Hand-picked early in vintage 2023, this was our first make of Fiano, so we have gone for a really lean and clean, classically simple style to express the place – chalky, and variety – citrus. Crunchy, fresh and light (only 11% abv) the sort of wine that sits comfortably chilled, with a platter of natural oysters on the table, the wine adding lemon and salinity, thirst-quenching.
15.5+, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "First crop of Fiano at H&Y, made very simply: ambient-yeast cool ferment, ageing in stainless steel, bottled after nine weeks. That lovely varietal Fiano fragrance – a touch of green apple, citrus and handcream – then a little lean and cool, with a gentle rain of acidity on the tongue. Will fill out in bottle over the next couple of years.”
Our pretty little white just keeps on getting better, with the fruit for this wine being the first of the 2023 harvest handpicked for that super crisp dryness that you all seem to love.
With flavours of grapefruit, cucumber, dill, lemon barley, and tonic water. Clean, saline, briny, zesty, citrus fresh. Finishes long and cool with licks of talc and sea spray. Delicious, petit, fun!
Will go beautifully with Smoky Bay Oysters; salt & pepper tofu; almond frangipane and poached pear tart.
92 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ ‘The beautifully named Muscat blanc à petits grains is the basis of the Petit Blanc, and I believe it’s the first time I’ve ever had this grape in a dry form (it’s regularly seen in the sweet French wines Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise and Muscat de Rivesaltes). Despite its tendency to make “grapey” wines, I found this to be much more aromatic than expected, with distinct orange blossom, lemon and wax characters, and delightful lychee and spice notes that developed with some air. The palate is very zippy, salty and silky, with a slight sourness, and it pairs nicely with cheese (provided it’s not too bitter), heightening the aromatics.
Reviews of 2022 Petit Blanc:
93 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie: "Much drier, saltier and crunchy that the decent 2021, this feels a lot more Mediterranean in feel and style. It’s a muscat blanc, made dry, of course, and picked earlier and made to dry. Planted 1980s. It shows the variety calling cards of frangipani and general perfume but with sea spray, alpine herb and tonic water scents. Flavours echo this, it’s tingly, mouth-watering and super fresh with soaring drinkability. Citrusy fresh, briny, long and cool. Takes me to Sicily/Sardinia in a way. So delicious here.
Reviews of 2021 Petit Blanc:
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "While it is not on the label, this is straight up muscat à petits grains. Light-weight, beautifully aromatic and palpably dry, this is the sort of wine served as an apero while staring at the Mediterranean, from the Languedoc to the Côte d'Azur. Honey blossom, jasmine, musk, grape spice, dill and a rub of citrus unwind across a talcy palate. Delicious drinking."
90 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Aromas of cut grass, lemon juice and peel and fresh-picked sage make a fresh impression on the nose, as well as lychee and honey. The palate has a smooth, softly fleshy feel with pear pastry. Fresh finish."
Reviews of 2020 Petit Blanc: Mike Bennie, Winefront, 91 points: "What a fun thing from H&Y. And good thing. Cucumber, lemon squash, green herbs. Good scents. Lots of juicy, bouncy fun in the palate. More cucumber, lemon squash, Real Lemonade perhaps, some green apple. Zingy finish whips things tart and clean. Good times. Lots of personality and lots of drinkability."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW, : "This is fun! Grapey and spicy. Think canned lychee, orange blossom and jasmine scents, all careening along talcy rails of chew and acid freshness. The finish is dry and has plenty of pucker. Drink with gusto."
Reviews of 2019 Petit Blanc: Adelaide Review 2020, Hot 100 Wines, Light Aromatic Wines: "An intriguing wine with a light aromatic lift, initial savoury aromas are followed by n, orange, and nashi pear. This wine is deliciously weighted with a pleasing phenolic grip and lovely acid".
Reviews of 2018 Petit Blanc:
90 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion<: "Citrus and tropical fruit flavours are attractive enough, but the slippery-satiny nature of the texture here makes this pretty white wine enjoyable to say the least."
Reviews of 2017 Petit Blanc:
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, September 2017 www.winefront.com.au
"Made from Muscat Blanc a’ Petits Grains. I don’t recommend most white wines be served too chilled, but I think this style is best served with a bit of frost on it. Perfumed and musky, kind of light and briny too, with delicate flavour, mainly lemon and lemon barley. It’s got zip and freshness, a bit of fragrance, and it’s VERY easy to smash down with gay abandon. A wonderful wine for summer luncheons, and the like, preferably featuring a sea breeze. I like it, but it is what it is, and that, in this case, is a good thing. The simple things etc." 88 points.
Huon Hooke, November 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Pale almost water-white colour and a pungent muscat fruit aroma, which is clean as a whistle and appropriately fragrant. Passionfruit traces. The wine is surprisingly dry in the mouth, like a French muscat blanc sec. As such, it would make a good aperitif wine. A very good, if simple, varietal dry white." 89 points
James Halliday, 1 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "The fact that its grape variety (muscat blanc à petit grains) might cause people to expect an off-dry wine is neither here nor there, hither or yon. It's fresh, delicate, crisp, dry and faintly lemony." 88 points
Like biting into a crunchy, flowery red apple picked straight off a blossoming tree. With an aperitif of orange slices and bitter herbs, cranberry juice, tart and dry. This is adelicious food friendly Rosé perfect for drinking now. Certified carbon neutral and vegan friendly wine.
