25 July, 2019
We love a wine. And we love a great jazz album. Why not bring them together?
A wintery weekend is a great excuse to kick back and listen to a few choice albums, blissfully uninterrupted, with a glass or two of terrific Australian wine to match.
We’ve done the hard work for you and have selected some albums worth a listen. Our list is inspired by the stellar artists who joined us at MIJF 2019. So, we asked another of our Festival favourites – our wine partner Clairault Streicker Wines – to put together the wine list.
Clairault Streicker Wines have carefully selected a Melbourne Jazz Matched Dozen, so you can turn up your speakers and relive the magical moments of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The Melbourne Jazz Matched Dozen features 12 favourites of the festival with a 10% discount and free freight to anywhere in Australia. To purchase your Melbourne Jazz Matched Dozen, email the team at email@example.com before August 31, 2019.
You’ll find all these albums available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music or available to purchase at all good record stores.
Clairault Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018
Aromas: Nectarines, white pear, jasmine and freshly zested limes.
Palate: A crisp entry of white pear, gooseberries and white flowers, gently balanced by subtle French oak tones and vibrant acidity. Richer flavours of stone fruit are tempered by hints of cut grass, limes and gravel, leading to a finish of mineral persistence and fruit driven impact.
The album: Miles Okazaki – Work (2018)
This phenomenal undertaking by Miles Okazaki is worth spending some time with. The truly gifted guitarist recorded the six volume album in 2018 – and we heard a sample of this monolith at MIJF 2019. Okazaki has done the seemingly impossible, recorded the entire Thelonious Monk songbook on a solo instrument. Yes, all 70 known works. It’s a breathtaking performance that is both minimalistic but incredibly complex. The performance is light, natural, layered and full of improvisational brilliance.
Clairault Margaret River Rosé 2017
Aromas: Red berries, fairy-floss and red apple.
Palate: Coating entry of raspberries, cherries and velvet acidity. A crisp finish with puckering grape fruit texture balanced by viscous strawberry density.
The album: Angela Davis – Little Did They Know
We were thrilled to host the launch of Melbourne based, internationally loved saxophonist Angela Davis’ new album, Little Did They Know. Davis is joined on the album by two veterans of Australian jazz, Tony Gould on piano and Sam Anning on bass. It is a showcase of the trio’s considerable talent and is brimming with the joy of three musicians who love what they do. You’ll find jazz standards from the likes of Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden sitting comfortably alongside original compositions from Davis.
Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2016
Aromas: Mulberries, vanilla pod, freshly ground coffee and violets.
Palate: A coating and generous entry of black currants, mulberries and dark chocolate, elegantly carried forth by bold tannin and a soft glazed plum finish.
The album: Florian Hoefner – Coldwater Stories (2017)
Another MIJF 2019 alumni, pianist Florian Hoefner followed up three critically-acclaimed recordings with a very personal work in Coldwater Stories. The album is inspired by the maritime landscape of his adopted home of New Foundland, Canada. In a solo performance, the daring pianist dances between sonic ‘islands’ surrounded by a sea of open space in a set of compositions that manage to capture the stillness and vitality of the landscape.
Streicker Bridgeland Block Rosé 2017
Aromas: Cherries, plum blossom and subtle brioche and dried herb hints.
Palate: A crunchy entry of natural acidity, red berries and candied apples. The palate is dry and succulent, with textural tones of eastern spice, strawberries and rose water leading to a quenching mineral finish.
The album: Aventurine – Linda May Han Oh (2019)
A real standout and Australian premier at MIJF 2019 was Linda May Han Oh’s Aventurine. The album was named for a mineral quartz that glistens in sunlight. And the album was the perfect reflection of its namesake. The bassist and composer is at the top of her game on Aventurine and joined by some equally talented musicians: Greg Ward on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano, Ches Smith on drums and vibraphone, Fung Chern Hwei and Sara Caswell on violin, Bennie Von Gutzeit on viola, Jermey Harman on cello and Ivenio vocal ensemble.
Streicker Syrah 2014
Aromas: A crunchy entry of natural acidity, red berries and candied apples. The palate is dry and succulent, with textural tones of eastern spice, strawberries and rose water leading to a quenching mineral finish.
Palate: The entry is bright and spicy, with hints of leather, forest floor, cracked allspice and dark chocolate forming a complex medley to fine grained layers of tannin and textures of bay leaf, black olives and spiced apricots. The finish is long and dark, with fresh tones of white pepper and citrus blossom left lingering.
The album: Origami Harvest – Ambrose Akinmusire (2018)
Bold, complex, arresting and utterly brilliant – we think this is one of the most important jazz albums in decades. Ambrose Akinmusire is a trumpeter that won critical acclaim as a bandleader and performed alongside legends and rising stars across genres and styles. His magnum opus Origami Harvest is his fourth studio album. It is perhaps his most adventurous work to date, melding together hip hop beats, a string quartet, spoken word and searing jazz improvisation. The album is a treatise on modern America and a socio-political climate that is deeply dividing, often confrontational and historically hostile to African Americans.
Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2017
Aromas: Bold aromas of peaches, creamy French oak, cinnamon apple and nutmeg, hints of braised nuts and jasmine.
Palate: Coating nectarine acidity and stone fruit flavours on the entry. The palate gently descends into spicy oak tones layered atop a granitic structure and finish, with dried pear and brioche as an afterthought.
The album: Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973)
This album comes from the legendary Herbie Hancock and was released at a defining moment in jazz history. His 12th studio album, Head Hunters followed a series of experimental albums from Hancock. It features a tight rhythm and blues-oriented rhythm section and a nod to funk beats that would continue to fuse with jazz throughout the 1970s. It features classic Hancock track ‘Chameleon’ and re-worked ‘Watermelon Man’.
Clairault Estate Chardonnay 2017
Aromas: White peach flesh, mother of pearl and lightly toasted cashews, granite and flint.
Palate: Soft entry of jasmine flower, pear and citrus blossom flecked with pristine acidity and slight honeyed notes. Fine texture and pithy acidity at its core, finishing with yet more blossoms, stone fruit and subtle wet slate tones.
The album: Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (1965)
Another release from Herbie Hancock, Maiden Voyage was released in 1965 with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records. Hancock was only 24 at the time. It is a concept album aimed at creating an oceanic atmosphere. It is arguably Hancock’s finest record of the 60s and reaches a balance between accessible, lyrical and adventurous hard bop.
Clairault Streicker Wines are proud supporters of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2019. If you really enjoyed the wines on offer throughout the festival, join the Clairault Streicker Wines Cellar Club. Members receive a minimum 20% discount, free delivery anywhere within Australia, are the first to access new and museum releases and get invites to Australia-wide special events. For more information or to join the Cellar Club, visit their website here https://www.clairaultstreickerwines.com.au/Connect/Cellar-Club .