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Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2012 - **SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN PRICE**

Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2012 - **SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN PRICE**

Dan Standish and Jaysen Collins have produced Barossa shiraz (predominantly Greenock fruit) at its best…

The sixty year old Shiraz vines from Greenock that produced this wine were ready to be uprooted due to the lack of yields and the reluctance of other companies to pay extra for this excellent fruit. After their repeated requests for access to these grapes, at 'the eleventh hour' their growers decided to stop the bulldozer and retain a small area of these vines. Thus the 11th Hour Shiraz was born!

The dense and primary 2012 reveals dark red cherry and black plum fruits supported by licorice, black pepper and hints of roasted Indian spices. The opulent palate is full of dark cherries and plums and rich chocolate, with typical Barossa plummy fruit sweetness. Its supple tannins and engaging acidity ensure the wines ease in its youth without sacrificing the all important skeleton of structure required to reward drinkers for many years to come.

**When purchased as a STRAIGHT DOZEN .. ONLY $33**
RRP $40

Price: $396.00

Ravensworth Murrumbateman Shiraz Viognier 2012 - LAST BOTTLES!

Ravensworth Murrumbateman Shiraz Viognier 2012 - LAST BOTTLES!

Winemaker, Bryan Martin has a day job working at Clonakilla as Tim Kirk’s right hand man. Ravensworth is his own label and I love this shiraz because it has it all! Juicy rich fruit, black cherries, violets, rose petals, savoury earthy depth and freshness…It is the continental climate of Murrumbateman (hot days followed by cold nights and mornings) which means the shiraz ripens fully producing natural raspberry freshness with a savoury liquorice, tarriness and spice. It is medium bodied and reminds me of the wines from Cote Rotie in France…

Gold Medal 2013 Canberra Wine Show.

94 points James Halliday ... "First hail, then rain, endeavoured to destroy the crop, but only succeeded in sharply reducing the yield. It is strikingly fragrant, with spice, red fruits and the often talked about, but rarely seen (by me), violets. The polished, medium-bodied palate picks up the flavour cues of the bouquet, and tops and tails them with some very attractive savoury nuances."

92 points Chris Shanahan, Good Food and Wine ... "Winemaker Bryan Martin says a small crop of shiraz survived ‘‘the hail and biblical downpour of the 2012 vintage’’. Small, perhaps, but the surviving fruit made a terrific wine. On first opening, heady floral aromas dominate and are reflected on the palate. But after a good splash, the aromas expand to include spices, pepper, ripe-red berries and a light stalky-stemmy character. These are all consistent with high-quality, cool-grown shiraz co-fermented with viognier – and in contact with whole bunches (and hence stems). The flavours on the medium-bodied palate reflect the aroma, while fine, persistent tannins add grip and length to the smooth, deeply textured palate. It’s a fragrant, elegant, fine-boned shiraz with good medium-term cellaring potential."

90 points Rob Geddes MW ... "Excellent colour with a bright ruby rim. Blackberry,floral, apricot and spice notes with a peppery savoury edge. The palate has good construction of just ripe fruit flavours with a viognier lift and the tannins are firm in the middle palate and need a little time to soften and unlock the black berry fruit. Drink after 2015."
RRP $33

Price: $25.99

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Sons of Eden Remus Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

Sons of Eden Remus Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

Sons of Eden co-owners, Corey Ryan ("cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham (ex-viticulturist Yalumba) can do no wrong! Amazing old vine shiraz (1.5 tonne/acre) produced from their 50 year old Eden valley vineyard (500 meters above sea level gives cooler ripening season) produces shiraz with superb aromatics, intensity and finesse. 22 months in French oak .. This is my favourite Sons wine because of its iron fist in a velvet glove character. Decant this wine for at least two hours or cellar for 10 years! Built to last! Deep inky purple in colour with bright crimson hues this wine has a combination of dark cherry and complex spicy aromas. The palate displays layers of berry fruit character with naunces of dried herb contributing to complexity. Velvety tannins and a core strength of flavour persists through the length of the palate.

Do not miss out ... minuscule production of this top shelf drop. Superb follow up to their multi award winning 2010 vintage.

95 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front ..“Beautiful packaging on these wines, cork aside. Super smooth – vanilla crème deluxe, exotic spice, dark cherry and black fruit, subtle peppermint chocolate. Medium to full bodied, plushly fruited, silky smooth and rounded, ultra fine dense tannin, just-right acidity and a long spiced and lightly savoury finish. Immaculate. Top shelf.”

94+ Points, Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself ... “Black cherry-berry and boysenberry fruits, pan juices and mint. Quality barrel influence is in no way disproportionate. Pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. Obscenely good shape through the mouth with supple and tight tannin pulling everything together. Masterful work.”
RRP $70

Sons of Eden Remus Eden Valley Shiraz 2012More Details
Accolades for their 2010 Remus .. **Trophy - Best Mature Dry Red Shiraz in Show &
Top Gold Award in its class. Plus Trophy for Most Successful Exibitor - 2013 Barossa Wine Show**

From the winemaker ... The story behind the label: "A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focussed and elegant. We believe the twins’ characterise the distinctive and unique flavours and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys - the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley."

Price: $54.99

Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Shiraz 2007

Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Shiraz 2007

Cool climate shiraz (predominantly Geelong and Pyrenees regions of Victoria) with concentrated dark cherry fruit, licorice and plenty of spice (thanks to maturation in French oak). Quintessential cool climate shiraz with finesse.

RRP $ 21

Price: $17.99

Zema Family Selection Shiraz 2004 - LAST REMAINING BOTTLES

Zema Family Selection Shiraz 2004 - LAST REMAINING BOTTLES

The Zema family planted their 61 hectare vineyard in 1982 on the Coonawarra terra rossa strip. 100 % estate grown fruit (very low yields) ensures wines of exceptional depth of flavour true to the Coonawarra terroir. If ever there is an example of great wines being made in the vineyard, Zema is it! This highly regarded and awarded producer was not only given the elusive 5 star winery rating by Halliday but also best of the region. Their reds are all cellarworthy.

Huon Hooke: “An elegant, classy wine; a fine mix of blackcurrant and cherries; silky mouthfeel and length; fine tannin and oak handling; a return to top form 95pts.” 94 pts James Halliday.
RRP $60

Price: $46.99

Teusner Round Two Barossa Shiraz 2012

Teusner Round Two Barossa Shiraz 2012

Second label of leading Barossa winemaker, Kym Teusner has made a splash. This single vineyard shiraz from their Angaston hills vineyard is all about ripe jucy fruit, lick of dark chocolate and licorice….Some good spice, depth and structure here. A terrific vintage in 2012 in the Barossa has produced the goods

This wine has been made specifically for restaurants but suffice to say we were happy with this new release ....RRP $20

Our price $15.99

Price: $15.99

Merlin Saint Joseph Rouge 2007 - LAST BOTTLES!

Merlin Saint Joseph Rouge 2007 - LAST BOTTLES!

François Merlin, a shy, modest man worked for René Rostaing (one of the great names of Côte Rôtie) as Chef de Viticulture for over 10 years where he gained his understanding of terroir. In 1987 he planted his first vines and was also able to buy some existing vines. The wines remain a bit of a secret but Merlin is often one of the first cited by other top producers when asked their favourite local producer..

Produced from vineyards in the north of Saint Joseph, France in 2007 (a great vintage), this wine has more in common with its near neighbour of Cote Rotie. 100% Syrah with old vine intensity (50% vines planted 1968) with perfume and elegance. His red Saint Joseph looks rather like a little Cote Rotie and comes from 2 parcels aged 18 and 40 years old located in the north of the appellation. His goal is to make fresh long complex wines rather than unctuous ones without losing the fruit purity of the vineyard. Superb Saint Joseph with depth, intensity and freshness …this wine needs to be decanted or alternatively cellar for up to 10 years.
RRP: $78

Price: $65.99

Coates Organically Grown McLaren Vale Syrah 2008

Coates Organically Grown McLaren Vale Syrah 2008

Duane Coates is one of the quiet achievers of the Australian Wine Scene ( Masters in Oenology and an MBA from Adelaide University & soon to become a Master of Wine). His winemaking philosophy is simple: the highest quality fruit from sustainable vineyards ( some organic), harvest when properly ripe and a natural winemaking approach (minimal intervention - wild yeasts, unfined, no additions of tannin, enzyme and acid). Huon Hooke said: “ Every wine I’ve tasted of McLaren Vale’s Duane Coates has been excellent…” Highly impressive wines – a style that bridges the gap between fruit driven Australian style and savoury complex wines of old world Europe.

This single vineyard Syrah (organically grown in foothills of Wilunga, McLaren Vale) was matured for 28 mths in French oak which has given spice and silkiness to tannins. This is a rich, profoundly complex wine made in a traditional, old world style.
RRP: $36

Price: $29.99

Coates The Syrah 2011

Coates The Syrah 2011

Duane Coates is one of the quiet achievers of the Australian Wine Scene (Masters in Oenology and an MBA from Adelaide University & soon to become a Master of Wine). His winemaking philosophy is simple: the highest quality fruit from sustainable vineyards (some organic), harvest when properly ripe and a natural winemaking approach (minimal intervention - wild yeasts, unfined, no additions of tannin, enzyme and acid). Huon Hooke said: “Every wine I’ve tasted of McLaren Vale’s Duane Coates has been excellent…” Highly impressive wines – a style that bridges the gap between fruit driven Australian style and savoury complex wines of old world Europe.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, from leading international website erobertparker.com said - "..a breath of fresh air in this area where a lot of producers seem to be following the herd down that incredibly ripe and sometimes over-ripe path that has caused not a few producers to come unstuck in heat-wave and drought conditions. These are superbly-crafted, well-priced wines that are wholeheartedly recommended’.

Rigorous fruit selection translated to predominantly McLaren Vale (spared from the wet conditions in 2011) fruit in the blend & a touch of Langhorne Creek blend matured for 20 mths in fine French French oak… This new release has the goods and continues with oodles of purity, depth and sophistication. It is delicious and perhaps a touch more reminiscent of the northern Rhone than the 2010 but as usual over delivers in spades…… yes could be double the price but we won't tell Duane !

94 Points James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013 for their 2010 ... "Dense purple-crimson, clear and bright on the rim, although neither fined or filtered; certainly comes from the big end of town, full-bodied and effusive, yet not clumsy; black fruits of every description, licorice, bitter chocolate and a nice dab of oak from 20 months in barrel all work very well, tannins providing the bow to tie the parcel."

Leading UK wine writer Matthew Jukes was also impressed with 2010 ... "Blending fruit from two of the most important regions in the country to make a wine entitled "The Syrah" means that a statement is most certainly being made with this wine. That the nose and palate match up to the enigmatic label and famous origins speaks volumes for the skill involved here. Not surprisingly one of the richest wines in our line-up, this South Australian classic manages to keep its feet on the ground on account of its ultra fine tannins and compact mid-palate. A decanter is an essential piece of paraphernailia when drinking this wine."
RRP $25

Price: $19.99

Ashton Hills Burra Burra Lone Star Shiraz 2004 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Ashton Hills Burra Burra Lone Star Shiraz 2004 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Ashton Hills has the oldest pinot vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Stephen George wears 3 winemakers’ hats, one for his Ashton Hills wines coming from his estate vineyard high in the Adelaide Hills, one for Galah Wines and the other for the iconic Wendouree in Clare. He refers to his dry grown Piccadilly Valley vineyard planted back in 1982 as the “Burgundy of the Adelaide Hills”. Ashton Hills has received many awards including the coveted 5 Red star rating from James Halliday.

A full-bodied, yet elegant Shiraz from the Burra Burra District in South Australia ( Fruit sourced from Spencer George's vineyard - Stephen's father) , which lies east of the Clare Valley in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Intensely dark purple in colour. Impressive nose of violets, spice, raspberry and black cherry. Mouth filling palate with attractive concentrated blackberry and raspberry flavours intermingled with spice, cedar, liquorice and leather. Elegant in style due to French oak and cold nights during the growing season in this otherwise hot, dry environment.
RRP: $32

Price: $28.99

Longhop Shiraz 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY!

Longhop Shiraz 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY!

Longhop is a winemaking venture between 2 high school friends, Tim Freeland and Dominic Torzi (of leading Eden Valley winery, Torzi Matthews) and these guys continue to shake things up as far as the quality to price wine ratio goes…this wine (sourced from 3 Adelaide Plains vineyards) is extraordinary for the price.

This wine continues to amaze by it's serious quality: predominantly 50 year old vines from the Adelaide Plains (bulk of fruit from One Tree Hill - famous for Penfolds St Henri), whole bunch open ferment, hand plunged, basket pressed, matured for 16 months in seasoned 60% French and 40% American oak. This red should be double the price (Don't tell Domenic!). Tasting this on day 2 & 3 reveals the sheer pedigree of this extraordinary wine as more layers and dimensions to this wine are revealed. Seriously do not miss out on this extraordinary bargain !! Be snappy

Reviews:
92 points Phillip White, Aug 2013 "I’ve had it open for five days, and I can’t find a hole in it – my score has inched upwards every day. It’s great wine for big mushrooms and juicy beefsteak with some beetroot on the side. Elegant and balanced with no overt jelly or jam, it’s straight down the line dead-honest old-fashioned Shiraz with no sophistry at all. Don’t ask how they do it at this price; ask Rockford how they justify theirs."

92 points Gary Walsh The Wine Front "To paraphrase an old Mattinson faithful, it’s wines like these that make my life as a reviewer so much easier. Cherry liqueur or Framboise – either really, it has that seductive rich quality along with coal, clove spice and a subtle coconut fragrance. Medium to full bodied, a flood of rich fruit, but tempered by earthy savoury stuff and a layer of dark exotic spice. Tannin spreads out and shapes the wine masterfully for a wine at this
price. Acidity neat and unforced. Length too. This is a rugged, fresh and honest wine – not least a bloody tasty one."

