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Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012 - LAST OF THIS VINTAGE!

Kym Teusner still goes strong with their 10th vintage of Joshua.

2012 was a wonderful vintage for Barossa reds....quality of fruit as good as they could remember. The 70 year old Grenache (63%) grown in the sandy soils of the Riebke vineyard in Northern Barossa provides the back bone for this wine. Mataro (23%) is sourced from the harder red dirt around Williamstown in the south and Stockwell in the North and the blend is rounded out with about 14% Shiraz from the Koonunga sub district.

Wow one juicy wine that displays copious amounts of fresh red berry fruits (grenache) and dusty tobacco leaf, without the intrusion of oak influence. A splash of mataro adds to the earthy complexity, whilst a little shiraz is used for structure and weight. Decant this wine..

Campbell Mattinson's Best of the Best wines under $25 in Aug/Sept 2013 Wine Companion Magazine .. "Boy oh boy. Joshua is almost always a tasty little number, but this release steps things up a gear. "Comely" is a good way to describe it. Fresh berried fruits, a delicious earthiness, ground spice and dried herbs. Tannin keeps it firm and tidy, and it finishes with a whip of sure, ripe, raspberried goodness. You can cellar this wine, but it will never taste better than it does right now."
RRP $30

Price: $23.99

Freeman Corvina Rondinella 2002

Freeman Corvina Rondinella 2002

Brian Freeman in the NSW Hilltops of Young is the first in Australia to grow these grapes native to the Veneto (commonly used in valpolicella amarone). Brian, former wine science professor has done it differently to the Italians (100% dried grapes to give a very porty oxidized style )....he has used his solar powered prune dehydrator to dry only 5% of the blend because he prefers a cleaner fruit driven style. Complex flavour of dark cherries, plenty of power, massive tannins, good tangy acidity and a more-ish European savoury edge. Bring on the veal parmagiana. Every Australian wine writer gave this 2002 wine a huge write up. This exotic red has been carefully cellared to enjoy now !
RRP: $ 46.00

Price: $39.99

Sons of Eden Kennedy 2012

Sons of Eden Kennedy 2012

Sons of Eden co-owners, Corey Ryan ("cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham (ex-viticulturist Yalumba) have come up trumps again!

This wine is so damn good it reminds me why I love the wine business! A superb example of Barossa Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre blend, 16 months in old French oak. Concentrated dark cherry fruit, spice, tarry depth, silky tannins.

It is a labour of love making this wine - 50 year old vines, minuscule yields of 1.5- 2 tons/acre (Light Pass, Nuriootpa, Seppeltsfield, Angaston), handpicking and traditional winemaking.

We now believe the hype associated with the 2012 vintage. Don’t know how many Barossa winemakers have claimed it as the growing season of winemaking history!

Their secret was rigorous selection of premium fruit including their prestigious 85 year old Romulus vineyard and from Ebenezer in Barossa's north. A seamless velvety palate with more-ish spice, savoury complexity and terrific length of flavour.

Do not hesitate because the Kennedy is unquestionably the best GSM blend out of the Barossa as far as quality and price go.

RRP $25

Sons of Eden Kennedy 2012More Details
Accolades for the previous 2011 vintage ... *GOLD - 2013 Barossa Wine Show and Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor - Sons of Eden *

93 Points James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine Aug/Sept 2013 “Bright crimson-purple hue, although not deep; a 30/37/24% blend;
particularly attractive wine in the context of ’11 with abundant sweet dark berry fruit without any Turkish delight/confection flavours, there is a
seamless flow of flavour from the first sip right the way through to the aftertaste.”

90 points, Gary Walsh The Wine Front "Not all doom and gloom from the Barossa Valley in 2011; some of the better spicy Grenache based wines scrub up pretty well. A peppery, spicy, mix of black and red fruits – cool wet year shows through with briary character – but there’s a little aniseed and chocolate too. Medium bodied, spicy and gently astringent, with sweet jubey fruit tempered by dried herb and spice. Good to drink, refreshing and vibrant, and also interesting for its point of difference."

Price: $19.99

Zema Merlot 2004 - LAST REMAINING BOTTLES!

Zema Merlot 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.

Merlot is only made at Zema in years when it particularly shines in the vineyard and 04 was one of those years. Great stuff.
RRP $33

Price: $22.99

Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet 2010 - LAST BOTTLES

Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet 2010 - LAST BOTTLES

The Two in the Bush range is the second label of highly regarded and awarded Adelaide Hills producer, Bird in Hand. Winemaker, Andrew Nugent says 2010 reds are their best yet which is a big call after the spectacular 2009 reds.
We think he is right- this 2010 offering is superb.

Lifted aromas of ripe red and black fruits, fleshy plums, ripe tannins and beautifully integrated french oak. Previous vintages have rated highly with James Halliday - '07 - 93 pts, '09 - 91 pts.
RRP: $23

Price: $16.99

Teusner Astral Series Moppa Mataro 2006

Teusner Astral Series Moppa Mataro 2006

Fruit from Stuart Roennfeldt's 65 yr old Mataro vineyard in Moppa has produced extraordinary wine…. matured in large 500L french oak barrels to minimize interference with the fruit.

Remarkable fragrance for such a muscular wine……blackfruits, blackberry, plums and black cherries with hints of roasted meats, five spice, eucalypt and a typical Mataro earthy streak. Superb concentration, balance and structure here on the palate- it demands time (up to 20 yrs) in the cellar....95 pts Halliday Very Limited RRP $130

Price: $119.00

Spinifex Indigene 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Spinifex Indigene 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

“Much deeper colour than Esprit; a profound wine in every way, obviously made from older, lower-yielding vines; here black fruits and licorice take centre stage, with a velvety texture and very long finish. Rating 96.” BEST OF THE BEST - SHIRAZ BLEND" James Halliday's 2011 Australian Wine Companion.

A blend of 53% Shiraz, 37% mataro, grenache 10% sourced from old vineyards in Barossa and Eden Valley. Handpicked fruit, wild yeasts, open fermenters, french oak. Striking aromatic complexity-dark plums, cherries, licorice, meaty, tar and earth. Rich palate with superb balance and structure...Peter Schell winemaker has done incredibly well here. This is a baby and needs cellaring 5 yrs for the layers of flavour to unfold. Decant for the afternoon before drinking. Recommend careful cellaring up to 10 years..Top Shelf. Limited

"Indigene is Spinifex’s top-level blend of shiraz, mataro and grenache. It’s a pearler. It tastes minerally and funky at first but given air, it’s a wash with delicious flavours of cedarwood, cloves, dark cherries, five-spice and probably a good many other things. It’s complex, smooth, and persistent. It has out-and-out sex appeal too. It’s very easy to review, because it’s very obviously excellent. 94 points". Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

Price: $58.99

Spinifex Papillon 2011 - SPECIAL STRIAGHT DOZEN PRICE!

Spinifex Papillon 2011 - SPECIAL STRIAGHT DOZEN PRICE!

A terrific value Rhone styled red made of a blend of lightly oaked Grenache and Cinsault Lifted (like a “papillon” – butterfly) and fragrant with aromas of crushed raspberries and spice, peppercorns, sandalwood and roses and a medium bodied personality in the mouth. This is bright and lively medium bodied red at its best. Winemaker, Pete Schell says .. "Bright and ruby hued. Very aromatic and lively, red cherry, raspberry, cassis and rose hip fruit aromatics and deeper spice and herbal notes - tarragon, aloe, sandle-wood, mace, pink pepper corn and musk. Fresh mid weight palate with a bright raspberry and bay leaf flavors on attack that turn darker and herbier on the finish – pomegranate, curry leaf, slate. Pulpy, snappy, fine chalky tannin. More-ish."

92 points James Halliday "Light but bright colour; how much the wine owes to winemaker Peter Schell's skills and how much to the (old) vines doesn't matter, for the wine has great vibrancy and energy to the red berry fruits of its grenache/cinsaut blend."

RRP: $30
Our price $24.50 when you buy as a straight dozen

Price: $294.00

Dal Zotto Sangiovese 2012

Dal Zotto Sangiovese 2012

Otto Dal Zotto in Victoria's King Valley has mastered sangiovese, the native grape of Tuscany. Great depth of fruit, spice and hint of leather/ earth here with typical zippy/freshness on the finish (Sangiovese naturally retains a higher level of acidity). These guys are up there with the best Sangiovese producers in Australia.

Price: $22.50

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011

Winemaker, David Hook “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.

* Trophy & Gold Medal for Best Red from Italian or Spanish Varietal at 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Show *

This native grape of piedmont in Italy, was grown in a vineyard in the foothills of Mount Canobolas (near Orange). The cool climate and ancient volcanic soils combined produce high quality grapes with good intensity of flavour and high natural acidity. 2011 was a great season..the Hunter and Orange were spared the rain that came down in south australia and victoria. Classic varietal characters of dark cherry, prune and spice. This medium to full bodied red has good structure with firm velvety tannins balanced by good acidity (barbera and sangiovese naturally retain more acidity than shiraz and cabernet). This drinks beautifully - bring on the pasta and pizza.

90 Points James Halliday "Medium purple-red; a juicy red berry and mint light-bodied palate ...Drink now while it still has these seductive, supple red fruit flavours."

Chris Shanahan, Australian wine judge and writer, November 2012 ... ".. easily the best Australian expression of the style that I've tasted. The fleshy but not plump palate, and smooth, silky tannins make this a more complete, satisfying red without abandoning the varietal character."
RRP $34

Price: $26.50

Spinifex Taureau 2009 - SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN PRICE!

Spinifex Taureau 2009 - SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN PRICE!

An exotic blend of “Espana” : 55% Tempranillo, 17% Carignan, 14% Cabernet and 14% Graciano. Sweet aromatics followed by complex, layered palate with dark cherries, stewed plums and savoury, almost beefy flavours. Beautiful structure and a long, refreshing finish. Drinking well now or cellar for 5 years. Winemaker Pete Schell says he wanted to make a wine that was – big, gutsy and upfront... hence “Taureau” – The Bull was born!

94 Points James Halliday "...the colour is bright purple-red, with the bright red cherry fruit of the tempranillo occupying first place on the starting grid, but also stretching its zesty influence all the way through to the finish and aftertaste. This is Spain, not the south of France, speaking."

94 Points, Nick Stock, 2013 Good Wine Guide "Another very convincing Taureau, led again by tempranillo (45%), with cabernet (28%), graciano (22%) and carignan (5%) all seamlessly stitched together. It's a wine that smells first of all like the Barossa, painted in tempranillo's cherry-red hues, some tar, cassis, liquorice and violets. The palate's smoothly coated in ripe tannins and delivers ample but elegant structure to carry darker blue- and purple-berry flavour; some plum too. Finishes satisfyingly smooth and supple. Sensational value!"
Our Price $27 a bottle when you buy as a Straight Dozen.

Price: $324.00

Chrismont La Casa Rosso 2012

Chrismont La Casa Rosso 2012

What a find! This Italian-esque blend of Sangiovese and Merlot really surprised me - it is truly delicious and cries out for mediteranean fare (think Italian sausage, olives, lasagne and pizza!) Made by leading King Valley vigneron Arnie Pizzini (Christmont Wines), it sings with dark cherries, wild blackberries and a hint of aniseed…with great depth and savoury complexity too. Very rare to find a Sangiovese of this quality for such a silly price… Don't tell Arnie it is really a $20 plus wine! This is my new vino rosso de la Casa.
RRP: $14

Price: $11.99

Torzi Matthews Vigna Cantina Sangiovese 2010

Torzi Matthews Vigna Cantina Sangiovese 2010

Eden Valley producer Domenic Torzi with italian heritage has done well here..delicious dark cherry fruit, pot pourri, leather, fresh herbs and spice. Brunello, Piccillo and Grosso sangiovese clones were used. Good length, grip and structure. The gods particularly jupiter are celebrating....

Mike Bennie The Winefront May 2012 .. "No living in the shadows with the bouquet – pippy red cherry characters with sandalwood oak, herbal piquancy and some lavender floral elements. Rich and pretty entry. To drink, sweet upfront, but it’s a quick segue into twiggy, oak-framed red fruit flavours. There is a plush, unctuous feel throughout – it will appeal to many but speaks of sangiovese with a more modern tongue. Still, savouriness finishes the wine, as does an appealing lick of the same dried green herbs of the bouquet and throughout are flat, feathery tannins ... Very likeable."

Huon Hooke ..."Bright berry aromas, some violets, some mint. Sweet-fruit entry, ripe and lush, lots of charm here. Has grace and balance."

RRP $25

Price: $18.99

Pulenta La Flor Malbec 2011

Pulenta La Flor Malbec 2011

Pulenta are a pioneering wine family of 3 generations working in Mendoza, Argentina (previous owners of internationally renowned Trapiche) with an intimate knowledge and understanding of their vineyards. Their wines have received high praise internationally including from Robert Parker.

All fruit sourced from Alto Agrello and Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza) and handpicked. Pre ferment cold maceration to extract colour and tannin. 6 Months maturation on old French oak. Concentrated aroma of red and black fruits with a whiff of floral lift balanced by spicy savoury tobacco characters on the palate. Full bodied red with firm powdery tannins. RRP $26

Price: $21.99

Chrismont La Zona Sangiovese 2011

Chrismont La Zona Sangiovese 2011

Chrismont wines were started by the Pizzini family in 1996 in the heart of Victoria's King Valley. The La Zona label celebrate their rich history of Italian heritage and showcases Chrismont's Italian and Spanish varietals.

La Zona Sangiovese engages you with its deep, vibrant red colour. A redolence of black cherries and spice on the bouquet are complemented with alluring lifted notes of violet. The acidity balances well with the generous round, fleshy front palate and velvety tannin structure that carries through to a dry, firm finish. A perfect food match for this wine is your favourite slow-cooked Italian dish.

92 points Nick Stock 2013 Good Wine Guide... "This has the bright, fragrant edge that makes sangiovese from the King Valley a really compelling proposition. Some fresh leafy notes here, cherries and a gentle oak thread add early complexity. The palate s nicely shaped and balanced, with really even tannin spread, juicy red fruit flavours and a cherry stone finish with a toasty oak edge."

91 points James Halliday ... "Light red-purple; has an exotic mix of red and black cherries, including morello and preserved cherries, plus spices and persistent savoury tannins. Cries out for Italian food. Very good outcome for the vintage."
RRP: $26

Price: $21.99

McHenry Hohnen Tiger Country Tempranillo 2005 - LAST REMAINING STOCK!

McHenry Hohnen Tiger Country Tempranillo 2005 - LAST REMAINING STOCK!

This leading Margaret River producer excels with tempranillo. Enjoy this treat that has benefited from some bottle age.

92 Points, Gary Walsh The Wine Front .. "Aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, raspberry, blood, violets, earth, mint and cedar oak. It is all happening here. On the palate medium bodied with red fruit, violet, mint and earthy flavours. Lovely dry fine firm tannins and fresh crisp acidity. Finishes with crunchy red fruit and dried herb flavours. This really builds up with some time in the glass so decant if drinking now. Intriguing and highly interesting."

