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Arlewood Estate Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Arlewood Estate Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

This fine producer hails from Wilyabrup in the heart of Margaret River's best Cabernet country.. Their vineyard is down the road from Cullen and across the road from Vasse Felix.

Characterised by intense dark fruits, soy and cassis, with an earthy, savoury, structure, the wine spends 2 years in the finest French oak barriques and a further 2 years in bottle before release - a rarity these days for a winemaker to hold back their release to allow all the elements to integrate. Will open up beautifully with a some air and reward the patient.
RRP $45

Price: $29.99

Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

This is Margaret River red at it's best! A blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot with a splash of cab frac and malbec. Cascading flavours of blackcurrant, mulberries, plum, black olives. Plenty of spice and depth after 12 mths maturing in French oak. Another terrific vintage in Margaret River. Bargain for quality and value.

Price: $15.99

Zema Cluny 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

Zema Cluny 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

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.

Classic Coonawarra cabernet merlot… juicy ripe fruit, hint of mint and leafiness with good complexity and earthy depth. Enjoy this medium bodied red.

Chris Shanahan Good Food and Wine ... "Cluny is the Zema family's blend of cabernet sauvignon (65 per cent) and merlot (25 per cent) with 5 per cent each of cabernet franc and malbec. It's a medium-bodied red featuring Coonawarra's bright berry flavours, the distinct fragrance of cabernet franc and the minty-herbaceous notes associated with cool-grown Bordeaux varieties. Firm but fine tannins, some no doubt derived from malbec, give the wine a solid backbone. At four years, it's ready to drink, though should hold for another three or four years"
RRP: $31

Price: $270.00

Zema Cabernet Sauvignon 2009- 12 pack buy

Zema Cabernet Sauvignon 2009- 12 pack buy

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.

93 Points James Halliday

93 points Nick Stock Good Wine Guide 2013 .. "This has a bright and fragrant nose, really lovely cassis and black fruits on offer, some mint, herbs and purple fl orals too. The palate s got power with elegance, nicely focused along a spine of fine tannins, carrying plenty of ripe dark berry and chocolate flavour throughout."
RRP: $34

Price: $294.00

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

Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2010

Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2010

This is Margaret River red at it's best! A blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot with a splash of cab frac and malbec. Cascading flavours of blackcurrant, mulberries, plum, black olives. Plenty of spice and depth after 12 mths maturing in French oak. 2010 was another terrific vintage in Margaret River. Bargain for quality and value.

RRP $23

Price: $17.99

Jed Limited Release Cabernet Franc 2008

Jed Limited Release Cabernet Franc 2008

Cabernet Franc loves a cool inland climate and that is exactly what it gets in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. From low yielding vines, hand-picked and sorted with rigorous fruit selection. 70% is matured in new French oak for 18 months.
Fragrant aromas of ripe cassis, fresh herbs with focus/concentrated purity of fruit, velvety tannins and great length. Only 10 barrels were made. Decant this incredibly complex wine. RRP $36

Price: $24.99

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

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

2010 was a terrific season in the Coonawarra– blend comprises Merlot (53%) , Cabernet Sauvignon (37%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) from our Gumtree vineyard. Maturation was for 16 months in seasoned french oak. This is a classy Coonawarra cabernet blend which benefits from air.

“Fine, elegant, dusty and cedary, this polished and complete young red show true style and class. Backed by fresh cedar/vanilla oak, its minty fragrance of cassis, blackberries, dark plums and cherries reveals a hint of menthol. Long and dusty, with a chalky spine beneath its bright expression of dark berries, plums and cherries, it’s sensitively oaked and fresh to finish. Great value!” Jermey Oliver.