91 points Jeremy Pringle Wine Will Eat Itself "You’d be hard pressed to find many other Shirazes that offer this kind of value for money. Buoyant blackberries and redcurrants, pepper, licorice, gum leaf and baked earth. The back palate loads up on bitter dark chocolate and clove spiced oak is well pitched. Fleshy and supple yet bright with a lovely set of ripe tannins. We’re in serious bargain territory here."
RRP $23
**Only $15.99 when you buy as a straight dozen!**

Price: $191.88

Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2013 - Dozen buy

Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2013 - Dozen buy

Cascading sweet dark fruit (all Ebenezer/northern Barossa fruit from the Riebke brothers vineyard), dark chocolate and savoury smoked meat character with spicy French oak and firm velvety tannins. Always incredible value for money here.... and the 2013 will not disappoint Winemaker Kym Teusner said of this wine and vintage ... "Coming off the back of the amazing 2012 vintage, which produced some of the strongest Teusner wines we’d ever made, our fingers were crossed, hoping that mother nature would again deliver the goods in 2013. Well, she delivered something alright…one of the driest winters and growing seasons in living memory. It would be an understatement to say the vineyards and the growers did it hard this time around…in fact some vineyards didn’t make Christmas so tough was the going. But the Riebkes have been around the block a few times when it comes to the grape growing game, and delivered some amazing quality fruit to the winery. Experience paid off big time!

The 2013 Riebke upholds the tradition … rich, abundant flavour and serious drinkability whilst also being easy on the pocket. The wine is jam packed with Barossa Shiraz flavours….plums, black fruits and warm spices. We’ve taken it easy on the oak to allow the fruit to take centre stage…as you would when it’s this good. This is a plush, vibrant wine of immense generosity and incredible value."
RRP $25
*Only $16.90 when you buy as a straight dozen.*

Price: $202.80

Bannockburn Shiraz 2006- LAST BOTTLES

Bannockburn Shiraz 2006- LAST BOTTLES

A deep, dark, complex nose offering chocolate, coffee, blackberry, cherry and meat characters. These characters carry to the palate which is very full, rich and powerful. There is excellent balance and integration of flavours, with dark chocolate, coffee and tar characters driving the length. Plenty of lovely, ripe tannin also keeps the palate going on and on.

“Some colour shift towards maturity; an exceptionally complex bouquet with a full array of Asian spices including cinnamon and garam marsala; the palate retains these characters woven through the blackberry and black cherry fruit, the tannins fine and soft. Cork. Drink 2021”
95 Points. James Halliday. RRP: $49

Price: $44.99

Kangarilla Road \"Devils Whiskers\" Shiraz 2011 ** 6 pack Special **

Kangarilla Road "Devils Whiskers" Shiraz 2011 ** 6 pack Special **

I am often afflicted with Devils Whiskers- 2 little marks appear on my top lips when drinking rouge!

Robert Parker is fan of this leading McLaren Vale winery: ".. a knack for turning out high quality efforts...all classic McLaren Vale cuvees with a sense of balance and restraint suggestive of European influence however there is no compromise of the wines flavours or ripeness levels.”

My favourite wine of the lineup at a recent tastings - extraordinary fruit and structure for a $30 wine. Powerful shiraz with concentration, structure and moreish tar (french oak) on finish with fragrance and suppleness on palate ( splash of viognier in blend) Definitely a wine of yin and yang. Decanting this wine revealed so many dimensions over the evening. Superb drinking here.

90 points from Halliday "Deep colour, with abundant layers of black fruit, sage, bramble and mocha on the bouquet; the palate is full blooded, dense and dark with fresh acidity providing lift to the ample fruit on display; a long and muscular finish."

RRP $37
6 pack Special PRICE $168 (only $28 A BOTTLE)

Price: $168.00

Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2008 -LAST BOTTLES LEFT

Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2008 -LAST BOTTLES LEFT

Dan Standish and Jaysen Collins have produced Barossa shiraz (predominantly Greenock fruit) at its best…
94 points from James Halliday in his 2011 Australian Wine Companion: "Impenetrable colour; an opulent array of essency black fruits, dark chocolate, mulled spices and mocha; the palate is unctuous, showing deep levels of concentrated sweet fruit, followed by chewy tannins to conclude; a rich wine, perfect for a cold night."

RRP $46

Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2008 -LAST BOTTLES LEFTMore Details
Of previous vintages..... Wine Advocate: “The 2006 Shiraz “Eleventh Hour” comes from 60 to 125-year-old vines that were saved from the bulldozer at the “eleventh hour”. It spent 20 months in used French oak hogsheads. Crimson-colored, it offers an alluring aroma of vanilla, coconut, smoked meat, and wild blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, this ripe, tasty Shiraz is remarkably light on its feet. There is enough soft tannin to safely cellar this wine for 2-3 years and drink it through 2020.” 90-92 points. Jay Millar, Parker’s right hand man. International Wine Cellar: “Saturated red. Compelling bouquet of blueberry, cherry compote, violet and Asian spices. Sappy dark berry flavors are velvety and round, with peppery spice adding nerve. Gains sweetness and power with air, finishing with outstanding clarity and thrust. Deeply flavored but not heavy, this deftly combines richness with energy.” Josh Raynolds who works with Steve Tanzer - 92 Pts.

Price: $38.99

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Teusner Albert Shiraz 2010

Teusner Albert Shiraz 2010

Fuit sourced from two low yielding unirrigated 45 and 90 yr old vineyards in Barossa's Gommersal & Ebenezer district.

Smokey and tarry notes complement the rich black fruits with hint of aniseed. Full bodied with round opulent flavours of ripe blackberries and plums. The finish is long and luscious with beautifully balanced tannin, acidity and oak (24 mths in French oak). 2010 was a terrific vintage ( long season with no adverse weather). Cellar for up to 10 years. Decanting this wine is a must!

Halliday review for the 08: "Dark chocolate and savoury smoked meat nuances sit pleasantly atop rich black fruit; the palate follows the theme with impressive concentration, turned earth, tar, blackberry and chewy tannin in abundance; rich and ripe, but not overdone, the finish is long, fleshy and harmonious. 95pts" RRP $50

Price: $44.99

Radford Shiraz 2007 - LAST REMAINING BOTTLES

Radford Shiraz 2007 - LAST REMAINING BOTTLES

Winemaker Ben Radford has produced another cracking Shiraz. Of this vintage he said: "Another very dry year with extremely small yields, ... This gave a more spicy,
peppery character to the wine than previous years – quite savoury and very “Rhone like”. Great aromatic spices – white pepper, star anise & ripe berry fruits were evident during ferment which has carried through to the finished wine with additional layers of mocha chocolate and lovely rounded tannins."

This is as good as Eden Valley shiraz can be- love the elegance and balance of this wine.

James Halliday - FIVE STAR WINERY - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - 94 POINTS "Strong purple-red; spicy peppery aromas to the bouquet are reflected in the lively medium-bodied palate, helping lift the finish, and showing none of the toughness of many '07s; excellent line and length. Drink 2022" RRP $44

Radford Shiraz 2007 - LAST REMAINING BOTTLESMore Details
Ben Radford, current winemaker at Rockford, has spent close to a decade making wine in South Africa, Burgundy and Canada. Ben and his wife Gill have the oldest riesling vineyard in beautiful Eden Valley planted in 1930. Ben & Gill are making spectacular wines in miniscule quantities...5 star rating from Halliday and listed as one of the 10 best new wineries. Their Riesling and shiraz are a must-a balance of intensity and delicacy. Do not miss out.

Price: $39.99

Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Shiraz 2011

Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Shiraz 2011

Cool climate shiraz (predominantly Geelong and Pyrenees regions of Victoria) with concentrated dark cherry fruit, licorice and plenty of spice (thanks to maturation in French oak). Quintessential cool climate shiraz with finesse.Great effort considering the challenging season in 2011

SPECIAL PRICE WHEN YOU BUY A STRAIGHT DOZEN.

Price: $15.99

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2009 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2009 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

Crafted by renowned Geelong producer, this is classy cool climate shiraz (100% estate grown fruit) with concentrated dark berried fruit, licorice, smoked meats and plenty of spice (thanks to maturation in French oak). Reminds me of the northern rhone wines. With a few year's bottle age this offers terrific drinking pleasure.
93 points James Halliday 2013 Wine Companion .. “The winery formula: hand-picked, destemmed, cold soaked for five days, then seven days wild yeast fermentation in small vats; matured in new to four-year-old Troncais oak for 15 months. The medium-bodied and fresh fruit belies the 14.5% alcohol, and the wine has abundant red and black fruit flavours.”
RRP $45

Price: $29.99

Spinifex La Maline 2012

Spinifex La Maline 2012

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Shiraz Viognier put Spinifex on the wine map! In the words of winemaker Pete Schell .."La Maline is the finest, most feminine Shiraz cuvee that we produce each year, co-fermented with a small portion of white grapes, typically Viognier. However! No white grapes went into this year’s blend—Pete felt his 2012 Shiraz fruit had quite enough perfume and lift as it was. Without any Roussanne, the ’12 La Maline is 100 per cent Shiraz drawn from three Eden Valley vineyards and three Barossa Valley vineyards ranging from 15 to 110 years of age (60 years old would be a fair average across the blend). The altitudes of these sites range from 550 metres above sea level, one of the highest in the Eden Valley, to 360 metres in the Barossa (still elevated in context of the Barossa where the valley floor is around 230-250 metres). Soils are variable but tend to be thin, silty sands over fractured and heavily weathered parent rock sub soils as well as gravel shot clays. The winemaking specs remain constant - natural ferments get the party started, there’s 30-40 per cent whole bunch, and the wine is raised in large format oak, with 30 per cent new across the wines before blending. The beautifully pure palate is super fine and bright, with tangy red fruits and then crushed herb, sappy hints keep the wine very fresh and racy. Lovely drive and length. All in all, an amazingly refined and refreshing Barossa red of great finesse.

92 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "...Has a meaty richness to perfume coupled to floral, sweet currant fruit and sweet spice scents. Sweet and bright to taste; juicy berry fruit character, washy texture but with a clip of lively acidity and gentle herbal pucker set to sheets of fine tannin. It’s easy to drink, a little shorter than other wines from the 2012 suite from Spinifex, and has a ripe sweetness through the finish that cuddles the palate with a gentle creaminess. Good drinking, lighter shade of."
RRP $67
(also available at special price when you buy a straight dozen)

Price: $57.99

Spinifex Indigene 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Spinifex Indigene 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.
'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

As always, Indigene is based on the Barossa's wonderful resource of old-vine Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) sourced from tiny pockets of vines on the region’s eastern fringes. The final cut was drawn from five parcels of Shiraz and two of Mataro. The three Barossa sites, Moppa’s quartz shot clay, Bethany and Eastern foothills, bring opulent ballast counterbalanced by the fragrance and freshness of the Eden Valleys component (drawn from the High Eden at 550 metres and Moculta, see below for more details on this site). The Mataro comes from two sites including old vines rooted in the deep sands of Vine Vale and from Ebenezer. Across these sites, vines range from 20 to 90 years old, with an impressively high average of 70 years. Each variety is treated separately; the Mataro is fermented with foot-crushed bunches and raised in large format oak to preserve its subtle aromatics. The Shiraz sees 20 per whole bunch, some mature barrique and a single 600 litre demi muid. The final blend is bottled without fining or filtration.
Pete rates this as the “most elegant Indigene we have knocked out.” Right off the bat it’s amazingly aromatic with lots of savoury, fresh meat, and iodine notes on the nose. The palate is super pure with pristine raspberry, anise, crushed poppy seeds, pepper, and cedar notes. Again those hints of fresh, clean meat in the background. Lovely rocky tannins. Another unbelievably classy and elegant wine. It's ripe, but very fresh and without any alcohol sweetness, reflecting the balance of the 2012 vintage. Supple and pulpy texture, with notes of red fruits and wild herbs, fine tannins and a perfumed finish. More feminine than the 2010 – that is, more perfumed, cooler and graceful. Just a wonderful wine.

95 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front .."“For me 2012, the tannin maturity was really good, good flavour depth, you could do what you want, some went for lusciousness, but in 2012 something strange happened, and the Indigene was much more delicate than usual. I got a bit twitchy after 2011 and picked earlier than expected, without sacrificing anything I feel”, says winemaker Pete Schell, “the tough years teach you about the good years anyway”. This is a blend of mataro and shiraz. Larger format wood and concrete vats have been the (r)evolution, “put delicate fruit, earlier picked fruit in barrique and it will rip the guts out of it”, offers Schell, “the larger format helps hold the tannin, works better with finer fruit characters”. This wine wasn’t made in 2011.
Spritely perfume, rose petal, exotic spice, meaty characters. Firm texture, racy in red and black fruit, composed – certainly shows the crisp acidity and freshness of the winemaking, but also a depth of vinosity that says something more is happening here. Impressive in form and length, this really is a super wine, in vogue of the ‘lighter side of Barossa’ but with detail, precision and finesse in tow. What a wine."
RRP $67
** Only $54 a bottle when you buy as a straight dozen!**

Price: $648.00

Cuilleron Saint Joseph \'L\'Amarybelle\' 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Cuilleron Saint Joseph 'L'Amarybelle' 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Vines from 20-40 years old, grown on steep terraces of shallow sand over granite.
‘Inky ruby. Wilder and more assertively perfumed than the Pierres Seches, displaying scents of dark fruit compote, licorice and black cardamom. Broad, palate-coating cassis and boysenberry flavors show an attractive spiciness and become smokier with air. Chewy tannins add grip to a spicy, nicely persistent finish.’ 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
RRP: $66

Cuilleron Saint Joseph \More Details
“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

"Since I can remember, I've always loved tastings and good food. Wine has been part of my family's history for four generations. The estate wasn't destined for me, but my passion for winemaking drew me back to my roots, and in 1987 I took over my father's estate." Yves Cuilleron
“In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhône region. He’s a modernist, but not overly so: his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.” Wineanorack.com

Price: $56.99

M. Graillot Domaine Des Lises Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT

M. Graillot Domaine Des Lises Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT

Maxime Graillot has served a long apprenticeship under his father, Alain Graillot the leading Domaine in Crozes Hermitage..