Price: $29.99

Remondo \'La Montesa\' Rioja 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Remondo 'La Montesa' Rioja 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Alvaro Palacios is one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita. This though is from his family property in Rioja, where he has worked his magic in reinvigorating the old vineyards and bringing the winemaking up to the state of the art. The results are exemplified with La Montesa- His blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo from great old vines is aged in old French oak. Think intense blood plum, dark cherries, blackberries, wild thyme thru' to wood spice, tobacco and earth balanced by a lick of raspberry freshness. My favourite red of our Spanish tasting - elegant, savoury, long and beautifully stylish. Do not miss out on this spectacular Rioja!

RRP: $49

Price: $39.99

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

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2011

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2011

The Catena family arrived in Argentina, (“the promised land”) in 1898 and the family has had 4 generations of winemaking. Nicolas Catena is regarded as the godfather of modern winemaking (experimenting with clones) and in the 1980’s pioneered viticulture at high altitude - the key making premium wine in Mendoza .

Rich and polished, abounding in pure cassis and blackberry fruit on the palate with fragrance of spice and floral notes. Terrific length and supple fine grained tannins. Decant this fine malbec so it can open out….

"Smart Buy. A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish." 91 points —Nathan Wesley, The Wine Spectator

RRP: $32

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2011 More Details
Review for the '10 ... "Such sophistication and class! Such a contrast to more souped-up examples. Lovely fluidity and freshness. Fully ripe, glossy fruit but not artifically sweet, nor aggresively potent. I know I have already recommended other vintages of this wine in the past but quality just cannont be ignored." Jancis Robinson, MW

Price: $24.50

Jed Limited Release Malbec 2011

Jed Limited Release Malbec 2011

This flagship wine comprises handpicked fruit sourced from low yielding vines from the higher/cooler sights of Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina -provided complex flavours and fine ripe tannins. Rigorous fruit selection has also contributed power and complexity to this powerful full bodied red with brooding rich dark berry fruit, tar, aniseed and hint of floral fragrance. Great concentration & length, fine grained tannins, beautifully integrated french oak and balance. doesn't hurt to decant this to reveal layers of flavour. This red is a treat -bring on the roast!
Their last 2009 release won Blue Gold at 2013 Sydney International Wine Show.
RRP $35

Price: $25.99

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012

Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja - Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).

Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!

Bozeto ( means sketch in Spanish) and the 2012 is a blend of 50 per cent Garnacha, 30 per cent Tempranillo and 20 per cent Graciano. The Garnacha comes from a 60-year-old plot in the Monte Yerga sub-region and is fermented and aged in Nomblot concrete eggs to capture all of the bright, juicy charms on offer from this fruit. The Tempranillo comes from the mature Periquita vineyard in the cooler Rioja Alta and is fermented in old wood. The grapes see plenty of sunshine, but cool nights and a long growing season result in ripe fruit flavours balanced by vibrant acidity. The inclusion of the Graciano brings further freshness, savouriness and spiciness. The 2012 Bozeto is a perfumed, lip-smacking, medium-bodied red of wonderful energy and clarity-think high-grown Côtes du Rhône or juicy ripe cru Beaujolais with perhaps more complexity. This is a wine that is neither fined or filtered and the annual production is less than 2000 cases, which is pretty amazing given its modest price.
Winemaker Tom Puyaubert's tasting note .. "A deep red colour, dense and bright in appearance. Aromas of red fruits (cherry and strawberry) with mineral and floral touches. A luscious palate, strawberry and cranberry flavours supply a sweetness that contrasts with the pleasant acidity. Very elegant and a fruity, long finish."

Love this gorgeous rioja and its modest price!RRP: $27

Price: $22.99

Granrojo Rojo Garnacha 2009

Granrojo Rojo Garnacha 2009

Granrojo is a determined winery that are making some very tidy wines. 100% garnacha, an expression of selected fruit from the vineyards ( Fruit hails from D.O. Valdapenas, south of Madrid not far from La Mancha) -Floral-geranium, bright red fruits, mace spice and crunchy-dusty raspberries and some savoury characters. Medium bodied, perfectly defined clean fruit with soft tannins. This bargain was a hit at our tasting and is a delight to drink! Bring on the jamon, pizza and pasta.

RRP$24

Price: $19.99

Roda Sela 2010 - LIMITED

Roda Sela 2010 - LIMITED

Often referred to as “the Grand Cru of Rioja”, Bodega Roda is a landmark in the old Riojan city of Haro. From the underground drives to the dedicated, floor-heated malolactic cellar, everything Roda does speaks of precision and fastidious attention to detail. Fruit from each of its 17 vineyards is vinified separately and only after a year in barrel are decisions taken about the wines' ultimate designation. Irrespective of this though, Roda's ground-breaking R&D work on the phenolic maturity of Tempranillo means that all their wines are famed for their ethereal balance, elegance and finesse. From Sela through to their flagship Cirsion, the wines progress from the red-fruit spectrum to the black, all the while increasing in concentration and complexity, while retaining that signature finesse and balance.

Fruit is from vineyards in excess of 30 years (some up to 80 years old), grown organically, aged in French barrels, neither filtered nor fined. Each vintage is made "on its merits" to reflect style of the vintage (rather than an application of a recipe).

Silky smooth, medium bodied, very fresh and well textured. The oak is hardly evident, with round, well integrated tannins, giving way to a lingering finish of seasoned red fruits that make it light and fresh. It showcases perfectly the quality of the 2010 vintage (2010 growing season heralded as vintage of a lifetime!) in this case adding youth and freshness to the depth and ripeness of the seasoned fruit so prevalent in this vintage. 89% Tempranillo, 11% Graciano from vineyards up to 30 years grown organically, aged in French barrels, neither filtered nor fined. Do not miss out on this spectacular Rioja!

RRP: $68 Our SPECIAL price $44.99

Price: $44.99

Don David Reserve Tannat 2010

Don David Reserve Tannat 2010

Vineyard located high in the northern region of Salta (approx 3000 metres altitude). Lovely rich ripe fruit (Made with some carbonic maceration which gives the wine aromatic lift) fined grained tannins and a more-ish savoury tarriness with a hint of licorice. Gorgeous purity of fruit and length of flavour. Very different in style to a French madiran (south west France) where the tannat variety is traditionally made in a more tannic, astringent fashion. My favourite red from our recent Argentine tasting.

The '08 vintage was awarded BEST RED WINE IN THE WORLD in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010 among nearly 7000 wines from 49 different countries. The 2010 release is a terrific follow up- the growing seasons are very consistent in Salta thanks to the Andes ( which creates a rain shadow so no rain during harvest) RRP $34

Price: $29.99

Jed Malbec 2012

Jed Malbec 2012

Each year, Jed’s three young Australian winemakers travel to the Uco Valley in Argentina to craft wines that express the unique characters of this acclaimed alpine region. They were hugely impressed with the Uco Valley in Mendoza (450 year history of winemaking) as a unique place to make wine with its fresh snowmelt water (from the Andes), crisp mountain air, high altitude (1250 m) and pure UV light.

Mendoza is famous for producing the world’s finest Malbec but it is the cooler sites of Uco Valley that have recently been discovered as the best. This pristine environment produces naturally balanced wines which require minimal intervention in both the vineyard and winery. The cooler climate fosters the development of the bright cherry flavours in this wine and provides a fine tannin structure. Jed Malbec is made in a traditional medium bodied style. 70% aged in 2nd/3rd use French/American oak to showcase the trademark fine/ripe tannins of Mendoza Malbec.
This beautifully fragrant “vino tinto” has cascading flavours of bright cherries, wild blackberries and chocolate. Love the intensity of fruit on the palate and fine grained silky tannins. Beautiful balance in this fine medium bodied red. Sip on this and you will hear the accordion and feel the intensity and style of tango! Bargain.
RRP $26

Price: $17.50

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2011 - LAST BOTTLES

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2011 - LAST BOTTLES

Alvaro Palacios is one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita. This though is from his family property in Rioja, where he has worked his magic in reinvigorating the old vineyards and bringing the winemaking up to the state of the art.

Unfiltered, biodynamic Rioja with Garnacha predominant, mid-weight, utterly complete, ravishingly spiced and with great harmony of tannin, acid and perfume. Alvaro’s precise-yet-barely-tutored wines always speak gently but unfailingly of the earth in which they grow, and this hallmark’s in spades here. Red-black fruits in red dirt bespeak this, the jewel vineyard of Rioja Baja. Awesome, softly gloving fruit tannin is the heart from which ever-so-pleasant fruit radiates a warm glow. Gentle, earthily-fruited, classy,more-ish, delicious. RRP $33

STRAIGHT DOZEN Special available at $306 (ie that's $25.50 per bottle)

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2011 - LAST BOTTLES More Details
This is the family estate of Alvaro Palacios. It’s the star property of Rioja Baja, quite high up, devoted to Garnacha-led blends and all about the smell, taste and texture of the red clay dirt and local herb influence. Predominantly Garnacha, then Tempranillo with Graciano and Mazuelo.

Price: $27.99

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.
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Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Lagrein 2011

Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Lagrein 2011

This is very smart Lagrein made by one of the leading producers in Alto Adige in the far north of Italy close to the Austrian border - medium bodied red, has great length of flavour, fine grained tannins and gorgeous balance.

James Halliday reviewed their 2009 in The Australian on 12 November 2011 : "Tiefenbrunner is regarded as one of the best producers in the Alto Adige, so the quality of this wine was no surprise. Bright, clear crimson-purple, the bouquet has a highly fragrant black cherry core, the palate with terrific texture, mouthfeel and length, the tannins fine and ripe. 95 points; drink to 2019" RRP $36

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Giacomo Conterno \'Cascina Francia\' Barolo 2006

Giacomo Conterno 'Cascina Francia' Barolo 2006

There is no greater traditional Barolo producer than Giacomo Conterno!

"As with so many 2006 Barolos, time is going to be an essential ingredient as these youthful wines are tight, muscular, super tannic and powerful. Only time mellows all that ...Lurking beneath its imposing structure and weighty tannins, is Cascina Francia's tell-tale spice notes - anise, loicorice, tar and roses melded with cleansing acidity, savoury too with a persistent, long finish. Still sleeping so give this time ad consider it a cellar addition for up to 20 plus years. And if there is a Barolo that can sway people to the beauty and majesty of nebbiolo, (this) is it." Jane Faulkner Oct 2010.

Huon Hooke - 18.5 points..."Very fragrant and complex bouquet. Very tight tannin palate. Lean, angular, finely structured, with superb pure-fruit flavour and structure .. firm and yet supple tannins. Very rich and complex; no need for barriques to build more complexity into this wine. Great line and length; superb vino."

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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."

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Spinifex Tabor 2009

Spinifex Tabor 2009

“Wow what an impressive newcomer this is, owned by New Zealand-born Peter Schell and French-born wife Magali Gely. After graduation from Roseworthy they worked for four vintages in the south of France, and when they established Spinifex, it was only natural to focus on Mourvèdre, Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault. Great wine and immaculate packaging is a heady mixture... So far as I am concerned Spinifex out-Torbrecks Torbreck.” James Halliday

"2009 sees the return of Tabor. Sounds like an Arnie film circa Conan. Anyway, this is the 100% Mataro from winemaker Pete Schell. Meaty, gamey, feral aromatics, with a little ironstone and something earthy. The palate feels, lively and light, surprising for the inherent concentration; a welcome anomaly. Fresh red berries follow with hot spice and bitter herbs, then forest berries - it flows. It has a formed, slippery feel but there is chiaroscuro of fruit, spice and acidity throughout the wine. Savoury, then tobacco and earthy notes finish the wine with a sprinkle of pepper for good measure. Throws interesting shapes, drinks superbly, will live for a while too."

94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

A single-site Mataro that is a very grounded and composed young wine: dark plums, some cassis, orange zest, dry loamy, earthly aromas and wild herbs too. The palate's nicely laced up with a core or red- and purple-berry fruits - very smooth - and lazy tannins, laid-back, soft and even, and gently nutty through the finish. Plenty of charm and concentration here. 96 points. Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide, 2012.

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Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 - STRAIGHT CASE BUY

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 - STRAIGHT CASE BUY

65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarese aged half in Barrique and half in vats.
A fabulous debut in the first vintage produced by the new winemaker Pierre Fabre. This seamless wine shows depth and classic Chateauneuf character in abundance. Elegantly structured with impeccable balance and fine tannins this wine drinks magnificently already. A brilliant wine and great drink.
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Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 08 - LIMITED STOCK!

Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 08 - LIMITED STOCK!

Château Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Châteauneuf-du-Pape being well recognized as the owners of some of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the appellation. The superb quality of its vineyards ( 100 hectares) has been recognized throughout history and prior to the change of the appellation controlee system it was one of the few “Grand cru’s” in the region (together with Chateau Rayas).

65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarese aged half in Barrique and half in vats.
A fabulous debut in the first vintage produced by the new winemaker Pierre Fabre ( in a difficult vintage). This seamless wine shows depth and classic Chateauneuf character in abundance. Love the ethereal elegance, structure, impeccable balance and fine tannins. A magnificent medium bodied libation...Vive la France!
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Malenchini Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011 - LAST BOTTLES!

Malenchini Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011 - LAST BOTTLES!

Diletta Malenchini runs the winery and olive grove(the vineyard has been in the Malenchini family for more than 200 years- natural philosophy with minimal herbicides/ pesticides in the vineyard).

A blend of sangiovese (90%) with a touch of canaiolo. The vineyard is located in the hills just outside Florence "Colli Fiorentini" We were impressed with this juicy chainti - rich round dark berried fruit with some savoury leather and spice with fine tannins - good depth of fruit, palate weight and personality! Very smart value for money and dangerously more-ish with pizza and pasta!
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Girlan Lagrein 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Girlan Lagrein 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Lagrein is generally the most impressive red grape of the Alto Adige region in the far north of Italy when yields are controlled (which they are at Girlan). This variety is deeply coloured and can have fruit character reminiscent of dark cherries.

Thanks to careful vineyard selection, low yields and subtle oak handling, Girlan producers a dark, richly aromatic red with fine tannins and real freshness. Stylistically, it is perhaps most comparable to the medium bodied red wines of Savoie, made from the Mondeuse variety. On the other hand this wine is unique in an almost pinoesque kind of way! Girlan’s 2010 has a really vibrant personality to match its intense purple colour. This wine is full of life.. it’s bright and crunchy with perfumed cherry, fresh tobacco, wild berry aromas and flavours. Enjoy this !
RRP $33

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Hamelin Bay Merlot 2011

Hamelin Bay Merlot 2011

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.

This newly released merlot is all dark chocolate, blood plum, black fruits and liquorice. Lovely to drink now but with great potential for mid term cellaring. Already picked 2 gongs at the 2012 Perth Royal and Qantas WA Wine shows and 2 silvers at Royal Melbourne and Margaret River Wine Shows. Follows on from highly regarded 2009 vintage (Top rated Merlot in WA and classed "Best Of the West" in Ray Jordan's 2012 WA Wine Guide, the leading authority on WA Wine.)
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Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009

Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009

"From 80 year old vines in the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley. And so far, I'm liking what I see of 2009 in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. A touch oxidative in style with nutty oak, creamed raspberry, a fly spray-like perfume (best I can do) and some mint. It's supple, medium weight, with no heat and super fine grained tannin. Fluid and long - the length of palate is remarkable. Light vanilla wood flavours in there too, and as a young wine the sweet and juicy charm of it is beguiling. With age it will be something different again. Also to be noted is that while it has fruitiness, it's not confectioned or jammy. Top end." 95 points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com Limited " Limited

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Pulenta Estate Malbec 2009

Pulenta Estate Malbec 2009

100% handpicked estate grown malbec from Alto Agrello and Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Fermentation and maturation in French oak. Very classy malbec balancing power and elegance.

