Named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday and Matt Skinner, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, canopy and water management, picking at the right time and minimal intervention in the winery. Larry also makes wine under the Laissez Faire label, an exquisite range of natural wines which are the ultimate expression of site, made in small batches from hand harvested grapes. From delicate whites to opulent reds, all his wines have pure class and finesse.
A pale, beautifully balanced Chardonnay with hints of vanilla on the nose and a winning cool climate acidity. Careful oak treatment has resulted in a wine of depth and balance. Ideal with seafood risotto or lemon risotto.
The nose shows graphite, minerals and juicy black cherries. A hint of spicy oak plays a supporting role. The palate is softly textured, fresh and vibrant, the flavours of black cherry and earthy beetroot carried along by a long, fine finish. Ideal with pheasant stew or roasted game with a rich wine gravy.
Inky purple, with classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackcurrant and bay leaf layered with cedar and chocolate nuances. Showing lovely cool climate typicity, this is medium bodied, with velvety soft tannins and a deliciously long finish.
Growing up a Stone's Throw away on the same vineyard, it is little wonder that these two are fast friends. Riesling's cool minerality meshes with Gewürztraminer's exotic spice and rose water, in this delicious, refreshing blend. Serve chilled as an inviting apéritif or delicious with lightly spiced Asian cuisine.
Approachable, striking and modern, this red blend oozes complexity - with the Shiraz's earthiness tempering the Grenache's muskiness; and together they soften the subtle steeliness of the Mataro. Two may be company, but in this case three is perfection. Grilled red meats, barbequed food and gourmet sausages.
Aromas of red earth, ground black spice and dark berries lead to a palate of fine, silky tannins. Juicy fruit flavours of blueberry and dark cherry combine with undertones of spice. Delicious with slow cooked meats and hard cheese
Inky black, with strong, classic bay leaf and earthy Cabernet Sauvignon tones. Integrated oak neatly frames the intense fruit. This is focussed and textured, with very fine tannins. A great match for a juicy steak or a rack of veal.
A bouquet of black cherries is enveloped in subtle mineral nuances and supporting oak spice. Red flowery fruit flavours dominate, with subtle slate-like minerality following through onto the elegant palate, all framed by fine tannins through to a long finish. Roasted game with lentils and a red wine jus.
A bouquet reminiscent of red apple and white peach, with mineral overtones. White stone fruit flavours follow through on the palate, with a subtle texture and a tight knit acidity lingering in the background, which provides length and persistence. Stunning with Prosciutto-wrapped tiger prawns and a pickled vegetable slaw.
Aromas of quince and white figs are complemented by hints of yellow peach, mineral notes and subtle oak spices. The palate follows suit with flavours of peach and hints of preserved lemon, the acidity is long and fine and wrapped in a soft texture. This really shines with crispy chilli squid and steamed clams
An elegant blend with an exotic yet fresh symphony of citrus, passionfruit, mineral notes and rose water. Layers of pear, nougat, Turkish delight are interwoven on the soft and refined palate through to a long finish with a subtle but drying acidity. An excellent match for Thai green curry or grilled chilli halloumi.
A striking bouquet of nettle, minerals, blackcurrant and oak-infused spiciness. Made in the traditional Bordeaux style, the wine was fermented in new French oak, adding layers of complexity and flavour. A long, fine line of acidity provides great length and finish. A great match for fresh gnocchi with basil pesto and pecorino cheese.
Aromas of red earth with a compote of berries and fine nuances of dried bay leaf. There is a freshness to this wine which is the perfect foil to the dusty, earthy notes. The oak is gentle with delicate spice notes, soft tannins and a long complex finish. Ideal with slow roasted lamb shoulder and rosemary potatoes.
Almost transparent in colour, this wine shows great purity and refinement. A fragrant bouquet, with flavours of lemon peel and bath salts all carried along by a soft texture, a long fine acidity and a persistent finish. Asian food in particular light, fragrant Thai curries; or beer-battered whiting with tartare sauce and lemon.