The Wine Spectator writes “ ..in the space of 17 years Alain Graillot has established a reputation for making his Crozes Hermitage the most sought after of the appellation. ..They are a special favourite with the most prestigious restaurants in France….”

Max's main job is winemaker at Domaine Alain Graillot but we were seriously impressed with this from his own label – fruit sourced from his 30 year old organically grown vineyard (soil comprises gravel and ‘les gallets” alluvial pepples - give minerality to the wines) located in Beaumont-Monteaux, south east of Crozes Hermitage. Handpicked fruit, 10-20% whole bunch ferment, 12 months in old Bourgogne oak. We love the fragrance, opulence, purity and savoury complexity of this medium to full bodied Syrah. Gorgeous wine, very approachable, delivering quality and value in spades! Sante!
RRP $50

Price: $44.99

Teusner Righteous FG Shiraz 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Teusner Righteous FG Shiraz 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

2009 was a good vintage in the Barossa. Teusner only selects the best vineyard blocks for his FG range. In 09 they chose a block from the Marananga sub-region - incredible intensity, structure and balance from very old vines lying on a loamy east-facing slope studded with ironstone.

From the winemaker ...”As always it gets the Rolls Royce treatment in the winery - the fruit is harvested by hand and fermented in open vats with regular pump-overs before heading to barrel. We use 50% new French oak and the balance is a blend of seasoned French & American. Post-elevage the wine is bottled without fining or filtration.”
100% Shiraz. Rich and opulent with intense aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, Satsuma plum with splashes of mulberry high tones. Hints of dark chocolate, deep-set Asian spice, licorice, fruitcake and dark cherry appear from the glass with a waft of well-judged, classy vanillin oak.
Sumptuous and textured in the mouth with beautifully detailed, ripe black-fruits flowing seamlessly across the palate. Blackberry, dark plum and macerated black cherry fruits are lifted by a waft of jasmine blossom before powering through the mid-palate. Hints of five spice, fruitcake, dark chocolate, licorice and judicious spicy oak provide a complex interplay and the finish has great carry, balance and purity.

93 points Gary Walsh The Wine Front ... "The Big Boy from Teusner in the Big Bottle.
Blackberry, tar, nougat oak, mint and eucalyptus. It’s full bodied, big and black with ample tarry Barossa fruit, full grainy tannin and juicy, squeezed blackberry acidity. Plenty of everything. Needs a bit of time. Drink 2015-2025+"

93 Points James Halliday "Righteous is always the best single vineyard wine of the vintage, and it certainly needs more time, as the back label suggests. Its vivid colour is a great opening stanza, but from here on the wine runs on the principle that if more is good, most is best. The quality is high, the question is of style, and in turn alcohol and tannins. Compromise points."

Price: $122.99

Rocky Gully Shiraz 2012

Rocky Gully Shiraz 2012

This second label of leading WA producer, Frankland Estate from the cooler climate of Great southern is impressive... cascading red and black fruits, fragrant with spice and licorice depth. This more-ish rouge reminded me a little of France's cotes du rhone. A dash of viognier gives wonderful aromatic lift and texture which makes this a lovely soft finishing wine perfect for enjoying now.

91 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front ... "Affordable Frankland River shiraz, with a splash of viognier ... It’s in a cool climate, clovey style – i.e.. not sweet and jammy – but it has interest and body and a general kind of integrity. It tastes of licorice, dark cherry, meaty spice, autumn leaves. Polished clovey oak and both black and white pepper. Good follow through on the finish. Push of ripe fruit as you swallow. In the groove. Tip top value.."

Ben Canaider, wine writer .. "We get some very solid terroir DNA coming out in this wine: lifted black and pink pepper aromatics from coolish climate fruit, blackberry fruit flavours, and a savoury finishing texture."
RRP $21

Price: $14.99

Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 98

Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 98

This South Australian icon was produced from vineyard planted in 1912 ( 100 yr old vineyard). Low-yielding, high-quality vines from arguably the top vintage of the last couple of decades....Bottle aged in cellar.
Here's your chance to celebrate the vineyard's centenary year

Our price $169.99 Limited 30 bottles

Price: $169.99

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2010 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2010 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

Robert Parker is fan of this leading McLaren Vale winery: ".. a knack for turning out high quality efforts...all classic McLaren Vale cuvees with a sense of balance and restraint suggestive of European influence however there is no compromise of the wines flavours or ripeness levels.”

2010 was a great vintage in McLaren Vale. Winemaker says ... "will be the strongest since 2006 and we are excited by the quality of grapes and the resultant wines post fermentation. Great depth of flavour with loads of vibrant juicy black currant and plum. 2010 gave us wonderful natural structure with an abundance of silky tannins complemented with nicely integrated oak resulting in a lingering flavour. Enjoy now and over the next 5 years."
This is a super buy at this price!

Price: $204.00

Harewood Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2010 (straight Dozen)

Harewood Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2010 (straight Dozen)

Harewood has had extraordinary success in just 5 years - awarded the elusive 5 red star rating, the highest recognition possible from James Halliday, (awarded to top 6.5% of wineries).

Rich Frankland River Shiraz (70% ) has been blended with selected parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) from Mount Barker. Rich, powerful red - black cherry, licquorice and tarriness (thanks to the Franklin River shiraz) complemented by more elegant Cabernet flavours of blackcurrant, chocolate and mint (cabernet provides aroma, structure, acid and tannin) . Gorgeous full bodied red from WA!
RRP $24

Harewood Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2010 (straight Dozen)More Details
About the 2009 vintage.... Five Stars, 94 points - James Halliday's 2012 Australian Wine Companion .."as good as they come, with its medium- to full-bodied array of black fruits, cedary oak and ripe tannins. A multi-medal winner, this is outstanding value, and has the balance to carry past 2020."
Gold Medal - 2010 Boutique Wine Show of Western Australia
Gold Medal - 2010 Royal Hobart International Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2010 Australian Small Winemakers Show
Silver Medal - 2010 Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia

Price: $216.00

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Harewood Estate Frankland River Shiraz 2008 - LAST OF THIS FINE VINTAGE!

Harewood Estate Frankland River Shiraz 2008 - LAST OF THIS FINE VINTAGE!

Frankland River produces some of the best shiraz in Australia and James Kellie has sourced the fruit from the region's best low yielding vineyards. I love this wine because it is so damn complex .. ripe plum, ripe blackberry, dark chocolate and tarry/ liquorice flavours (reminiscent of the Rhone Valley). All this thanks to the regions warm days and cool nights, low rainfall and "mean" gravely soils. Rich complex red with fine grained tannins and layers of complexity. This wine sings after some bottle age in the cellar.

Gold Medal - 2010 Boutique Wine Show of Western Australia
RRP $38

Price: $29.99

Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz 2012- Dozen buy

Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz 2012- Dozen buy

Impressive new release - comprises shiraz from Seppeltsfield and Eden valley shiraz

Seppeltsfield vineyard cops the cooling Westerly winds hence this wine is named after Zephyrus, Greek God of the West Wind. Shiraz (98%) with a touch of viognier, co-fermented has produced terrific results with plush fruit, fragrance, vibrancy, structure/ layers with great length of flavour. Decant this top shelf Shiraz Viognier or cellar.
RRP $35

Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz 2012- Dozen buy More Details
Reviews for 2011 vintage: 93 points James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion ... Co-fermented shiraz and viognier (2%) has worked to give the wine better depth and crimson-purple hue than expected from the vintage; it was cool-fermented before spending 16 months in new and used oak, the flavours ripe (blackberry, black cherry and licorice) as are the tannins."

Price: $335.88

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2010

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2010

Crafted by renowned Geelong producer, this is classy cool climate shiraz (100% estate grown fruit) with concentrated dark berried fruit, licorice, smoked meats and plenty of spice (thanks to maturation in French oak). Reminds me of the northern rhone wines. This offers terrific drinking pleasure.

95 points James Halliday .. "Deep purple-crimson; hand-picked and destemmed (not crushed) into small fermenters for a five-day pre-fermentation soak, then wild yeast-fermented before spending 15 months in new to four-year-old French barriques; has a striking vibrancy of flavour to its red and black fruits, with spice and licorice also in play on the long, medium-bodied palate."

92 Points Gary Walsh The wine Front .. "It’s black and it’s very fragrant. Black fruit, cracked black pepper, roast meat, perfumed dried herbs and flowers – a little creamy oak. A flood of flavour, almost chalky tannin, some warmth and tangy acidity – pump up the volume. Meaty and spicy with a beefy peppery finish. And pretty good value with it."

Price: $26.99

Graillot Syrah 2012

Graillot Syrah 2012

Graillot Syrah is a collaboration between Bibendum importer, Robert Walters and Alain Graillot, one of France’s most respected wine growers from the leading Domaine in Crozes Hermitage. The Wine Spectator said of Graillot “ ..in the space of 17 years Alain Graillot has established a reputation for making his Crozes Hermitage the most sought after of the appellation. ..They are a special favourite with the most prestigious restaurants in France….”

Alain and Robert were very attracted by the idea of coming together to produce a sophisticated, restrained and linear expression of Australian Syrah from what they felt was a “special piece of dirt” in Heathcote Victoria. Alain Graillot, was recently described as “... the man who makes Syrah that tastes like Pinot...” His obsession with elegance shines through in his wines. The conditions of Alain’s involvement were simple: only if he was able to produce the highest quality wine with the kind of elegance for which he is renowned and that he likes to drink, would he be willing to put his name to this project. Initially fruit was sourced from across a single vineyard, yet now they work with only one plot (nicknamed ‘Clos Graillot’) an east-facing parcel of vines ... the wines from this parcel consistently stood out for their fragrance, lacy fruit and elegant tannins. The vines are tended without any herbicides or pesticides. The grapes are handpicked, left to ferment without any yeast additions and are not fined or filtered. Almost no new oak has been used and sulphur is kept to a minimum (none was used at bottling for example).

From the producer ... "Although both this and Syrah No 2 come from the same, 3.3 hectare vineyard (dubbed the "Clos Graillot"), the Graillot Syrah tends to come from the top of the block while the Syrah No 2 typically comes from the fruit further down the slope. Ultimately however, both of these wines result from a barrel selection and for the Graillot we are aiming to produce the most pure, perfumed, elegant yet intense wine possible; a wine of great finesse and yet with excellent aging potential."

The nose is expansive with wild red and dark berries, smoke, ink, and some crushed fresh herbs on the nose, with an intensely mineral, graphite quality so typical of the Mt Camel Ranges. The palate is fine and pulpy, as much Pinot as Syrah, with lacy, textured raspberry, blackberry and lively, fresh acidity and ultra fine tannins. A very seductive texture with a lovely interplay of plump fruit and savoury notes. Decant this wine to reveal layers… even better the next day!

97 points James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, June 2014 ..."Excellent depth and clarity to the colour. Hand-picked, wild yeast open fermented with 35% whole bunches, matured on lees in used French oak, neither fined nor filtered. Aromas and flavours of black cherries, spice and forest run through the finely structured, elegant palate, tannins guaranteeing long life. 13.5% alc"
RRP $45

Price: $37.99

Kilikanon Oracle Shiraz 2009 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!  CLEARANCE PRICE!

Kilikanon Oracle Shiraz 2009 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE! CLEARANCE PRICE!

WINERY OF THE YEAR; 96 POINTS and "Best of the Best" Shiraz in James Halliday's 2013 Wine Companion.
Flagship wine of Kilikanoon, old vine Clare shiraz comprising the best 4 vineyard parcels from vines planted by Kevin Mitchell's father Mort in the 60's and 70's. Made in an opulent and regional style to benchmark the best of Clare Valley terroir. Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz has twice been awarded World's Best Shiraz from the world's most prestigious wine shows. The Oracle Shiraz was also listed on Langton's Classification in 2010 in only its tenth year of production making it the youngest winery to have a wine listed on Langton's Classification.

This is powerful stuff!! A wine that needs decanting to reveal layers of ripe plums, black fruits, licorice, freshly roasted coffee beans. Super premium shiraz that needs time in the cellar (up to 15 yrs careful cellaring). Do yourself a favour!
RRP: $90

Price: $69.99

Kilikanoon Killermans Run Shiraz 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

Kilikanoon Killermans Run Shiraz 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

WINERY OF THE YEAR - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013

This blend of Clare and Barossa fruit from premium low yielding vineyards, made in a rich and ripe style, has plenty of dark fruits, blood plums, spice and balanced oak in this juicy red. Packs way above its weight! Perfect drinking now but will go the distance for another 8 - 10 years. Bargain!

94 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 "Bright crimson-purple; the palate is crammed to the gills with the luscious black and red fruits promised by the bouquet, expertly executed oak and tannin management the icing on the cake. Its value for money is a reflection of the quality of the two Kilikanoon tiers of super-premium wines above it."
RRP: $23

Price: $203.88

Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Shiraz Cabernet 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Special / Sale Price - Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Shiraz Cabernet 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Derived from an ancient nautical term, "skuttlebutt" was the vessel of water at which people would gather to chat and from which the grapevine of social gossip did sprout. As such, the chance to catch up with friends over a glass of good wine is the perfect occasion for Skuttlebutt!

This fine Shiraz Cabernet blend comes from leading Margaret River winery Stella Bella and Red Winemaker of the Year (Campbell Mattinsons Big Red Wine Book). Found in the finest restaurants, Stella Bella wines were awarded the coveted 5 red star rating from James Halliday in his 2012 Wine Companion and have won countless awards and trophies at leading wine shows.

From their second label Skuttlebutt, the 2009 Shiraz Cabernet brims with blackberries, blood plums and spice balanced with ripe tannins, great length of flavour and well integrated French Oak (The Cabernet provides fine grained tannins, structure and minty complexity).

91 points Ray Jordan, The West Australian "Nice to see a value-for-money red with a bit of age on it at release. Warm and generous, medium-bodied fruit. Appealing mix of licorice, dark plum and spicy chocolate. The palate is soft and generous with plenty of structure and flavour. Excellent for drinking over the next couple of years."