“The nose offers a fine mix of floral berry, dusty earth, and classic malbec richness, while the palate is juicy, balanced and tastes of cassis, blackberry, fresh plum, cracked pepper and baking spices. Full and long on the
finish; right where you want it to be.” 92 POINTS for the 2007. TOP 12 MALBECS Wine Enthusiast (USA) Decant this wine RRP $45

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Spinifex Esprit 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY!

Spinifex Esprit 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY!

This 2012 release has trumped us all ! Terrific long growing season in the Barossa has delivered the goods in this fine blend of Mataro, Grenache, Shiraz, Carignan and Cinsault. Complex aromatics of red currents, sour cherry, pomegranate and hints of freshly roasted coffee. Medium to full bodied, fresh dry palate with layers of intense red fruit, dried herbs and spice flavours. Lingering finish with a firm tight structure. At a previous tasting, Pete Schell, winemaker, declared that if he could only ever make one wine again, this would be it, he’d “die a happy man”. Like the name says, it has truely captured his “spirit”.

Mike Bennie from The Wine Front reviewed the 2010 .. “Pete Schell is a hell of a solid winemaker, one of the more exciting to step out of the ‘new gen’ of producers who source widely, seeking verity from older, finer sites. More purity and finesse in these wines than many many from other Barossa producers."

95 points James Halliday for the 2010 "A blend of mataro, shiraz, grenache and cinsaut that joyously reflects the '10 vintage with its cascade of red cherry, raspberry, strawberry - plus any other berry you care to name - and a long finish that is at once silky and savoury."

94 Points Campbell Mattinson for the 2010, The Wine Front "Cracking wine, this 2010. Beautifully well managed. Tastes fresh and lively and yet has leathery, earthen notes – to complement the wine’s bursts of cherried, plummy, smoky fruit. As with all the 2010 Spinifex reds, it benefits from a stint in the decanter. It’s a little reductive and ferrous and some of these aspects blow off with air, but thankfully not all of them. Ripe, integrated, meticulous tannin. A ripping wine in its style."

94 Points Nick Stock 2013 Good Wine Guide for the 2010; "A beautiful vintage for this reliable, modern classic of blended Barossa red wine. This delivers beautiful and precise fruit purity across a spectrum of red and dark berry characters, showing verve and freshness, and tarry, savoury notes at the edge. The palate is beautifully struck, with focus and concentration both a feature; dark and red berry flavours run amid some chocolate and spice, lovely drive and freshness - superb."

94 Points Tyson Stelzer for the 2010; - “There’s not a ripple or crease to delineate each of the varieties in this consummately crafted blend of mataro, shiraz, grenache and cinsault. The florals and spices on display here are exotic and captivating: dried flowers, red cherries, greengage plums, mixed spice and pepper. The delight of the bouquet flows all the way through the palate, carried by a finely structured, silky backbone of carefully textured tannins.

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Vissoux Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2010 - LAST BOTTLES!

Vissoux Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2010 - LAST BOTTLES!

“Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality..” David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, August 2008
The Chermette family were the first to embrace sustainable agricultural practices in Beaujolais. Cru beaujolais is a remarkable medium bodied red made from the Gamay grape, fragrant and juicy with succulence, depth and savoury length. Vissoux is the top rated Beaujolais producer in leading french guide, "Les Meilleurs Vins de France".

Moulin a Vent is the Cru renowned for brooding, fuller bodied reds with power- more reminiscent of the northern Rhone. This is Vissoux top cuvee - it's concentrated, profound and deep with more-ish ripples of smokey tariness. Fruit sourced from 3 plots: Rochegres for finesse;Roche Noire for fruit and Rochelle for power. After a couple of years in bottle this is wildly attractive medium bodied rouge. This top shelf bargain will not dissappoint !

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate got excited: ".. dark cherry and cassis with saliva-inducing salinity, pan-scraping meatiness, and fine-grained tannic chew in an expansive yet sharply-defined, tenaciously persistent, downright vibratory palate performance. This will intrigue and invigorate for at least half a dozen years." 91 points, The Wine Advocate.
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Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini 2011

Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini 2011

Honest expressions of the terroir of Monforte d'Alba, which generally produces a bigger, more tannic style of Barolo than those from La Morra or Barolo itself. Without doubt, Elio & Gianluca Grasso are one of the great producers of Piedmont. Their style is somewhere between classic traditional and modern expressions of Barolo. Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s right hand man writes a little about them: “Elio Grasso’s wines are made in a unique, crisply articulated style that highlights balance and harmony over sheer power … The Barolos are fermented using the traditional submerged cap method and see a full month of maceration on the skins … Despite all of their success, Elio, Marina, Gianluca and Francesca Grasso, along with their cellarmaster Enrico Marchisio, remain some of the most unassuming, humble and classy people readers will meet in Piedmont.”

From younger vines (1.2 Ha) within Gavarini. Made in a modern style with partial whole-bunch ferment and some micro-oxygenation, to produce a plush, earlier drinking expression of Nebbiolo. Matured in stainless steel. Very smart offering -do not be put off by the fact this is young, a 2011 vintage…This a beautifully juicy offering with plenty of allure and character
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Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2007 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2007 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Achaval Ferrer sits ‘at the summit of Argentina wine producers’, to quote Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s right hand man. A group of friends from Argentina and Italy, Santiago Achaval Becu and Manuel Ferrer joined forces in 1998 with Italian winemakers Roberto Cipresso and Tiziano Siviero to explore the terroirs and old vineyards of Mendoza. Starting at Finca Altamira, an 87 year-old vineyard about one hour’s drive to the south in the Uco Valley at La Consulta, the 102 year-old vines of Finca Bella Vista at Perdriel were added in 2002. Malbec is of course the star here and Archaval Ferrer’s wines are all about finesse and balance not the big, tannic styles widely seen. Their hallmark is their silky mouthfeel and seamless palate Old vines produce miniscule yields of intense, perfumed, complex fruit balanced with the use of new oak.

Take Jay Miller’s advice ... “the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval Ferrer are through the entry-level Malbec” Sourced from 3 vineyards, this is the benchmark regional expression of Mendoza Malbec. Dark fruit and spice, mouthfilling, elegant and long.

Decanter.com ... "Very expressive on the nose and packed with black fruit and hints of chocolate. Smooth on the palate with rich fruit characters but with a clean and fresh acidity to support the fruit concentration; soft tannins with a long lingering finish."

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Bodegas y Vinedos Arnaldo âPSIâ 2009 -VERY LIMITED

Bodegas y Vinedos Arnaldo ‘PSI’ 2009 -VERY LIMITED

PSI is the brainchild of Peter Sisseck, founder of Dominio de Pingus- arguably Spain most famous wine

The idea is to utilise some neglected, but potentially great old assets, human and vinous, of Ribera del Deuro. In short, they are the old bush-vine holdings ( 80 years old) of the senior citizens ( some octagenarians amongst them!) of Ribera del Duero, old peasant guys in the main, who have been growing fruit to sell off for decades.

In the main, despite the great age and quality of the vineyards, the resultant material and commercially realised wines have been uninspiring. In conjunction with Pablo Rubio (winemaker at Dominio de Pingus), Peter has re-fashioned the viticulture of these old vines, and rejuvenated the old guys’ relationship with their beloved gnarled old plots. PSI is organic and biodynamic Tinto del Pais (local clone Tempranillo) from old bush-vine plots at around 900m altitude in the valleys of Gromejón and Perales, from 4 principal locations: Pedrosa de Duero, La Aguilera, Gumiel de Izan and Peñaranda de Duero. This is similar territory to Cillar de Silos, to the north of Aranda del Deuro in the central zone of RdD.
First vintage, 2007. ‘Arnaldo’ is a lovely tract of land near Peter’s home, and mere namesake of the project, not its location. PSI is the 23rd letter of the Greek Alphabet (and also the initials P and Si of the maker, señor Sisseck).

Smoky purple fruits, lifted red cola over meat glaze and deep woodily-wizened aromas of old vines. Beautifully earthy to smell and taste, full and bright, laden with dark cherry fruit. A fine, elegant and polished Ribera.

Smoky purple fruits in a meat’n’beet register, lifted red cola over meat glaze, with a pink peppercorn lift and the deep woodily-wizened smell of old, gnarly vines. Gently, beautifully earthy to smell and taste, densely fruited, it’s full and bright, not heavy, laden with dark cherry fruit - a fine, elegant and polished Ribera. Stylistically straddling Burgundy and Barolo - soft and juicy at front leading into wonderful old-vine fruit tannin, with gentle acid/spice closure at palate’s end. Beautiful deep, subtle palate, with wonderful fruit tannin, spice and the expression of vine age. 2009 is a warm vintage of great quality; in the sensitive hands of someone like Peter Sisseck we get wines combining power, complexity and deftness. Dry and hot from July on, September rains cooled and slowed things, and then the fruit was left to hang and harmonise quite late, being harvested in mid-to-late October. To obtain a softer extraction, the grapes of ‘PSI’ are vinified in large traditional concrete vats. The wine then spends a further 17 months ageing in a combination of concrete and wooden vats and oak barriques, all of which nurture and gently extract the wine’s complexity and natural aromas. Winemaking (to the extent it’s discernible) is incredibly dab-handed, judicious, beautiful. Old vine material overly handled gets too dry and abstract, but this has been lightly handled and retains juicy deftness along with the old vine depth, extract and character. Stylish indeed, the palate is self-assured, composed, deeply-rooted in its sense of place. This is top shelf RRP $100

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Dominio de Tares Baltos Mencia 2009

Dominio de Tares Baltos Mencia 2009

This super-value "Baltos", a 100% old-vine Mencía (forty years old) which is aged for six months in barriques. Having achieved "Top 100" status with the inaugural 2001 bottling, the current incarnation is a more mature and naturally assured offering. The vines are located in Cabanelas near the village of Valtuille de Abajo(in the region of Bierzo, Spain just north of Portugal) , whose smooth hillsides face south at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level and where clay and calcareous soils with small fragments of ferric slates produce extremely low yields. This 2009 release is an excellent, potent and individual Bierzo that revels in a nose of earth, mineral, pencil lead, and red and black cherry. The palate is ripe, balanced, spicy, and wonderfully textured and long. It has a powerful and concentrated style and it's easy to see why Mencia was once thought to be an ancient clone of Cabernet Franc (an impression which has been dispelled with DNA profiling); its density, structure and blue fruit/pencil shaving aromas evokes something of a fine right bank Bordeaux. Benefits from some air! RRP $31

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Benjamin Leroux Savigny-Les Beaune 2010

Benjamin Leroux Savigny-Les Beaune 2010

“You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand.” Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009, www.jancisrobinson.com

“Leroux’s passion, ambition and sheer talent have already resulted in a number of stunning, beautiful wines, but my sense is that the best is yet to come.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 194 May 2011

“Benjamin Leroux is quiet and unassuming, but his wines more than speak for themselves. I tasted a wide range of 2010s, but was only able to revisit a handful of 2009’s as production is just a barrel or two for most wines. These are some of the most interesting wines being made in Burgundy today.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

As the Jancis Robinson/Burghound quote above makes clear, Leroux is considered one of the most gifted and knowledgeable wine growers in the whole Cote d’Or. You just have to ask any serious Bourgogne producer about Leroux to understand the respect he has garnered amongst his colleagues in the region. He was always considered a prodigy, studying at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune from the age of 13 and taking the reins at the esteemed Domaine Comte Armand when he was only 26. Leroux’s success with the Domaine’s wines over the last decade has well justified the decision to appoint such a young man to run the show. He will continue to manage Comte Armand despite now having his own range of wines (another sign of how well respected he is). The range is fine tuned – several grand cru wines are now in barrel for example – and new vineyard acquisitions will add to the offering, however Leroux is determined only to work with vineyards that have been well managed and produce outstanding fruit, regardless of whether or not they have famous names. He actually champions lesser known regions in Burgundy which is refreshing. This makes sense, Leroux’s knowledge of Burgundy is encyclopedic and producers like him are waking up the wine world to the fact that the reputation of many Cote d’Or vineyards has as much to do with the producers who work them than any intrinsic qualities of the sites themselves.

This is a blinder of a Savigny village with plenty of red berries and fresh cherry fruit, hints of
forest floor and a tangy, racy close. In 2010 this is entirely from declassified 1er Cru! We forgot to ask if this is solely from Hauts Jarrons 1er Cru or from a blend of 1er cru parcels. No matter, we'll ask him later this week when he's in Australia and either way this is, once again, a very 'Leroux' expression of Savigny; suave and succulent, fine and perfumed with a seamless, fragrant transition from nose to palate to lingering finish. You’ve heard of nose to tail eating? Well this is nose to throat drinking!
"The 2010 Savigny-les-Beaune (from tank) shows remarkable intensity and depth at this level. Layers of dark red fruit flow through to the textured, inviting finish. This is all declassified 1er Cru fruit.” (87-88) points, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #199
RRP $74

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Roda Reserva Tempranillo Graciano Rioja 2008

Roda Reserva Tempranillo Graciano Rioja 2008

Often referred to as “the Grand Cru of Rioja”, Bodega Roda is a landmark in the old Riojan city of Haro. From the underground drives to the dedicated, floor-heated malolactic cellar, everything Roda does speaks of precision and fastidious attention to detail. Fruit from each of its 17 vineyards is vinified separately and only after a year in barrel are decisions taken about the wines' ultimate designation. Irrespective of this though, Roda's ground-breaking R&D work on the phenolic maturity of Tempranillo means that all their wines are famed for their ethereal balance, elegance and finesse. From Sela through to their flagship Cirsion, the wines progress from the red-fruit spectrum to the black, all the while increasing in concentration and complexity, while retaining that signature finesse and balance.

Fruit is from vineyards in excess of 30 years (some up to 80 years old), grown organically, aged in French barrels, neither filtered nor fined. Each vintage is made "on its merits" to reflect style of the vintage (rather than an application of a recipe). ...Aromatic, fresh red berry thru' to black fruit, some dark chocolate and tar/roast meat underneath with fine silky tannins. Ooodles of class and sophistication in their fine reds.

The team at Roda are not merely dedicated, they are detail-obsessed. Perhaps the most impressive (mahogany-scented) winery you will ever see; everything is about the production and retention of grape quality - the modern approach to wine through viticulture is nowhere given more commitment. All of the fruit is off vineyards in excess of 30 years (some up to 80 years old), grown organically. Fermentation in foudre, and aged in French barrels, with a minimum of oxidative handling, and neither filtered nor fined. Significantly, each vintage is made "on its merits" - work levels, style, etc are responses to vintage realities - not applications of a recipe.