95 Point rating James Halliday Top 100

5 Red Star Winery from James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011 ... "The wines are invariably excellent, often outstanding, notable for their supple mouthfeel, varietal integrity, balance and length; the tannins are always fine and ripe, the oak subtle and perfectly integrated. Coonawarra at its best."
RRP$24

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIALMore Details
Balnaves are a small family owned wine company in the heart of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. First started in 1976, the vineyard has grown steadily and now covers a total of 56 hectares of Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil - the principal variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 70% with the remainder taken up by Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. The vineyard is divided into small blocks of between one and two hectares, which take into account depth of soil, trellis design, vine clone and row direction. The quality of wine produced from these small blocks is evaluated each year and recorded. This practice proves the validity of the French concept of "terrior" or the effect that microclimate; geological features and other factors have on the quality of the wine produced. Such effects are clearly seen in the small Balnaves vineyard at Coonawarra.

Price: $220.00

Dal Zotto Sangiovese/Cabernet 2012

Dal Zotto Sangiovese/Cabernet 2012

Vivid purple, youthful hue; an absolutely text book combination of the two varieties that have proved their pedigree in Italy; the Sangiovese provides high notes of sour cherry and brambly character, while the Cabernet provides dark fruits in abundance; medium bodied with some structure and generous fruit, offering a gorgeous core of sweet red fruits, rolled tobacco leaf and fine powdery tannins to conclude; salami and roasted meats will wither before the precision of this wine.

RRP: $21

Price: $16.99

Bird in Hand Nest Egg Cabernet 2009 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

Bird in Hand Nest Egg Cabernet 2009 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

GOLD MEDAL - International Wine Challenge 2011
SILVER - 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Bird in Hand is a family owned premium wine and olive oil producer hailing from the Adelaide Hills. The Nest Egg label is reserved for the most outstanding wines of the vintage.

The best Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the estate was selected. 2009 was a terrific long season for grapegrowing in the Adelaide Hills.

Matured for twenty four months in tightly grained french oak (30% of which was new)…the wine has a vibrant, deep colour and classic varietal lifted aromas of dark red berries, cassis and tobacco. The palate is an intense expression of the aromas, enhanced with integrated fine tannin and a deliciously long, persistent finish. Very limited individually numbered bottles. Decanting is a must. Top Shelf
RRP $100

Price: $79.99

Hamelin Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Hamelin Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Hamelin Bay is in the (cooler) Karridale sub-region, in the southern parts of the Margaret River region. The estate is owned by the Drake-Brockman family who have long pioneering roots in the area dating back to early settlement by the Bussell family in 1830. Margaret River produces Australia's best Cabernet Sauvignon and here is a fine example. Concentrated ripe blackcurrant fruit, Beautiful texture and powerful fine grained tannins with more-ish savoury flavour (thanks to maturation in French Oak).
Silver Medal at Royal Perth Wine Show 2012
RRP $36

Hamelin Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!More Details
Great review from Winsor Dobbin ... "Some wines have a certain something about them - and this stood out from the crowd in a recent tasting. It's a delightful mature cabernet (with 4% of merlot) from vineyards in the far south of Margaret River with a blackberry/earthy nose leading to a plush palate with dark fruit and attractive savoury notes. The 30% new French oak has been seamlessly integrated in a wine that blossoms when served with rich meat dishes. Don't linger; this full-bodied red is drinking beautifully right now."

Price: $27.99

Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Stella Bella sources their fruit from central and southern Margaret River - in particular the cooler site of Karriedale, widely regarded as the premium area in "Margs" for semillon and sauvignon blanc. Winemakers, Janice Macdonald and Stuart Pym produce wines of incredible finesse and structure and like their wine labels suggest have a great sense of irreverance, adventure and fun with wine. They have produced a winner here with their second label. 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!

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: $16.99

Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Peel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Will Nairn planted his vineyard in Baldivis on the coast of WA between Perth and Margaret River back in 1974. His winemaking philosophy is to produce robust reds with intense flavours, complexity and balance.

Will has been a pioneer in his approach to winemaking. "My philosophy is that I love making wines which live and gain complexity through time."