90 Points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "Shiraz Cabernet from Margaret River is perhaps the road less travelled, but it seems to work pretty well there too. Mint and gum leaf, but in a nice sort of twiggy regional way, red and black fruit, bit of smoke. A wine of composure and even drinking charm – light tannin, soft medium bodied appeal and a clean finish. Nutty old oak is welcome. Much to like here, and admire, but mainly it’s just good drinking wine."

RRP$22

Price: $264.00
Price: $179.88

Toolangi Shiraz 2008

Toolangi Shiraz 2008

Impressive and brilliant value cool climate Shiraz.! Hand harvested and low cropped fruit, this was made by Shiraz maestro Matt Harrop at Shadowfax. This delighful medium bodied wine delivers oodles of crowd-pleasing, sweet/savoury fruit and spice.
"It pours the colour of ripe cherry skin. The nose offers spice, liquorice, and a little barrel funk too .. bright and mouth watering with flavours of small red fruits.... loads of fragrant spice and a core of pure raspberry .. It is delicate, aromatic and persistent with fresh acidity- you'll want another glass. It is a terrific old world meets new world style, beautifully balancing ripe fruit and savoury structure." Ben Knight
"I was surprised to see the price of this - it's terrific value. The grapes were grown at Toolangi's vineyard in Dixon's Creek, but made by Matt Harrop at Shadowfax in Werribee. Layered aromas of black and blue berries, spice and cured meat are full of character and loaded with interest. Concentrated and dense, it has a core of berry and dark-cherry flavour, with spice, vanilla and a savoury herbal note all contributing. It has super-fine tannins matched with acidity that keeps everything light and bright and gives the wine a structure you rarely see under $20. 4/5 Food match - Pork rillettes." Ben Thomas, Decanter, Weekly Review Magazine
RRP $22

Price: $16.99

Bird in Hand Nest Egg Shiraz 2007 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Bird in Hand Nest Egg Shiraz 2007 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

This leading Adelaide Hills producer, Bird in Hand has fast rising pedigree winning accolades galore. The Nest Egg label is reserved for the most outstanding wines of the vintage. Rigorous fruit selection, 18 mths in French oak. Very limited individually numbered bottles. Highly recommend decanting this.

94 points Halliday .. "Vibrant colour; has a savoury, dried sage component framing the ample blackberry fruit of the bouquet; the palate is quite tightly wound and offers an array of flavours and textures from start to finish; will benefit from a little time." RRP $100

Price: $79.99

Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road 2006 - VERY LIMITED!

Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road 2006 - VERY LIMITED!

Established in 1978, Greenock Creek is a 'boutique' Barossa winery owned by Michael & Annabelle Waugh. Their old dry grown, low yielding vineyard (planted in the 1940s) produce wines of extraordinary depth and character. They produce a minuscule 2500 cases per year - their cellar door is only open 36 days a year because they sell out every year to their mailing list. Not surprising this limited production winery has achieved cult-status - (their Roennfeldt Road Shiraz is classified as "Outstanding" in Langtons Australian Wine Classification). The world's most influential wine critic, Robert Parker Jr of The Wine Advocate said .. "If I had to select the number one Australian winery, it would be hard not to choose the Greenock Creek Winery ... these are thrilling, world-class wines that are about as compelling as wine can be."

Hallelluia! I've reached nirvana! This explosive full blooded Shiraz is made for the longhaul from ancient old, dry grown vines planted in the 1940's. 2006 was a great vintage producing profound depth/concentration of fruit which swallows up the new oak (36 months maturation in new American oak and 2 yrs in bottle prior to release). Densely packed palate with firm and finely grained tannins balanced by refreshing acidity. Layer upon layer of flavours are revealed on day 2, 3 & 4 of opening ranging from sweet blood plums, lavendar, blackberry jam, tar, roast meat, gun powder, leather and on she goes... Descriptors do not do this extraordinary wine justice. Despite all the richness and power there is a gorgeous finesse and elegance revealed here too. Will cellar for 35 years!! Is Grange overpriced !? This is the wine that settles that score! Be quick here....
1995, '96, '98 and 2002 have all been rated 100/100 by Robert Parker. Of the '95 Roennfeldt Road Shiraz Robert Parker said ... " this is one of the greatest Shiraz I have ever tasted."
RRP $320

Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road 2006 - VERY LIMITED!More Details
Evocative review by flamboyant wine writer Phillip White ..95 points "It’s like being shot in the mouth: I tasted salty blood and bone chips. There were definite indications of grapes there once I recovered from being shot, but that took a long time. There is a lot to learn here. I think next time I try it, I’ll approach it like the vinous equivalent of Lagavulin 16 yo. Single Malt Islay Whisky, for that is close to its mighty austerity and concentration. And then it shape-changes again, and becomes a sort of XXX-rated adult dessert liqueur. It is virtually impossible to point, but I suspect this will become a much-discussed and mythologised glory by 2040."

Price: $269.99

The Wendouree 2001 Museum Release 6 Pack - LIMITED STOCK!!

The Wendouree 2001 Museum Release 6 Pack - LIMITED STOCK!!

In the Wendouree 2001 Museum Release 6 pack you will receive the following:-

1 x 2001 Shiraz
2 x 2001 Shiraz Malbec
2 x 2001 Shiraz Mataro
1 x 2001 Cabernet Malbec

Stock is Limited. Bargain! Be quick here.

Price: $550.00

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Cuilleron Les Vignes d\'a Cote Syrah 2012 - LIMITED

Cuilleron Les Vignes d'a Cote Syrah 2012 - LIMITED

In 1987 Yves took over his family wine estate (after 4 generations) located in Verlieu (in the town of Chavanay) and since that time he has built an entirely new winery. He has acquired additional vineyards (domaine is now 52 hectares) that cover appellations, including Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes.

His philosophy in the vineyard is simple and very much a sustainable approach, no insecticides/pesticides only organic ones, majority is high density planted (competition between vines enhances fruit quality), handpicked fruit (much of vineyard is on terraces). Similarly in the winery a natural approach: wild yeasts, no additions, open fermenters (temperature controlled), maturation in french oak barriques and foudres (his wines are more about purity of fruit and he goes easy on the oak).

We always feel that winemakers are only as good as their entry level wines. This wine proves Yves’ class. This is far from entry level quality wine and is made with the same care and love as the rest of his wines. This newly arrived 2012 is delicious syrah ... Lovely tense and yet round plush fruit with classic violet lift and hints of more-ish smoky tar. Gorgeous balance and length in this fine medium bodied offering...this 2012 is a step up from the 2011 we think... We love this wine and call it “Baby Côte-Rôtie”. Do not miss out on a box of this!
RRP $30

Cuilleron Les Vignes d\More Details
“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

"Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone” Robert Parker

“In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhone...He is a modernist but not overtly so his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.” Wineanorack.com


Price: $25.99

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2011

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2011

Crafted by renowned Geelong producer, this is classy cool climate shiraz (100% estate grown fruit) with concentrated dark berried fruit, licorice, smoked meats and plenty of spice (thanks to maturation in French oak). Reminds me of the northern rhone wines. This offers terrific drinking pleasure.

From the winery ... "
This is a rich and full flavoured Shiraz delivering complex savoury characters. Dark fruits and red plum flavours, spice and licorice with a touch of briar and a charry oak finish. The wine is supported by firm acid and fine grained tannins which give it length, balance and structure. This elegant wine will cellar well over the next 5 to 8 years."
RRP $38

Price: $25.99

Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2007 - BACK VINTAGE SPECIAL!

Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2007 - BACK VINTAGE SPECIAL!

Turners Crossing, planted by Paul Jenkins in 1999 and named after the local farmers crossing at Loddon River in Victoria's Bendigo in the late 1800s. Much celebrated and zealous winemaker, Sergio Carlei was so impressed with the consistent quality and balance of fruit produced on the vineyard (warm days to ripen fruit and cool nights impart vibrancy/freshness and savoury more-ish leather/tarriness in the flavour spectrum) that he was quick to strike up a business partnership with Paul to create Turners Crossing wines. The vineyard's unique red sandy clay soils over limestone (like the Coonawarra) provide great drainage and high ph ideal for vines to access all the trace elements and minerals needed in the soils which translates to consistency of quality. Low yields and much care and attention - use of organic fertilisers and dry mediteranean summers means minimal disease pressure and no need for chemical sprays in the vineyard.

Sergio employs long maceration, wild yeast co-fermentation of 95% shiraz and 5% viognier followed by 24 months maturation in French oak. 2007 was a drought year (yields were down 40%) producing concentrated, muscular/structured wine that needed time. After 6 years bottle age in the wineries cellar ... Eureka! This fine wine has come into its own!

Gorgeous synergy of rich black fruits, spice, complexity, finesse with great power/length, firm, silky tannins balanced by raspberry freshness on the finish. This back vintage beauty is drinking magnificently now with another 3 or 5 years cellaring potential. We tasted this alongside their newly released 2010 (96 points and listed in Best of Best in Halliday's latest book) and preferred this 2007. Yum and joy to bottle age! This bargain is our quality and value wine of the year! Do not miss out here!

Halliday rated this 94 points: "Incredibly ripe redcurrant and blackberry bouquet with a suggestion of bay leaf in the background; very warm on entry, there is a generous quality to the fruit; the tannins sit apart at this stage, but given the dimensions of the wine, time will be of great assistance." March 2009.
RRP $28

Price: $19.99

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Bannockburn Shiraz 2008  **STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY**

Bannockburn Shiraz 2008 **STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY**

This leading producer from Geelong in Victoria is on song with its fine wines!

A deep, dark, complex nose offering chocolate, coffee, blackberry, cherry and meat characters. These characters carry to the palate which is very full, rich and powerful. There is excellent balance and integration of flavours, with dark chocolate, coffee and tar characters driving the length. Plenty of lovely, ripe tannin also keeps the palate going on and on.

"This 2008 release is the first to include whole bunches (15%). I don't mind a bit of whole bunch action in general and I definitely don't mind it here. Gives the wines a meatier aspect. More food-like, in a way. It smells and tastes of sap, smoke, cured meats and deep black cherries. Really smart. Lovely to drink. Peppery. Very tasty. Rated 92+points" Campbell Mattinson

"The word 'umami' gets thrown around by sommeliers and wine scribes a lot these days, and this wine seems to be the very essence of it, as its aromas and flavours sit well outside the conventional 'norms' of shiraz; cold tea, vine sap, bone marrow and much more, become a thickly textured amalgam of spice and food-like flavours on the palate; a style to polarise opinion." 92 points, James Halliday
RRP $52

**Only $36 a bottle when you buy 12 bottles of this wine**

Price: $432.00

Spinifex Miette Shiraz 2011

Spinifex Miette Shiraz 2011

Second label from Barossan cult producer, Spinifex. Known for their attention to detail, hands on winemaking and precision for blending... their wines are all about finesse and complexity. Made from the same parcels of fruit that go into the Spinifex wines, Miette is made in a more forward, open style meaning they are approachable right now! As winemaker Pete Schell says .. "the wines are all about freshness, purity and balance. Wines made for food, family and friends.”

We were bowled over by their 2011 release.... declassified fruit from Spinifex’s top shelf reds La Maline and Bete Noir in this 2011 wine not doubt has helped !! Think elegance, floral delicacy, red fruits and refreshing, finely structured tannins and then look at the price. Bargain. The nose tempts with wafts of smoke, floral notes, and blueberry. This is followed by a succulent, layered and spicy palate that screams "DRINK ME". Although it's made with immediate consumption in mind, there's plenty of structure and interest to suggest it will age well.

94 points James Halliday ... "Bright, full colour; the most likely explanation for the quality and richness of flavour of this wine is the declassification of Bete Noir and La Maline in '11. The consequence is a wine with greater complexity and fruit density than the '12 Miette Shiraz, itself no slouch; here there is a rainbow of predominantly red fruits, with tantalising flashes of spice, earth and pepper."
RRP $25

Price: $19.99

Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie \'Terre Sombres\' 2010

Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie 'Terre Sombres' 2010

“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

"Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone” Robert Parker.

In 1987 Yves took over his family wine estate (after 4 generations) located in Verlieu (in the town of Chavanay) and since that time he has built an entirely new winery. He has acquired additional vineyards (domaine is now 52 hectares) that cover appellations, including Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes. His philosophy in the vineyard is simple and very much a sustainable approach, no insecticides/pesticides only organic ones, majority is high density planted (competition between vines enhances fruit quality), handpicked fruit (much of vineyard is on terraces). Similarly in the winery a natural approach: wild yeasts, no additions, open fermenters (temperature controlled), maturation in french oak barriques and foudres (his wines are more about purity of fruit and he goes easy on the oak).

The dream 2010 vintage has been praised and lauded so much- it is often referred to as the vintage of a generation (yields were down in 2010 which makes it even more scarce!). Jancis Robinson was even more heroic in her description of the 2010 season and said : “Low yields of exceptionally good quality. 2010, one of the best years in the northern Rhone - possibly the best in history!

‘Terre Sombres’ refers to the brown soil of the renowned lieux-dits in the north of the appellation, in the municipality of Ampuis. Fruit sourced from a 1.8 hectare high density planted vineyard. 18 months in barriques. A deep, complex nose of black fruit, spice and liquorice, with delicate oaky notes that will age for a good 15 years. Dense concentrated wine- full of structure, drive and finesse. LIMITED

‘Inky purple. Sexy, intense aromas of black raspberry, bacon, Asian spices and cola. Lush, sweet and broad, with lively acidity lifting the dense flavors of red and dark berries and violet. Finishes sappy, tactile and very long, with lingering spiciness and excellent energy.’ 92-94 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 12
VERY LIMITED

Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie \More Details
“In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhone...He is a modernist but not overtly so his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.” Wineanorack.com

Price: $155.99

Cuilleron Cornas âLes Viresâ 2010

Cuilleron Cornas ‘Les Vires’ 2010

“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

"Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone” Robert Parker.