The red+black fruits palate continues with amazing freshness and balance….forest floor, roast meat, tobacco, violets, … a nice sense of crispness works into the back stretch where fine oak, natural acid, a long mineral flourish, Roda's trademark amazing velvet fruit tannins and a boof of purple florals all feature in a quiet riot. Composed, sensual and taut, packed with complex flavour and textures, it's a supremely delicate and deft wine with depth concentration and more pronounced oak influence. 97% Tempranillo and a little Graciano from 35-80 yr old vineyards. All class and sophistication in this fine wine.
RRP $115

Price: $89.99

Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo 2005 - VERY LIMITED

Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo 2005 - VERY LIMITED

Bruno Giacosa is arguably the greatest producer in Piedmont.

“The Giacosa tradition is that of a commerciante on the highest level” Nicolas Belfrage, Barolo to Valpolicella.

“His genius lies in selecting the finest grapes, a talent learnt from his grandfather Carlo.” Garner & Merritt, ‘Tar and Roses’.

From the winery ... "Garnet red colour with orange reflections. Ample and complex bouquet with notes recalling truffle and liquorice. In the mouth it feels dry, full and velvety, unfolding a great personality."

Price: $245.00

Chateau Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2006 - LIMITED STOCK

Chateau Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2006 - LIMITED STOCK

95 POINTS ... Robert Parker’s review from the Wine Advocate ..
“ As I stated last year, there is no hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028."

Review by Gary Walsh from Winefront ..
“Beaucastel are big believers in Mourvedre and I am too – it’s the X-Factor grape. Dark, brooding and savoury – a wine of rugged mystery and complexity. Dark chocolate, earth, orange peel, blackberry with some raspberry, earth, licorice and pepper are the flavours – though possibly I’ve listed too many – it’s the ‘idea’ of it that’s important. Full bodied and dense, not fruity, but with plenty of weight and flavour…and it’s clean too. Some dried herb on the long and admirably sweet finish. Looked fresher and more vibrant after being open for a day. A wine of charisma and character. “
RRP $190

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Robert Parker .... "Beaucastel and its subsidiary wines marketed under the Perrin et Fils moniker are consistently among the bright shining stars of France. I have been visiting this estate for nearly thirty years, and over that time I have seen all the elements of what makes wines great – an incredible respect for the vineyards, a conscientious, uncompromising work ethic, and extraordinary passion for gentle handling of fruit from their sites. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin seem to be gradually inching closer to retirement as their sons take more and more of a front row seat in the running of this outstanding estate. This is a marvelous portfolio of wines, from the extraordinary values, to the top-end world classics. While one could say this is as traditionally run estate as can be found in western Europe, the Perrins are remarkably flexible if they sense that quality can be improved. Quality rises dramatically with the Perrin et Fils cuvees. The Cotes du Rhone Reserve wines are produced primarily from the estate vineyards at Grand Prebois and Vinsobres, with some purchased fruit from such Cotes du Rhone appellations as St.-Gervais. Marc Perrin, who is responsible for winemaking at Perrin et Fils, seems to go from strength to strength with this line of wines, which includes negociant bottlings as well as some from estate vineyards in Vinsobres.”

Price: $149.99

Ernesto Catena Siesta Malbec 2010

Ernesto Catena Siesta Malbec 2010

Ernesto Catena is the eldest son of Nicolás Catena of Catena Zapata, Argentina’s largest and most respected winemaking families. Considered a ”bit of a rockstar” of modern Argentinian winemaking. His access to the finest old vine material ( thanks to the catena empire has produced the goods), Siesta wines are a tribute to the ancient Inca civilization and their respect for the land. The Incas would often bury offerings to the land so that it would remain healthy and fertile. Following this ancient tradition, every year they bury in the Vistaflores vineyard a few bottles of their best wines, hoping that while sleeping their endless “Siesta”, they will protect the vines, people and harvest.

Malbec fruit for this powerful, robust wine is sourced from several prime vineyards (high altitude vineyards at 40 yrs of age). Maturation 100% French Oak (25% new) to add a savoury dimension.

I now understand why the best restaurants in Buenos Aires clamour to list his wines! This is rich powerful wine balanced by taut, savoury tar & licorice characters. Decant this wine so it opens out.. Si senor - this absolutely over delivers quality for the price. RRP $40

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Review of the 2009 ... “Rich but very well-focused, with Kenya AA coffee framing the roasted fig, hoisin sauce and plum pudding notes, which glide through the graphite-supported finish.” Wine Spectator.

Price: $31.99

Noemia A Lisa 2012

Noemia A Lisa 2012

This leading Patagonia winery is located in Rio Negro Valley, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires in the middle of the desert of Patagonia, Argentina. The climate is bone dry with just seven inches of rain each year. The dry climate with a maximum humidity of 30% keeps the area free of disease; the atmosphere is pristine, pure and unpolluted. Winemaker, Hans Vinding-Diers (Danish, Bordeaux-trained, cousin of Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame in Espana) is fanatical as far as attention to detail goes- biodynamic viticulture, hand harvesting and gravity driven vinification. He joined forces with italiana Noemi Marone- Cinzano (part of the Cinzano family) in this exciting venture.

The hallmark of this bodega is "elegancia" , a seamless palate and balance- not big tannic blockbusters often typical of Mendoza.

Fruit is sourced from three different vineyards all 50 yrs of age. This red blend comprises 90% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and was matured 10 months in second year French oak. Deep purple colour with aromas of spice, currants and a hint of violets. Full-bodied and signature elegance in this wine- more savoury fruit spectrum than malbec from mendoza with lots of blackberry and dark cherry fruit and silky fine grained tannins and a lick of raspberry. Do not miss out on this gorgeous wine...

Decanter 5 stars 19/20 points for their 2010 .. "Dark berry fruit - fresh and young with spicy notes. Bright and juicy palate, ripe yet elegantly structured tannins. The 1% Petit Verdot adds green peppery notes. Great cellaring potential."

93 points Wine & Spirits Magazine, Feb '14

Wine Spectator .. "This red mixes crushed black cherry and dark plum with overtones of game, grilled herb and olive. Ripe and savory."
RRP $58

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David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Winemaker, David Hook “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.

* Trophy for Best Red from Italian or Spanish Varietal at 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Show *

This native grape of piedmont in Italy, was grown in a vineyard in the foothills of Mount Canobolas (near Orange). The cool climate and ancient volcanic soils combined produce high quality grapes with good intensity of flavour and high natural acidity. Classic varietal characters of dark cherry, prune and spice. 2011 was a great season..the Hunter and Orange were spared the rain that came down in south australia and victoria. This medium to full bodied red has good structure with firm velvety tannins balanced by good acidity (barbera and sangiovese retain more acidity than shiraz and cabernet).
This drinks beautifully -Bring on the pasta and pizza. Salute!

ONLY $25 a bottle WHEN YOU BUY AS A STRAIGHT DOZEN !

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Review by Chris Shanahan, Australian wine judge and writer, November 2012 ... ".. easily the best Australian expression of the style that I've tasted. The fleshy but not plump palate, and smooth, silky tannins make this a more complete, satisfying red without abandoning the varietal character."

Price: $300.00

Hewitson Miss Harry GSM 2010

Hewitson Miss Harry GSM 2010

Leading Barossa vigneron, Dean Hewitson has had a wealth of winemaking experience - he cut his teeth for 10 years at Petulama, followed by several vintages in France and Oregon. He has done his time to earn the coveted 5 red star winery James Halliday rating reserved for top 3% of Australia's best wineries.

He has done well with this Barossa GSM sourced from historic, dry-grown vineyards dating back to the 1800s. What a delightful medium bodied blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Morvedre, Carignan and Cinsault... juicy ripe summer berries, spice, dried lavender and herbs. Good concentration of fruit balanced by refreshing acidity. Yum! RRP $27

94 points James Halliday "... sourced from 25 separate vineyard plots, five over 100 years old, half of the remainder over 50 years old. Medium-bodied, there is wonderful tension between the array of predominantly black fruits and the savoury tannins on the finish. The only question is why it is so underpriced."

RRP $27

Price: $18.99

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Jed Malbec 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Jed Malbec 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Each year, Jed’s three young Australian winemakers travel to the Uco Valley in Argentina to craft wines that express the unique characters of this acclaimed alpine region. They were hugely impressed with the Uco Valley in Mendoza (450 year history of winemaking) as a unique place to make wine with its fresh snowmelt water (from the Andes), crisp mountain air, high altitude (1250 m) and pure UV light.

Mendoza is famous for producing the world’s finest Malbec but it is the cooler sites of Uco Valley that have recently been discovered as the best. This pristine environment produces naturally balanced wines which require minimal intervention in both the vineyard and winery. The cooler climate fosters the development of the bright cherry flavours in this wine and provides a fine tannin structure. Jed Malbec is made in a traditional medium bodied style. 70% aged in 2nd/3rd use French/American oak to showcase the trademark fine/ripe tannins of Mendoza Malbec.
This beautifully fragrant “vino tinto” has cascading flavours of bright cherries, wild blackberries and chocolate. Love the intensity of fruit on the palate and fine grained silky tannins. Beautiful balance in this fine medium bodied red. Sip on this and you will hear the accordion and feel the intensity and style of tango! Bargain.

Price: $203.88

Spinifex Le Chemin 2009

Spinifex Le Chemin 2009

‘Le Chemin’ meaning ‘The Path’ or ‘The Way’ – is a co-fermented blend of Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz, Carignan and Cinsault fruit exclusively sourced from very old vineyards. The fruit quality in 2009 vintage was so good it provided an opportunity for a rare bottling: to co-ferment these varieties together in a single tank as the mild and long season presented a window where all five varieties were at an optimal and appropriate maturity to generate such a blend.

Following fermentation the wine was matured in a single large old French oak cask or “foudre” (2500ltrs) for 20 months. A wine of refinement and purity. Aromatically complex, perfumed with high-toned spice, red fruits and ethereal dried flower, herb, earth and gamey complexity. A clear demonstration of the magic and innate complexity of old vine fruit, it is startling in its clarity, purity and restraint. Pure and fresh with herb laced red fruits on attack that evolve into earthier dried and woody spices. Has a supple and open front palate that gains focus, freshness and line as fine, firm tannin and ripe acids draw the palate out. Fine, dry, lingering finish" Very Limited

Price: $83.99

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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Domaine Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2011

Domaine Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2011

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!

Average age of 50 years old low yielding vines in Gigondas. Incredibly complex geology/soils translates to terrific results.

Comprises of 80% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre. Fruit is sourced from the lower terraced parcels of the Plan de Dieu lieu?dit, in the commune of Violès. Grenache and Carignan vines are over 60 years old and the Mourvèdre 30 years. Delightful concentration and multilayered Cotes du Rhone thanks to depth of fruit from the old vine material. A winner!
Special Dozen Buy also avaialble $312 ie $26 a bottle

Price: $27.99

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Agnes de Cervera \'La Petite Agnes\' Priorat Garnacha 2011

Agnes de Cervera 'La Petite Agnes' Priorat Garnacha 2011

Agnes de Cervera is a family-owned property in the centre of Priorat, famed Spanish wine region just outside Barcelona. The Cervera family have spent the last decade acquiring and planting over 250 acres of land in several villages, of which about 90 acres are vineyard. The project is named after Agnès, granddaughter of owner, Miguel Jimènez de Cervera who dedicated this project to Agnès to show her his love. She’s ten years old and grows up around the vineyards, sharing with all her family a great passion for wine!

This is delicious (typical Priorat) medium bodied comprises 85% Garnacha and 15% Samsó spanish name for carignan followed by a brief maturation in French barriques). Juicy red wine brimming with purity of fruit…plush black cherries, plums, framed by classic refreshing raspberry and characteristic terroir mineral tariness ( thanks to the schist rock known as ‘licorella’ soil in the area). Terrific value here- Viva Espana!

RRP $34 Special price $25.99

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Galah Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2002

Galah Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2002

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 99 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:- big and chewy without being syrupy, sweet, woody and alcoholic, and with years ahead of them…..the 02 Galah table wines could easily cellar for another 15 years ” Stephen George calls this his favourite of the Galah Wines.

“This classic blend has exciting cassis and eucalypt aromas, with marmitey and leather characters now developing over an under-layer of great soft tannin and acidity, suggesting it can handle more time in the cellar. Other vintages also provide plenty of adventure.” 94 points Tony Love, The Advertiser April 09.

Decant this wine for at least 2-3 hours (this is still tight on opening) or cellar carefully up to 2020. Serve with hearty meat dishes. Limited.

RRP: $39

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94 points Tyson Steltzer 2012 ... "Stephen George must have exercised Jedi self control to hold back for a full decade the signature blend of the Clare Valley, from one of the most legendary vineyards of the region, sourced primarily from the "newer" Wendouree plantings of 1911. Such a pedigree promises great things, but even this does nothing to prepare you for the youthful vibrancy that this wine emanates from every pore. At a full ten years of age almost to the day, it still has a perfume of violets, and cabernet's classic signature of redcurrants and capsicum. There's Clare mint and leaf in spades, and a slowly building bottle complexity of roast capsicum. Wendouree's telltale, firm, finely structured, mineral tannins hold forth, and will continue to do so for at least five years yet. An effortless wine of medium body and low alcohol. For all it represents, it's ridiculously underpriced."

Price: $32.99

San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva âLe Baroncoleâ 2009

San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Le Baroncole’ 2009

San Giusto A Rentannano are up there with Italy’s top growers -they are all about purity of sangiovese fruit, elegance ( almost feminine for super Tuscan), beautiful aromatics, and superb freshness …Percalo a selection of Sangiovese from six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto multilayered, firm tannins and beautifully integrated French oak but they do not over do the oak. Powerful wine- cellars well up to 20 yrs They certified organic in 2008 vintage

Set in the far south of the Chianti Classico zone, San Giusto a Rentennano started out as a medieval Cistercian monastery and currently owns about 40 hectares of vineyards – a small landholding compared to some of big Tuscan names and a feature that means they produce small quantities of wine.

Accolades galore from the wine scribes like Parker, Tanzer, Wine Spectator etc… A couple of quotes

"I can’t think of too many growers who would show the humility to say “I could have done better” when talking about one of his highly acclaimed wines from a few years ago. It is precisely that quiet drive to continue to improve which makes Luca Martini di Cigala and San Giusto a Rentennano one of Italy’s top producers." -- The Wine Advocate, June 2008

“…enjoy yourself with one of the greatest Super-Tuscans of them all, the 100%-sangiovese Percarlo, made from a selection of the best grapes of the property, and the 100%-merlot La Ricolma, a cult wine that is now back in top form…” – International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07

“San Giusto a Rentennano is one of Italy’s leading estates. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala are quiet and unassuming. They prefer to let the wines speak for themselves, which they do with great eloquence...From top to bottom, these remain some of the most reasonably priced wines in the world considering the pure quality of what goes into the bottle.” Antonio Galloni

Terrific fruit selection / depth of fruit- powerful strident wine but needs time. Again oak is not overdone ( a lot of Riservas can be over oaked) 92 pts Galloni "...caresses the palate with layers of sweet red berries, flowers, mint and spices. As is often the case when the Baroncole is young, the French oak is just a bit intrusive. That should be less of an issue as the wine ages. I don’t see the 2009 being a long-term wine, but then again, I have often been surprised by the ageability of these Chiantis. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021."

