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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.

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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

Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Eden Valley Shiraz 2010 - LIMITED STOCK!

Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Eden Valley Shiraz 2010 - LIMITED STOCK!

Domenic Torzi's vineyard was planted in 1996 on very low yielding soils in Mt Mackenzie, up in a frost proned area of eden valley. 2010 vintage has produced complex layers of flavour in this handcrafted wine, wild yeasts, some whole bunch fermentation and grapes being dried on racks (Domenic Torzi has adopted some of his italian heritage by drying the grape a bit like the valpolicella amarone or appassamento technique) predominantly french oak has produced gorgeous plush blackberry fruit, hints of cherrys, aniseed , spice, raspberry with more-ish savoury leather on the finish. Day two we see exquisite layers and dimensions with more char grilled meats and boot leather come more to the fore...Gorgeous wine - this is eden valley shiraz at it's best! .....Seriously do not miss this

"This is the best release of the appassimento dry racked version that I’ve tasted ...Cinnamon dusted blueberries, black fruits, chocolate covered raisins, caramel, pepper spice and all manner of smooth delights. Hints of leather, meat and coffee grounds set it off. Structured by buoyant acidity and long, fine drying tannin which assures it never loses a sense of purpose either. Easy to indulge in now although I’d be keen to see how it evolves over time." Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself.
RRP $40

Price: $32.99

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

Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2010 ( 375 ml half bottle)

Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2010 ( 375 ml half bottle)

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. Incredible value for money here. This 2010 is up there with his best riebke release thus far.

96 POINTS and Voted Top 100 Wines of 2011 and Top Red under $20 category by James Halliday "...the fragrant bouquet exudes plum and blackberry fruit, promptly picked up by the stylish medium-bodied palate; here those flavours are joined by perfect tannins, oak purring along in the background. So great is the balance that the wine will live forever, however enjoyable it is now."

Price: $14.99

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 2006

Coates Organically Grown McLaren Vale Syrah 2006

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.

A rich, profoundly complex wine made in a traditional, Old World style.
RRP: $36

Price: $30.99

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 - LIMITED!

Ashton Hills Burra Burra Lone Star Shiraz 2004 - LIMITED!

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

David Hook Old Vines Shiraz 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

David Hook Old Vines Shiraz 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Winemaker, David Hook planted the original Pothana chardonnay vineyard 27 yrs ago in Belford, in the north of the Lower Hunter Valley on his family’s grazing property. He “cut his teeth” along side Murray Tyrrell, worked at Lakes Folly and widely as a flying winemaker in France and Spain. With 25 years experience, he makes exceptional wines with regional and varietal character to reflect the place of origin.

Sourced from the original Belford Vineyard planted 27 years ago (low yields less than 2 t/acre). Rigorous fruit selection (best fruit from original block). Handpicked fruit and fermented in open fermenters, hand plunged and basket pressed. 12 mths maturation in French oak. This full bodied red is blessed with concentrated layers of flavour of blackberries, blueberries, hints of meatiness, pepper and spice. Great length of flavour and ripe more-ish tannins. Bring on the roast! Decant this and or cellar for up to another 6 years. RRP $49

Price: $42.99

Spinifex Bete Noir 2008 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Spinifex Bete Noir 2008 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

94 POINTS - James Halliday's 2011 Australian Wine Companion.

“Bright purple-crimson; a particularly expressive and fragrant bouquet with spicy black fruits, the medium- to full-bodied palate with licorice and more warm spice notes. Rating 94” James Halliday.

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. Limited.
RRP: $49

Price: $48.99

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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 $18 when you buy as a straight dozen.*

Price: $216.00

Eden Road \"The Seedling\" Shiraz 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING

Eden Road "The Seedling" Shiraz 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING

Sourced from the Hilltops and Canberra districts, this flavourful and elegant shiraz has to be one of the finest value for money examples I've tasted in a long while....reminiscent of the wines of the southern Rhone

Cascading raspberry,blackberry and dark cherry fruit with some black pepper and meaty savoury characters...One juicy wine with fine silky tannins to close. "This'll get Canberra on the map in a big way.." 91 points Nick Stock SMH/Age Good Wine Guide 2011. Startling quality and value here- do not miss out on this !!
RRP $20

Eden Road \"The Seedling\" Shiraz 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAININGMore Details
"This'll get Canberra on the map in a big way, with a meaty spicy oak sitting across brambly summer-berry fruits, mixed red florals and spice. The palate sweeps through on bright, fluffy tannins and delivers supple, juicy snap; really lively and flavoursome dark fruits throughout." 91 points. Nick Stock, The Age/SMH

Price: $14.99

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
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Price: $168.00

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

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.”