In 1987 Yves took over his family wine estate (after 4 generations) located in Verlieu (in the town of Chavanay) and since that time he has built an entirely new winery. He has acquired additional vineyards (domaine is now 52 hectares) that cover appellations, including Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes. His philosophy in the vineyard is simple and very much a sustainable approach, no insecticides/pesticides only organic ones, majority is high density planted (competition between vines enhances fruit quality), handpicked fruit (much of vineyard is on terraces). Similarly in the winery a natural approach: wild yeasts, no additions, open fermenters (temperature controlled), maturation in french oak barriques and foudres (his wines are more about purity of fruit and he goes easy on the oak).

The dream 2010 vintage has been praised and lauded so much- it is often referred to as the vintage of a generation (yields were down in 2010 which makes it even more scarce!). Jancis Robinson was even more heroic in her description of the 2010 season and said: “ Low yields of exceptionally good quality. 2010, one of the best years in the northern Rhone - possibly the best in history!"

From vines on granite soils in the central part of the hillside in Les Cotes, a district in the south of the commune; two-thirds of the vines were planted in 1911. “Les Vires” refers to the local name for terraces. 18 months spent in barriques. A wine with ripe and spicy aromas, rounded and velvety on the palate, with a fresh finish and rich, well-integrated tannins. Plenty of power/structure in this beauty and needs several hours decanting but recommend laying this down for 4 or 5 years or for up to at least 15 years. LIMITED

‘Opaque purple. Deep, smoky aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, pipe tobacco and incense, with an intense spicy overtone. Fleshy blackberry and boysenberry flavors are enlivened by cracked pepper and allspice qualities. Finishes focused and long, with a vanilla-accented note of candied dark berries.’ 92-94 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 12.
RRP $145

Cuilleron Cornas ‘Les Vires’ 2010More Details
“In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhone...He is a modernist but not overtly so his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.” Wineanorack.com

Price: $139.99

Cuilleron St. Joseph \'Les Serinesâ Syrah 2010 - LIMITED

Cuilleron St. Joseph 'Les Serines’ Syrah 2010 - LIMITED

In 1987 Yves took over his family wine estate (after 4 generations) located in Verlieu (in the town of Chavanay) and since that time he has built an entirely new winery. He has acquired additional vineyards (domaine is now 52 hectares) that cover appellations, including Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes. His philosophy in the vineyard is simple and very much a sustainable approach, no insecticides/pesticides only organic ones, majority is high density planted (competition between vines enhances fruit quality), handpicked fruit (much of vineyard is on terraces). Similarly in the winery a natural approach: wild yeasts, no additions, open fermenters (temperature controlled), maturation in french oak barriques and foudres (his wines are more about purity of fruit and he goes easy on the oak).

The dream 2010 vintage has been praised and lauded so much - it is often referred to as the vintage of a generation (yields were down in 2010 which makes it even more scarce!). Jancis Robinson was even more heroic in her description of the 2010 season and said : “Low yields of exceptionally good quality. 2010, one of the best years in the northern Rhone - possibly the best in history!"

This wine from old vines was made to age ... best to wait 4-5 years, but it can cellar 15 years or more. ‘Les Serines’ refers to the local name for Syrah. This has a complex and powerful nose of black fruits, spice, liquorice and delicate toasted notes. Full bodied/powerful, terrific length and velvety tannins. LIMITED

‘Opaque purple. High-toned aromas of dark berries, floral oil, star anise and black pepper. Silky and perfumed in the mouth, with terrific thrust and lift to its concentrated blackberry and violet pastille flavors. Show excellent clarity and sappiness on the bright, perfumed finish.’ 91-93 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 12
RRP $95

Cuilleron St. Joseph \More Details
“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

"Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone” Robert Parker

“In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhone...He is a modernist but not overtly so his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.” Wineanorack.com

Price: $89.99

By Farr Shiraz 2010

By Farr Shiraz 2010

One for the "Rhone Rangers", afficiandos of Northern Rhone reds and cool climate shiraz. - This is the bees knees!... Brimming with vibrant fruit, pepper and spice. A touch of viognier (4%) provides fragrance to the nose and softens the palate. Intense tightly woven fruit here with floral and more-ish tar on opening layers and layers reveal over a couple of days to a delicious fine grained savoury finish. This is magnifique! This is without doubt the best shiraz release By Farr.... Cote Rotie eat yr heart out! Decant this fine rouge or cellar for 5 - 10 years!

96 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 ... "a more conventional cool-grown shiraz, but of the highest quality; spice, pepper, licorice, plum and cherry fruit fill the mouth, the flavours constantly changing places with each other, both tannins and oak in their due place."

94+ Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front "By Farr Shiraz includes 4 percent viognier. Here, it makes for a gorgeous style of wine. Fully savoury. The kind of shiraz you want to drink from a Burgundy glass. Pepper and dried spice, cloves, sweet-sour cherries, undergrowth. Strict and tight, alive with sappy acidity, fundamentally floral. I could drink this by the gallon and remain fascinated by every sip."

96 points Chris Shanahan, Good Food and Wine "This is the sort of shiraz you’d expect from one of Australia’s most accomplished pinot makers.
... it’s fragrant and lively, medium bodied, peppery and spicy, and smoothly, gently textured. We tasted this shiraz with a couple of top-end pinots, and it proved a delicious segue into a fine, firm old Bordeaux, Chateau Pichon Lalande 1986."
RRP $68

Price: $56.99

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

“The irony of independence - you rarely achieve it standing alone” ... so the slogan says on this fine blend of Barossa Shiraz (50%) and Mataro (50%) - a reference to the grape growers who have helped Teusner achieve greatness. The fruit was sourced from low yielding, ancient vines in the Northern Barossa – Ebenezer, Kalimna and Moppa.

Kym Teusner says “As always the winemaking is hands off and we let the fruit tell its own story. The result is a brooding, complex wine that sings of the earth from where it came and the toil of our growers that tend the vines....two things that we at Teusner are very proud of.”

Dark plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit flavours, exotic spice, licorice, beef consomme, dried flowers, white pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf and rich Barossa earth. The wine displays plenty of energy thanks to a vibrant line of acidity and a raft of ripe, fine grained tannin provides ample structure on the lingering finish." Superb value for money here in this new release! How does he make wine of this calibre for this silly price?!

"What ho! It's a spicy one, that's for sure. Dark chocolate, orange peel, liquorice, pepper, cloves, black fruit - feel the blackness and loneliness of Independence! And then rejoice. Flush and full in the mouth, sweet ripe dark fruit but laden with bitter chocolate and spice, juicy orange acidity - but in a good way here - and silty tannin pushing the wine along. For $25 bucks, you're in for a lot of flavour, good structure and a pretty good time. Fine release." 93 points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront
RRP $25

Price: $17.99

Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

* Gold Medal - 2013 Barossa Wine Show & Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor*
* Gold Medal - 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show *

Sons of Eden co-owners, Corey Ryan ("cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham ( ex-viticulturist Yalumba) can do no wrong!

Old Vine shiraz from their 80 yr old Lightpass and Moppa vineyard in the Barossa Valley.. 20 mths in predominantly new American and French oak. A wine that is powerful, concentrated, intense (very true to its Roman mythological namesake) and yet smooth,. ... Be sure to decant this wine for at least two hours or cellar it for a decade!

96 points James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion .. "A deeper, more purple and more dense hue than Remus; the wine spent 20 months in American oak, which has combined with the opulent black fruits and licorice to provide a flamboyant wine that somehow cuts through its layers of flavour. These (Romulus and Remus) are two heroic Shirazs."

95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - "Tasted alongside its French oaked Eden Valley twin sister, I preferred this lower born American oaked Barossa baby. Licorice, chocolate, rich blackberry, toasted coconut oak – Grange-like in many respects, yet cleaner and more polished. It’s a full bodied slippery wine that rolls through the mouth, though don’t be fooled; there’s plenty of tannin buried beneath its flesh. Perfectly pitched acidity and a long finish complete the picture. You know the drill I guess, and if you want it, and can afford it, it’s here for you. Such a convincing take on the ‘classic Barossa Shiraz’, done modern and done well. Va va voom."

(Also available as straight 6 pack buy).
RRP $70

Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!More Details
From the winemaker ... The story behind the label: "A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focussed and elegant. We believe the twins’ characterise the distinctive and unique flavours and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys - the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley."

Price: $54.99

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Spinifex Bete Noir 2010 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE

Spinifex Bete Noir 2010 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE

100% Shiraz from the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Top shelf shiraz - balanced shiraz with extraordinary depth of fruit and spice, meatiness, licquorice and a very long finish. Winemaker Pete Schell had long resisted making a single varietal wine, something which was synonymous with the Barrossa and with which most people were familiar. It was hanging over him... it was his “Bete Noir”. Glad he gave into it because this wine is superb. Recommend decanting and watch how the flavours evolve! or time in the cellar.

94 points, Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly
"It's impossible to overstate the sheer class of the 2010 vintage for Barossa reds, and in the right hands it defines a hitherto unexplored plane of new generation Barossa shiraz. Bête takes the black fruit depth of classic Barossa and superimposes it onto a resolutely medium-bodied palate of finely textured, honed tannins and tangy acidity. Black plums, black cherries and violets carry seamlessly through a lively and crunchy palate, accented with fruit mince spice, dark chocolate and black pepper."

94 Points James Halliday "... a very complex and potent wine, its medium to full-bodied palate built on a structure of savoury, ripe tannins running from start to finish on the palate, and fusing the black fruit flavours into a single line."

95 points Huon Hooke - "Oak-tinged aromas of toasted barrels, caramel, dark chocolate and a vague hint of fruitcake. Sweet fruit entry, elegant and fleshy, ripe and charming, with lush fruit and juicy sweetness. Elegant and balanced, with persuasive fine-grained tannins which linger. Superb wine."

93 points Nick Stock, 2013 Good Wine Guide - "A rich and swarthy wine that has some handy structure to carry all the weight and flavour _ aromas of tarry dark berry fruits and dark earth here too. The palate offers strong, swarthy and sturdy tannins that carry ripe, rich and dense dark fruit flavours; a little spicy twist through the finish."

92 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "... This wine presents impeccably well in the glass, all aromatic and complex, and should cellar admirably."

(also available at special price when you buy as a straight dozen...)

RRP: $41

Price: $36.99

Domaine Combier Crozes Hermitage âCuvée Laurent Combierâ 2011

Domaine Combier Crozes Hermitage ‘Cuvée Laurent Combier’ 2011

Domaine Combier recently celebrated its 40th year of organic growing, making it one of the most experienced producers of organic wines in the area. All the wines produced by Laurent Combier are made for certified organic grapes grown on the 25 hectares of the estate. This medium bodied syrah with pretty fragrance, freshness and balance offers excellent drinking. RRP $36

Domaine Combier Crozes Hermitage ‘Cuvée Laurent Combier’ 2011 More Details
The Combier family's Rhone Valley origins date back to 1936 - the year Laurent's grandfather Camille arrived from the Ardèche and bought a property with 3 hectares under vine and a 4 hectare apricot grove in the village of La Roche de Glun. Then in 1970 during a difficult economic period for vintners, they decided to heavily invest in fruit growing. The property recently celebrated its 40th year of organic growing in Crozes-Hermitage. 25 hectares of vines extend across the estate, chiefly represented by Le Clos des Grives, and alongside a 25 hectare fruit grove. According to Laurent Combier a great wine is when the fruit entirely respects an area's terroir - balanced quality grapes are required to make wines that are harmonious, deep, fresh, and refined.

Price: $24.99

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Victoria Mount Langi Ghiran is undoubtably one of Australia's greatest shiraz producers and consistently rated 5 Red Stars by James Halliday. Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz is second only to their flagship shiraz Mount Langi, 100% premium cool climate estate grown fruit.
Aromas of dark cherry, blueberry fruits and hints of roasted coffee with backgrounded mixed spice characters. A dark and deeply complex integration of spice, floral notes and pepper interwoven with berry fruits. Will cellar superbly for at least 10 years.

95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "A combination of vintage and deft wine making has delivered the goods here. How good is big brother going to be from 2012? Pepper, boysenberry ripple, grilled meat, five spice, blackberry and chocolate – continued to unfurl and reveal more as it sat in the glass. Medium bodied, slippery yet firm, lush but controlled with really fine seek-and-ye-shalll-find slate-y tannin. Ample flavour. No heat. Great release. Yum factor 10 here too."
94 points Wine Will Eat Itself .. "It has the vitality and Shiraz florals of the 2010. Trademark Langi white pepper but more complex spices besides. Fresh cherry-berry fruits – mulberry, blueberry – judicious oak, layered tannin and slightly flinty length. Fleet of foot with meat jus complexity and a forest-like note.Top drinking now but another terrific option for the cellar."

RRP $34
Special Price of only $22.99 when you buy as a straight dozen!!

Price: $264.00

Tim Smith Barossa Shiraz 2012

Tim Smith Barossa Shiraz 2012

Tim Smith is an extraordinarily talented Barossa winemaker. He draws inspiration from the Southern Rhone appellation and is a huge fan of wines of Bandol. He seeks out old vine Mataro, Grenache and shiraz from his Barossa growers and crafts "Rhone Style" reds with fragrance, elegance and power.

He sourced his shiraz grapes from about 6 Barossa vineyard sites including Eden Valley, Tanunda, Seppeltsfield, Nuriootpa, Kalimna and Light Pass. Vine age is +110 years of age for the oldest parcel, with the younger parcel being about 20 years of age. His approach to making Shiraz is to firstly to highlight regionality. The myriad of individual vineyard sites in the Barossa is reflected in this gorgeous shiraz with over a dozen distinct villages, numerous soils, and a range in elevation to achieve this. French oak maturation is his preference.

2012 growing season was a winemaker's dream. This is seriously impressive shiraz (we love the power and elegance) with pedigree in spades for a ridiculously modest price!

94 points Campbell Mattinson of Wine Front ..."Blackberry, plum, a little nougat and coconut, chocolate. Classic modern Barossa with a nod to tradition. Medium to full bodied, round and supple with ultra-fine grained tannin fleshing out the palate and just-right acidity through its core. Long through the finish with a kiss of oak and perfectly ripe dark berry fruit. Textbook. Here’s the style of Barossa Shiraz that hits a chord with me. Open string E, perhaps. Could rate it one higher, but won’t. It’s not one louder, it’s one better."