RRP $95

Price: $81.99

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San Giusto A Rentannano Percarlo 2009 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentannano Percarlo 2009 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentannano are up there with Italy’s top growers -they are all about purity of sangiovese fruit, elegance, almost feminine for super Tuscan), beautiful aromatics, and superb vibrancy and freshness …Flavour spectrum more red fruits rather than brooding black fruits.
Percalo a selection of Sangiovese from six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto multilayered, firm tannins and beautifully integrated French oak but they do not over do the oak. Powerful wine- cellars well up to 20 yrs They became certified organic in 2008 vintage

Set in the far south of the Chianti Classico zone, San Giusto a Rentannano started out as a medieval Cistercian monastery and currently owns about 40 hectares of vineyards – a small landholding compared to some of big Tuscan names and a feature that means they produce small quantities of wine.

Their Percarlo is made from 100% estate Sangiovese, organically grown from the finest vineyards. Yields are exceptionally low – around 1kg of grapes per vine – and the vines sit on a complex combination of mineral rich soils, imbuing the grapes with exceptional acidity and fruit purity. A near perfect microclimate offers cool nights which slows the ripening process and increases complexity, and long warm days which allows the Sangiovese to reach complete ripeness. They are then hand picked and rigorously sorted (up to 50% of grapes can be discarded if they don’t reach stringent quality standards) as late as possible. Combined with a use of natural yeasts and unfiltered bottling, this is a truly unique and memorable expression of Sangiovese.

Accolades galore from the wine scribes like Parker, Tanzer, Wine Spectator etc… A couple of quotes:

"I can’t think of too many growers who would show the humility to say “I could have done better” when talking about one of his highly acclaimed wines from a few years ago. It is precisely that quiet drive to continue to improve which makes Luca Martini di Cigala and San Giusto a Rentennano one of Italy’s top producers." -- The Wine Advocate, June 2008

“…enjoy yourself with one of the greatest Super-Tuscans of them all, the 100%-sangiovese Percarlo, made from a selection of the best grapes of the property, and the 100%-merlot La Ricolma, a cult wine that is now back in top form…” – International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07

“San Giusto a Rentennano is one of Italy’s leading estates. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala are quiet and unassuming. They prefer to let the wines speak for themselves, which they do with great eloquence...From top to bottom, these remain some of the most reasonably priced wines in the world considering the pure quality of what goes into the bottle.” Antonio Galloni

RRP $155

Price: $139.99

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Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2010 - VERY LIMITED

“You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand.” Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009, www.jancisrobinson.com
“Leroux’s passion, ambition and sheer talent have already resulted in a number of stunning, beautiful wines, but my sense is that the best is yet to come.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 194 May 2011
“Benjamin Leroux is quiet and unassuming, but his wines more than speak for themselves. I tasted a wide range of 2010s, but was only able to revisit a handful of 2009’s as production is just a barrel or two for most wines. These are some of the most interesting wines being made in Burgundy today.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

As the Jancis Robinson/Burghound quote above makes clear, Leroux is considered one of the most gifted and knowledgeable wine growers in the whole Cote d’Or. You just have to ask any serious Bourgogne producer about Leroux to understand the respect he has garnered amongst his colleagues in the region. He was always considered a prodigy, studying at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune from the age of 13 and taking the reins at the esteemed Domaine Comte Armand when he was only 26. Leroux’s success with the Domaine’s wines over the last decade has well justified the decision to appoint such a young man to run the show. He will continue to manage Comte Armand despite now having his own range of wines (another sign of how well respected he is). The range is fine tuned – several grand cru wines are now in barrel for example – and new vineyard acquisitions will add to the offering, however Leroux is determined only to work with vineyards that have been well managed and produce outstanding fruit, regardless of whether or not they have famous names. He actually champions lesser known regions in Burgundy which is refreshing. This makes sense, Leroux’s knowledge of Burgundy is encyclopedic and producers like him are waking up the wine world to the fact that the reputation of many Cote d’Or vineyards has as much to do with the producers who work them than any intrinsic qualities of the sites themselves.

"Once again Leroux's amuse-bouche red is a blend of declassified Santenay Villages and 1er cru la Comme. Leroux declassifies these wines because otherwise he would have no Bourgogne to sell! The origin of the wines and the startling quality, make it an absolute steal, punching well above its generic level. Fleshy and deep with dark cherry and floral-scented fruit along with powdery tannins that show that the wine will clearly age. Wonderful depth and character, it is a ripe, powerful, Côte de Beaune rouge and simply too good for the Bourgogne appellation it misleadingly wears on its label. "The 2010 Bourgogne Rouge (from tank) is a fleshy, supple wine laced with floral red fruits, best suited for drinking over the next few years. Leroux’s Bourgogne is made from declassified fruit from the Santenay 1er Cru La Comme and a 1er Cru fruit from St. Aubin." (87-88) points, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #199
RRP $53

Price: $46.99

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

Colome Estate Malbec 2011

Colome Estate Malbec 2011

Established is 1831, Bodega Colome is one of Argentina’s most esteemed and oldest producers located in Argentina's region of Salta in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, home to the highest vineyards in the world at altitudes of 2300-3311 metres. Semi arid climate with warm days and cold nights is ideal for viticulture. Intense UV light with altitude results in thick grape skin development to protect against sun. The Hess Family bought this estate in 2001.

100% biodynamic vineyard from high in the mountains of Salta (vineyards are between 2400 and 3000 metres above sea level) bulk of fruit comes from estate vineyard (150 yrs of age at 2400 metres-trunks of these incredible ancient gnarly vines remind me of olive trees!)

Delicious malbec 85% with a splash of tannat, cabernet sauvignon, syrah & petit verdot, 15 mths maturation in french oak with depth of fruit, and beautifully ripe tannins. It's all about alpine freshness and purity of fruit in this delicious vibrant medium bodied malbec.... RRP$55

Price: $44.99

Spinifex Miette Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2010

Spinifex Miette Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2010

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.”

The fruit for this wine is 100% Barossa, handpicked from old, dry-grown sites. Winemaker Pete Schell .... "A spicy, fragrant and full-flavoured red. Alluring aromatics of warm, exotic spice and red fruits. Fresh mid weight palate with strong cherry, leather and cocoa and dried herb flavours – bright and alive on the palate –fine drying tannins." Incredible value here.
RRP $25

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Spinifex Miette Mataro 2010

Spinifex Miette Mataro 2010

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.”

Mataro - aka Mourvèdre - has to be the most underrated black grape grown in Australia but with its thick skins, naturally balanced acidity and late ripening characteristics, the variety is ideally suited to Australian conditions, particularly to the warm chocolaty rich soils of the Barossa Valley. The inaugural Miette Mataro showcases the more elegant side of this variety. Fruit for this comes from select old vines in Kalimna and Tabor, east of Tanunda and is used in Spinifex's flag ship Mataro, Tabor. Lovely savoury notes here .. . aniseed and red fruits. Deliciously smooth and vibrant sweet/savoury cherry and plum fruit, and long finish. Delivers so much for the price.
RRP $25

Price: $19.99

Teusner Avatar GSM 2012 - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Teusner Avatar GSM 2012 - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Kym Teusner was crowned king by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine as Young Winemaker of the Year in 07. He has produced extraordinary wine here!! Often referred to as the big brother to their un-oaked Joshua GMS. The 2012 Avatar has a little more Shiraz in the blend than other recent vintages and is considered to be their stand out wine of the vintage. Grenache still dominates the blend with spice and red-fruited lift and Mataro adds earthiness and some resounding bass notes ... 40% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 30% Mataro.

95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - "..Well if the 2012 Joshua was the best they’ve yet made, then I reckon this might be too ... This may well be about as good as Barossa GSM gets? Strong colour leads into a deliciously aromatic and tasty wine. Hazelnut, floral notes, iron, boysenberry, cherry pips and a hard-to-describe-sensibly sensation of what might best be called ‘stony’. Medium bodied with bell clear fine acidity and equally fine tannin. Serious length. And for all those serious bits, still just so irresistibly yum. You’re having your cake and eating it here."
RRP $35
Only $24.50 when you buy as a Straight 6 PACK!

Price: $147.00

Fontodi Casa Via Syrah 2007  - VERY LIMITED!

Fontodi Casa Via Syrah 2007 - VERY LIMITED!

“A maniacal attention to detail in both the vineyards and cellar sets Fontodi apart as one of Italy’s most inspired producers.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Fontodi Estate is one of the most highly regarded Chianti classico producers and is located in Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Owner Giovanni Manetti (whose family purchased the estate in 1968) has 70 hectares of biodynamic vines referred to as Conca-D’oro “golden shell” for its heat-trapping amphitheatre shape perfect for ripening grapes. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and winery sets this estate apart!

The Casa Via Syrah is ranked as one of Italy's top examples of the variety, and is a stunning Northern Rhone lookalike. Wine Spectator has referred to it as "La Turque" of Italy, such its elegance and proximity to the Guigal style.
“The 2007 Syrah is gorgeous in its dark varietal fruit. In this vintage the oak is a touch prominent, while slight elements of heat come through on the finish. If this settles down over the next few years it could easily merit a higher score. From a textural standpoint it is impeccable and totally finessed. The substantial finish bodes very well for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.” 92 Points Wine Advocate # 191
RRP $99

Price: $79.99

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

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2009 - 6 PACK BUY

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2009 - 6 PACK BUY

“A maniacal attention to detail in both the vineyards and cellar sets Fontodi apart as one of Italy’s most inspired producers.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Fontodi Estate is one of the most highly regarded Chianti classico producers and is located in Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Owner Giovanni Manetti (whose family purchased the estate in 1968) has 70 hectares of biodynamic vines referred to as Conca-D’oro “golden shell” for its heat-trapping amphitheatre shape perfect for ripening grapes. 2008 was the first vintage to be certified organic although organic vineyard practices go back to 1990. Free draining soils called ‘galestro” (schist rock with marl and clay) suits sangiovese perfectly. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and winery sets this estate apart!

This fine chianti classico is the estate’s main wine - 100% Sangiovese (up to 20% of other varieties is permitted in the blend however they are purists), wild yeasts, meticulous fruit selection followed by 12 months in old French oak. 2009 release is much more generous and open than the 2008.. some brooding concentration, great length and fine well integrated tannin structure. Relish the beguiling delicacy and complexity of aroma (black raspberry, cherry, chargrilled meat, leather) despite the power and thrust of this medium to full bodied vino italiano. Recommend decanting. This fine vino rosso cries out for roast meat. Salute!

RRP $53

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2009 - 6 PACK BUY More Details
FOR THE 2008 ... ‘This is a solid Chainti Classico, with beautiful plum, berry and milk chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a long juicy finish. Really excellent. Fontodi is one of the stars of the region. Made from organic grapes. Drink now.’ 93 points, James Suckling

"Give it time to open up - it's so much better the next day. It's youthful and vibrant with a core of juicy, dense black fruit, wood and earth, with hints of juniper and dried sage. It has very good acidity, with the distincy and appealing sangiovese savoury-sour notes sitting alongside ripe, firm and grainy tannins. The perfect match? A big, juicy steak." Jane Faulkner, SMH, June 15, 2013.

Price: $239.94

Spinifex Indigene 2010 - SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY!

Spinifex Indigene 2010 - SPECIAL STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY!

60% Mataro and 40% Shiraz - a very tight selection of the finest barrels to generate a blend of rare synergy - sourced exclusively from old vineyards, ranging from between 60 and 100 years of age.
Balance is the keynote of this wine - certainly the most finely structured Indigene yet released and quite possibly the most cellar-worthy.

94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front .."You can unscrew the cap and hook into this mataro shiraz blend immediately – and it will shine. But give it time to breathe, and you’re in for a mesmerising treat. Spinifex: fully credentialled “new Barossa”. If I was in the mood for a Barossa red – I can’t think of too many I’d reach for ahead of this. Drinkability and class in a well structured framework. Ground spice, mixed berries, chicory and licorice. There’s a dry, chocolatey element here but it seasons the wine only – it doesn’t seem to add sweetness. This wine feels fine on the tongue but it doesn’t lack fruit. Beautifully well balanced. Complex. And long. Gold medal standard."

96 points Nick Stock 2013 Good Wine Guide .."This blend of mataro and shiraz is an established star of the Barossa Valley, and this 2010 vintage wine makes a clear statement of prowess and power. Dark fruits, graphite, plum, tar and chocolate, plenty of spice and some bracken here too; there s an alluringly fragrant side too. The palate is built on lithe and juicy tannin that has muscular appeal without any aggressive edges; terrific density and depth here, long dark berry flavour, and toasty oak slides across the finish. Brilliant."

95 Points Tyson Stelzer - “I go to great lengths to give red wines of greatness every chance to reveal themselves: double decanting, an assessment on the spot, a retaste half a day later and again the following day. On opening, this mataro shiraz blend showcased polished black fruits within a rustic, brittle tannin exoskeleton of firm, mouth-filling, earthy mataro tannins. Half a day later, little had changed, and it was not until the next day that its true personality finally began to unravel: deep, alluring and well-defined black cherry and sweet black plum and blackberry fruits, nuanced with cola, liquorice and high cocoa dark chocolate.”

Our Price $54 a bottle when you buy in a Straight Dozen.

Price: $648.00

Teusner Avatar 2012

Teusner Avatar 2012

Kym Teusner was crowned king by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine as Young Winemaker of the Year in 07. He has produced extraordinary wine here!! Often referred to as the big brother to their un-oaked Joshua GMS. The 2012 Avatar has a little more Shiraz in the blend than other recent vintages and is considered to be their stand out wine of the vintage. Grenache still dominates the blend with spice and red-fruited lift and Mataro adds earthiness and some resounding bass notes ... 40% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 30% Mataro.

95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - "..Well if the 2012 Joshua was the best they’ve yet made, then I reckon this might be too ... This may well be about as good as Barossa GSM gets? Strong colour leads into a deliciously aromatic and tasty wine. Hazelnut, floral notes, iron, boysenberry, cherry pips and a hard-to-describe-sensibly sensation of what might best be called ‘stony’. Medium bodied with bell clear fine acidity and equally fine tannin. Serious length. And for all those serious bits, still just so irresistibly yum. You’re having your cake and eating it here."
RRP $35
(see also our special 6 pack price)

Price: $25.99

Rutini Coleccion Malbec 2010

Rutini Coleccion Malbec 2010

Rutini is a leading Argentine winery with a long winemaking history. Coleccion is the super premium range of wines made by Rutini. Malbec s 100% Estate grown fruit : 50% from Tupungato., 50% from La Consulta in the Uco Valley, Mendoza in Argentina; 12 mths in 80% New French Oak & 20% New American Oak.