The notes of fresh tobacco & spices are backed by lush cassis & forest fruits. There’s more ‘Bordeaux-like’ layers of flavour than seen in warmer vintage Peel cabernets. The palate is medium-full, perfectly balanced, fine and elegant in style. There’s real length and further cellaring potential. RRP: $36

Price: $29.99

Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Winemaker, Janice McDonald can do no wrong! This leading Margaret River winery continues to excell with this outstanding wine. Intensity, purity of fruit, superb line, length and balance here. Do not hesitate here.
94 POINTS - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2014. "This is a cracking good example of this blend from Margaret River. Perfumed and highly scented cedar and mint on the nose with traces of red currant and leafy tobacco. It's medium to full bodied with excellent silky structure supporting the palate. Long and controlled with an effortlessness about it. In a time warp at the moment and about to move into the next stage in its development."

94 POINTS - James Halliday "...the expressive, perfumed bouquet of cassis leads into a finely balanced and shaped palate, with cassis, redcurrant and plum all in play; the finish and aftertaste are particularly impressive."

RRP $36 Our Price $26 WHEN YOU BUY AS A STRAIGHT DOZEN!

Price: $312.00

Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2008

Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2008

Winemaker, Janice McDonald can do no wrong! This leading Margaret River winery continues to excell with this outstanding wine. Intensity, purity of fruit, superb line, length and balance here. Do not hesitate here.
95 POINTS & “WINES OF THE YEAR” Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100, Wine Business Magazine.
“From a stonking vintage, this is Margaret River Cabernet at the utmost of exact! The only thing out of place is the price. Such depth of graphite, lift of violets and density of blackcurrants should come at a cost.”
93 POINTS: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front .. "Mainly redcurrant but with some blacker fruits, cocoa and a twiggy regional gum-leaf perfume. It’s medium bodied, quite firm and shapely with chocolatey richness smoothing off the fresher, brighter elements and minor astringency. Length and carry good. It’s a classic style and an excellent wine."
RRP $36 Our Price $26.99

Price: $26.99

Rocky Gully Cabernet 2011

Rocky Gully Cabernet 2011

This second label of leading WA producer, Frankland Estate from the cooler climate of Great southern is impressive.. Pure concentrated cassis fruit, some cigarbox complexity and depth in this happy blend of Cabernet Franc 44% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 16%. Beautiful bright acid, fine grained tannins -perfect drinking now or has structure to cellar up to 5 years - if you can keep your hands off it that long!

90 points James Halliday ..." this comprehensively over delivers, with its bright, flavoursome cascade of red fruits effortlessly captured in the bottle, then to the glass. I wouldn't quarrel with anyone who polished off their bottles quickly, but it will probably be equally good in another five years time." RRP $21

Price: $14.99

Stella Bella Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Stella Bella Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Suckfizzle are Stella Bella's finest and most individual wines expressing a uniqueness from a single vineyard site, located at the south-westerly extreme of Margaret River near Augusta.

This is Margaret River Cabernet "to a T" from an excellent vintage!

94 POINTS - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front... “One of the things I like most about Stella Bella/Suckfizzle reds is that they’re not afraid to carry a bit of tannin ... Mulberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant, aniseed, bay leaf and gum leaf and subtle mocha oak. It’s medium to full bodied with firm, almost astringent, tannin grip – but the impression it gives is of a pleasant tussle, not a fight. It’s fresh and lively too, showing the verve and vivacity of the vintage. Some varietal herbal notes in there but excellent shape and length. All round good Cabernet.”

RRP: $65 Special $47.99

Price: $47.99

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

Sons of Eden Pumpa Cabernet Shiraz 2011

Sons of Eden Pumpa Cabernet Shiraz 2011

Named as a tribute to Len Pumpa, a pioneering Eden Valley grower back in the 1920s who preserved the vineyards that they are custodians of today. Co-owners, Corey Ryan (cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham (ex-viticulturist Yalumba) have weaved their magic with this new release.