Voted in Top 100 Australian Wines 2014/2015 by Matthew Jukes
“... peaty, earthy, fragrant and carnal, with rhubarb and pomegranate notes cavorting above an inky, clove and black cherry core. It’s a stunner and a great wine with which to broaden your horizons if you are unfamiliar with what the Bandol grape (Mourvèdre) can do in the Barossa ... With an exceptional nose of superbly controlled fruit, this is an opulent wine with palatial tannins and stunning oak detail coming from a mixture of new and used French and American barrels. Tim sources his grapes from a selection of vineyards across the Barossa Valley and they range in vine age from 20-100 years old. Only 600 cases were made and you can be sure that each bottle is of the highest quality because Tim puts his thumbprint on every single label.”

RRP $42

Price: $32.99

Ergo Sum Shiraz 2010 - Limited Stock!

Ergo Sum Shiraz 2010 - Limited Stock!

In 2007 a partnership was hatched between the passionate Rick Kinzbrunner of iconic Giaconda Estate in Beechworth and Michel Chapoutier in the Rhone. Ergo Sum (latin for “I think therefore I am “) was born. Plenty of complementary know how and pedigree here in this partnership to produce stunning wine. Shiraz is grown on the old Nantua Vineyard 3 kms from Giaconda, in Beechworth in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Fine syrah that is perfumed and spicy with old world purity of fruit, minerality thanks to the granitic soils and vibrant acidity, well integrated savoury french oak. 2010 was a dream vintage for vintners in Beechworth without adverse weather conditions. Recommend a short decant to enhance enjoyment . Delicious wine reminiscent of the northern rhone.
RRP $100

94 + points Robert Parker ... "These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, so I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers’ attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most
fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world, and one dedicated to the highest quality."

Price: $74.99

David Hook Old Vines Shiraz 2011

David Hook Old Vines Shiraz 2011

Experienced winemaker David Hook has worked everywhere from Tyrrells to Lakes Folly and in France, Spain.

The Old Vines is only produced in exceptional years and 2011 was just that for Hunter shiraz. Handpicked from original 30 year old, low-yielding vineyard, fermented in open fermenters, followed by maturation for 12 months in French oak. Lovely fragrance of red and black spiced berries. Beautiful generous fruit on the palate, layers of complexity and structure with elegance and attractive vibrancy. Layers and layers of flavour revealed themselves as we retasted over a couple of days so it is also built to age.

94 points James Halliday "...This medium-bodied wine has excellent texture and structure, red and black fruits folded in an embrace of quality oak and balanced, but persistent, tannins."

93 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "Peppery, spicy aromas – red fruits too. Good briary lift to start. Concentrated in the palate, slippery texture, great length, nice fruit sweetness too. And a stemmsy kick of glossy acidity in the mix. Very likeable and made in an en vogue way, appealing to those seeking medium weight, savoury wine styles. Yes!"
RRP $45

Price: $35.99

David Hook Shiraz 2013

David Hook Shiraz 2013

Experienced winemaker David Hook has worked everywhere from Tyrrells to Lakes Folly and in France, Spain.

Hunter Valley had a good vintage in 2013 producing a juicy, medium bodied shiraz (13% alcohol), generous black fruit, spice with a savoury twist which is dangerously easy to drink! Ripe velvety tannins and persistence of flavour make this such a delicous and approachable wine to enjoy now.....Yum !
RRP $21

Price: $15.99

Bernard Faurie Vieilles Vignes Saint Joseph 2011

Bernard Faurie Vieilles Vignes Saint Joseph 2011

“Faurie has been one of the up and coming stars of Hermitage for over a decade but he continues to receive little acclaim. While his wines are full flavoured, they retain an elegance and finesse and, like those of Chave, start life very slowly...His winemaking style comes closest to that of Gérard Chave.” Robert Parker

Faurie’s wonderfully expressive Saint-Joseph Vieilles Vignes comes from just over 2 hectares in the out-of-the-way granite slopes in the Dardouille lieu-dit near Mauves (at the west end of Tournon). This site was planted in the 50s and 60s with a small plot added in the mid-80s. Vinification is as old school as it gets; 100% whole bunch fermentation for 15-17 days with no yeast additions, cap punching, pumping over, long maturation in 12 hl and 30 hl worn barrels and bottling without fining. Faurie’s Joeys – he also makes a regular cuvée – have been remarkable examples of their AOC, so it is with a tinge of sadness that we report that he has recently sold his St Joseph parcel to his son-in-law, Emmanuel. Not that Bernard seems too fussed! It’s all part of his plans to let him focus his efforts exclusively on his Hermitage plots. So the 2011 is the second last release of this wine and it is a wonderfully pretty and seductive example – a striking fusion of aromatic, supple red and blue fruits, pure, vibrant and juicy texture and a lengthy, ultra fine, perfumed close. Saint-Joseph in excelsis.

Price: $89.99

Franck Balthazar Cornas âChaillotâ 2010 - LIMITED

Franck Balthazar Cornas ‘Chaillot’ 2010 - LIMITED

The Balthazar family domaine was established in 1931 by Franck’s grandfather, Casimir Balthazar, when he purchased 1.2 hectares of vineyard in the area. The small familial domaine was continued by Franck’s father René from the 1950’s until Franck took it over in 2002. Since then he has bought, acquired and planted additional small parcels and today the domaine sits at 3.5 hectares. Today the holdings include 2 hectares of the hallowed Chaillot; 1.5ha of 50+ year old vines from his father on the steep granite slopes and 0.5ha of 100+ year old Petit Syrah inherited from his uncle, the revered Noel Verset, of the northern shoulder of Chaillot. The combination of old vines, miniscule yields (averaging only 750 doz a year!) and traditional vineyard and cellar practices make these wines a beacon for lovers of traditional Cornas that is unmistakable as the finest expression of Syrah from granitic based soils in all the world.

Of the 2010 vintage Jancis Robinson said ... “ Low yields of exceptionally good quality. 2010, one of the best years in the northern Rhone - possibly the best in history ! “

“From the two parcels of Chaillot, both of which are on the prime amphitheatre at the top of the slope. 100% whole bunch here. Tiny yield of 22 hectolitres/hectare (approx. 1.3 tonnes/acre) or about 300 grams/vine. Nose was a little shy just 2 weeks after bottling. Very fresh and pure with brooding black fruits, black rose/violet florals, a light dusting of warm spices and graphite minerality. Juicy ripe red and black fruits with ample fragrant warm spice from the fruit. The fresh mineral acidity emphasises the deep grainy tannins. Attractive whole bunch sappiness distracts for a second before the structure asserts itself again. This is a great traditional Cornas with the structure, depth and balance to drink for 20+ years no problems.” Importer Tim Stock, June 2012
94 Points – “Bright purple. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of black and blue fruits and cola, with a sexy floral topnote. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show superb depth and energy, with a spine of juicy acidity adding lift and structure. Rich but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and slow-mounting tannins. For such a powerful wine there's a lithe character here, which I've come to expect from Balthazar's wines over the years.” Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 13
5 STARS – “thick, Cornasien robe, full. Big, oily, saturated bouquet that has a 1990 richness, gives the image of red meat strength – there is packing here. It is a very complex nose, with violet and polished leather involved as well, has a lot to show. The palate has a black berry drive, has acetate in it as well. It shows savoury, meat gravy features, is compact, but extends a long way. The black fruit is squeezy in this Big Beast Cornas, that bears black raisin, some brioche sweetness until the end grain enters – this resembles oak, but isn’t. The palate will need leaving until 2017 or 2018 – it is robust and demanding now, its deep-seated matter leading into a glowing end, which shows the strength of the vintage. “I noticed in 2003 that the concentration and the tannins made the wine seem it had new oak in it – a little the same this year,” Franck Balthazar. 13.5°. 2032-34” John Livingston-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com Nov 2012

RRP $105

Price: $89.99

Franck Balthazar Cornas âCuvée Casimir Balthazarâ 2010 - LIMITED

Franck Balthazar Cornas ‘Cuvée Casimir Balthazar’ 2010 - LIMITED

The Balthazar family domaine was established in 1931 by Franck’s grandfather, Casimir Balthazar, when he purchased 1.2 hectares of vineyard in the area. The small familial domaine was continued by Franck’s father René from the 1950’s until Franck took it over in 2002. Since then he has bought, acquired and planted additional small parcels and today the domaine sits at 3.5 hectares. Today the holdings include 2 hectares of the hallowed Chaillot; 1.5ha of 50+ year old vines from his father on the steep granite slopes and 0.5ha of 100+ year old Petit Syrah inherited from his uncle, the revered Noel Verset, of the northern shoulder of Chaillot. The combination of old vines, miniscule yields (averaging only 750 doz a year!) and traditional vineyard and cellar practices make these wines a beacon for lovers of traditional Cornas that is unmistakable as the finest expression of Syrah from granitic based soils in all the world.

Of the 2010 vintage Jancis Robinson said: -“ Low yields of exceptionally good quality. 2010, one of the best years in the northern Rhone - possibly the best in history ! “

“This is a blend of the old vines in les Muzards and the young vines on the high slopes. Classic nose of brooding dark berry fruits with fruit spice and cool granitic minerality. The light oak note is woven seamlessly through the nose. Compact. The palate is perhaps more expressive, loaded with sweet ripe black fruits – confit black cherry, blackberry into cassis. The tannins are ripe and fairly gentle in their youth. Light dried herb note for the 60% whole bunches. Finishes with stoic minerality. A traditional style.” Importer Tim Stock, June 2012
92 Points – “Lurid ruby. Blackberry, spicecake and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of peppery spices. Gains sweetness with air and finishes with outstanding clarity and gentle tannic grip.” Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 13
3-4 STARS – “(used 600-litre cask, bottling April 2013) steady, quite full red robe. There is a toffee-aired, also floral roundness on the nose, which is ripe in nature, with berry and prune notes and earthy-soil aspects. The palate has an easy, tasty start … It is quite generous, ends on mineral grain. It is a palate of two halves – tasty, fat fruit, then Cornas granite and granules take over, the fruit becoming clearer. From mid-2014 or so. 13°. 2026-27” John Livingston-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com Nov 2012
RRP $85

Price: $74.99

Franck Balthazar Côtes-du-Rhône 2011 - LIMITED

Franck Balthazar Côtes-du-Rhône 2011 - LIMITED

The Balthazar family domaine was established in 1931 by Franck’s grandfather, Casimir Balthazar, when he purchased 1.2 hectares of vineyard in the area. The small familial domaine was continued by Franck’s father René from the 1950’s until Franck took it over in 2002. Since then he has bought, acquired and planted additional small parcels and today the domaine sits at 3.5 hectares. Today the holdings include 2 hectares of the hallowed Chaillot; 1.5ha of 50+ year old vines from his father on the steep granite slopes and 0.5ha of 100+ year old Petit Syrah inherited from his uncle, the revered Noel Verset, of the northern shoulder of Chaillot. The combination of old vines, miniscule yields (averaging only 750 doz a year!) and traditional vineyard and cellar practices make these wines a beacon for lovers of traditional Cornas that is unmistakable as the finest expression of Syrah from granitic based soils in all the world.

This is declassified Cornas from the young vines that usually go into Casimir. So unlike all the other Syrah CDRs from this area it is actually off the high slopes of Cornas, not the flats below the village. Spicy herbal whole bunch notes drive the nose. Sweet ripe supple fruit starts the palate with the fruit flavours becoming super juicy, amplified further by the herbal whole bunch note. Tannins are moderate. A great textural style. Super value CDR” Importer Tim Stock, June 2012.
89 Points – “Bright purple. Intense red berry and cracked pepper aromas are complemented by a deeper note of candied licorice. Smoky and penetrating, with very good energy to its bitter cherry and raspberry flavors. Closes on a smoky note, with strong cut and supple tannins. Drinks very well now but I'll bet that another year of bottle age will bring more richness.” Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jun 13

3 STARS – “dark red robe. Meaty, hung game air, sweet notes such as prune, violet, fleshy black fruit. This is fine scented, gourmand, fleshy wine with not a lot of tannin – it is spherical, plump, close to ready. It draws together a touch at the end, has violet and tobacco there. Easy drinking, w.o.w. (what one wants) wine. 2020-21” John Livingston-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com Nov 2012
RRP $48

Price: $42.99

BK Wines Cult Syrah 2013- Limited

BK Wines Cult Syrah 2013- Limited

BK Wines from the Adelaide Hills is Brendon Keys, a freethinking frontier artisan wine-maker. His wines are cutting edge, yet they are the very definition of modern Australian quality wine making. Brendon does things a bit differently but always with great control and purpose. BK Wines are single vineyard, hand picked wines ... organically grown using biodynamic practices, minimal intervention (including wild yeasts, no fining or filtering). Brendan's makes wines of great character and finesse - not overblown and alcoholic and because of his fanaticism in the vineyard his wines give a true sense of terroir and the individual site, making each wine unique. BK wines are highly sought and sell out upon release. 2013 Awarded one of the Top Ten Dark Horses in the James Halliday Wine Companion and 5 Stars.

BK intentionally calls his Shiraz, Syrah as a nod to his love of the Rhone and Cornas and to avoid any preconceived idea that this is a typical big jammy Aussie red .. this is elegant, fresh and refined.
The colour of the wine is a deep red with youthful purple hues towards the rim, the nose is showing some meatiness with darker fruits of blackberry and spice and hints of savoury oak. The palate reveals vibrancy and length of dark cherry and blackberry fruit with a savoury hints of cured meats and pepper. Ripe tannins to finish are ripe, fine grained and more-ish. Do not hesitate -this is cool climate shiraz at its best!
RRP $35

BK Wines Cult Syrah 2013- LimitedMore Details
Evocative notes from winemaker Brendon Keys: "Cult continues in its Russell Brand-esque tradition – brimming with wicked charm but somewhat risky to introduce to polite company. A refreshingly authentic, complex character who has embraced dangerous addictions in his relatively brief time and survived to preach with wizened authority. Vintage on vintage this has been a powerfully amplified wine shot through with fidgety anticipation and strident opinions. This year’s take has dense, hardwood and sarsparilla sturdiness at its core surrounded by a spiced, crackling aura of excitement."