Big rich sweet fruit, powerful wine terrific depth of fruit, cascading layers of flavour, texture and fine grained tannins. Delicious wine that cries out for roast meat !
RRP $70

Price: $59.99

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

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

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

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

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

Price: $17.99

Toro Albala Don PX 2008 (375ML)

Toro Albala Don PX 2008 (375ML)

Toro Albala is arguably the best producer of Pedro Ximenez (PX) in the world today with the finest vineyards in Montilla (the region for Pedro!) in Spain. The Don P.X. wines are the youngest vintage wines from Toro Albalá. The carefully selected grapes are hand harvested from the oldest Pedro Ximénez and are then left to dehydrate under the sun for up to two weeks, concentrating the grapes sugars. The grapes are then lightly pressed and tipped into fermentation vessels. When the perfect balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity has been reached, the fermenting must is 'stunned' with argudiente (clear local brandy). The resulting wine is then decanted into stainless steel and the local cone-shaped Tinajas tanks to naturally settle (due to the richness of the wine it cannot be filtered) before being bottled straight from the holding vessel. As these early release wines are not barrel aged or blended, they are wonderfully pure, fresh, grapey examples of Pedro and capture all the delicious tanginess of the style before rancio sets in. The Don PX smells wonderfully of rum and raisin ice cream with liquorice drops thrown in. It is sweet and viscous yet the honey textured palate is beautifully balanced by citrussy freshness. The palate glows with concentrated toffee, caramel and dried fruit notes and finishes with a warm, lingering flourish. 17% alcohol [From the importer]

Price: $32.99

Mamete Prevostini \"Botonero\" Nebbiolo 2011

Mamete Prevostini "Botonero" Nebbiolo 2011

Spectacularily breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

100% Nebbiolo sourced from Alpi Retiche zone of Sondrio province. Loved the juicy purity and vibrancy of this fine medium bodied rosso, supple round fruit with hint of the "tar and roses" hallmarks of Nebbiolo. This rosso offers sheer delicousness and versatility with food. Reminiscent of red burgundy with its juiciness, spice, plums, dried cherry and more-ish finish of leather and earth. Yum !
RRP $36

Price: $31.99

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2010 - Limited

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2010 - Limited

Alvaro Palacios, whose family owns the prestigious Rioja Bodega, Palacios Remondo, spent 2 years at Château Pétrus before setting up on his own in Priorat in 1989. From the outset, he set out to produce world-class wines by using fruit from extremely low-yielding old vines and by applying ultra-modern winemaking techniques. He is now considered one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita.

Alvaro Palacios acquired his first vineyard, Finca Dofí, in 1990. Then, in 1993, he located what is now regarded as the crown jewel property in Priorat, a precipitous, northeast-facing Garnacha vineyard on well-drained schist that had been planted between 1900 and 1940. Alvaro named it for a small chapel, or hermitage, that sits atop the hill. In 1995, the flow of critical praise began for Alvaro's L'Ermita however just as compelling in its own rights is Finca Dofí. Palacios describes Finca Dofi as “like a ball of stone dressed with velvet”.

Alvaro Palacios was one of the ‘pioneers’, who vivified and re-interpreted Priorat after the Franco era de-planting. From the ‘30s, during and after the industrialising era under Franco, Garnacha was largely ignored in Priorat, and the trend in the region was a combination of de-population, as the youth went to the city looking for work, deplanting and/or over-planting with the more reliable workhorse variety Samsó, yielding more wine more easily, strong wine with good colour, but not the nobility possible with the local Garnacha. In 1989 when the likes Alvaro Palacios went into Priorat, there were just 800 ha of vines planted (80% of which was Samsó), compared to the pre-war peak of 17,000 ha, largely Garnacha! Now, after 20 years, Alvaro sees it was clearly a mistake, and as his commitment is to the nobility of the local Garnacha he is reverse-engineering the French varietals (such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah) out of his Priorats as quickly as he can. Without doubt he is the finest producer in one of the most unique terroirs of world wine, working with indigenous old strains of Garnacha.

Finca Dofi is one of the defining wines from Priorat and the new vintage is no exception:-

94 points Stephen Tanzer IWC, "Suave, highly perfumed nose offers fresh raspberry, minerals, candied flowers and Asian spices. Sappy and minerally, offering intense, spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille flavors with superb clarity. Wonderfully supple in texture, with outstanding finishing persistence and only a hint of sweet tannins."

93 points Wine Advocate, "The aromatics are still defined by that carapace of new oak, although underneath lies some fine dark cherry and raspberry fruit interlaced by Chinese five-spice, lavender and wild heather. The palate is powerful and full-bodied with a very intense entry of pure dark berries intermingled with balsamic and Asian spices, a core of ripe black currant and a dense, grippy finish. It displays impressive length and persistency, though it will remain impenetrable for the first 5-6 years of its life."

Price: $169.99

Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

“The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years.

Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin as well as their four sons, Thomas, Marc, Pierre and Mathieu, have quickly become the dominate wine producers of the entire southern Rhone Valley. They have expanded their operation even further by partnering with the Jaboulets. Now having over 1,200 acres in vine and extensive contracts, this is a high quality locomotive, great news for consumers seeking a range of top quality red and white wines in all price ranges. The Perrins’ greatest success is undeniably their enormous quantities of high quality, inexpensive wines called La Vieille Ferme, a white from the Cotes du Luberon and a red from the Cotes du Ventoux. The Perrins are now the top producers of wines from the cool climate southern Rhone appellation of Vinsobres, located in the northern sector of the region and meaning “sober wine.” In 2008, the Perrins purchased one of the better estates in Gigondas, Clos des Tourelles, a 25 acre property located at the southern end of the village from which they make two cuvees. True stars in the Perrin portfolio are the white and red Cotes du Rhone from their estate called Coudoulet which is adjacent to the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape. As longtime readers know, Chateau de Beaucastel makes two of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, although in Chateauneuf du Pape the rather dramatic amelioration of quality that has taken place with white winemaking has given them more competition than they had a decade ago.” 94 pts

Price: $159.99

Coates âThe VPâ Langhorne Creek Touriga Nacional 2008 (375ml)

Coates “The VP” Langhorne Creek Touriga Nacional 2008 (375ml)

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’.

Duane's love of Vintage Port is no secret. He did a sabbatical in Portugal at The Fladgate Partnership in vintage 2003 which gave him an insightful look into Port production at Quinta de Vargellas (Taylors), Quinta do Roeda (Delaforce, Croft) and Quinta do Panascal (Fonseca) and Taylor’s Quinta do Nogueira.

Fanatical attention to detail every step of the way - flavour, tannin and sugar ripe grapes were picked at 13.5 Baume to retain vibrancy and acidity. A three-hour ‘Corte’ of foot treading in the Portuguese tradition was performed to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. Natural yeast fermentation followed by pressing and fortification with a blend of white Brandy spirits selected to add character and compliment the base wine. Maturation for 24 month in seasoned French oak

There is poise, delicacy and harmony here in this extraordinary nectar RRP $36

Price: $27.99

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

Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1985 (750ml) - LIMITED STOCK!

Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1985 (750ml) - LIMITED STOCK!

Toro Albala is arguably the best producer of Pedro Ximenez (PX) in the world today with the finest vineyards in Montilla (the region for Pedro!) in Spain. PX Gran Reserva 1985 is aged a minimum of 25 years in cask prior to bottling. Concentrated mahogany colour, with intense coffee and tobacco aromas over a dense and penetrating dried fruit flavour and firm tannin structure. Toro Albala is the world's only specialist in Vintage Dessert PX- This is extraordinary nectar....

( 750ml bottle- This wine will last for months after opening if you don't finish it in one sitting!)
RRP $80

Price: $69.99

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2005 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2005 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Achaval Ferrer sits ‘at the summit of Argentina wine producers’, to quote Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s right hand man. A group of friends from Argentina and Italy, Santiago Achaval Becu and Manuel Ferrer joined forces in 1998 with Italian winemakers Roberto Cipresso and Tiziano Siviero to explore the terroirs and old vineyards of Mendoza. Starting at Finca Altamira, an 87 year-old vineyard about one hour’s drive to the south in the Uco Valley at La Consulta, the 102 year-old vines of Finca Bella Vista at Perdriel were added in 2002. Malbec is of course the star here and Archaval Ferrer’s wines are all about finesse and balance not the big, tannic styles widely seen. Their hallmark is their silky mouthfeel and seamless palate Old vines produce miniscule yields of intense, perfumed, complex fruit balanced with the use of new oak.

Take Jay Miller’s advice ... “the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval Ferrer are through the entry-level Malbec” Sourced from 3 vineyards, this is the benchmark regional expression of Mendoza Malbec. Dark fruit and spice, mouthfilling, elegant and long.

"Darkruby/ purple in color, it offers up an enticing perfume of toasty oak, milk chocolate, coconut, black cherry, and blackberry, leading to a medium-bodied wine with ample ripe black fruits, excellent balance, and nicely concealed soft tannins. The wine will evolve for several years .." Jay Millar, The Wine Advocate

Price: $65.99

Mengoba Brezo Mencia Tinto 2011

Mengoba Brezo Mencia Tinto 2011

“a name to watch!" ...says Jesús Barquín one of the most influential wine critics in Spain who co-authored the wine bible “The Finest Wines of Rioja and North West Spain”.

Mengoba's wild, rural vineyards are at nose-bleed altitudes of up to 2500 ft above sea level. This is stunning country; a landscape of wild, natural beauty - a quality that is mirrored in the Mengoba wines. The patches of old, goblet vines here are strewn across small, isolated pockets, nestled amongst the densely forested high country.

Bierzo is a region that totally missed the industrialisation that so much of Europe went through post WW2. It was too difficult to mechanise and there was simply no interest in the area until a clutch of winemakers realised the remarkable potential of the high altitudes, old vines and quartz and slate rich soils. French winemaker Gregory Pérez was one of those drawn to the area by the sheer potential of the remarkable terroir as well as the two principal, indigenous grape varieties of Bierzo: Godello (white grape) and Mencia ( red grape).

Mengoba has fast established itself as one of the region’s benchmarks.The vineyard work is absolutely artisanal; the vines are grown according to organic principles and Perez’s highest plot remains one of the Spain's few quality producing vineyards still ploughed by cow!

We don’t know how Señor Pérez has produced a handcrafted wine of this quality and shipped to us in Australia for this price! The source of this Mencía is Horta and Villafranca — sandy and clay sites at an elevation of 550m. It’s high enough for cool nights and thus the retention of cleansing acidity in the grapes. After a sorting, the fruit was mostly destemmed, crushed and left to ferment in stainless steel. Pérez worked with around 15 per cent whole bunches this year to impart more structure and there is also the addition of a small amount of Alicante Bouschet (one of the rare teinturier varieties; a grape with red flesh). This latter addition brings freshness, purple hints and perfume. The liquid that results from all of this is deep purple with a generous, lifted nose of smoky, jubey fruit and a silky, spicy mouthful of deliciousness. The great achievement here is that the striking fleshiness of fruit is finely balanced by the bright, fresh structure that comes with the high altitudes and warm days followed by cold nights. Yum this was a huge hit at our recent Spanish tasting which means stock is limited...
$24

Price: $19.99

Tenuta Di Capezzana Villa Di Capezzana DOCG 2007

Tenuta Di Capezzana Villa Di Capezzana DOCG 2007

“Count Ugo Contini Bonacossi, now in his 70’s, is undoubtedly one of the most significant figures in Tuscan and indeed Italian viticulture of the twentieth century.” Nicolas Belfrage, Brunello to Zibbibo.

“This was a truly inspiring range with the 1931 (yes, 1931) in great condition.” Jancis Robinson, Capezzana of Carmignano – 2004 back to 1931.

Carmignano is today one of Tuscany’s most exciting, up and coming wine regions with an ancient history of quality wine growing that goes back to 800 AD!
Distanced from the maddening bustle of Chianti Classico, the Tenuta di Capezzana is the vanguard Estate (organic vineyard practices) in this small zone west of Florence, specialising in wines of ineffable elegance and style. A fine blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, dense fruit, gorgeous aromatics of red berries, cinnamon and black pepper with vibrant juicy cherry and redcurrant flavours. Beguiling elegance, density and structure in this delicious tuscan offering.

"At 150-200 metres above sea level, lower lying than the Chianti norm, Carmignano can ripen Sangiovese a full fortnight earlier than Chianti and has no trouble ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. This latter variety is no newcomer to Carmignano. The tradition of blending small quantities of Cabernet with Sangiovese began in this area in the 1700s! Carmignano was also the first recognised region in Italy to have Cabernet and Merlot incorporated in to the DOCG. In fact, it is the only region where Cabernet must make up at least 10% of the blend. Legend has it that Capezzana's vines were sourced directly from a little known Pauillac vineyard called Lafite! Regardless, the best wines of the region bear no resemblance to the Super-Tuscan style. On the contrary, they are a lesson in how judicious blending can assist in bringing out the personality of local vineyards, as opposed to the other way around. The 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blend for this wine has been in place for well over a decade with previous blending of Canaiolo now used solely in the Barco Reale.
This wine is matured for 14 months into 3.5 hectolitre botti, followed by 6 months in bottle before release. Along with the fellow Florentine village Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmignano was one of the chief beneficiaries of the fine 2007 vintage. Rainfall in August helped take the edge off the pre-harvest heat wave and resulted in fantastically balanced Sangiovese-based wines, with density of fruit , excellent aromatics, freshened further by fruity, tangy acids and refreshing tannins. The wine is both classic Capezzana and classic Carmignano. Fresh aromas of red berries are complimented by cinnamon and black pepper on the nose. It's very lively and bright in the mouth with cherry and wild redcurrant flavours, offering juicy persistence and a suave texture. " Importer's notes

"Floral, interesting nose with sweet cinnamon spice. Well-made, juicy, elegant and aristocratic style with a smoky finish." 4 stars. Decanter Magazine

91 points, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #196

RRP $57

Price: $49.99

Exopto Horizonte de Exopto 2010

Exopto Horizonte de Exopto 2010

Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja - Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).

Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!

Horizonte - the Horizon - is predominantly old-vine Tempranillo (alongside 10% Garnacha and 10% Graciano) sourced from eight tiny parcels that total 2.45 hectares. Only around 850 cases are produced each year. Much of the Tempranillo comes from two excellent old-vine plots in the Rioja Alta; Las Abejas and Chulato. Here the old vines - 50-90 years age - and cool limestone soils combine to ensure ripe intensity yet elegant fruit and fresh acidity. The grapes are harvested by hand and fermentation takes place in small 3,200-liter cement tanks utilizing the indigenous yeasts of the grapes. The oak handling - which utilizes both new and used 225-litre French oak barrels - is expertly handled, softening out any harder edges and complementing rather than dominating the wine's bright fruit. The result is a dark, earthy, spicy and complex wine with great tannin structure. A considerable step up from the Bozeto in terms of concentration, depth of fruit, structure along with power, juiciness, elegance. This is bloody magnificent!

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Vissoux Les Griottes Beaujolais Villages

Vissoux Les Griottes Beaujolais Villages

“Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality..”
The Chermette family were the first to embrace sustainable agricultural practices in Beaujolais. Cru beaujolais is a remarkable medium bodied red made from the Gamay grape, fragrant and juicy with succulence, depth and savoury length. Vissoux is the top rated Beaujolais producer in leading french guide, "Les Meilleurs Vins de France".