A fine blend of Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Shiraz (47%) and Tempranillo (5%) varieties (50 odd yr old vineyard with minuscule yields 1- 2 ton per acre) followed by 15 months in predominantly French oak.... Plush aromatic dark cherry fruit complemented by cassis, cedar and wintergreen notes of cabernet sauvignon and a touch of tempranillo which adds a savoury undertone and softens the fine grained and textured tannins. A soft velvety texture with great length of flavour is a reflection of how well these varieties from Eden Valley marry together.

2011 was a cooler vintage, creating perfect conditions for late ripening and moisture resistant cabernet. Cabernet fruit from northern Eden Valley grown on terra rossa soils produced delicious cassis cabernet characters with the long slow ripening season. Shiraz came from Moculta in Eden valley and 5% Tempranillo create delicious savouriness to the palate. This is very classy cabernet-esque rouge!

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

RRP $29

Price: $24.99

Hamelin Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Hamelin Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Hamelin Bay is in the (cooler) Karriedale sub-region, in the southern parts of the Margaret River region. The estate is owned by the Drake-Brockman family who have long pioneering roots in the area dating back to early settlement by the Bussell family in 1830. Margaret River produces Australia's best Cabernet Sauvignon and here is a fine example. Concentrated ripe blackcurrant fruit, Beautiful texture and powerful fine grained tannins with more-ish savoury flavour (thanks to maturation in French Oak).
Silver Medal at Royal Perth Wine Show 2012
RRP $36
Only $26 per bottle WHEN YOU BUY AS A STRAIGHT DOZEN!

Hamelin Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!More Details
Great review from Winsor Dobbin ... "Some wines have a certain something about them - and this stood out from the crowd in a recent tasting. It's a delightful mature cabernet (with 4% of merlot) from vineyards in the far south of Margaret River with a blackberry/earthy nose leading to a plush palate with dark fruit and attractive savoury notes. The 30% new French oak has been seamlessly integrated in a wine that blossoms when served with rich meat dishes. Don't linger; this full-bodied red is drinking beautifully right now."

Price: $312.00

Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 -LAST OF THIS VINTAGE

Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 -LAST OF THIS VINTAGE

Margaret River is Australia's leading region for Cabernet Sauvignon thanks to the long ripening season and cool maritime climate. Dry grown low yielding cabernet sauvignon from their vineyard planted back in 1973. An extraordinary wine with intense black currant fruit, fine grained tannins with more-ish savoury tar and tobacco leaf depth. Recommend decanting this wine for at least an hour. This is what top shelf cabernet is all about. Love the elegance of this wine…and yes cellaring potential here.

Winemakers notes ..."Wow, even if I do say so myself! Due to the exceptional vintage I always knew this was going to be a terrific Cabernet, but now with some time in bottle it is beautiful, showing elegance, poise and finesse. Purple-red in colour, the nose shows subtle perfume of violets mixed with bramble berry, plum fruit while balanced oak is visible only with mocha, spice are cedar notes. The palate is seamless and silky smooth with controlled concentration, fine grainy tannin and a long, long finely textured finish. An enormous drinking window of now to about 2027."

Awards and accolades galore ! Gold - 2011 Qantas Wine Show of WA; Silver - 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show; 95 pts Halliday.

95 Points Mike Bennie; The Wine Front ... "First of all, length of flavour and concentration. Phenomenal. Expectations were high, but the over delivery of flavour, seamless flow and coursing energy in this wine is immediately notable. Polished, perfect tannins grip and drive through the wine – a powerful tee-off that soars and drags dark berries, brambles, leafy notes long; and it’s all whipped clean by the briny breeze of acidity underneath. Flecked with tobacco and spice, but the import is serious concentration with fineness and control – oak therefore is meshed neatly; yes, present and declared in vanillin and cedar snipes. Tasted again, later, the wine still shows poise and form. Flowery language, flowery language superlative. Excellent Australian cabernet.” RRP $56

Price: $38.99

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - VERY LIMITED

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - VERY LIMITED

Hailing from Coonawarra, this is arguably Australia’s best cabernet.