Price: $27.99

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

5 Red Star Winery James Halliday Wine Companion "John Duval is an internationally recognised winemaker, having been the custodian of Penfolds Grange for almost 30 years as part of his role as chief red winemaker at Penfolds. In 2003 he established his eponymous brand, and providing consultancy services to clients in various parts of the world. On the principle if not broken, dont fix, he is basing his business on shiraz and shiraz blends from old-vine vineyards in the Barossa Valley. The brand name Plexus denotes combining the different elements of shiraz/grenache/mourvedre into a coherent structure."

John Duval ... "My aim with Plexus is express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish.
Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years."

93 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front ... "Milk chocolate, brown bread, ripe red and black fruit. Medium bodied – freshening acidity sits a little high in the wine, but should settle – fine grained tannin good length. Control and lack of confection. Should age well and develop further interest."

Price: $31.50

M Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers 2011

M Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers 2011

This Crozes-Hewrmitage is a delicious expression of medium bodied syrah.

“The 2011 Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonnieres is slightly more focused and delineated, with light strawberry, raspberry and underbrush to go with an elegant, streamlined feel in the mouth. It too is a relatively early-drinking proposition.” Robert Parker 87 pts

"Love the price and quality here of a well-made Rhone blend. The attack is light, dry and elegant with black cherry, coffee, meaty, savoury, roasted pepper and herb flavours. Very aromatic and Syrah-like, but it still needs a bit of time in the bottle to put some weight on. Cellar this one for two to three years for optimum results." 88pts VancouverSun
RRP: $36

Price: $29.99

M Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2005 - Back Vintage Release - Very Limited!

M Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2005 - Back Vintage Release - Very Limited!

Rhone valley’s famous hill of Hermitage renowned for robust syrah (granite soils) is on display here This 2005 Hermitage is stunning (terrific season in Hermitage and northern Rhone – 5 star rating by Decanter for Rhone Valley- classic vintage with structure – needs time or a good decanting if drinking now … tight on opening but day 2 it was singing! Serve with rich roast meat dishes.

Wine Spectator 94 points (Jul 31 2008)
"A very minerally, driven style, with a strong iron-tinged spine driving the red and black currant, coffee, loam and dark licorice notes. This is tightly wound on the finish, so cellar to let it stretch out. Best from 2010 through 2020."

90 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #175 (Feb 2008) ... “The 2005 Ermitage La Sizeranne is a beauty. It is closed and in need of a good 6-8 years of bottle age, so don’t be impatient if you are going to buy this wine. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of graphite, creme de cassis, licorice, and crushed rocks, the wine is classic Ermitage. A very strong effort, it should last for 25-30 years."

RRP $110

Price: $86.99

Old Plains Power of One Old Vine Shiraz 2012

Old Plains Power of One Old Vine Shiraz 2012

Joint venture between old friends Domenic Torzi and Tim Freeland, Old Plains Wine Co source grapes grown from the last remaining old vine vineyards in the Adelaide Plains.

From the winemaker ... "One of the best of its releases, showing that 2012 really was a
tremendous vintage. Exhibits heady aromatics of sweet baking spices, earth and dark chocolate coated berries. Flavours continue to the palate with smoked cured meats, ripe raspberries and licorice. Finishing long, juicy with ripe fine tannins. Cellar potential 10 years." This is gorgeous shiraz but when we tasted this in June 2014 this needed plenty of air to show all its colours !

93 points Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front "Old vine shiraz from the old grape growing district of the Adelaide Plains. Old school/new school. Hand picked, basket pressed, all French oak. The balance here is excellent. Fruit, alcohol, tannin, acid; all components team well. Earth and red/black berries, a general
freshness, some sweetness but intriguing notes of coal, clove, undergrowth and tar. Sweetness of fruit wins the day but it’s a complex offering. It also feels ever-so-soft as it rolls through your mouth. "

93 points Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review "...Sourced from some forgotten old vineyards in what is now outer Adelaide suburbia, the key here is that smoothness of texture that all of Dom's reds show. Much of that comes from great fruit, but ably supported by carefully coiffed vanilla oak which adds further layers of milk chocolate decadence to the whole package ... Leveraging to good effect the joy of ripe old vine Shiraz in a very good year, this is about the best advertisement for Adelaide Plains wines that I can think of. " RRP $37

Price: $29.99

Balnaves Shiraz 2009

Balnaves Shiraz 2009

Balnaves are a small family owned wine company in the heart of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. First started in 1976, the vineyard has grown steadily and now covers a total of 56 hectares of Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil - the principal variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 70% with the remainder taken up by Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. The vineyard is divided into small blocks of between one and two hectares, which take into account depth of soil, trellis design, vine clone and row direction. The quality of wine produced from these small blocks is evaluated each year and recorded. This practice proves the validity of the French concept of "terrior" or the effect that microclimate; geological features and other factors have on the quality of the wine produced. Such effects are clearly seen in the small Balnaves vineyard at Coonawarra.

95 points James Halliday "Full crimson-purple; co-fermented with a small percentage of viognier, and matured in (roughly) one-third each new, one-year-old and two-year-old high quality French oak. It is a style I have always liked, its supple mouthfeel, generous black fruits and soft tannins coming together with the oak in a harmonious finish."

92+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "So far, so good with the 2009 Coonawarra vintage. Vanilla, pepper, blackberry, cedar, some perfume and apricot, licorice ⬠attractive smelling wine. Then medium bodied with (too) bright acidity and dense furry tannin, but for all that it seems quite smooth and suave. The shape and finish both good. Needs a little bottle age to settle, but plenty of potential here."

94 points Tyson Stelzer "When it's on form, Coonawarra shiraz is blessed with enchanting restraint and legendary longevity. More chiselled and linear than ever, Balnaves 09 is a focused shard of blackberries, plums nutmeg and pepper. Pete Bissell has conjured the most refined oak balance this label has ever seen. 2019-2024"
RRP $30

Price: $23.99

Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz 2012

Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz 2012

The Buttery family is dedicated to producing wines of the highest order from their 100% biodynamic and certified organic McLaren Vale vineyards. This top quality producer with 5 star winery rating from Halliday having been producing wine since the 80's- They are passionate about sound environmental practises, sustainable agriculture and innovation.

We love McLaren Vale shiraz for its juiciness and richness. Cooler maritime influence provides more purity of fruit and approachablity than the power of the Barossa shiraz. From the exceptional 2012 vintage this 100% Shiraz (from their oldest Tatachilla Road vineyard) matured for over 12 months in French oak, bursts with complex array of blue and red fruits with earthy depth and fine grained tannins with succulent raspberry kick on the finish.

Yum..this delicious shiraz is a winner for value! RRP $22

Price: $15.99

Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2010 - LAST BOTTLES OF THIS VINTAGE

Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2010 - LAST BOTTLES OF THIS VINTAGE

This cutting edge McLaren Vale producer is making delicious energetic estate grown wines from it's biodynamic vineyards. We were bowled over by every wine in their line up of a tasting recently (a rare occurrence). This is a very smart medium to fullbodied red with lovely depth and layers of fruit fine grained tannins and gorgeous balance.

“Venerable vines, fastidious viticulture and cutting-edge winemaking kit. It’s a killer combination, and the reason why Yangarra is producing some of the best wines in the Vale right now.” – Max Allen, The Weekend Australian, March 2013

James Halliday (2014): "Berry sorting, 12% whole bunches, pre-fermentation cold soak and some carbonic maceration, wild yeast fermented, and kept on lees in French oak (20% new) for over 12 months has produced the best shiraz yet from Yangarra. Medium- to full-bodied, it has multiple layers of juicy black fruits, plus touches of licorice and dark chocolate supported by ripe tannins on the long finish." 94 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown from Wine Advocate review:

"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Shiraz offers quite a floral nose with a core of dark fruits, blueberries and dark chocolate. Big, rich and voluptuous yet wonderfully balanced in the mouth, it has medium to firm finely grained tannins and a fresh acid line, finishing with good length. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014-2022+." RRP $29

Price: $23.99

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Tim Smith TSW Reserve Shiraz 2012

Tim Smith TSW Reserve Shiraz 2012

"Its too easy to use the term 'Reserve', but occasionally a blend or parcel within the portfolio of Shiraz wines I make demands special bottling. Increasingly, these parcels are coming from Eden Valley as I find more nice little parcels of very Old Vine Shiraz." Tim Smith, 2014.

Tim Smith is an extraordinarily talented Barossa winemaker. He draws inspiration from the Southern Rhone appellation and is a huge fan of wines of Bandol. He seeks out old vine Mataro, Grenache and shiraz from his Barossa growers and crafts "Rhone Style" reds with fragrance, elegance and power.

97 Points and included in Best of the Best in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2015 .. “A 100-year-old vineyard in the Eden Valley provided most of the grapes, two others in the Barossa Zone the remainder; mostly matured in thick-staved French puncheons. This has all the complexity its pedigree suggests; black fruits, pepper, licorice and dark chocolate provide the heart, fine-grained tannins and quality oak the remainder.”

Price: $0.00

Brokenwood Friends Shiraz 2012

Brokenwood Friends Shiraz 2012

Comprised of Hunter Valley (Graveyard Vineyard) and Beechworth (North Eastern Victorian) Shiraz.
Serious pedigree here in this fine and elegant medium bodied shiraz. Comprised of declassified Graveyard Vineyard shiraz, the most revered shiraz vineyard in the Hunter and the only Hunter red featured in Langton’s “Exceptional” Classification of Australian Wine (along with other greats such as Henschke Hill of Grace, Grange!).
The Graveyard vineyard (planted back in 1978 and first released in 1985) is on a gentle sloping, east facing cooler site (heavy clay soil, low yielding) with extraordinary concentration of flavour - juicy blackberry and savoury earthy flavours in that distinctive Brokenwood red style. It has to be a truely exceptional vintage for it to wear the Graveyard moniker. Frustrating for their accountants as no Graveyard was produced in 2010 or 2012. Their loss is our gain as all this premium fruit went into producing this extraordinary shiraz.

Made only for Brokenwood Shareholders and friends, we are thrilled to have secured very limited stock of this wine for our customers at an exclusive price!

The addition of fruit from Brokenwood’s 46 hectare Beechworth vineyard (Victoria’s prime wine country blessed with granite and schist rock soils) imparts further aromatics, juicy high notes of red fruits, licquorice and tar making this a beguiling and elegant shiraz with long, fine grained tannins.... Reminds me of a fine rouge from Northern Rhone in terms of weight (13%alc) , texture and minerality... even after being open for a couple of days it really opened out revealing layers showing the class of this ridiculous bargain... Made only for Brokenwood Shareholders and friends, we are thrilled to have secured very limited stock of this wine which we can offer to you at an exclusive price! This really is the true definition of a bargain and you won't find it anywhere else! Be quick to snare yourself a box. Stock is limited.
RRP $50

Price: $19.99

Sons of Eden Romulus 2012

Sons of Eden Romulus 2012

Sons of Eden co-owners, Corey Ryan ("cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham ( ex-viticulturist Yalumba) can do no wrong!

Old Vine shiraz from their 80 yr old Lightpass and Moppa vineyard in the Barossa Valley.. 20 months in predominantly new American and French oak. A wine that is powerful, concentrated, intense (very true to its Roman mythological namesake) and yet smooth,. ... Be sure to decant this wine for at least two hours or cellar it for a decade!

Wonderful follow up to their multi Gold & Trophy winning 2010 release. Deep crimson in colour with a complex aroma of dense plum and red berry fruits together with nuances of licorice, spice and vanilla bean. A powerful and fleshy palate of plums, red berries and spice are balanced with persistent silky tannins.

94 points Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself .. "Fleshy with a dam of fine tannin over which irrepressible flavour spills. Satsuma plums, toasted brown spice, redcurrant peaks and desiccated coconut. Vanilla malt oak. Loaded with regional hospitality. Not a caricature though. Has vitality and avoids jammy-ness while retaining power and opulence."
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Sons of Eden Romulus 2012 More Details
From the winemaker ... The story behind the label: "A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focussed and elegant. We believe the twins’ characterise the distinctive and unique flavours and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys - the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley."

Price: $54.99

Spinifex Old Vine Moculta Shiraz 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Spinifex Old Vine Moculta Shiraz 2010 - VERY LIMITED

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.
'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Sixty cases of this rare wine were bottled from a single 600 litre demi-muid. The story goes that from the 2010 vintage (a great vintage for Spinifex) Pete found he had an especially intense wine in barrel; one that, on account of its more “traditional” Barossan density and structure, he felt would have changed the stylistic complexion of his 2010 blends. More so, at the time he also felt the wine was quite backward, needing additional aging to show its best. So there we have it. The wine saw 30 per cent whole bunch inclusion, matured in a single thick stave, 600 litre demi muid. This is intensely perfumed with a nose that suggests smoked meats, charcoal, and dark cherries. The palate is finely structured and beautifully weighted with a wonderful freshness and vibrancy. Again, there are lots of black cherries and other dark fruits intermingled with graphite-like complexity and powdery tannins. Some oak impact, but very classy oak. Again power with incredible elegance. A super classy and incredibly seductive Shiraz.
94 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front ""Thick set, dark, brooding perfume of leather, choc-berry and earthiness. Richness segues to palate - long, slow drive of slick, dense fruit with more of the ample leather-mahogany-dense fruit, lingering with a trim of dusty tannin, wood spice and earth. It's powerful, but still shows freshness; the wine in chrysalis showing some tightness and squeaky feel. Definite old school feel; great to see Spinifex switch-hitting so successfully. Complex wine here anyway. Cue the fireplace, slow-cooked animal and a loyal dog at feet."
RRP $99

Price: $82.99

Spinifex La Maline 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Spinifex La Maline 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Shiraz Viognier put Spinifex on the wine map! In the words of winemaker Pete Schell .."La Maline is the finest, most feminine Shiraz cuvee that we produce each year, co-fermented with a small portion of white grapes, typically Viognier. However! No white grapes went into this year’s blend—Pete felt his 2012 Shiraz fruit had quite enough perfume and lift as it was. Without any Roussanne, the ’12 La Maline is 100 per cent Shiraz drawn from three Eden Valley vineyards and three Barossa Valley vineyards ranging from 15 to 110 years of age (60 years old would be a fair average across the blend). The altitudes of these sites range from 550 metres above sea level, one of the highest in the Eden Valley, to 360 metres in the Barossa (still elevated in context of the Barossa where the valley floor is around 230-250 metres). Soils are variable but tend to be thin, silty sands over fractured and heavily weathered parent rock sub soils as well as gravel shot clays. The winemaking specs remain constant - natural ferments get the party started, there’s 30-40 per cent whole bunch, and the wine is raised in large format oak, with 30 per cent new across the wines before blending. The beautifully pure palate is super fine and bright, with tangy red fruits and then crushed herb, sappy hints keep the wine very fresh and racy. Lovely drive and length. All in all, an amazingly refined and refreshing Barossa red of great finesse.