Les Griottes means "small cherries"; exactly the kind of fruit character that you will find in spades in this juicy wine. Produced from 15-35 year old vines grown on dark granite soil in Saint Vérand area (of Southern Beaujolais), here we have yet another convivial, lip-smacking, ultra pure stunner from this benchmark grower that La Revue du Vin de France recently described as "...a reference for 30 years." On the palate you find the subtle sense of creaminess offset by crunchy raspberry seed, the fruity acidity that we have come to love in the Chermette's entry level bottling. Flavours of mixed, fresh berries, red cherries, and bay leaf hints abound in this stylish and refreshing wine. Simply, a deliciously fleshy, jubey, fresh & light red that can't help to evoke Eric Asimov's quote in the New York Times a few years ago; "Few wines can induce joy the way Beaujolais does...".
RRP: $29

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Noemia J Alberto Malbec 2012

Noemia J Alberto Malbec 2012

This leading Patagonia winery is located in Rio Negro Valley, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires in the middle of the desert of Patagonia, Argentina. The climate is bone dry with just seven inches of rain each year. The dry climate with a maximum humidity of 30% keeps the area free of disease; the atmosphere is pristine, pure and unpolluted. Winemaker, Hans Vinding-Diers (Danish, Bordeaux-trained, cousin of Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame in Espana) is fanatical as far as attention to detail goes- biodynamic viticulture, hand harvesting and gravity driven vinification. He joined forces with italiana Noemi Marone- Cinzano (part of the Cinzano family) in this exciting venture.

The hallmark of this bodega is "elegancia", a seamless palate of balance and finesse - not big tannic blockbusters often typical of Mendoza.

Fruit is sourced from their Patagonia vineyard planted in 1955, Minuscule yields imparting intensity, depth of fruit and velvety mouthfeel followed by maturation in French oak. This top shelf 'tinto' (95% Malbec, 5% Merlot) displays extraordinary purity of fruit, pin point focus, depth that flows seamlessly, fine grained tannins and gorgeous integration of oak. Halleluia to this fine wine, one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Argentina! RRP $95

Wine & Spirits magazine - TOP 100 wineries in the world, Sept 2013.
94 points, Tim Atkin MW - "Unfined and unfiltered, it is a scented, sensuous, appealing wine with clove and violets on the nose. The palate is elegant and refined, with subtle oak ... and a lift of refreshing acidity. The restrained alcohol contributes to the success of the wine. Drink: 2014-­20"

91 points, Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator .. "This racy red sports crushed cherry and raspberry notes, supported by juicy acidity. The palate unwinds with floral, spice and mineral hints. Drink now through 2018. 1,600 cases made."
92 Points Wine & Spirit Magazine "This is bright and lush, elegant in its line of cool, zesty fruit. It’s a malbec of refinement rather than weight, with fresh tannins that will sustain it in the cellar." Oct '13 RRP $96

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Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec 2012

Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec 2012

The Catena family arrived in Argentina, (“the promised land”) in 1898 from Italy and the family has had 4 generations of winemaking. Nicolas Catena is regarded as the' godfather' of modern winemaking (experimenting with clones) and in the 1980’s pioneered viticulture at high altitude - the key to making premium wine in Mendoza . They are the largest and most respected winemaking familiy in Argentina.

Extraordinary quality packed into their "entry level" red at an unbeatable price! Handpicked malbec, blended with small parcels of Syrah and Bonarda meld with layers of deep dark cherry and blackberry flavours with hints of blackpepper, spice and vanilla. Great finish, firm tannins, soft and silky with that trademark Argentinian bright acidity. Do not miss out on a case of this fine 'tinto' for winter roasts and bbqs!! RRP $22

Price: $15.99

Colome Lote Especial Tannat 2010

Colome Lote Especial Tannat 2010

Established is 1831, Bodega Colome is one of Argentina’s most esteemed and oldest producers located in Argentina's region of Salta in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, home to the highest vineyards in the world at altitudes of 2300-3311 metres. Semi arid climate with warm days and cold nights is ideal for viticulture. Intense UV light with altitude results in thick grape skin development to protect against sun.

100% biodynamic vineyard from high in the mountains of Salta- This special batch "tinto' is made from tannat (a highly tannic red grape with a long history in Madiran, in the south west of France) sourced from the Finca La Brava vineyard in Cafayate at 1700 metres altitude. Maturation in French oak. This big, rich & robust tinto is delicious with a touch of bottle age complexity balanced by vibrant raspberry freshness on the finish. Fire up the barbecue.. Ole !

Silver Medal Decanter Wine Awards "Lots of black treacle, tea, coffee and jasmine aromas. A lovely Tannat with firm and dry, finely grained tannins. Massive yet balanced. 4 Stars" Decanter

RRP $56

Price: $47.99

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2012

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2012

Barone Ricasoli is one of Chianti’s most important producers - certainly the most important historically, with a remarkable story that goes back well beyond the 12th century. The most historic of wine castles – Castello di Brolio and its remarkable 250 hectare Chianti Classico vineyard - has been the home to the Ricasoli family since 1141. A major revamp and modernisation of the vineyard and winery was undertaken in 1993 ... the wines are not only considered amongst the finest in Tuscany but deliver extraordinary value.

This is a rich, vibrant and brilliantly priced medium bodied Chianti ( predominantly Sangiovese) from top notch vineyards and made with fine craftsmanship. Lively and upbeat, it's awash with succulent dark cherry, red and black fruits with a nip of tannin for backbone and elegant acidity for freshness. Up there with the best quality and value chianti that we have seen! Do not miss out here RRP $29

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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

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Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2010 - LIMITED STOCK!

Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2010 - LIMITED STOCK!

For the past four generations, the Vietti family has been producing wine in Castiglione Falletto, a small village in the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont, from their vineyards located across the five communes designated for the cultivation and production of Barolo. Over recent years Luca Currado-Vietti had taken over the winemaking direction from his late father Alfredo. The overall objective, to produce the highest quality wines, whilstretaining respect for the traditions of the specific appellations.

2010 was an extraordinary season in Piedmont. The Perbacco is made from 100% Nebbiolo .... parcels all planted in the Barolo region from vines over 25 years old from all the sites within Barolo... selected as more open and approachable than Barolo. 28 mths maturation in barrique, period in which the natural malolactic fermentation develops, and 20 months in big casks. Couple of months in stainless steel tank before the bottling. The work in the vineyards, the yield/hectare, the vinification system and the aging period for the Perbacco are the same as for our Barolo Castiglione.

This 2010 release is stunning baby Barolo which overdelivers for quality and price. Do not miss out here. Will cellar for 5 to 10 years

Huon Hooke 94 points “This a junior Barolo for a fraction of a Barolo’s price. A terrific nebbiolo smelling of smoky red fruits and violets, and in the mouth, very elegant and a little lean perhaps, but building flavour as you sip. Impressive length and fine structure, and the fruit does all the talking. Now to 12 years. 14 per cent alcohol.”
RRP $58

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Vietti Barbera d\'Asti Tre Vigne 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

For the past four generations, the Vietti family has been producing wine in Castiglione Falletto, a small village in the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont, from their vineyards located across the five communes designated for the cultivation and production of Barolo. Over recent years Luca Currado-Vietti had taken over the winemaking direction from his late father Alfredo. The overall objective, to produce the highest quality wines, whilstretaining respect for the traditions of the specific appellations.

2010 was a great season in Piedmont- heralded as the vintage of a generation 100% Barbera from vineyards in Aglioni in Asti, 4800 vines per hectare. Maturation in French and Slovenian oak for 14 months.

This is absolutely stunning medium to full bodied barbera: gorgeous aromatics, depth of fruit balance, vibrancy, complexity. Do not miss out on this ! RRP $58

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Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013 review "Impressive wine, very concentrated for a Barbera d'Asti, and already showing abundant damson plums and red fruits, some very, very powerful fruit with immense charm here. The palate is fresh, lively and juicy, oak already nicely integrating, and the tannins are juicy and even, very crunchy. Superb. Will age too.

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Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja - Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).

Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!

Bozeto ( means sketch in Spanish) and the 2012 is a blend of 50 per cent Garnacha, 30 per cent Tempranillo and 20 per cent Graciano. The Garnacha comes from a 60-year-old plot in the Monte Yerga sub-region and is fermented and aged in Nomblot concrete eggs to capture all of the bright, juicy charms on offer from this fruit. The Tempranillo comes from the mature Periquita vineyard in the cooler Rioja Alta and is fermented in old wood. The grapes see plenty of sunshine, but cool nights and a long growing season result in ripe fruit flavours balanced by vibrant acidity. The inclusion of the Graciano brings further freshness, savouriness and spiciness. The 2012 Bozeto is a perfumed, lip-smacking, medium-bodied red of wonderful energy and clarity-think high-grown Côtes du Rhône or juicy ripe cru Beaujolais with perhaps more complexity. This is a wine that is neither fined or filtered and the annual production is less than 2000 cases, which is pretty amazing given its modest price.
Winemaker Tom Puyaubert's tasting note .. "A deep red colour, dense and bright in appearance. Aromas of red fruits (cherry and strawberry) with mineral and floral touches. A luscious palate, strawberry and cranberry flavours supply a sweetness that contrasts with the pleasant acidity. Very elegant and a fruity, long finish."

Love this gorgeous rioja and its modest price!

RRP: $27
Only $21 a bottle when you buy a straight dozen of this wine.
Our Price $252 a dozen

Price: $252.00

Mamete Prevostini Albareda Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007

Mamete Prevostini Albareda Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007

Spectacular /breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

Estate’s flagship wine premium fruit sourced from Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. Sassella and Grumello.
Grape: Nebbiolo, 100% dried followed by maturation 18 mths in oak. Considerable step up the ladder in terms of concentration of flavour, complexity and finesse in this prestige wine.
RRP $170

Price: $154.99

Mamete Prevostini Corte di Cama Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007 - VERY LIMITED

Mamete Prevostini Corte di Cama Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007 - VERY LIMITED

Spectacular /breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

Fruit is sourced from Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. within the regions of Sondrio, Berbenno and Montagna. 100% Nebbiolo some drying of grapes followed by 15 mths maturation in oak barrels. Considerable step up in terms of concentration of flavour, finesse and sophistication.
RRP $125

Price: $109.99

Mamete Prevostini Sassella Valtellina Superiore 2010

Mamete Prevostini Sassella Valtellina Superiore 2010

Spectacular /breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

100% Nebbiolo grown on from Valtellina region west of Sondrio followed by 12 mths maturation in oak casks. Tasted this alongside many piedmont’s nebbiolos and loved its round fruit, focus and presence on the palate. Delicious vino!
RRP $61

Price: $55.99

Teusner Dr Franks Big Black One Durif 2012

Teusner Dr Franks Big Black One Durif 2012

Fruit all sourced from the Barossa and again the dream 2012 season over delivers. This is one black inky wine... Durif is reknowned for it's brooding tannin but the thing we love about this wine apart from it's brooding power is it is fairly light on it's feet, elegant and deliciously drinkable...
Gold Medal Adelaide Wine Show 2013
94 points by Wine Will Eat Itself .. "This is full-bodied and inky but it’s not hot, thick or soupy. It’s a generously proportioned table wine. Complex and layered with admirable form and shape. Satsuma plum, dark chocolate and vanilla, jubey red and black currants, baking spice and ferrous train-track tannin. Really good reach. Some warmth but it never breaks the line. It’s tarry and fascinating. I’ve got big wraps on this."

Stock is Limited RRP $35

Price: $29.99

Yangarra GSM 2011

Yangarra GSM 2011

This cutting edge McLaren Vale producer is making delicious energetic estate grown wines from it's biodynamic vineyards. We were bowled over by every wine in their line up of a tasting recently ( a rare occurrence). Very smart GSM produced here...

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

"Yangarra Estate is in the Blewitt Springs locality of McLaren Vale where the Rhone Valley grape varieties thrive on the poor, sandy soils. The big gun is a magnificent pure grenache called High Sands, but it’s $110 a bottle, which makes this look even better value.

With a deep red-purple colour, it expresses very ripe, bold, sweet fruit. The sweetly ripe plum aromas seem slightly shiraz-dominant while the body weight is medium-full. The tannins are emphatic yet supple, the balance is impeccable and the flavours irresistible. A great success, especially considering the wet 2011 vintage. Best now to 2026. 14 per cent alcohol. 93/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)

Price: $27.99

Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2006

Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2006

“If you asked me to name just one producer from Rioja that you should buy, it would be Valenciso ... A small treasure in the great sea of Rioja.” Jesús Barquin one of the most influential wine critics in Spain who co-authored the Spanish wine bible “The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain.” This tiny Domaine, run by Luis Valentin (Valen…) and his partner Carmen Enciso (...ciso), make one, single red, a Rioja Reserva from old-vine Tempranillo grown in the Rioja Alta from mature, low-yielding vineyards and aged exclusively in French oak. Valenciso is all about aromatics in the manner of French Burgundy and the greatest Riojas of the past. The wine is much sought after by the top restaurants in Spain - El Bulli no less – and across the world. This Fine Rioja is refined, multi layered and complex.. extraordinary for quality and price.

This is a highly perfumed wine, filling the glass with redcurrant, cherry and smoky cedar aromas. On the palate it is both succulent and seamless with energetic and lifted red fruits, cola, an umami soy-like twist and deeper notes of liquorice and spices. It finishes long and strong with a hint of smoke, outstanding, high-grown freshness and ripe, finely grained tannins. It is such a well balanced wine with a very real sense of harmony. “ Decanter magazine

“The 2006 Reserva has a classic, very pure bouquet of warm leather, dried herbs and dark berry fruit, and it offers scents of melted tar with continued aeration. The palate is very harmonious with succulent red cherries, mulberry and dried fig, with subtle white pepper notes sprinkled over the finish. This constitutes a worthy follow-up to the superb 2005 and will have the same propensity to age. Drink now-2025." 93 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.
RRP $65

Price: $58.99

Fattoria Di Felsina Chianti Classico 2010- Limited

Fattoria Di Felsina Chianti Classico 2010- Limited

"Just when I thought I was familiar with the wines of Felsina, the estate comes through with one of the very best sets of new releases I have ever tasted. From top to bottom, these are marvelous wines that deserve serious attention." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Fattoria di Felsina in the hills northeast of Siena is on the southern tip of the Chianti Classico region. Founded in 1966 by Domenico Poggiali, Fèlsina was the Etruscan name for this viticultural terroir nearly 3000 years ago. The estate at the southern border of Castelnuovo Berardenga remains one of Tuscany’s finest terrains. Today, Beppe Poggiali, Giuseppe Mazzocolin and superstar winemaker Franco Bernabei form an awesome team that has overseen 25 years of extensive research and clonal selection of sangiovese to achieve an incredible combination of complexity, structure, power and finesse. They are traditional producers, ( organic practices in their vineyards) who solely grow sangiovese and always avoided the temptation to grow cabernet and merlot make "new age" wines from their Chianti vineyards. They have championed the sangiovese grape (native to Toscana) and are renowned for elegant and yet intensely flavoured chiantis (deep and black fruited, smoky tones from the soils and deft touch of new oak). Fèlsina has been awarded Tre Bicchieri every year since the first publication of Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia in 1988, and in 2009 they were named Winery of the Year. Rancia, the estate’s single vineyard Riserva, is simply superb; ripe and racy fruit balancing spice, game, and mineral notes with layered, lingering flavours. Decanter magazine included Rancia recently in the 50 Great Italian wines of all time. Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese from 3 vineyards , 1 located just inside and the other 2 just outside the Chianti Classico border and is renowned for its structure, concentration, intensity and depth. The Riserva wines here are powerful and fleshy thanks to older vineyards in excess of 50 years and excellent exposure of the vineyards, where the sangiovese grapes always achieve full ripeness.