Owner, Doug Balnaves came up with the name - as a young bloke he was a shearer of merino Sheep. The Tally stands for Australian tradition, skill and hard work . Grown on the famous Terra Rossa strip and usually made up of 2 Vineyards, ‘Dead Morris’ and ‘Walker’. The grapes receive a long maceration on skins and spend about 20 months in French Oak. Only produced in the best years, the wine is initially always a very firm and tannic and has a maturation potential of more than 20 years . 2005 was an early ripening vintage with good flavour and tannin structure.

Winemaker, Peter Bissell (Qantas Winemaker of the Year 2005) has done marvels with the quality of their wines over the last decade or so. It has been listed in the Outstanding category of Langton’s Classification ans since 2001 James Halliday has scored each release with either 97 or 96 points- This is extraordinary consistency!

96 points James Halliday “… an incredibly powerful and expressive bouquet, the luscious but tightly framed blackcurrant, cassis and French oak precisely fulfilling the promises of the bouquet.”

This is gorgeous full bodied cabernet tasted Feb 2013 …up there with the finest cabernet ever tasted. A few years bottle age has softened the tannins a wee bit although this is still a baby…Decanting for a few hours is a must or cellar for another 5 or 10 years. Very limited.

Price: $89.99

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - 6 PACK BUY!

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - 6 PACK BUY!

Hailing from Coonawarra, this is arguably Australia’s best cabernet.

Owner, Doug Balnaves came up with the name - as a young bloke he was a shearer of merino Sheep. The Tally stands for Australian tradition, skill and hard work . Grown on the famous Terra Rossa strip and usually made up of 2 Vineyards, ‘Dead Morris’ and ‘Walker’. The grapes receive a long maceration on skins and spend about 20 months in French Oak. Only produced in the best years, the wine is initially always a very firm and tannic and has a maturation potential of more than 20 years.

Balnaves have declared this the best vintage since 2001. 2010 was cool and even, producing wines with beautiful focused fruit.

97 points, Nick Stock, The Good Wine Guide 2013 .."The Tally, representing the top rung of Balnaves' cabernet-based reds, is given the full dose of fine French timber, and the fruit carries it off with regal style. This has cedary black fruit aromas, plums, vanillin, fresh, dark leaves and freshly tilled earthy notes. Fruit flavour bubbles up through the palate amid tannins that are supple, elongated and sturdy in character, the balance is right on and the finish leaves you salivating. Cellar with confidence; this is impeccable."

95 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Fruit power, strength of tannin, fineness and finesse. It’s all here. Layers of blackcurrant and bay leaves, peppermint and rich dark plum. There’s a chocolatey/pencilly note here too but really, this presents as a seamless whole. The quality is outstanding. The length, the poise, the structural foundation. Tip-top Coonawarra cabernet."

Special Price of only $79.99 per bottle when you buy a straight 6 pack.

Price: $479.94

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Winner of 3 Trophies at 2013 Canberra Wine Show including Champion Wine of Show and Best Cabernet!

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.

The fruit for this fine cabernet comes from Wallcliffe, Willyabrup and Yallingup in Margaret River.  30 - 40 days maceration on skins has imparted plushness and softness to this concentrated wine followed by 14 month maturation in 100% French oak (40% new oak). Very impressive with great length and fine grained tannins.

"Beautifully seductive aromas of violets and blackcurrant with ripe mulberry and light cedary influences. The palate is dense and super saturated yet with finesse and stylishness. Tannins are ripe and the oak supremely judged. Generous and powerful with an elegance right to the finish." 95 points, Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2012

"Mulberry and dark fruit, perhaps blackcurrant, then a regional bay leaf/seaweed aromatic and mocha. It’s medium bodied with firm tannin that guides and shapes, yet feels silky and smooth – it may even enhance the look of your physique, but no promises. Offers a light touch but also has depth and strength. Firm and long through the finish. Pulled together well with time in the glass and could rate a little higher with time. Fine Cabernet." 93+ points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
RRP $39

