief for the vineyards and was a great timing for the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon, the classic grape varietal for Margaret River better known as the King of the reds, this vintage blended with Merlot, Nebbiolo and Malbec.

Tasting Notes

Pale ruby in the glass. This is all about fragrance and perfume. Notes of red cherry and mulberry meet savoury green capsicum, black olives, and camphor. It tastes of dark fruit character surrounded by eucalypt, oak, and a dried sage lift. A clean definition of the acidity and with the allowance to breathe textural tannins unfold within the glass. Pairs best with meat dishes like steak, venison stew, roast beef, and roasted lamb.

Sangiovese

Vintage 2022

$28.00

For vintage 2022, it provided a fantastic vintage. Sangiovese, the famously native grape varietal to Tuscany, responsible for the well-known wines such as Brunello de Montalcino and Chianti. With this wine we want to enhance strong expression of Sangiovese varietal characters. Slightly chilled in an oversized glass, that collects aromas but allows the wine to open, which is how we recommend to drink it.

Tasting Notes

Its calling card is the mouth-watering acidity, pale ruby appearance and its fragrance spectrum of red fruit and spices. Amarena cherry, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate enhanced with spices like cloves, subtle white pepper, cumin, and coriander seeds. The perfume of fruit and spices from front to mid palate unfolds in to polished rose petals and structural tannins. This wine is enlightening, there is an energy behind that pops.

Merlot

Vintage 2021

$44.00

Merlot, or how the French say, “young blackbird”. For vintage 2021, it provided a milder Margaret River vintage. Excellent growing conditions for vines and producing fruit with fantastic intensity. The Merlot 181 clone can ripen longer, has finer tannins and a natural dark fruit character, the grapes for this vintage were picked at an optimal ripeness with a natural acidity present.

Tasting Notes

On the nose it’s elevated and perfumed with notes of dark cherry, blackcurrant combined with graphite and eucalyptus. That generous energy of dark fruit meets the palate with violet, fennel seed and hay. The use of American and French oak promotes tannins that have a firm astringency on the finish, so allow this wine to breathe, open and unfold. This wine goes well with red meat, charcuterie, and soft cheese.

Malbec

Vintage 2021

$46.00

A good part of the vintage growing season happens in the prior year. The growing season was a mild spring in 2020, with reasonable but not extreme rainfall, which are excellent growing conditions for vines and producing fruit with fantastic intensity.  This year the Malbec grapes were picked slightly riper to allow a higher sugar and concentrated flavour development. A full-bodied wine that has all the features to be enjoyed with steak, a chocolate dessert or on a cold day in front of a fireplace.

Tasting Notes

When you look at the purple to ruby colour with that magenta rim it tells you something about the grape varietal. You discover in this wine, next to rhubarb marmalade, star anise, violets, vanilla, and butterscotch a wide range of powerful fruit aromas like blackberries, redcurrant, and cherries. On the palate you identify that this luscious wine has the same energy, fresh and intense aromas as on the nose. Drink the wine slightly cooler than room temperature in a large Bordeaux glass and you will have a smooth and supple finish with silky tannins across your tongue.

Mixed Six Special

Special Offer

$164.00

Enjoy six of our sustainably grown red and white wines specially picked by our winemaker. The 6 wines consist of 2 x Vermentino, 2 x Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot and 2 x Sangiovese. This special six is perfect for summer!

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