Allevare / Gippsland

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Lucy and Alysha are based in West Gippsland, looking after small parcels of land and sourcing fruit from around Victoria. Producing delicious and honest wines under their label ‘Allevare’, meaning ‘to nurture’, they pride themselves on working with the land and collaborating with growers in all regions with a focus on sustainability and innovation. An amalgam of Sicilian and local sensibilities, and some of the most joyful and inviting labels in the game.

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  • Allevare Geelong Pinot Gris 2023

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    Whole bunch pressed, 50% barrel fermented, aged in large format French oak for 6 months, bottled on Gunaikurnai Land. Quince and stone fruits with white flowers.Textural on the pallet with some richness on the finish.

    “Rich bouquet, mandarine zest, ginger and pink peach, cardamon apples and pears, rockmelon with salt. It’s a true Gris in style, generous, giving, pleasing and satisfying your tastebuds deeply. It’s textural and flavourful. Lovely style with a sweet edge and a good amount of cleansing acidity.” 92 points, Kasia Sobiesiak, Winefront

  • Allevare Nero d’Avola rosé 2023

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    Whole bunch pressed, 50% barrel fermented in large format old French oak on full lees. Aged for 6 months in the cellar and bottled on Gunaikurnai Land. Full, denseand structured on the pallet with complex aromas of grapefruit, pomegranate androse petal. Textural and fresh with a mineral mid-pallet.

    “Watermelon, guava, red apple skins, cranberries, strawberry tart. It’s pretty intensely fruity and sweet-edged in flavours, making it a cheerful drink and I would say quite appropriate to have with spicy food. Although, it gives a lick of bitter pink grapefruit phenolics at the very finish which is a nice balance. Texture and concentration of flavour are in place too.” 90 points, Kasia Sobiesiak, Winefront

  • Allevare McLaren Vale Mataro 2022

    $ 34.00 incl. GST

    Stepping outside of Victoria for this one, and what a pretty and fine iteration of Mataro here, Lucy introduced to a fantastic grower of organic Mataro by former colleague Nick from Stoke Wines.  The wine sees 2 weeks on skins and twice-daily pump overs, before pressing to old French oak barrels for 10 months before bottling.

    Conceived as a fruit forward, juicy and not overly tannic wine, this is so fresh, slurpy and lively – smoked charcuterie/smallgoods lead the nose, with a lovely fruit spectrum of black plums, blackberry, cherries and a shake of Chinese five-spice.  Focused and beautifully textured, fun and flowing, definitely the guzzler of the range.

  • Allevare Grenache 2023

    $ 34.00 incl. GST

    Allevare’s Novello style red is back and better than ever. Following on from the incredibly popular Cab Franc, Lysh and Lucy managed to source some of the best grown Grenache in Victoria.  10 days on skins, tank aged for 6 months and bottled on Gunaikurnai Land. Bright fruit, perfumed with a five-spice element, perfect chilled or room temperature.

     

    “Heathcote and Grenache in one sentence, that is exciting, said the geek in me. Novello style here.

    “Sweet raspberries, rhubarb cordial, a bit of rose perfume, dried cranberries, rosemary. Ripe juicy fruit fills the palate, with a touch of earth and twigs, peppery spice and a hint of cold smoke. It’s a medium-bodied Grenache, chewy, spicy and manages to be approachable from the first sip and no doubt, food friendly. Bliss.” 91 points, Kasia Sobiesiak, Winefront

  • Allevare Gippsland Sauvignon Blanc 2021

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    The most experimental winemaking methodology in the stable here – oak fermented, with 18 months ageing in seasoned oak (a small portion kept in stainless), one of the barrels left untopped and a tiny portion given extended skin contact.

    It couldn’t be anything other than Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s a grown-up and characterful take for sure.  Nettle and grass flavours around grapefruit (fruit, rind and pith) and even an orange fruit element.  Great driving texture, thought-provoking, and begging for some creative food matching.

  • Allevare Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2022

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    Grown in Coombe Farm’s Coldsteam vineyard.  15% new oak, barrel fermented, a taut and fine style belying full malolactic fermentation.  Linear but with plenty of stuffing, stone fruits, yellow grapefruit, white flowers, struck match and flint shine through this contemporary take on Chardonnay.

    “Welcome to the world of Chardonnay. You’ll find some tasty classiscs here. Peach and cream, apple and ginger biscuits, gentle nougat note on top. Flavours have a bite, grapefruit vibration, lemon pith with a sprinkle of spice, clean cut finish, making it a cleansing and moreish style. It’s vibrant, with all-you-need in a Chardonnay, not being overly anything but straight-up delicious.” 93 points, Kasia Sobiesiak, Winefront

  • Allevare Beechworth Roussanne 2022

    $ 44.00 incl. GST

    Grown on the Warner vineyard (once a key supplier to Giaconda), and soon to be a collector’s item as following vintage 2022 all the Roussanne was grafted over to Gamay.  A shame, given the character of this wine.  Oak fermented and matured for six months, it somehow manages to be racy and textural; yellow fruits and peach skin over saline and honeyed elements.  Refreshing without being bracing, it makes a strong case to see more of this variety vinified without blending.

    Artwork by Bridgette McNab, an old Sicilian love story about Teste di Moro. The story of a Moorish soldier falling in love with a woman from Palermo, they were madly in love until she learned that he had another family back home. She cut off his head in a fit of rage, planted her basil in it and left it on her balcony for the town to see. She had the most fertile basil in all of Palermo and the rest of the town soon started to sculpt ceramic heads in the hope that their basil would be just as good.

    “Undoubtedly, there’s that textural smell of wine getting hot in the wood. Nutty with apricot kernels, pastry, ripe lemons, beeswax element. Texture is smooth, lightly creamy, with sprinkle of salt on ripe fruit and then savoury finish, just lightly powdery and with judicious spice. Very appetising.” 92 points, Kasia Sobiesiak, Winefront

  • Allevare Gippsland Red Fiend Blend 2022

    $ 48.00 incl. GST

    From the alluvial soils of Xavier Goodridge’s Maffra vineyard.  A genuine co-fermented field blend, 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz.  Gently worked with rack and returns to polymerise tannins (Bordeaux vibes) and build mid palate, and raised in two seasoned French puncheons.

    A tasty, savoury claret-style with some fine tannic and earthy grit.  Floral and aromatic, almost Pinot weighted, it’s dusty and musky with a spectrum of plummy fruits, graphite, red bell pepper and cherry and a light-medium bodied structure, a finer, more detailed and more Euro expression than the common paradigm of Ozzie Cab Shiraz.

    A fun PS – one row of the vineyard was struck by lightning, though it was far enough from fruit-set that there was no adverse effect to the grapes.  Electrically charged wine, literally.

  • Allevare Gippsland Chardonnay 2022

    $ 58.00 incl. GST

    From 40 year old vines on Xavier Goodridge’s Maffra site, barrel fermented and raised entirely in seasoned oak, with full malo.  Richer and with flesh, though this feels more derived of site rather than winemaking influence (oak/bâtonnage), reminiscent in many ways of Mâcon.  Attractively textured, a broad spectrum of fruit flavours here of grilled peach, melon, waxy apple, nectarine and cashew.  A leesy mealiness rounds out the finish, a sophistication here.

    “A mix of spices to start like masala chai, clove-pierced skin of orange, ginger, then peanut husk, brown pear and yellow peach. It’s creamy on the palate, chewy, finishing on a zesty lime and nutty bitterness. Soft flavours but not without good acidic tension holding it in place. Lots to love here.” 92 points, Kasia Sobiesiak, Winefront