91 points - James Halliday

2009 with its long growing season is back to classic style ( after 08 heatwave) purity of fruit, elegance and beautifully balanced french oak. Superb drinking here.
RRP $23

Price: $18.99

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

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: $42.99

Zema Shiraz 2006

Zema Shiraz 2006

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.

Jeremy Oliver said: “ This is the finest Zema Estate Shiraz since 1998, and typically elegant and moderately rich Coonawarra Red” Also 91 pts Huon Hooke
RRP $32

Price: $24.99

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

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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 2010

Spinifex La Maline 2010

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 (4% in 2009).

94+ points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Elegant power. This shiraz from Spinifex does a fair version of it. It’s light on its feet and elegant but there’s no doubting the persuasive fruit power here. It’s deep, man. Berries, cherries, plums and a toasty, tarry element. Floral notes too. A juicy wine. Finely stitched tannin. Excellent length. This is pretty special."

95 points James Halliday "Very different to the Bete Noir, with an effusive and supple array of juicy red and black fruits on the medium-bodied palate; there are ample oak and fluffy tannins to add texture, but it's the fruit that does the talking. The name is not a play on Guigal's La Mouline, but (minus the 'La') is French for crafty or cunning."

96 points Nick Stock 2013 Good Wine Guide. "One of the stars in the Barossa shiraz stakes. This has a deep and brooding style to it, with very concentrated ripe dark berry fruits, dark, stony notes, graphite and cedary oak in the mix. The palate is beautifully judged with fine, long tannins delivering a savoury impression that has plenty of brooding purple and black fruit flavour set throughout. Long, taut and commanding wine; needs time."

95 points Huon Hooke "Lovely, clean, plum and spice flavours of balance and harmony. Marvellous texture and length. Excellent wine. Oak is very background here. Very elegant."

Price: $56.00

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Spinifex Indigene 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING

Spinifex Indigene 2009 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING

97 POINTS James Halliday 2012 Australian Wine Companion TOP RATED SHIRAZ BLEND in BEST OF THE BEST!

"Deep purple-crimson; there is a bottomless well of ripe black fruits on the bouquet and velvety rich, medium- to full-bodied palate, and no hint of elevated alcohol or dead fruit; wonderful complexity and length, and tantalising glimpses of what the wine will offer over coming decades." 97 points James Halliday.

"This is something akin to a top-end Châteauneuf-du-Pape - very approachable and keenly balanced." 93 points. Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide, 2012.

"Back to its Shiraz Mataro duel in 2009, Indigene is a yardstick wine for Spinifex; its shape and flavours pave a very original path ... Bold, seductive aromas that run from Indian spice to red berries to briar and back to herbs. It’s complex and heady, yet inviting, with plumes of scent evoking the character of the wine from afar. One of those you can whiff from the table. The palate is firm yet layered, with a textural feel that moves in an ovoid fashion – it opens with blueberry and mulberry, plumes into a soft yet dense pouch of fruit and spice, then finishes lithe and earthy, yet lingers with a very fine trail of sweet raspberry. The tickle of sweetness so very pretty. More right hook then left jab. Bring tha Mataro; a great wine." The Wine Front.
RRP $70 Our price $59.99

Price: $59.99

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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

Cuilleron Saint Joseph \'Les Pierres Sèches\' Syrah 2009

Cuilleron Saint Joseph 'Les Pierres Sèches' Syrah 2009

‘Hints of smoke and black olive. Sappy and chewy but surprisingly lithe; the red and dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors are at once taut and rich, thanks to lively minerality. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lingering smokiness. I like this wine's energy.’ 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
RRP: $57

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: $49.99

Old Plains Alluvium Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT OF THIS VINTAGE!

Old Plains Alluvium Old Vines Cabernet Shiraz 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT OF THIS VINTAGE!

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. Full of dark fruit power that only hand made basket pressed wines can offer...the cabernet adds glorious structure and fine grained tannins. A touch of bottle age offers beautiful drinking.

94 Points from Gary Walsh at The Wine Front.. "Plenty of come-hither, nutty vanilla oak laid down over black fruits with black strap liquorice and mint adding interest. It’s full-bodied, ripe and luscious but not over-powering or heavy – layers of fruit loll on a thick mattress of velveteen tannins. Flavours of blood plums and savoury oak crop up on the finish. Somewhat obvious, although pretty and highly appealing. No question marks over quality and integrity either. "

Price: $28.99

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

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

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

Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz 2012

Impressive new release - comprises shiraz from Seppeltsfield and Eden valley shiraz (including old vine fruit from flagship Remus which explains quality as it ripened later and was not affected by rain).

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 2012More 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: $27.99

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 2010

Graillot Syrah 2010

96 POINTS and BEST OF THE BEST SHIRAZ in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013.
95 POINTS The Wine Front.