Price: $28.99

Don David Reserve Cabernet 2008

Don David Reserve Cabernet 2008

Michel Torino is a large wine company located high in Argentina's northern region of Salta (2000 metres altitude). This offers classic cabernet characters with lovely depth of fruit, fine grained tannins and beautifully integrated french oak. A little bottle aged has given this fine cab plenty of allure with gorgeous more-ish complexity and velvety tannins. Yum RRP $35

Price: $29.99

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - VERY LIMITED

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - VERY LIMITED

Hailing from Coonawarra, this is arguably Australia’s best cabernet.

Owner, Doug Balnaves came up with the name - as a young bloke he was a shearer of merino Sheep. The Tally stands for Australian tradition, skill and hard work . Grown on the famous Terra Rossa strip and usually made up of 2 Vineyards, ‘Dead Morris’ and ‘Walker’. The grapes receive a long maceration on skins and spend about 20 months in French Oak. Only produced in the best years, the wine is initially always a very firm and tannic and has a maturation potential of more than 20 years

96 points James Halliday "Beautifully crafted and delineated cassis fruit, framed by gently toasty oak and some floral notes; the palate is rich, deep, fine and very long; the brightness of fruit at the core is the essence of this wine. Cellar 2030"

95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "A huge wine flooded with Cassis, blackberry and raspberry fruit, a liberal application of complex oak offering toast, cedar, spice, nougat and play-doh with additional characters of black liquorice, mint and a few violets just poking their heads above the surface. It’s full bodied with enormous extract and flavour, dense and brooding with a big spread of chalky tannin and extreme length of flavour. A powerhouse that needs at least a decade of cellaring."

Price: $89.99

Galah Clare Valley Cabernet malbec 2001

Galah Clare Valley Cabernet malbec 2001

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.

Prized fruit for this wine was sourced from the Wendouree vineyard (mostly from the “newer” 1911 plantings – now 102 years old!).

Stephen George said:” Wendouree vineyard is an incredible piece of dirt- even in severe drought the vineyard is green when the rest of Clare is irrigating madly – the dry grown vineyard roots have burrowed down so deep over the years to find water and all the trace elements needed……This impeccable source indicates the wines’ promise:-…..the 01 Galah table wines are drinking magnificently now (2001 was a season that delivered more approachable wines..2002 on the other hand was very structured and will easily cellar for another 15 years ” Stephen George calls this his favourite of the Galah Wines.

Elegance and persistence of cassis and eucalyptus aromas, with leather and tobacco leaf characters now developing over an under-layer of more-ish soft tannin and acidity. No need to decant this just enjoy this beauty with hearty meat dishes. Limited. 13.5% alc under cork

RRP: $39

Price: $29.99

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane 2010

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane 2010

The Saurel Family have run this biodynamic vineyard for 4 generations (since 1821) - Joel & Aime now run the Domaine - 42 acres including 30 acres in Gigondas. Prime focus on terroir & organic vineyard practices thanks to Joel's father Clovis Saurel and his passion for the land. Since star chateauneuf winemaker consultant, Philippe Cambie came on board in 1998 wine quality has soared - meaning much deserved attention from the international wine crits and paparazzi!

80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault and Syrah. This wine is sourced from the early red alluvial gravel parcels that are located on the steeply terraced hillsides in the lieu-dit Louisiane. The vines are more than 80 years old and yield a tiny 20hl/ha. The wine undergoes extended maceration and fermentation (6 weeks) before spending 12 months in foudre.
“…displays crisp, tart acids that set it apart from the 2009 or 2007 La Louisiane. It also possesses good minerality, medium body, and while not as dense as previous vintages, it remains impressively endowed with excellent balance, crisp acidity and the precision and freshness that are hallmarks of this interesting vintage. Enjoy it over the next decade.” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate RRP $66

Price: $57.99