Ladies & gentlemen, as recently discussed...
We are very proud to announce that we are taking orders for our new wines, the 2011 Between Five Bells White & Red.
You can access further details through the Orders section of the website. We are offering them as both straight bottles, and mixed packs, (6 and 12).
2011 Between Five Bells Rosé $24.90/bottle
2011 Between Five Bells White $29.50/bottle
2011 Between Five Bells Red $31.50/bottle
2011 Mixed Six-Pack $170 (1 x Rosé, 2 x White, 3 x Red)
2011 Mixed Dozen $335 (2 x Rosé, 5 x White, 5 x Red), plus free delivery
Thank you again for all the support.
Also, as I’ve got your attention, I thought I’d take the time to answer a few questions that tend to pop up regularly.
Why do you use cork for the Red?
At risk of laboring a long worn argument, I will say, we have no major ideological stance regarding corks and screw-caps. It’s obvious to all, even with a cursory understanding of the subject, that there are major issues with cork, as there are issues with screw-cap. For the Between Five Bells Red, especially the first one, it had such a vibrant, wild aroma, that in lieu of sparging, (a way of stabilising a wine before bottling which can help a lot of aromas dissipate), we did fear reduction. Screw-caps can contribute to that problem.
(Also, corks look really nice. And for what it’s worth, we use the highest grade of corks available).
As you can see, we’re not wedded to any type of bottle or closure; we use three different bottles and two different closures already. We might even try Vinolok next year for the new Heathcote wine.
How big is Between Five Bells?
Well, small. The backbone of Between Five Bells is a 2.5-acre block of a 5-acre Shiraz vineyard on Mt Duneed in Geelong. This, coupled with some local growers, supplies us about 10 tonnes of fruit each year. That isn’t very much.
10 tonnes of fruit is equal to about 8000 bottles of wine, (the way we make it). That would placeBetween Five Bells in the bottom 1% of commercial wine labels, in terms of production.
Do you have any reviews or press for the wines?
Yes and no. We don’t make any concerted effort to court feedback from the wine press, (though that’s not for any particular reason, it’s just not part of our plans). That said, there are a small number of wine writers we send wines to. Even in these cases, we don’t expect any publications to dedicate space to writing about a winery as small as ours.
There are a few examples of reviews and mentions on the website. We even got a score once! (93/100 for the 2010 Red).
Why is there a NSW mailing address on the labels?
As a team of three or four, Between Five Bells is based in Geelong, Sydney and Melbourne. For all of us, it’s a passion we do along side other commitments. It just so happens I live in Sydney, and have to answer the mail. I commute to the winery 10-20 times per year for anything from a day to a week.
Are there magnums available?
No. But that’s a good idea. Maybe next year.
Do you export?
We have had some queries, and certainly many people have come to the website and asked if they could find the wines overseas. At this point, a tiny amount goes to Japan, and that’s all.
Can I buy the labels?
The response to the labels has been quite overwhelming. Enough so that we are considering having wall-prints commissioned. This will be sometime in the future. In the meantime, if you want some extra labels thrown in with your order, just let us know.
The Between Five Bells team,
David, Ray, Josh and Alex.