Graillot Syrah 2010 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).

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!
RRP $60

Graillot Syrah 2010More Details
96 points and Best of The Best Shiraz in James Halliday’s 2013 Australian Wine Companion ... “a super-elegant medium-bodied syrah that includes 10% whole bunches, plum and black cherry filling the bouquet and palate alike. It has great line, length and balance, but the key to the wine is its texture, built on fine tannins and totally integrated oak.”
95 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front ... Elegance, purity and precision are the traits both men both desire and elevate; power is secondary to these considerations ... as it unfurls, it draws you thoroughly in. Dryness, tension, gristles of spice, seeds, smoke and herbs. All these savoury notes come wrapped in boysenberried fruit flavour, though as you can probably tell – this wine does not live in a fruit-driven house. It’s all the things it wants to be: elegant, tremendously fine, unimpressed by the mainstream. Every time I put it in my mouth I could see long sharp lines in my mind, like a sketch. It’s all angles and lines, as opposed to a big rubber stamp of ink-filled flavour. It is what it is and uncompromisingly so, but it does not force its point of view. It’s a quiet but insistent syrah. It’ll either be your thing, or it won’t be.”

Price: $46.99

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 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

Kilikanoon Killermans Run Shiraz 2011 - 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!
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."

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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Greenock Creek Alices Shiraz 2008 - LIMITED STOCK

Greenock Creek Alices Shiraz 2008 - LIMITED STOCK

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."

From 15 year old vines grown on superb rich red Barossa soil. 27 months in seasoned american oak. We were very impressed with this Barossa beauty - she is rich n robust, ripe, balanced and a bargain! Decant this wine.
93 Points The Wine Advocate .. “Very deep garnet-purple colored ... pronounced blackberry and black cherry compote aromas overlying anise, chocolate box, vanilla, cedar and cloves. Full-bodied with very crisp acid and very firm fine grained tannins, this is a beautifully produced Shiraz with great balance and persistence."
RRP $60

Greenock Creek Alices Shiraz 2008 - LIMITED STOCKMore Details
93 points Phillip White. "..This vineyard produces incredibly plush, fleshy flavour which this year has been neatly offset with some edgy, spicy oak and the acrid prickle of the dust and stone and pronounced aniseed and licorice tints. The 08 fig and prune duo are obvious .. the palate’s slinky, and seems to be wrapped like sinew, muscle and chubby fat around a whiprod acid spine."

Price: $39.99

Xanadu Shiraz 2010

Xanadu Shiraz 2010

John and Eithne Lagan planted their first vines in 1977 in what is now considered one of the oldest vineyards in Margaret River. Xanadu now has a long history of producing wines of distinction, accolades and a reputation as one of the finest wineries in the region.

Single vineyard wine all sourced from the Stevens Road Vineyard, 14 mths maturation in French oak (1/3 new). This beautiful shiraz (reminds me of France's northern rhone) is medium to full bodied. fragrant, elegant and balanced. Margaret River shiraz is so delicious and seriously underated. Enjoy this bargain!

"Xanadu’s stocks sure have risen in recent years. This release saw about 40% new oak, and includes a tiny portion of viognier. So clean, composed and complete. This is how to make a twenty-something-dollar red wine. Good fruit intensity without anything excessive. Plushness of texture, without syrupyness. An itch of spice, but only that. And then enough swagger to the tannin to know that you’ve got a good/excellent glass of red on your hands, made by a winemaker confident enough to build a few layers into it ... its quality is obvious. 95 points, Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
RRP $29

Price: $21.99

Cuilleron Les Vignes d\'a Cote Syrah 2012

Cuilleron Les Vignes d'a Cote Syrah 2012

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: $25.50

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 $30

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

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

Special price when you buy 12 bottles of this wine

Price: $419.00

Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2010

Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2010

Turners Crossing was 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. Sergio says about this wine: "The wine is very deep red in colour, the aroma has intense and concentrated ripe black fruits with no overt jammy elements and some complex spiciness and savoury elements and less apparent Viognier aromatics (hints of spicy apricots). The very warm year produced an intense palate which is complementary to the aromas, rich, round and full in weight with intense fruit and some savoury, earthy elements, lovely framing spicy persistent tannins and lingering balanced mineral acidity. The wine is very complex and represents the classical Bendigo Terroir in an excellent year. Although the wine is rich and full now and drinks very well, it can also benefit with further bottle aging."