Highly sought after and imported into Australia in limited quantities we expect our allocation of this 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico from the outstanding 2010 vintage to sell out quickly!

91 points - Antonio Galloni “... beautiful, pointed and articulate. Sweet red berries, anise, flowers, spices and licorice are some of the many notes that flow from this gorgeous Chianti. The freshness and vibrancy are pure 2010."

90 Points” Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar “...Suave, silky and dry, offering plenty of red fruit and floral flavors without obvious weight. A refined, outstanding entry-level Chianti that lingers impressively on the smooth finish."

RRP $60

Price: $44.99

Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2012

Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2012

We were impressed with Barossa vintner, Tim Smith's whole lineup when we tasted with him recently-depth of fruit, balance and elegance galore in his delicious Barossa wines! He has worked 20 odd vintages as winemaker at Yalumba, Chateau Tanunda and now works closely with 16 growers in Eden and Barossa. He certainly knows what his stuff and his passion for the mataro grape shines here.

Highly recommend this blend: 65% Mataro, 25% Grenache, 10% shiraz sourced from old vineyard in Barossa and Eden Valley.

Gary Walsh from Wine Front enjoyed this and wrote: "Have to say, from what I've tasted, 2012 is certainly a vintage where you can start to believe the hype. Spice, nuts, flowers, blood plum, a little chocolate and liquorice - sweetly fruited, yet it pulls savoury and firm. And boy oh boy, as the hungry cartoon dog says, is this a delicious wine. Pleasantly gritty tannin, gentle slipperiness, balanced acidity and lip smacking pure fruit appeal and hazelnutty flavours bring it home. Let's rate it appropriately highly, I think. Alcohol: 14%. Drink: 2013-2020. Rating: 95/100. " RRP $30

Price: $24.99

Marcoux Châteauneuf Du Pape 2010

Marcoux Châteauneuf Du Pape 2010

"Such vintages are rare: I place 2010 in the top three of my 40 years covering the Rhône, alongside 1978 and 1990...Could 2010 be the year when growers woke up and realised that wines not dosed with extreme, nearly overripe grapes, are actually fun to drink? I hope so...The wines in 2010 dance with pleasure, are cool and expressive..." John Livingston-Learmouth, Decanter, May 2012
“The talented team of sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier are gracefully carrying on the heritage of the Armenier family, which has been making Châteauneuf du Pape for only 700 years!... [the Vieilles Vignes] can be one of the greatest wines made in the world (the 1998 and 2000 for example), if not the single most phenomenal wine in Châteauneuf du Pape. The regular cuvee of Marcoux is no wimpy wine either. In top vintages, it is a powerful Châteauneuf du Pape that is given the same élevage and…is bottled without fining or filtration.” Robert Parker, The World's Greatest Wine Estates.

This tiny, artisanal Domaine is one of the pioneers of biodynamic viticulture – in fact they were the first in Châteauneuf to convert to biodynamics some 22 years ago. Since this time, and especially since 1996 when the Armenier sisters took full control of the Estate, Domaine de Marcoux has been on a steady path to becoming one of the true greats of the region. Yet they are so small, only producing between two to four thousand cases for the world (roughly half the production of DRC and something like 1/10th of Beaucastel) that for many, they remain a hidden treasure. Perhaps this is a good thing as there isn’t enough to go around as it is! In the winery the sisters interfere as little as possible with the natural processes. No yeast additions, no fining, no punch downs. On the other hand, the absence of manipulation does not mean the Sisters Armenier do not search for perfection. They declassify a significant portion of fruit and wine most years (roughly 1/3 of the harvest was thrown out or sold off in 2011 for example) which explains the outstanding quality that they are able to achieve in more challenging vintages like ’08 & ’04. The Armeniers firmly subscribe to the fruit-equals-terroir school of thought. They love purity, clarity, perfume and seduction. Biodynamics, with its fresher acidities, helps in this cause as does the stringent fruit selection, gentle handling and large format maturation vessels (concrete & foudre). This is a timeless Estate whose delectable wines capture in Stephen Tanzer’s words,“…the essence of Chateauneuf du Pape”.
Marcoux has 17.5 hectares of bio-dynamically farmed vineyards in total, broken into 13 parcels across the appellation. They are, therefore, blessed with a cross section of Châteauneuf terroir, from the iconic alluvial stones, to sand, gravel, clay and limestone. There is an excellent map on Marcoux’s fabulous website if anyone is interested to know more. The average age of the vines that supply fruit for this wine is 50 years old with the oldest being 110 years. In 2011 the blend is 80% Grenache, with 10% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre and 3% Cinsault. The grapes are harvested according to maturity, which of course varies from one vineyard to another. The harvest and elevage here is as simple as it is intuitive. Harvesting is by hand into 50kg crates, and the grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and on a sorting table at the cellars. The grapes are destemmed, crushed and cooled off which means there is a short cold soak (2-3 days) before the indigenous yeast ferment takes off. In total, the wine stays in contact with its skins for 2 to 3 weeks. The wine matures for approximately 18 months in concrete vats, large foudres and the odd, used, 350L casks. The wine is not fined.
From a late harvest that delivered draconian yields of 12 hl/ha, the 2010 classique is a profound, in-the-zone Châteauneuf. There is inspiring freshness to balance its undoubted low-yield, old-vine concentration, a radical contrast to the more voluptuous 2009. Even by the Domaine’s high standards, it’s the striking, red-fruited purity and perfume, as one guest put it this week, that makes this such a seductive, eye-opening illustration of what is possible when a perfectly balanced vine ‘puts out’ in a perfectly balance vintage. It's a study silky refinement. We counsel not to hesitate. Demand for this will far exceed supply and anyway, you'd never forgive yourself if you missed out! As with any more elegant years in Châteauneuf, the American critics are grossly understating the quality of these wines.
(91-93) Robert Parker Wine Advocate #197 ... “The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 3% Cinsault aged two-thirds in cement tanks and one-third in wood foudres) has a dense ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of floral-infused blueberry liqueur, a striking minerality, impressive concentration, and a solid, dense core of fruit and glycerin. This is a classic and potentially long-lived Marcoux that should drink well for 15 or more years."
91-93 points, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 12 ... "Bright purple. High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, candied flowers and spicecake, with a mineral overtone.Juicy, focused and pure, offering tangy red and dark berry flavors that turn spicier with air. Finishes with impressive energy and cut, leaving floral and spice notes behind."

RRP $125

Price: $104.99

R. Barbier Manyetes Clos Mogador Priorat 2009 - VERY LIMITED

R. Barbier Manyetes Clos Mogador Priorat 2009 - VERY LIMITED

“…stunning examples of what Spain can produce but so rarely does.” Robert Parker

"Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain. The 'Gratallops pioneers' proved beyond doubt that garnacha and cariñena are perfectly capable of producing highly complex, quality wine - as long as yields are low. The result is that Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain: their concentration and character are outstanding as is their price." John Radford, The New Spain

Rene Barbier is a living legend in Priorat, and greatly responsible for the rebirth of the area. His Clos Mogador and Clos Manyetes are unquestionably two of Spain’s greatest wines. They are powerful yet stylishly elegant reds, offering amazing consistency and class year after year.

When drinking a Clos Mogador or Clos Manyetes, you're drinking the very land where the vines grow. Here, terroir reigns supreme over variety and over man. What drew Barbier to the region was the abundance of old vines and the remarkable terroir. The soil, except on the fringes of the region, is pure slate or schist, known locally as llicorella, with virtually no topsoil. Despite the dry, rocky soils, there is no shortage of subterranean water; so even though the vines’ roots must descend many metres, they can always find sufficient moisture to keep them alive. They are, in essence, mining llicorella, which feeds mineral rich liquid into their thirsty root systems. These are wines of intense, complex fruit, rich texture and velvety tannins, freshened by llicorella (slate) driven minerality. Rene Barbier's Priorat, Clos Mogador, is now firmly established as one of the greatest wines of Spain. With age, Clos Mogador wines develop the kind of elegance and deliciousness that is normally associated with the finest mature Bordeaux or Barolo.

Less well known (perhaps because only 750 cases are produced) is that Barbier produces another red Priorat from an ancient vineyard called Clos Manyetes. While the wine comes from a separate vineyard, it is made side by side with its sibling at Barbier’s Clos Mogador winery. Perhaps the biggest differences are the age of the vines and the blend of grapes: Manyetes is a more traditional blend of native varieties - mostly Cariñena (Carignan), typically 70% and the balance is Garnacha, all from 80+ year old vines. Some would argue this classic Mediterranean blend is a more authentic expression of Priorat. It is certainly more traditional. The old vine Carignan brings its expressive and distinctive inky, savoury fruit and fresh tannins, the Garnacha providing a long, gently perfumed finish. Absolutely delicious, this is a stunning, highly authentic Priorat of the highest order.

Both wines are considerably more refined than just about all other Priorat’s and after 30 years of vineyard work and 20 yrs making wines they are beginning to understand their vineyards and are making subtle changes such as larger burgundian coopered oak, longer pre and post ferment 50% whole bunch ferment, wild yeasts and no racking until bottling etc. Today, Rene’s son, René Barbier Jr, is working very closely with his father and this has had an immediate impact. How much this has specifically to do with Rene Jr’s involvement is not sure, but this highly intelligent and passionate young man has clearly brought additional energy and creativity to his family’s Domaine.

The devotion and care that goes into the production of Mogador is also lavished on Manyetes (hence Barbier sells it for a similar price). While the wine comes from a separate vineyard, perhaps the biggest differences are the age of the vines and the blend of grapes: Manyetes is a more traditional blend of mostly Carinena (Carignan), typically 70% and the balance Garnacha, all from 80+ year old vines.. These wines need time at least 5 yrs to mature

"The 2009 Manyetes is a blend of 90% Carinena and 10% Garnacha from hot, south-facing slopes and comes under the “Vi de Villa” denomination mentioned in the introduction. It has a lifted bouquet with dark cherries, sloes, lavender and a touch of white pepper with fine delineation, all wrapped in a touch of warm alcohol. The palate is full-bodied with smooth, rounded tannins, layers of precise, peppery red fruit cut through with fine acidity. It has a firm tannic backbone and is quite masculine and tertiary, with an edgy, mineral-rich finish. This is very expressive of the grape variety, a Carinena full of personality and charm, though I would not touch a bottle for 5-6 years."
92 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue #200
RRP $170

Price: $159.99

R. Barbier Clos Mogador Priorat 2010 - VERY LIMITED!

R. Barbier Clos Mogador Priorat 2010 - VERY LIMITED!

“…stunning examples of what Spain can produce but so rarely does.” Robert Parker

"Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain. The 'Gratallops pioneers' proved beyond doubt that garnacha and cariñena are perfectly capable of producing highly complex, quality wine - as long as yields are low. The result is that Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain: their concentration and character are outstanding as is their price." John Radford, The New Spain

Rene Barbier is a living legend in Priorat, and greatly responsible for the rebirth of the area. His Clos Mogador and Clos Manyetes are unquestionably two of Spain’s greatest wines. They are powerful yet stylishly elegant reds, offering amazing consistency and class year after year.

When drinking a Clos Mogador or Clos Manyetes, you're drinking the very land where the vines grow. Here, terroir reigns supreme over variety and over man. What drew Barbier to the region was the abundance of old vines and the remarkable terroir. The soil, except on the fringes of the region, is pure slate or schist, known locally as llicorella, with virtually no topsoil. Despite the dry, rocky soils, there is no shortage of subterranean water; so even though the vines’ roots must descend many metres, they can always find sufficient moisture to keep them alive. They are, in essence, mining llicorella, which feeds mineral rich liquid into their thirsty root systems. These are wines of intense, complex fruit, rich texture and velvety tannins, freshened by llicorella (slate) driven minerality. Rene Barbier's Priorat, Clos Mogador, is now firmly established as one of the greatest wines of Spain. With age, Clos Mogador wines develop the kind of elegance and deliciousness that is normally associated with the finest mature Bordeaux or Barolo.

Less well known (perhaps because only 750 cases are produced) is that Barbier produces another red Priorat from an ancient vineyard called Clos Manyetes. While the wine comes from a separate vineyard, it is made side by side with its sibling at Barbier’s Clos Mogador winery. Perhaps the biggest differences are the age of the vines and the blend of grapes: Manyetes is a more traditional blend of native varieties - mostly Cariñena (Carignan), typically 70% and the balance is Garnacha, all from 80+ year old vines. Some would argue this classic Mediterranean blend is a more authentic expression of Priorat. It is certainly more traditional. The old vine Carignan brings its expressive and distinctive inky, savoury fruit and fresh tannins, the Garnacha providing a long, gently perfumed finish. Absolutely delicious, this is a stunning, highly authentic Priorat of the highest order.

Both wines are considerably more refined than just about all other Priorat’s and after 30 years of vineyard work and 20 yrs making wines they are beginning to understand their vineyards and are making subtle changes such as larger burgundian coopered oak, longer pre and post ferment 50% whole bunch ferment, wild yeasts and no racking until bottling etc. Today, Rene’s son, René Barbier Jr, is working very closely with his father and this has had an immediate impact. How much this has specifically to do with Rene Jr’s involvement is not sure, but this highly intelligent and passionate young man has clearly brought additional energy and creativity to his family’s Domaine.

Clos Mogador is situated on a ridge near the village of Gratallops, in the heart of the Priorat hills. The vineyards are planted on very steep terraces forming a gigantic natural amphitheatre above the Siurana river, with an average altitude of 450 metres above sea level. The soil here is pure licorella (slate). There is a range of vines planted in the vineyard and the exact blend varies with the vintage. It is always a dominant proportion of Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There are also small parcels of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Mourvedre that can also make their way in to the blend. The Garnacha vines are 80+ years old while the other varieties were planted in the 80's. The poor soils, and the fact that the vineyard is dry grown, results in staggeringly low yields of 9hl/ha. This 2010 is elegant with extraordinary pin point precision and power…2010 was a terrific season (heralded as vintage of a generation so definitely one of the finest Mogador's produced to date and will comfortably live and evolve for 15-20 years, and beyond.

"Rene Barbier (Junior) kindly put together a blend of the five barrels that will go to constitute the 2010 Clos Mogador. It has a stricter, fresher bouquet than the 2009, with great minerality and sparkling precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and wonderful purity. It exhibits notes of dark cherries, crushed stone, slate and touches of thyme and white pepper towards the finish, which has immense precision and focus. This is going to be a razor-sharp Clos Mogador - do not wait to place your order!" (94-96) points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #200 Apr 2012.

RRP $190

Price: $159.99

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