92 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "...Has a meaty richness to perfume coupled to floral, sweet currant fruit and sweet spice scents. Sweet and bright to taste; juicy berry fruit character, washy texture but with a clip of lively acidity and gentle herbal pucker set to sheets of fine tannin. It’s easy to drink, a little shorter than other wines from the 2012 suite from Spinifex, and has a ripe sweetness through the finish that cuddles the palate with a gentle creaminess. Good drinking, lighter shade of."
RRP $67
** Only $54 a bottle when you buy as a straight dozen**

Price: $648.00

The Graillot Project Syrah No. 2 2012

The Graillot Project Syrah No. 2 2012

This is a collaboration between Bibendum importer, Robert Walters and Alain Graillot, one of France’s most respected wine growers from the leading Domaine in Crozes Hermitage. The Wine Spectator said of Graillot “ ..in the space of 17 years Alain Graillot has established a reputation for making his Crozes Hermitage the most sought after of the appellation. ..They are a special favourite with the most prestigious restaurants in France….”

Alain and Robert were very attracted by the idea of coming together to produce a sophisticated, restrained and linear expression of Australian Syrah from what they felt was a “special piece of dirt” in Heathcote Victoria. Alain Graillot, was recently described as “... the man who makes Syrah that tastes like Pinot...” His obsession with elegance shines through in his wines. The conditions of Alain’s involvement were simple: only if he was able to produce the highest quality wine with the kind of elegance for which he is renowned and that he likes to drink, would he be willing to put his name to this project. Initially fruit was sourced from across a single vineyard, yet now they work with only one plot (nicknamed ‘Clos Graillot’) an east-facing parcel of vines ... the wines from this parcel consistently stood out for their fragrance, lacy fruit and elegant tannins.

"No 2 is a barrel selection and is fleshier, softer and more juicy than its sibling, (The Graillot Syrah) and is intended for earlier consumption. The firmer, more structured Syrah is sufficiently elegant to be enjoyed now, but will richly repay cellaring. " James Halliday, The Weekend Australian.

From the producer ..."The 2012 is certainly the finest release so far of this wine. Again, this is a barrel selection, yet it ends up coming mostly from the lower half of the slope, an area of the vineyard that naturally produces fleshier, more open wine. In the blending for the Syrah No 2 we are looking for those barrels that are more generous, more textural, and more immediately delicious. It isn’t a ‘second wine’ as such, but a stylistically different, earlier-drinking blend from the same vineyard. The winemaking is exactly the same as for Graillot Syrah 2012, which certainly would not be the case if we were making a second wine. In 2012 the final blend resulted in around 35-40 per cent whole bunch. The final result could be described as a fleshier, earlier drinking manifestation of the Graillot.

95 points, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, June 2014 “Full, clear and bright colour; shone in the blind tasting, validating its early drinking mode but not denying its future. Made in the same fashion, except 40% whole bunches. Black fruits, cherries to the fore, spice and black pepper couched in a silky web of ultra-fine grained tannins, the palate long, immaculately balanced. 13.5% alc; screwcap.”

94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front: “…It’s a return to the quality of the 2010 but with perhaps a lick more polish. It’s fine, tight, well-powered, juicy, has its fingers of acid kept snug inside the fruit/spice flavours, and while unafraid of sawdusty oak flavours it has a delicious sense of integration. It’s been well tuned. And is therefore harmonious. Seductive, even. Appreciably stony finish. Style-wise it sits at a beautiful mid-point between cool and warm/hot climate.”
RRP $35

Price: $28.99

Longhop Shiraz 2012

Longhop Shiraz 2012

Longhop is a winemaking venture between 2 high school friends, Tim Freeland and Dominic Torzi (of leading Eden Valley winery, Torzi Matthews) and these guys continue to shake things up as far as the quality to price wine ratio goes…this wine (sourced from 3 Adelaide Plains vineyards) is extraordinary for the price.

This wine continues to amaze by it's serious quality: predominantly 50 year old vines from the Adelaide Plains (bulk of fruit from One Tree Hill - famous for Penfolds St Henri), whole bunch open ferment, hand plunged, basket pressed, matured for 16 months in seasoned 60% French and 40% American oak. This red should be double the price (Don't tell Domenic!). Tasting this on day 2 & 3 reveals the sheer pedigree of this extraordinary wine as more layers and dimensions to this wine are revealed. Seriously do not miss out on this extraordinary bargain !! Be snappy

Reviews:
92 points Phillip White, Aug 2013 "I’ve had it open for five days, and I can’t find a hole in it – my score has inched upwards every day. It’s great wine for big mushrooms and juicy beefsteak with some beetroot on the side. Elegant and balanced with no overt jelly or jam, it’s straight down the line dead-honest old-fashioned Shiraz with no sophistry at all. Don’t ask how they do it at this price; ask Rockford how they justify theirs."

92 points Gary Walsh The Wine Front "To paraphrase an old Mattinson faithful, it’s wines like these that make my life as a reviewer so much easier. Cherry liqueur or Framboise – either really, it has that seductive rich quality along with coal, clove spice and a subtle coconut fragrance. Medium to full bodied, a flood of rich fruit, but tempered by earthy savoury stuff and a layer of dark exotic spice. Tannin spreads out and shapes the wine masterfully for a wine at this
price. Acidity neat and unforced. Length too. This is a rugged, fresh and honest wine – not least a bloody tasty one."

91 points Jeremy Pringle Wine Will Eat Itself "You’d be hard pressed to find many other Shirazes that offer this kind of value for money. Buoyant blackberries and redcurrants, pepper, licorice, gum leaf and baked earth. The back palate loads up on bitter dark chocolate and clove spiced oak is well pitched. Fleshy and supple yet bright with a lovely set of ripe tannins. We’re in serious bargain territory here."
RRP $23
(Also available at special price when you buy as a straight dozen..)

Price: $16.99

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Spinifex La Colline 2010

Spinifex La Colline 2010

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson

This new release from Spinifex is Pete Schell's first all-Adelaide Hills fruit bottling. La Colline, meaing The Hill, is 100% Shiraz sourced from three vineyards that are around 15 years of age in the Northern Adelaide Hills. Here the soils are skeletal, silty, granitic sands with easterly aspects and elevations between 390 and 480 metres above sea level.

From the superb 2010 vintage this "Rhône-esqe", aromatic shiraz leaps out of the glass with notes of violet, red & black cherry, game, cardamom, bay leaf, and some licorice. The palate is super smooth and fine, with the texture effortlessly carried by long, limber tannins and balancing acidity.
Very limited release! Be quick!

RRP $35

Price: $27.99

Coates The Syrah 2012

Coates The Syrah 2012

Duane Coates is one of the quiet achievers of the Australian Wine Scene (Masters in Oenology and an MBA from Adelaide University & soon to become a Master of Wine). His winemaking philosophy is simple: the highest quality fruit from sustainable vineyards (some organic), harvest when properly ripe and a natural winemaking approach (minimal intervention - wild yeasts, unfined, no additions of tannin, enzyme and acid). Huon Hooke said: “Every wine I’ve tasted of McLaren Vale’s Duane Coates has been excellent…” Highly impressive wines – a style that bridges the gap between fruit driven Australian style and savoury complex wines of old world Europe.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, from leading international website erobertparker.com said - "..a breath of fresh air in this area where a lot of producers seem to be following the herd down that incredibly ripe and sometimes over-ripe path that has caused not a few producers to come unstuck in heat-wave and drought conditions. These are superbly-crafted, well-priced wines that are wholeheartedly recommended’.

Dream growing season in 2012 has delivered the goods in spades here. This fine blend is made up of predominantly McLaren Vale fruit 65% and Langhorne Creek 35%, followed by 2 years maturation in fine French French oak (25% new). Fruit is sourced from three primary vineyards that range from 30 to 80 years in age ... 65% McLaren Vale Syrah from the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs provides elegance, spice and a strong natural acid backbone with Willunga fruit adding mulberry and anise .. 35% Langhorne Creek fruit provides earth, blackberry and a subtle hint of mint. Oodles of purity, depth and sophistication here. This shiraz extraordinarily over-delivers and holds its head high alongside icon wines many times the price!
RRP $25

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Reviews for previous 2010 vintage ...94 Points James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013 for their 2010 ... "Dense purple-crimson, clear and bright on the rim, although neither fined or filtered; certainly comes from the big end of town, full-bodied and effusive, yet not clumsy; black fruits of every description, licorice, bitter chocolate and a nice dab of oak from 20 months in barrel all work very well, tannins providing the bow to tie the parcel."

Leading UK wine writer Matthew Jukes was also impressed with 2010 ... "Blending fruit from two of the most important regions in the country to make a wine entitled "The Syrah" means that a statement is most certainly being made with this wine. That the nose and palate match up to the enigmatic label and famous origins speaks volumes for the skill involved here. Not surprisingly one of the richest wines in our line-up, this South Australian classic manages to keep its feet on the ground on account of its ultra fine tannins and compact mid-palate. A decanter is an essential piece of paraphernailia when drinking this wine."

Price: $19.99

Spinifex Indigene 2012

Spinifex Indigene 2012

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.
'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

As always, Indigene is based on the Barossa's wonderful resource of old-vine Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) sourced from tiny pockets of vines on the region’s eastern fringes. The final cut was drawn from five parcels of Shiraz and two of Mataro. The three Barossa sites, Moppa’s quartz shot clay, Bethany and Eastern foothills, bring opulent ballast counterbalanced by the fragrance and freshness of the Eden Valleys component (drawn from the High Eden at 550 metres and Moculta, see below for more details on this site). The Mataro comes from two sites including old vines rooted in the deep sands of Vine Vale and from Ebenezer. Across these sites, vines range from 20 to 90 years old, with an impressively high average of 70 years. Each variety is treated separately; the Mataro is fermented with foot-crushed bunches and raised in large format oak to preserve its subtle aromatics. The Shiraz sees 20 per whole bunch, some mature barrique and a single 600 litre demi muid. The final blend is bottled without fining or filtration.

Pete rates this as the “most elegant Indigene we have knocked out.” Right off the bat it’s amazingly aromatic with lots of savoury, fresh meat, and iodine notes on the nose. The palate is super pure with pristine raspberry, anise, crushed poppy seeds, pepper, and cedar notes. Again those hints of fresh, clean meat in the background. Lovely rocky tannins. Another unbelievably classy and elegant wine. It's ripe, but very fresh and without any alcohol sweetness, reflecting the balance of the 2012 vintage. Supple and pulpy texture, with notes of red fruits and wild herbs, fine tannins and a perfumed finish. More feminine than the 2010 – that is, more perfumed, cooler and graceful. Just a wonderful wine.

95 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front .."“For me 2012, the tannin maturity was really good, good flavour depth, you could do what you want, some went for lusciousness, but in 2012 something strange happened, and the Indigene was much more delicate than usual. I got a bit twitchy after 2011 and picked earlier than expected, without sacrificing anything I feel”, says winemaker Pete Schell, “the tough years teach you about the good years anyway”. This is a blend of mataro and shiraz. Larger format wood and concrete vats have been the (r)evolution, “put delicate fruit, earlier picked fruit in barrique and it will rip the guts out of it”, offers Schell, “the larger format helps hold the tannin, works better with finer fruit characters”. This wine wasn’t made in 2011.
Spritely perfume, rose petal, exotic spice, meaty characters. Firm texture, racy in red and black fruit, composed – certainly shows the crisp acidity and freshness of the winemaking, but also a depth of vinosity that says something more is happening here. Impressive in form and length, this really is a super wine, in vogue of the ‘lighter side of Barossa’ but with detail, precision and finesse in tow. What a wine."
RRP $67

Price: $57.99

Eden Road Long Road Shiraz 2012

Eden Road Long Road Shiraz 2012

Wow - winemaker, Nick Spencer has excelled here!
Since its very first vintage when it won the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, The Long Road Shiraz has quickly become eagerly sought-after steming from the fact that it was born to express the new and exciting wine regions around the high country of NSW, as an elegant and contemporary style of Shiraz. The fruit was sourced from high country vineyards across NSW, predominantly of Gundagai Shiraz (94%) and a small amount of Canberra Shiraz. (5%) and Hilltops (1%) Beautiful lifted perfume, with bright red fruits and berries, warm spicy notes, and a hint of roasted herbs, juniper and gun smoke. The palate is vinous, highly structured and dense with pillowy, plush tannins and excellent length. 94 points James Halliday “It's a light, fragrant, 'Burgundian' rendition of shiraz. The kind that is often labelled as 'syrah'. It was mostly grown at Gundagai (92%) with input from grapes grown in the Canberra and Hilltops wine regions. 25% whole bunches. It tastes of roasted nuts, red cherries, undergrowthy herbs and woodspice. Its balance is impeccable, as is the wrap of tannin though the juicy finish. Exciting face of Aussie shiraz."
RRP $29

Price: $22.99