95 points James Halliday "Everything about this wine is impressive, from its vibrant cherry and plum fruit through to its fine, spicy tannins that run through much of the palate, and its impressive finish and aftertaste"

93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Big, lifted, aromatic style. Viognier is slightly jarring. Plums, mint, pepper-spice, and a stonefruity sweetness. Lots of come-hither appeal for sure. Lots of succulent, well-ripened, smooth fruit. Impeccable tannin. Length is good too"

Ralph Kyte-Powell, SMH/The Age "A top-notch Bendigo shiraz viognier blend that avoids the eucalypty traits of some central Victorian reds. Instead, it offers complex, elegant aromas of raspberries, glace cherries, spice and milk chocolate. The palate follows through smooth and seamless, medium bodied and succulent in flavour, with a sinewy backbone of fine tannins that should support some bottle age. First-class Victorian regional wine. Wine of the week' 12 Feb 2013. RRP $26

Price: $19.99

Spinifex Miette Shiraz 2011- 6 pack buy

Spinifex Miette Shiraz 2011- 6 pack buy

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 are very happy with their 2011 release. 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.
RRP $25
*Only $19.99 when you buy in a straight 6 pack*

Price: $119.94

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

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“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

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“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

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“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: $53.99

Spinifex Bete Noir 2010 - SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN PRICE!

Spinifex Bete Noir 2010 - SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN PRICE!

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."

Our Price $34 when you buy as a Straight Dozen!

Price: $408.00

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

Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010

* 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 2010More 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

Bress Silver Chook Bendigo Shiraz 2011 - LIMITED STOCK!

Bress Silver Chook Bendigo Shiraz 2011 - LIMITED STOCK!

Winemaker, Adam Marks has made his mark (pardon the pun!) as one of our most progressive vintners at Victoria's Bress wines. His European approach and belief is that one region cannot produce a range of wines of equally high quality - instead he matches varieties to regions. About the name, Marks says “Whilst living and winemaking in the Yarra Valley, I discovered the joys of breeding and showing chickens. This passion led me to visit France in 1996 to witness first hand their traditional methods of breeding chickens and I dedicate our wines to the famous chickens of France and what they represent – artisan production using traditional, age old methods.”

We like his affinity with Rudolph Steiner's bio-dynamics and natural approach in the vineyard (no chemical fertilisers) and winery (natural yeasts and no fining or filtering reds and minimal sulphur additions).

This regional blend from Bendigo and Heathcote is tightly packed full of black fruit, spice, cloves, and plum ... Elegant and savoury - very reminiscent of the Northern Rhone. Beautifully integrated oak and refined crunchy acidity gives the wine lovely structure, power, balance and a savoury richness.

Drinking beautifully now however will reward careful cellaring for up to 6 years. RRP $27

Price: $19.99

Spinifex Bete Noir 2010

Spinifex Bete Noir 2010

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 2010 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2010 - 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.
A dry, warm summer with a cooler January/February led to a long ripening period and excellent grape maturity. 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. This is bound to be a classic ... a swag of trophies and accolades already!
Top Gold Medal – Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Best Shiraz Trophy – Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Best Red Wine Trophy – Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Best Wine of Show Trophy – Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
95 Points, Jeremy Pringle: “The best Cliff Edge ever made and an ridiculous bargain even at full tote. If you like cool climate Shiraz then back up the truck when it hits the shelves.”
94 Points, James Halliday: “A dark and deeply black-fruited bouquet, showing heady levels of spice and exotic complexity”
93 Points, Tyson Stelzer: “Cliff Edge is baby Langi, crafted from the same estate in a similar manner to one of Australia’s most celebrated shiraz wines.”
93 Points, Nick Stock: “…faultlessly elegant and deceptively powerful”
RRP $34
Special Price of only $22.99 when you buy as a straight dozen!!

Price: $276.00

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!

Review by 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. 94 points.

RRP $42

Price: $32.99

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2003 - BACK VINTAGE SPECIAL!

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2003 - BACK VINTAGE 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 which has benefited from bottle age in the winery's cellar. 2003 was a drought year which saw great concentration of fruit flavours, structure and tannins. On release it was a serious wine ... tight, robust and needed time. James Halliday rated it 93 points back in 2011 and wrote ...”Good colour; medium to full-bodied; attractive, complex array of black fruits and spices; good oak and tannins. Drink till 2015.” Now after 10 years of careful cellaring it has mellowed beautifully under screwcap and all that’s left to do is to drink it over the next few years ... the hard work has been done for you!

Superb medium bodied shiraz with oodles of sophistication - predominantly estate grown fruit, french oak and some bottle age. Whiff of white pepper, mouthcoating dark berry fruit, licorice with wonderful balance and length. Bottle age has contributed complexity and silky fine grained tannins in this exceptional shiraz. Still plenty of vibrancy and life in this fine wine.
We are coming to the end of this back vintage bargain so snare a box while you can!
RRP $34

Price: $17.99

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 2011

David Hook Shiraz 2011

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

Hunter Valley had a dream vintage without adverse weather in 2011 (in stark contrast to challenges in Victoria and South Australia!) 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

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