91 points, Lisa Cardelli, Winepilot, October 2023: "Mataro, Mourvèdre, Monastrell. Call it as you wish, but the most important thing here is that it can shine by itself without being the third wheeling in the GSM love story. It opens with fresh mulberries, black cherries, and pomegranate. It’s vibrant and fragrant, with an earthy, herbal component that reminds me of somewhere, under the summer sun, around the coastal area of Southern France. On the palate is ample, spicy, savoury and scream for someCassoulet." "
We pick the fruit for this Rosé early for a dry style, made traditionally, with the hallmarks of Aglianico herbs and savoury minerality. This is a full-bodied Rosé for all-year-round drinking, juicy and puckering, watermelon, pink grapefruit, botanical bitters, cherry and pomegranate. Flavour rushes and lingers, savoury grip with saline freshness, mineral and dry, serious style but still ultimately delicious.
16/20, Jancis Robinson, September 2023: https://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/268753 "Lovely example of the pale, dry style of rosé that has become ubiquitous these days: good fragrant slightly rustic (in a good way) rose-hip flavours, helped along the savoury path by Aglianico’s fine, dusty tannins. Delicious. (MA)."
92 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie: "Strong currency in regenerative agriculture and progressive environmental considerations from Hither & Yon. Here’s aglianico in a rose, pressed off slowly over/after three hours. It’s fresh and fruity, bright and lovely. Rosy fruit characters, floral and cherry-imbued, licks of Campari and pomegranate too. A bit of grip makes things nice, a light chew and pucker making for good texture. A light dusting of peppery/clovey spice in the mix too. Just-so, easy to like, a bit serious, plenty drinkable."
Reviews of 2021 Rosé:
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "This is good rosé, hewn of a majestic variety, handpicked and fermented wild. There is a ferrous chew as much as a sluice of red berries, a smattering of dried herb, tobacco and plenty of saline freshness. The wine expands, unwinding across its textural latticework while billowing intensity and impressive length. Among the best examples in the country."
90 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Bright, fresh aromas of strawberries and watermelon with dried red flowers, too. The palate has a fresh, lightly crunchy edge with bright, easy going strawberries and light red cherries."
Reviews of 2020 Rosé:
The Wine Front, Mike Bennie, 95 points: "Something different, something good. Pale orange, barely pink colour. Rose gold maybe. Chewy texture, bright cherry pip flavours, some salty-nutty savouriness, good length, good sense of vibrancy, mouth-watering finish. This does a lot. Really good drinking. Really."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW: "Straight aglianico. Picked relatively ripe and fermented wild. All bodes well. Onion skin/gentle coral hue. Musk stick, sour cherry bitters, mandarin, pomegranate and cumquat. The phenolic rails are saline and refreshing; the acidity, crunchy. An entertaining rosé that is dry, thirst-slaking and gulpable"
Reviews of 2019 Rosé:
2019 Drink Easy Competition: Best Rosé: "Well-structured dry rosé with scents of fresh strawberries, raspberries, red currants and cherries, a mix of redness wedded to rose petal and some light vermouth-botanical notes. Texture and finish is dry, though there is a light juiciness somewhere in there too. Lovely stuff."
Reviews of 2018 Rosé:
89 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Unusual Rose with strawberry, candied citrus and Turkish delight flavours/aromas lighting up the glass. There's some sweetness to the palate but the finish reasserts some kind of dry order. Best served well chilled but given that it has carefree days written all over it."
Reviews of 2017 Rose:
Adelaide Review, Hot 100 Wines 2017/2018: "Exciting stuff: fleshy Rose with white peach, loads of texture, bold yet elegant and so very tempting."
Reviews of 2016 Rosato:
91 Points, Andrew Graham. www.ozwinereview.com, September 2016: "Immediately there is Muscat juiciness bursting out with lychee fruit goodness. Love that smell. Given the grapiness, it’s a surprise really that this isn’t sweet. Intrigue. Long, and open palate has very gentle acidity and a light finish. It’s not profound, but it’s not meant to be either. Captures the Muscat fruit perfectly. This will be a massive hit.""
92 Points, Stuart Robinson, www.thevinsomniac.com, July 2016: "Delightfully pale onion skin in colour, musk and Turkish delight waft out. Cool, crisp, before the tropical fruits come on: passionfruit mainly - but there's also this fine, powdery texture that gently coats the cheeks. Latterly a touch of citrus rind comes on, immediately freshens the palate and gives a secondary wave of flavour that delivers length. Clever."
James Halliday, 01 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "Ultra pale pink; you might think this was part of whole grenache given its Turkish delight nuances, and be further confused by the palate which is part sweet and part dry - given its muscat rouge component it may be as much fruit as residual sugar. A fun wine, take it anywhere you please." 89 points
Vermentino is from Sardinia and Corsica in the West of Italy where it is regarded as a clean, aromatic and saline variety. This is our first Vermentino, we decided to go for a fun, skin-contact, refreshing style. Citrus peel, tangerine, semolina, ginger slices, fine grip texture, saline and thirst quenching, tight and clean, elan!
'Tis the season for giving, and what better gift than a dozen of Hither & Yon's finest wines? Our Merry Berry Dozen features a selection of 12 of our most popular wines, from our crisp Fiano to our bold Montepulciano. It's the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, or for a festive holiday gathering.
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Fish n Sips Six Pack
As we gently warm into summer, minds and palates turn to the simple things - family time, on the porch, down at the shack or beach, fish and chips, ice creams, backyard cricket, reading that book, catching up with mates.
We think wine is a way to help re-wind this time of year down and refresh for next. So, our summer six is about making it easy to crack a bottle and share with fresh local food and friends, keeping it all light and breezy.
The wines we have chosen for our "Fish n Sips" pack ~ 2023 Petit Blanc, 2023 Aglianico Rosé & 2023 Vermentino ~ exhibit this piquancy, balanced with fruit crunch and vibrancy, beautifully. All you have to do now is find the perfect Summer match, cheers!